The ready availability of affordable North American natural gas is transforming the energy industry, but do we really understand the implications, including for the power sector and competing fuels/technologies?

In the renewables business, the Production Tax Credit is in jeopardy, but solar is reasonably secure for the near term with the Investment Tax Credit in place. Is this a breakout time for new finance sources and mechanisms for solar? Can the capital markets and securitizations become the new mainstream?

Join Ballard Spahr for its 10th Annual Wall Street Energy Briefing, where leaders and innovators from around the nation will address these questions and other recent developments in the energy sector. A special keynote speaker is the former California State Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer, and current Managing Partner of the Westly Group, Steve Westly.

The format for this popular event combines in-depth panel discussions with highly focused "snapshot" briefings. The result is an informative and lively conversation on the most pressing energy issues of the day.

Briefing Topics

In-depth panels include:

  • A World of Inexpensive Gas – Financing It, Transporting It, Using It, and Competing with It
  • Solar's Access to the Capital Markets – The Latest on Utility-Scale Projects, Securitizations, and Tax Equity

Snapshot briefings will cover:

  • Harvesting the Low-Hanging Fruit – Financing the Energy Modernization of the Empire State Building
  • Panelist Crystal Ball – The Election is Over: Now What?


1:00 PM - 1:25 PM | Welcome
1:25 PM - 5:30 PM | Briefing
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Cocktail Reception


R. Thomas Hoffmann, Partner, Ballard Spahr


David Ciarlone, Manager Global Energy Services, Alcoa Inc., and Chairman of the Process Gas Consumers Group

Ben Cook, Director – Structured Finance, Solar City

Tony Grappone, Partner, Novogradac & Company

John Hartnett, General Manager, Shell Energy North America

Steve Haugenes, Director of Gas and Power Origination, Hess Corporation

Debra Hemsey, Managing Director, GE Energy Financial Services

Bruce Henning, VP Energy Regulatory and Market Analysis, ICF

Robert Leichter, VP Product Development, Credit Suisse

Howard H. Shafferman, Partner, Ballard Spahr

Glenn L. Unterberger, Partner, Ballard Spahr

Steve Westly, Chairman, The Westly Group

Jonathan Yellen, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley