Laura Beane

ENGIE

Chief Renewables Officer

Laura Beane joined ENGIE North America as Chief Renewables Officer in April 2020. Prior to joining ENGIE, Laura was the President & CEO of Avangrid Renewables, one of the leading developers and marketers of renewable energy in the United States. Laura built her career over more than 20 years at Avangrid, holding various positions in operations, market structure, regulation, policy, compliance, and special projects. Laura is passionate about renewable energy and is focused on creating customized solutions for customers backed by best-in-class renewable development and operation. Laura holds a Master of Global Energy Management with the University of Comillas and an MBA with the University of Strathclyde. Outside of the office, Laura enjoys running, playing the piano, traveling, and spending time with her husband and college-age son. 

SESSIONS WITH Laura Beane

Thursday, 4 March

  • 01:20pm - 01:50pm (CST) / 04/mar/2021 07:20 pm - 04/mar/2021 07:50 pm

    Strategic Dialogue

    Solar Power: A new growth curve?

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Power & Renewables Clean Tech Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    Photovoltaics costs have decreased dramatically over the past decade, mostly driven by a sustained decline in module costs, which have fallen nearly 90% on average between 2010 and 2020. Going forward, the pace of solar technology innovation continues unabated despite continued declining PV system costs year over year. Further gains could come from a combination of incremental cost reduction to existing technological platforms but also through the emergence of new technologies. At the same time, the focus is shifting from reducing CAPEX to increasing the value over the lifetime of a project and reducing overall LCOE. How well positioned are the supply chain and downstream solar players to deliver on future cost reductions? How can past cost reductions be sustained in the future? What new technologies are on the horizon? How likely their success?