09:00 Word of welcome


Session 5

09:15 DG policy framework in Mexico

  • • Generation and remuneratory models in place
  • • Policy framework for DG + storage:current status and necessary reforms
  • • Grid interconnection
  • • Expected additional elements to the current legislation
FRANCISCO GRANADOS ROJAS /// GENERAL DIRECTOR ELECTRICAL REGULATION - CRE
Mexicano, egresado de la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, (UNAM), la cual le otorgó el título de Ingeniero Mecánico Electricista.
Cuenta con una experiencia de 22 años en sector eléctrico mexicano en actividades encaminadas al desarrollo del marco regulatorio para la inversión privada. En México, ha impartido cátedra en la Facultad de Ingeniería de la UNAM, en la Escuela Superior de Comercio del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, así como en la Universidad Marista.
De 2009 a noviembre de 2014 ocupó el cargo de Director General Adjunto de Electricidad y Energías Renovables, fecha en la cual inició sus actividades como Director General de Redes Eléctricas Inteligentes y Calidad de la Energía.
Actualmente, se desempeña como Director General de Regulación Eléctrica en la Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE), donde inició sus actividades profesionales desde 1996. Asimismo, ha participado como expositor en representación de la CRE en diversos foros del Sector Eléctrico tanto nacionales como internacionales.
FRANCISCO GRANADOS ROJAS
GENERAL DIRECTOR ELECTRICAL REGULATION /// CRE

09:45 The Mexican grid: current status and transmission developments

  • • Helicopter view on the status of the national grid
  • • Critical congestion areas for Renewable Energy development
  • • Planned grid expansion and modernization projects
  • • The new grid code: implications of the reform
SERGIO ROMO /// UNDERMANAGER ELECTRICAL NETWORK ANALYSIS - CENACE
A short bio will follow soon...
SERGIO ROMO
UNDERMANAGER ELECTRICAL NETWORK ANALYSIS /// CENACE
10:15 AM BREAK

OPERATIONS TRACK

Session 6A | Plant optimization and risk mitigation

11:00 Data analytics for performance optimization
  • • Framing data for efficient operations: the case for information
  • • Challenges and pitfalls of obtaining operational data
  • • Enabling and advocating for predictive maintenance

ALEXANDER WOLF /// GENERAL MANAGER - METEOCONTROL CENTRAL AMERICA
Alexander Wolf is the General Manager of Meteocontrol Central America, subsidiary of meteocontrol Germany, the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems. Mr. Wolf is in charge of the operations in the region of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, covering sales, technical support as well as independent engineering services, like yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. With members of his team located in Central America and Mexico the organization has the right set-up to satisfy customer demands for more and more sophisticated monitoring and O&M solutions in the whole region.
Mr. Wolf worked in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector for more than ten years, being one of the pioneers to establish and promote innovative technologies in El Salvador and the neighboring countries. Previously, Mr. Wolf gained vast international experience while working for several years in business development at Siemens Industry Sector in Germany and living in Scandinavia, South America, the United States and Australia. Mr. Wolf holds an engineering degree from Mittweida University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
ALEXANDER WOLF
GENERAL MANAGER /// METEOCONTROL CENTRAL AMERICA
11:45 Operational risk assessment and mitigation
  • • Priorities for owners, financiers, and developers
  • • How to assess and mitigate OEM bankruptcy risks
  • • Non-traditional insurance: PV system output guarantees
  • • Interaction between insurance and component warranties
PABLO OTIN /// VP EMERGING MARKETS - 8MINUTENERGY
Pablo Otin has developed over 2+ GW of renewable projects in EU, U.S., Latin America and Asia and pioneered development of solar PV projects in several markets. Before leading the international expansion of 8minutenergy, Pablo Otin has held senior roles in manufacturing companies (Gamesa), solar development firms (Gestamp Solar & BP Alternative Energy) and financial institutions (ALLCO, Foresight, LightBeam). 8minutenergy is the largest independent solar PV developer in the U.S., with over 1.8 GW under contract, and operations in India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Brazil and Mexico.
PABLO OTIN
MVP EMERGING MARKETS /// 8MINUTENERGY
JAIME PÉREZ DE LABORDA /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BALAM FUND
Con anterioridad a incorporarse al equipo, Jaime lideró el departamento de M&A y financiamiento de Vector Cuatro, enfocándose en operaciones de compraventa y financiamiento en el mercado Latinoamericano (y liderando la implementación de Vector Cuatro en esta región).

Previamente, Jaime fue Director de una de las principales firmas de corporate finance españolas, contando con más de 10 años de experiencia en operaciones de compra, venta y fusión de empresas, valoraciones y captación de capital y deuda en una diversidad de sectores, asesorando a las principales firmas de capital de riesgo y a grandes clientes industriales en transacciones nacionales y cross-border durante este periodo. Su experiencia previa incluye la gestión de proyectos de auditoría y consultoría para grupos financieros y fondos de inversión como miembro senior de la práctica de Mercado de Capitales en Deloitte España

Licenciatura en Dirección y Administración de Empresas por la Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (UPCO-ICADE, Madrid). Domina inglés y español.
JAIME PÉREZ DE LABORDA
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BALAM FUND

DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE TRACK

Session 6B | Subsidy free solar

11:00 Distributed generation
  • • Key market drivers and barriers for PV project development outside of the auction scheme
  • • How to make PV an offer you can’t refuse for private companies, assessing the DG isolated supply markets
  • • What are key limitations for further PV growth in these segments?
NATALIE FLORES /// PARTNER - CCN LAW
Natalie Flores is a U.S. attorney, serving as of counsel to the law firm Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton (CCN), based in Mexico City. With a focus on the solar industry, she represents U.S. clients and international corporations doing business in Mexico on a variety of issues, including facilitating a soft landing for companies entering the Mexican Energy market for the first time, in particular the electricity market. Natalie advises clients in the renewable energy sector in Mexico on matters relating to contracts, anti-corruption, risks, compliance, regulatory matters, labor issues, amongst other corporate matters. She concentrates as well on Protection of Personal Data and Privacy Law in Mexico, United States and the EU, including information and corporate governance, cybersecurity, and data breach. Natalie serves as the Community Manager for Mujeres en Energía Renovable en Mexico (MERM).
NATALIE FLORES
PARTNER /// CCN LAW
ARTURO GOMÉZ /// VICE PRESIDENT - BUENAVISTA RENEWABLES
Arturo Gómez, as Vice President of Buenavista Renewables for Project Finance, is responsible for the financial modeling, risk analysis and mitigation in the structuring of loans and equity investments. Before his current position, Mr. Gómez worked for more than five years in the airline industry where he participated in several financing projects including among others, capital markets transactions such as a dual listed Initial Public Offering and a Follow-on offering. He has vast experience in financial valuation and investment management. Mr. Gómez holds a BS from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Estado de México as well as an MS in Finance from EGADE Business School in Santa Fe.
ARTURO GOMÉZ
VICE PRESIDENT /// BUENAVISTA RENEWABLES
11:45 Marketparity; a holy grail in solar energy
  • • What is the status of PV from a price perspective?
  • • How to make PV dominate the energy landscape in Mexico?
  • • Assessing the business model for merchant solar and how to make it work for all stakeholders?
HECTOR OLEA /// PRESIDENT - ASOLMEX
With more than 23 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, Hector Olea has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2004, Hector Olea is President and CEO of Gauss, a business development firm specialized in the energy sector. Gauss activities are focused in the identification, development and structuring investment opportunities in renewable energy projects, which accounts for more than US$700 million in greenfield projects. Before, he acted as CEO of Suez in Mexico, where he led its transformation into a nationwide energy company. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Olea acted as Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He is President of the Asociación Mexicana de Energía Solar Fotovoltaica (Asolmex) and Chairman of the Mexican Section of the Mexico-US Business Energy Council. He is an economist from ITAM (Mexico) and earned his Master and PhD in Economics at Rice University (US). In 1989, he was distinguished with the Banamex Economics Award.
HECTOR OLEA
PRESIDENT /// ASOLMEX
JEFF PAVLOVIC /// PARTNER - BRAVOS ENERGIA
Jeff Pavlovic holds degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Duke University, a masters degree in Business Administration from Stanford University and a masters degree in Economics from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas. He is currently partner in Bravos Energía, a company dedicated to the representation of generation assets in the Mexican Wholesale Power Market, the development of price forecasts, and other value added services for market participants. Previously, he was Managing Director of Electric Industry Coordination and Managing Director of Generation and Transmission in the Ministry of Energy and Unit Leader of Modernization in the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). In the United States, he was Manager of Generation Control and Dispatch for Xcel Energy in Denver, Colorado. He began his career as a financial analyst at LEK Consulting, where he specialized in the unbundling of electric utilities. He has earned a NERC system operator certification and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
JEFF PAVLOVIC
PARTNER /// BRAVOS ENERGIA
12:30 LUNCH BREAK

OPERATIONS TRACK

Session 7A | Grid operations

13:45 Grid reliability and ancillary services
  • • Ensuring grid code compliance: ins and outs
  • • Grid stability: a business case for PV plants?
  • • Ancillary services in the Mexican wholesale electricity market
  • • How batteries fit the panorama

DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE TRACK

Session 7B | Maturing finance

13:45 Challenges for financing in a nascent electricity market
  • • Bankability of bilateral PPA’s
  • • Bankability of offtakers and the clearing house participants
  • • The expected role of the Financial Transmission Rights
  • • Necessary conditions for a market of energy price hedges
MARCOS VALENZUELA /// DIRECTOR, WHOLESALE MARKET - CENACE
Marcos Valenzuela Ortiz received a degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the ITR of Tijuana (1979) and a master's degree in Electrical Power Systems from UANL (1992). Marcos has extensive experience in the area of analysis and operation of power systems and in the development and management of energy contracts. He has had substantial interaction with U.S. and Canadian companies in developing energy transactions for the Baja California electrical system. He has been working in the CENACE group in the implementation of the wholesale electricity market in Mexico.
MARCOS VALENZUELA
DIRECTOR, WHOLESALE MARKET /// CENACE
JOSÉ MARÍA LUJAMBIO /// ENERGY PRACTICE DIRECTOR - CCN LAW
Since 2014, José María Lujambio coordinates the energy practice of the law firm Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, where he is a partner, from his office in Austin, Texas. His work with clients has included regulatory support to utility-scale renewable energy projects; enablement of qualified suppliers and traders to participate in the wholesale electricity market, negotiation of several kinds of energy procurement contracts, and advice in the midstream and downstream regulation of natural gas and refined products, for U.S. companies doing business in Mexico.
Previously, he worked for many years in the Mexican government. From 2009 to 2012, he served as General Legal Counsel of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, where he was responsible for leading the implementation of Mexico’s 2008 energy reform, in the renewable energy and gas sectors. Also, from 2005 to 2009, he worked as an attorney within the Legal Counsel’s Office of Mexico’s President, concentrating on legislation and presidential rules, and constitutional affairs.
In the academic arena, in 2014 Lujambio obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, with energy concentration, from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013 Lujambio taught an Energy Law course at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), where he had gotten his Law Degree back in 2002. Also in 2013 he coordinated the energy research and networking agenda of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), with US-AID funds. He also holds a Master of Fundamental Rights degree from the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain.
Lujambio has published several essays and articles on energy regulation and constitutional law topics, and is a member of the Gulf Coast Power Association, the International Society of Mexico Energy, and the Mexican Lawyers Bar.
JOSÉ MARÍA LUJAMBIO
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ENERGY PRACTICE DIRECTOR /// CCN LAW
ALFONSO GUTIÉRREZ /// COUNTRY MANAGER - ANTUKO MEXICO
Bachelor’s in International Business with a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the Tec de Monterrey. The last 10 years he has been dedicated to entrepreneurship and business development in the sectors of Biotechnology, Environmental, and Research and Development through all Latin American markets. His strength in strategy design for revenue growth, new market penetration, and process optimization, have driven him to be responsible of the operations of Antuko Mexico where he has led our team in both gaining consulting insight and developping the Commercial Strategy of our Qualified Supplier.
ALFONSO GUTIÉRREZ
COUNTRY MANAGER /// ANTUKO MEXICO
14:30 PM BREAK

Session 8 - PV+Storage

15:15 PV+storage: a perfect marriage?

  • • Market drivers and regulations that will impulse storage deployment
  • • Anticipating the role of batteries in the added complexity of the system’s O&M
  • • The first-hand design and operational experience of a PV+storage project in Mexico
DAVID BRISEÑO /// VICE PRESIDENT – PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT - GAUSS ENERGIA
With more than 10 years of experience in the Mexican energy sector, David Briseño has actively participated in the promotion and development of renewable energy in the country. Since 2009, David Briseño works in Gauss Energia. From 2013, David is Project Development and Management Vice President. He coordinates the development team for origination of projects. He leads site identification and control, business model preparation, permits securing, and project management through engagement of technical and commercial relations with key stakeholders. David is in charge of project management from procurement with equipment vendors, warranty and quality validation, logistics coordination, insurance contracting and claims management, and up to performance control over installation and commissioning tasks. David has a BA in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering by the Universidad Iberoamericana. He is Technical Coordinator at the Asociacion Mexicana de Energia Solar, Asolmex.
DAVID BRISEÑO
VICE PRESIDENT /// PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT - GAUSS ENERGIA
CHUCK SMITH /// EVP O&M SALES & SOLUTIONS - SMA
Chuck Smith is the executive vice president of Global Operations and Maintenance Sales and Solutions for SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for establishing SMA as the solar industry’s leading O&M service provider across all commercial and utility PV product and market segments. Smith’s duties include global O&M business strategy development and leadership, sales, solution and process innovation, and talent acquisition. He also drives customer loyalty and seamlessly aligns SMA O&M Sales and Solutions with all other company business functions (strategy, technology, operations, finance, legal and human resources) and business units (commercial, utility and off-grid/hybrid).
Smith joined SMA in 2010 as the senior manager of SMA’s North American service operations and quickly moved up the ranks to his current position. Before that, he spent 25 years with Hewlett-Packard in Roseville, California, where he held numerous senior management positions leading various global service and research and development teams.
Smith received a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio. He then went on to earn master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Columbia, Maryland, and the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, a joint venture of Columbia University in New York and the University of California, Berkeley.
CHUCK SMITH
EVP O&M SALES & SOLUTIONS /// SMA
16:00 NETWORKING DRINKS
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