Tuesday Midday Learning Opps

Energy Infrastructure: A New Frontier in Higher Education Using P3s

  • Tuesday, July 16
  • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 1, Ballroom B
  • SK


Ritu Kalra

Managing Director|Head of Western Region & Higher Education Finance

Goldman Sachs

San Francisco, California

Amir Rahnamay-Azar

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Michael Wagner

Chief Financial Officer

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Jessica Wood

Senior Director and Sector Lead

S&P Global Ratings

Chicago, Illinois


While many campuses have completed housing programs using public-private partnerships (P3s), other potential types of partnerships are worth exploring. For one, energy infrastructure is an emerging area for forming partnerships because of the investments needed to meet institutions’ commitments to sustainability, the need to upgrade aging energy infrastructure at the end of its useful life, the emergence of new energy technologies, and the availability of new or better-suited capital in the market. The business models and credit evaluations of such partnerships are evolving, creating challenges in the design and execution of successful agreements for energy infrastructure. Leaders who have explored this area will discuss how they chose a P3 structure, how to evaluate financial considerations, and the lessons they learned.

Learning Objectives

  • Weigh the risks and opportunities associated with an energy or other P3 partnership
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of various P3 structures
  • Implement best practices for negotiating successful partnership agreements