1D : Monday, May 8 : 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Closing the Gap: Energy Efficiency as a Tool to Mobilize Funds and Improve Access?
As the international community looks to advance a global energy transition that balances sustainability and economic growth, energy efficiency has a critical role to play in improving energy access in emerging economies. What is the potential for energy efficiency to help energy access efforts reach scale? What is the role of energy efficiency in mobilizing funds in the areas most in need of improved access?
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THOUGHT LEADERS
Timothy Farrell
Senior Advisor, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
Moderator
BIO
Tim Farrell is a Senior Advisor at the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, which also serves as the Energy Efficiency Hub for the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative. Tim is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal 7’s ambitious target of doubling energy efficiency improvement by 2030 by promoting best practices in energy efficiency, supporting the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, developing a knowledge platform and facilitating global collaborations. One of Tim’s activities over the past two years was his role as Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency focusing on promoting energy efficiency in its 56 member States. Prior to joining Copenhagen Centre Tim had spent seven years developing energy efficiency policies and programs in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Tim initiated the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) Program that is delivering energy efficiency, energy security, financial savings and other multiple benefits to the Pacific Region. Tim has a PhD from The University of Queensland in Australia.
Andrew McAllister
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Moderator
BIO
Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career: beginning in the early 1990s in project engineering and development, evolving into program design and implementation, then moving into the policy arena. He has worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy management systems, with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy and marketplace provide him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in the electric power sector. Before joining the Energy Commission, Dr. McAllister was managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, where he worked for six years. Previously, he worked with NRECA International, Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of renewable generation, load management, utility planning and remote power projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Said Mouline
CEO, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency, AMEE
Speaker
BIO
Born in 1963 in Rabat, Saïd Mouline is an engineer specialist in the energy and environmental questions. Graduate from the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble, France) and University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), he is President of the Energy, Climate and Green Economy Commission at the General Confederation of the Moroccan Companies (CGEM) and President of the Moroccan Center for Clean Production. He was advisor to the President of OCP, the world leading phosphate company for a sustainable development policy. He has in the past worked within the Cabinet of the Minister of Energy and Mines and counseled various national and international organizations like the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental protection, BMCE Bank, WLPGA, World Bank, IFC, GTZ, KfW and UNDP. He is currently CEO of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) and Head of the Public Private Partnerships at COP 22 committee
Ashok Sarkar
Senior Energy Specialist, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, World Bank
Speaker
BIO
Ashok Sarkar has been managing energy efficiency analytical, advisory and financing operations in the World Bank’s Global Energy Practice, based in Washington DC, since 2006. He has 22 years of experience in over 30 countries developing sustainable energy and climate change mitigation solutions covering policies, implementation, financing and knowledge management. Ashok is currently involved in projects in Bangladesh, India, Poland, Indonesia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He had earlier worked in the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. US Agency for International Development in India, and in RMA, a Madison, Wisconsin-based international clean energy consulting firm. A mechanical engineer by undergraduate training from the Delhi College of Engineering (India), Ashok started his early professional career in BHEL, India in mid-1980s, designing thermal power stations. He obtained a masters degree in Energy Planning and Policy from the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), and a Ph.D. from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Ashok had established the World Bank’s Energy Efficiency Community of Practice and had managed it for seven years. He had also served as a member of UNFCCC’s CDM Methodologies Panel in 2005-2007 and, more recently, he chaired UNEP’s U4E-enlighten International Experts Task Force on LED Lighting and Controls. He has published 50 papers and delivered 125+ presentations. Ashok has been a member of the International
Russell Sturm
Head, Energy Access/ Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation
Speaker
BIO
An innovator in the field of sustainable energy market development for more than 25 years. Russell leads IFC’s energy access advisory business where he works with the private sector to mobilize commercial investment to expand energy access for the underserved. Russell’s focus on market transformation over his career has informed the model for IFC’s approach to accelerate uptake of climate-friendly technology and expand access to energy and water. As the creator of the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program which has been the catalyst for the dynamic solar off-grid energy services market, and manager of IFC’s global portfolio of energy access programs, Russell’s work focuses on innovative business models which enable commercially sustainable private sector delivery of energy and water services. Previously, Russell led IFC’s climate change advisory business, leading development of IFC’s climate advisory strategy, and building a global portfolio of advisory products that support commercial private sector investment that builds climate resilience and that scale up adoption of low carbon technologies and practices. In addition to his work to scale up market development for climate friendly technologies, his innovative work with commercial banks was the foundation of IFC’s $1 billion sustainable energy finance business. Prior to joining IFC in 2000, Russell was President of the International Institute for Energy Conservation. Previously, as Vice-President of Energy Management Services, he developed distributed generation and energy efficiency projects throughout the United States. While completing his studies in energy and natural resource policy and finance at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University/Kennedy School of Government, Russell did econometric modeling at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and worked on the first energy performance contract (ESCO) agreements in the United States at the law firm of Lane and Edson, LLC.