Preliminary sessions listed below with new panels and speakers added weekly

Conference Themes:

  • Achieving Our Clean Energy, Customer & Community Driven Future
  • Equitable and Affordable Access to Clean, Renewable Electricity, Heating, & Transportation
  • Emerging Technologies, Business, & Financing Models
  • Integrating Innovation & Distributed Energy on the Grid & in Town Plans
  • Deep Dives into the Latest Policy & Regulatory Issues
  • Long-term Planning for a More Sustainable New England

Monday

Continental Breakfast & Expo Open to Attendees

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Visualizing Total Renewable Energy: Power and Possibility

Description: Vermont’s Community Energy Dashboard and New York’s Solar Map offer an online suite of tools to help communities, businesses, and individuals understand their energy use and opportunities, and make clean energy choices and investments.   These graphical data platforms enable consumers to see who is doing energy work in their communities, to learn from their neighbors' experiences, and to inspire others to take action.  After a live demonstration of the Dashboard’s new capabilities for tracking and analyzing energy efficiency, wood heat, and electric vehicle/ renewable transportation, panelists will discuss utilization of these tools to assist in developing town comprehensive energy plans and reaching new customers.  Share your Vermont energy actions on the Dashboard at www.vtenergydashboard.org.  Connect with solar installers and learn more about your solar potential athttps://nysolarmap.com

Federal, State, & Local Taxes and Finance Tools Update: Renewable Energy Project Implications

Description: Experts share renewable energy project financing pathways and new tools as well as detailed overviews on recent tax changes including the Federal Investment Tax Credit, Federal Residential Energy Tax Credit, Vermont Tax Credit, MACRS (depreciation), and local land assessments.  Attend this session to learn how to maximize tax incentives and avoid potential pitfalls for investors and lenders.  

Advanced Wood Heating: Roadmaps to Growth

Description:  Nearly 1/3 of our total energy needs derive from heating, with imported oil and gas used to meet nearly half of thermal energy demand.  At the same time, sustaining and enhancing New England’s forested working landscape requires stable local markets for low-grade wood.  Increased use of modern advanced wood heating offers an affordable solution to reduce reliance on and wealth loss from oil and gas, stimulate the local economy, cut climate pollution, and encourage healthy forest management.  Attend this session for presentations on recent state reports and discussion on progressing advanced wood heating as an economic and climate solution.  Panelists offer detailed overviews on:

  • REV’s new 5-year action plan - a roadmap to achieving 35% of Vermont's thermal heating needs by 2030 through expanded use of advanced wood heat;
  • Maine’s recent Commission report on the biomass industry; and
  • New Hampshire’s Thermal Renewable Energy Certificate Program.

Networking Reception and Green Mountain Silent Auction

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Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Suncommon

Tuesday

Canadian & Vermont Networking Breakfast

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Significant ongoing energy and technology trade and collaboration between Canada and New England creates economic development, energy security, health and environmental benefits.  Connect with business and delegation leaders over breakfast to discuss opportunities for clean energy projects, enhanced infrastructure, digital and transportation solutions.

Governor’s Address

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Speakers:  Vermont Governor Phil Scott

Unexpected Climate Solutions

Description: Is heating with wood or biogas a good choice for people concerned about climate change? A 2016 life-cycle analysis found that switching from fossil fuels to wood pellets produced in the northeast cuts greenhouse gas emissions by over 50%. Vermont Gas Systems plans to be first natural gas company in the nation to offer customers biogas fuel derived from cowpower and landfill methane. Anaerobic digesters offer a unique opportunity to bring new purpose to food waste while cutting emissions and generating energy. 

Panelists will discuss implications on climate reduction efforts of turning waste into treasure and emerging economic opportunities these fuels present. 

Financing Renewable Energy: Lenders, Blockchain, Pay As You Save, & More

Description:  Financiers, lenders, and government program managers overview funding tools for and the implications of recent state policy changes on renewable energy projects. Attend this session to learn how to make your clean energy project a reality or help your customers secure financing.  Panelists will also discuss equitable financing and work underway to address financing tool gaps to achieve total renewable energy.

The Low-Grade Wood Market Crisis: What Does it Mean for the Region’s Thermal Biomass Industry?

Description: As 80% of New England’s land covered in forest, maintaining its health is inherently critical to our culture, climate, and economy. The tradesmen who bring us valuable forest products – including thermal biomass fuel such as cordwood, pellets and chips – face a serious threat from the dramatic loss of low-grade wood markets, which is causing a ripple effect throughout the industry.  Imperiled low grade wood markets drive decline in local infrastructure such as logging operations, sawmills and kilns, as well as the forests and jobs they sustain.

Panelists will discuss connections and challenges of how growing advanced wood heating - which depends on a steady supply of locally sourced wood, offers opportunity for future economic and environmental vitality.     

Women in Energy Networking Luncheon

Ticketed event (register online)

Time: 12:30-1:45 p.m.

The Future of Grid-Connected PV: Regulatory Changes & Advances in Storage

Ticketed event (register online)

Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Description: Participants in this half-day Solar Energy International class will learn about the changing PV landscape as the era of net-metering shifts, and other rate structures such as time-of-use, higher fixed fees, and demand charges become more prevalent. New tariff structures and their  effect on system design, cost, and ROI will be discussed.  Additionally the basics of storage technologies, integrated systems management, and design considerations for systems when there is no net-metering will be covered. This class will be based on residential-scale PV systems with and without energy storage and geared towards integrators, installers, salespeople, interconnection specialists, system designers, PV system developers, financiers, and project owners.

NABCEP CE hours: 3 (Task Analysis: 3)

Scheduling subject to change. Click here for the full REV2016 detailed agenda for a flavor of this premier convening.