IEEFA’s Energy Finance Training June 17-19, 2019

IEEFA’s Energy Finance Training  was held June 17-19 2019. 

 The agenda and supplemental conference materials can be found here

About Energy Finance 2019

On June 17-19, 2019, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Columbia Law School brought together environmental advocates and attorneys from around the world for a 3-day training program in New York City.



World Electricity Markets Overview Plenary

Tim Buckley, IEEFA

Laurel Ostfield, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Kimiko Hirata, Kiko Network

Moderator: Vibhuti Garg, IEEFA


World Oil and Gas Markets Overview Plenary

Bruce Robertson, IEEFA

Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA

Moderator: Tzeporah Berman,, Global Gas and Oil Network (GGON)


Energy Transition Campaigns Around the World Plenary

Nicole Horseherder, To Nizhoni Ani

Kuba Gogolewski, Foundation “Development YES- Open-Pit Mines NO” (DY-OPMN)

Adhityani (Dhitri) Putri, Yayasan Indonesia Cerah

Omar Elmawi, deCOALonize Campaign

Moderator: Suzanne Mattei, Lookout Hill Public Policy Associates, IEEFA Board


U.S. Utilities Financial Outlook

Jim Hempstead, Moody’s

Julien Dumoulin-Smith, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML)

Moderator: Liz Stanton, Applied Economics Clinic


Stopping the Coal Plant Pipeline

Christine Shearer, Global Energy Monitor

Simon Nicholas, IEEFA

Heffa Schücking, urgewald

Moderator: Jesse Burton, University of Cape Town; E3G


How Does the Oil and Gas Industry Expand and Contract at the Same Time?

Kathy Hipple, IEEFA

Clark Williams-Derry, Sightline Institute

Lorne Stockman, Oil Change International

Moderator: Sergio Knaebel, Sandler Foundation


The Battle Over Coal Bailouts at the State and Federal Level (CLE)  (There were no presentations)

Tyler Comings, Applied Economics Clinic

Kim Smaczniak, Earthjustice

Derf Johnson, Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC)

Moderator: Shannon Fisk, Earthjustice


Asset Managers and Energy Transition—  Leaders or Laggards? (no presentations)

Diana Best, The Sunrise Project

Aniket Shah, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Moderator: Melissa Brown, IEEFA


Understanding the Petrochemical Industry (CLE)

Nick Fowler, REXtac

Carroll Muffett, Center for International Environmental Law

Adrienne Bloch, Earthjustice

Moderator: Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA


Fighting Gas Plants Discussion, with David Schlissel, IEEFA


Labor, Natural Gas and Renewable Energy: Lessons from Puerto Rico 

Angel Figueroa Jaramillo, UTIER (español)

Ingrid Vila Biaggi, CAMBIO

Ruth Santiago, Environmental Attorney

Moderator: Cathy Kunkel, IEEFA


Perspectives from South East Asia

Elrika Hamdi, IEEFA

Sara Jane Ahmed, IEEFA

Joojin Kim, Solutions for Our Climate

Melissa Brown, IEEFA

Moderator: Lidy Nacpil, Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)


Transportation Gamechangers—Electric Vehicles and Decarbonizing Aviation and Shipping

Cécile Toubeau, Transport & Environment

Tom Smith, Texas Electric Transportation Resource Alliance

Todd Paglia,

Moderator: Dan Bakal, Ceres


A Gamechanging Technology—Storage Plus Solar

Jonathan Adelman, Xcel

Angelina Galiteva, California ISO

Bernt Bremdal, Smart Innovation Norway

Moderator: Gerard Wynn, IEEFA


Focus on the Permian Basin (CLE)

Sarah Brennan, IEEFA Board

Michael Lazarus, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) US Center

J.D. Newsom, Big Bend Conservation Alliance

Presenter/Moderator: Ilan Levin, Environmental Integrity Project


Practical Strategies for Closing Coal Plants and Replacing Them with Renewable Energy

Sonia Aggarwal, Energy Innovations

Karl Cates, IEEFA

Anna Sommer, Energy Futures Group (EFG)

Moderator: Jennifer Washburn, Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana


Influencing Banks and International Financial Institutions

Alison Kirsch, Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Julien Vincent, Market Forces

Lucie Pinson, The Sunrise Project, Unfriend Coal Campaign

Moderator: Tim Buckley, IEEFA


Canadian Campaigns on the Oil and Gas industry

Nathan Lemphers, Oil Change International

Kathy Hipple, IEEFA

Jen Lash, Sisu Institute

Gillian McEachern, GGON

Moderator: Tzeporah Berman,, GGON


Using Securitization as a Strategy to Retire Coal Plants: Pros and Cons

Uday Varadarajan, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Steve Pomerance, Former Boulder City Councilmember

Jeremy Richardson, Union of Concerned Scientists

Moderator: Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club


Roundtable: China’s Influence On Global Energy Issues

Ghee Peh, IEEFA

Irem Kok-Kalayci, European Climate Foundation

Matt Gray, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Yiting Wang, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Marilyn Waite, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Moderator: Melissa Brown, IEEFA


Oil and Gas Campaigns Across the Globe

Martin Norman, Greenpeace

Matt Krogh,

Kevin Koenig, Amazon Watch

Melinda Janki, International Legal Consultant

Tomás Torres, Puerto Rico Institute for Competitiveness and Sustainable Economy (ICSE-PR)

María Marta Di Paola, FARN

Moderator: Tom Kruse, Rockefeller Brothers Fund


Local Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy

A team of MBA students from the Bard College NYC Lab program has worked with IEEFA over the past year to collect concrete data on the local economic impacts of wind and solar projects, including effects on the tax base and employment.

Moderator: Seth Feaster, IEEFA


Where Divestment Campaigns Are Now Plenary

Bill McKibben,, Author

Clara Vondrich, Divest Invest

John Hepburn, The Sunrise Project

Moderator: Kathy Hipple, IEEFA