Early Highlights From REFF Wall Street

on June 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Breaking Energy is actively covering the Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Wall Street in New York City today. We’ll have a lot of coverage from the event, but some early highlights:

More than 750 attendees were registered as of this morning, the best showing to date. The new CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, former US Navy Admiral Dennis McGinn is representing the increased importance of the Defense Department and the US Armed Forces in increasing adoption of innovative renewable energy solutions on a large-scale basis.

McGinn shared the stage with former long-time ACORE CEO Michael Eckhardt this morning, whose new role as Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at Citigroup underlines the increased importance of sophisticated financial players in the renewable energy industry.

We are actively tweeting the sessions on @Aolenergy and @petergardett – look there for breaking quotes, news announcements and other insights from the day.

The energy industry is using the event today as a platform to announce a number of major initiatives: GE Energy and GAMA Holdings announced Turkey’s newest wind farm, a 22.5MW facility, and renewable energy investment firm CleanPath LLC announced the closing of an $800 million fund to invest in large-scale solar photovoltaic installations.

Expect more from us shortly on former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s call to action on federal incentives and tax credits for renewable energy, and on a host of other energy subjects, including the importance of getting insurance for projects early from Robert Bothwell of Beecher Carlson and insights from Broadwind CEO Peter Duprey.