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Thursday, October 13

Continental Breakfast & Expo Open to Attendees

Time: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Welcome

Speaker: Jeff Forward, Chair, Renewable Energy Vermont (REV); Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director, REV; Mayor Miro Weinberger, City of Burlington.

2026: Visioning Our Energy Future

Time: 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Description: Vermont’s ongoing energy and climate leadership legacy ranges from establishing the first efficiency utility, to our Renewable Energy Standard, and comprehensive 90% total energy (electric, thermal, & transportation) goal.  Four leaders at the forefront of transforming energy markets and regulation share their visions for the future, steps needed to achieving that future, and answer audience questions.
Speakers: Tom Dunn, CEO, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO); Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power (GMP); James Moore, Co-President & Founder, SunCommon.
Moderator: Michael Dworkin, Vermont Law School.

Federal Energy, Environment, & Business Updates

Time: 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Speakers: US Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-VT); US Congressman Peter Welch, (D-VT).

Renewable Energy Pathways: Vermont & New England's Advanced Solar Economy in 2025 

Time: 10:25 - 11:20 a.m.
Description: Funded by the US Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. Vermont Solar Market Pathways draft report developed by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation offers detailed insights into Vermont’s advanced energy economy in the future, with 20% (1 GW) of electricity from solar by 2025. Envisioning (a) potential changes to the grid, investments, and policies; (b) electrification of heating and transportation; (c) new distributed and utility energy storage; and (d) growth of wind and other renewables to meet our 90% by 2050 goal; the reports authors invite your feedback on this groundbreaking draft report.
Speakers: Damon Lane, Lead Analyst, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC); Paul Peterson, Principal Associate, Synapse.
Moderator: Dan Kinney, Co-owner, Catamount Solar.

Integrating Renewables & Buildings: Zero Energy Now 

Time: 10:25 - 11:20 a.m.
Description: A zero energy building produces enough renewable energy to meet  its own annual energy needs annually, resulting in lower environmental impacts, operating and maintenance cost savings, better resilience to power outages and natural disasters, and improved energy security.  Panelists will share lessons learned from residential and commercial net zero new construction and renovation projects in Vermont that resulted in super energy efficient buildings with no fossil fuel use.  Learn about the design and construction process, new energy modeling tools, the U.S. Department of Energy’s home energy labeling, and Vermont’s new Zero Energy Now incentives.
Speakers: John Dale, Senior Architect, BreadLoaf Corporation; John Johnston, Vice President of MEP Services, BreadLoaf Corporation; Richard Faesy Principal and Co-Founder, Energy Futures Group. 
Moderator: Jeff Gephart, Co-Founder and President, Vermontwise Energy Services.

The Next Frontier of Electric Transportation

Time: 10:25 - 11:20 a.m.
Description: Electric buses designed for commuters and school districts can help maximize the value of renewable energy during peak generating times, drastically reduce fuel and fleet maintenance costs, and deliver reliable zero emissions daily driving.  Learn about one of the country’s first Vehicle-to-Grid Electric School Bus pilot programs underway in Massachusetts; new utility incentives to purchase electric vehicles; plug into New York’s efforts to integrate electric vehicles on the grid; and hear directly from manufacturers about how these new vehicles can help meet your climate, clean energy, and budget goals.
Speakers: Eva Lerner-Lam, Eastern Business Director, BYD Motors, Inc.; Tom Lyle, Program Manager, Burlington Electric Department; Bethany Whitaker, Senior Consultant, VEIC.
Moderator: Steven Letendre, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College.

Shifting Regulatory Landscapes: Impacts on Renewables in Vermont

Time: 10:25 - 11:20 a.m.
Description: Panelists at the forefront of renewable energy legal advocacy work offer updates on recent regulatory changes in Vermont including net metering, independent power producer energy sales to utilities (PURPA), wind sound, complaint protocols, and recent Public Service Board and Supreme Court decisions on renewable siting.  Attend this session for insights into how to strategically plan for your renewable energy project or company to continue thriving through the shifting regulatory landscape.
Speakers: Andy Raubvogel, Esq., Partner, Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel &  Hand; Kimberly K. Hayden, Esq., Practice Leader, Paul Frank + Collins.
Moderator: Leslie A. Cadwell, Principal, Legal Counselor & Advocate, PLC.

Disrupting Climate Pollution: State & Regional Resilience Actions

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Description: State agency leaders discuss actions Vermont is taking in-state and through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce pollution and help communities prepare for the effects of a changing climate through energy resilience.  Panelists offer updates on progress and next steps towards achieving Vermont’s 40% by 2030 climate pollution reduction goal and implementing the innovative Comprehensive Energy Plan to ensure that the State remains at the leading edge of the ongoing global transition to a low carbon future.
Speakers: Deb Markowitz, Agency of Natural Resources & Governor’s Climate Cabinet Chair, State of Vermont; Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Vermont Department of Public Service; Gina Campoli, Environmental Policy Manager, VT Department of Transportation.
Moderator: Jeff Bernicke, Chief Executive Officer, Native Energy.

Beyond the Peak: Integrating Markets & Public Policy to Create Grid Wide Efficiency

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Description: Regional electricity markets are designed to meet New England’s need to maintain reliability by selecting the lowest-cost resources without considering state or regional energy and climate goals.  Innovative non-wires  alternatives such as storage, micro-grids, and smart meters, etc. create value and savings for ratepayers while also helping meet clean energy and climate goals.  Panelists will share successes of and future plans to implement these non-traditional solutions and discuss policies and market evolution needed to enable greater growth of new low-carbon investments.
Speakers: Charlotte Ancel, Vice President of Power Supply & General Counsel, GMP; Eric Johnson, Director of External Affairs, ISO - New England; Abigail Anthony, Grid Modernization Initiative & Director,  Acadia Center; Rick Weston, Principal and China Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP).
Moderator: Scudder Parker, VEIC.

Innovative & Emerging Financing Opportunities

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Description: Achieving our transformative goal of 90% renewable energy by 2050 requires significant financial investments across the electric, heating, and transportation sectors.  Learn about the new “Clean Energy Finance Collaborative” formed to develop financing and consumer engagement tools to scale energy independence.  Explore emerging opportunities and tools including Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, new utility on-bill financing, and roll-out plans for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan funds awarded to VEIC.
Speakers: Kelly Lucci, Director of External and Government Affairs, VEIC; Bob Barton, Founder, Catalyst Financial; Brian Otley, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, GMP; Ed Delhagen, Clean Energy Finance and Program Manager, Vermont Public Service Department.
Moderator: Chuck Karparis, VP - Lending Officer, Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU).

Currents of Today & Tomorrow: Hydro Power in New England

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Description: Josh Castonguay,  Chief Innovation Executive, GMP; Andrew Locke, President, Essex Hydro; Mathew Rubin, Vermont Independent Power Producers Association.
Moderator: John R. Spencer, P.E., Bright Star Solar.

Governor's Address

Time: 12:45 - 1:00 pm
Description: Upon taking office in 2011 Governor Shumlin’s Administration put together the first Comprehensive Energy Plan since the late 1990’s, establishing the goal of 90% total renewable energy by 2050.  Since then, Vermont has added eleven times the amount of solar and twenty times the amount of wind power generation, while continuing to invest in energy efficiency. Under Governor Shumlin’s leadership, Vermont expanded its net metering and standard offer programs while lowering costs. The cost of solar under Standard Offer has come down from 30 cents per kilowatt hour in 2010 to bids under 8 cents per kilowatt hour this year. In 2015 Governor Shumlin signed Act 56 into law, setting a 75% renewable electricity standard to be met by utilities by 2032.  The law also creates an innovation component for utilities to support technologies that reduce fossil fuel use in the heating and transportation sectors, such as cold-climate heat pumps, modern wood heat, and plug-in vehicles.  Under the Shumlin Administration, Vermont’s clean energy sector has grown to employ more than 17,000 while maintaining the second-lowest electric rates in New England.
Speaker: Governor Peter Shumlin, 81st Governor of Vermont.

Keynote Address

Time: 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Speaker: Dan Reicher, Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University.

Telling Compelling Energy Stories

Time: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Description: Transforming our energy systems takes more than innovative and economical technology, it also requires community support. Communication experts will share findings from the latest polls about renewable energy and climate change that frame the best messages for compelling advocacy and sales.  Learn how to increase the persuasive power of these messages and your brand during this interactive session.  Storytelling can play a critical role, helping create a shared narrative of the future, and inspiring individuals and communities to work together to achieve it.  Participants in this interactive session will learn how to create a clear narrative of our clean energy future including how to harness storytelling methods, news outlets, and social media to achieve it.
Speakers: Amy Shollenberger, Founder, Action Circles; Deena Frankel, Facilitator, VELCO; Peter Burns, Storyteller.
Moderator: Emily McManamy, Storyteller & Media Maven, SunCommon.

Regional & Town Planning to Achieve 90% by 2050: Implementing Act 174 to Grow Our Climate Economy

Time: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Description: Comprehensive clean energy and climate planning by local and regional governments offers an opportunity to drive economic development while also achieving community environmental and resilience goals.  Attend this session to learn about the newly proposed regional and town planning guidelines and efforts underway by communities in Vermont and around the country to plan for energy independence.
Speakers: Steve Nicholas, Vice President of Urban Programs, Institute for  Sustainable Communities; Jon Copans, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service; Melanie Needle, Senior Planner, Chittenden County Regional   Planning Commission.
Moderator: Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Biomass: Successful Projects Meeting Climate & Cost Control Goals

Time: 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Description: Converting waste, low-value wood byproducts, and other biomass to energy offers great opportunities to help New England lower greenhouse gas pollution and grow our local economy.  Learn more about our region’s current biomass market and the successful components of biomass energy projects through case studies.  Panelists will also provide an overview of the availability and logistics of various biomass fuels and systems, including boilers, combined heat power and cooling systems, etc.
Speakers: Paul F. Lewandowski, Director of Business Development, AFS Energy Systems; Daniel Edson, Engineer, State of Vermont; Pierre Letarte, Consulting Engineer Mid-South Engineering.
Moderator: Jeff Forward, Principal, Forward Thinking Consultants, LLC.

Generating Demand for Renewables and Efficiency: EAN’s Community Energy Dashboard

Time: 3:30 - 4:25 p.m.
Description: The newly-launched Community Energy Dashboard is an online suite of tools to help communities, businesses and individuals understand their energy use and make clean energy and efficiency choices and investments across all energy sectors (heat, electric, and transportation).  It is also a neutral platform for consumers to see who is doing energy work in their communities, to learn from their neighbors' experiences, and to inspire others to take action. This session will provide a brief overview and live demonstration of the Dashboard, followed by a discussion on how it can help build demand and expand clean energy markets in Vermont from three different perspectives: developer, financial institution and local consumers. (Visit the Dashboard at: vtenergydashboard.org)  
Speakers: Jim Merriam, VP of Operations, Suncommon; Laurie Fielder, Program Director - VGreen Loans, VSECU; Johanna Miller, Energy Program Director, VNRC and Coordinator of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN);  Linda McGinnis, Program Director, Energy Action Network (EAN).
Moderator: Linda McGinnis, Program Director EAN (Presenter and Moderator)

Transformation in Broad Daylight: Our Digital Energy Revolution

Time: 3:30 - 4:25 p.m.
Description: The global $5 trillion energy industry at the nexus of our economy, environment, and national security, is also at the confluence of several transformative trends.  Real-time predictive optimization of data offers the most efficient path to successfully orchestrate energy systems of the future.   The solution is "DER by DER" or the integration of Distributed Energy Resources by a Digital Energy Revolution.  
Speakers: Chandu Visweswariah, Smarter Energy and Environmental Science Director, IBM.
Moderator: Jeff Couture, Executive Director, Vermont Tech Alliance

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

Time: 3:30 - 4:25 p.m.
Description: From understanding basic tax concepts for renewable project financing to detailed overviews on recent 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.  Presenters will also explore prevailing tax equity models including direct ownership, the partnership-flip, lease pass-through, and sale leaseback.  
Speakers: David Gurtman, Attorney, Dinse Knapp & McAndrew; Chaz Blackmore, Certified Public Accountant, Bilodeau Wells & Co, PC; Luke Shullenberger, Managing Partner, Green Lantern Group.
Moderator: Debra Royce, Chief Financial Officer, AllEarth Renewables.

Brownfields: Navigating the Challenges for Renewable Energy Development

Time: 3:30 - 4:25 p.m.
Description: New policies and incentives aim to drive renewable energy project siting toward brownfields, landfills, closed gravel pits, and other properties that can pose greater permitting and liability challenges.  Learn about the benefits of developing projects on these preferred locations and how advanced project planning can help you navigate challenges to avoid increased costs and delays in development on these sites.
Speakers: Timothy L. Petit, Project Manager, Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc.; Jeff Polubinski, Attorney, Gravel and Shea.
Moderator: Chad Farrell, Founder and President, Encore Renewable Energy.

Forget Fossil Fuels: Three Reliable Renewable Thermal Solutions

Time: 4:35 - 5:30 p.m.
Description: Business leaders experienced with modern wood heat boilers, geothermal systems, and cold climate heat pumps will share performance data and case studies highlighting how these reliable systems work to achieving cost savings for Vermont homes and businesses while also reducing carbon pollution.
Speakers: Andrew Boutin, General Manager, Pellergy;  Matt Davis, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire; Nik Ponzio, Co-Founder, Building Energy Vermont.
Moderator: Andrew Perchlik, Vermont Public Service Department.

Regional Round Up: Northeast Renewable Energy Policy Developments 

Time: 4:35 - 5:30 p.m.
Description: Panelists involved in clean energy policy and regulatory proceedings from around the region will share insider perspectives on proceedings to modernize the grid, renewable energy valuation, interconnection, community access to renewables, and market drivers.  Highlights include New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and vaDER tariff proceedings, and Massachusetts’ new energy diversity legislation.
Speakers: Mike Trahan, Co-Director, Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition; Sean Garren, Northeastern Regional Manager, Vote Solar; Dan Bosley, Government Relations Executive, New England Clean Energy Council.
Moderator: Mary Sprayregen, Deputy Director of Policy and Public Affairs, VEIC.

State & Regional Climate Solutions: Cutting Costs & Carbon Pollution Through Carbon Pricing

Time: 4:35 - 5:30 p.m.
Description: Carbon pollution pricing is widely-regarded as the most effective incentive to shift from fossil fuels to a more efficient, low-carbon, clean energy future.  Learn how Vermont could lower businesses, personal income and sales taxes by implementing a price on carbon pollution.
Speakers: David Blittersdorf, President / CEO, AllEarth Renewables; Rep. Mary S. Hooper, Vermont House of Representatives; Sen. Dick McCormack, Vermont State Senate; Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, Director of Transportation Efficiency, VEIC.
Moderator: Tom Hughes, Campaign Manager, Energy Independent Vermont.

Weather Analytics: Informing & Improving Grid Efficiency

Time: 4:35 - 5:30 p.m.
Description: VELCO and IBM Research created the Vermont Weather Analytics Center (VTWAC), a globally unique platform that achieves breakthrough accuracy in predicting wind and solar generation. VTWAC links and integrates data from: high-resolution weather forecasts, real-time power measurements from network telemetry, smart meter data from hundreds of thousands of individual customers, and detailed information about the Vermont grid’s physical properties. Best-in-class energy analytics fuse this data into powerful information that can unlock the full value from reliable renewable energy sources, increase grid reliability, generate savings for customers and improve the grid’s overall environmental performance.
Speakers: Kerrick Johnson, VP - Strategy & Communications, VELCO.

Networking Session and Silent Auction with Cocktails

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14

Continental Breakfast & Expo Open to All Attendees

Time: 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast With Legislators (REV Legislative Committee Members & PAC Supporters Only)

Time: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Description: Members of REV’s Policy & Legislative Committee and Political Action Fund supporters are invited to a special breakfast session with legislative leaders and candidates for the Vermont House of Representatives and State Senate.

Welcome

Time: 8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Speakers: Duane Peterson, Co-President, SunCommon; Senator Christopher Bray, Vermont State Senate.

Conversation with the Candidate: Sue Minter

Time: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Description: Attendees welcome to participate in a Q & A session with former Transportation Secretary and Democratic Candidate for Governor, Sue Minter.
Speaker: Sue Minter, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Vermont.

Awards Ceremony

Time: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Description: Renewable Energy Vermont annually recognizes energy innovators and advocates through awards at our Conference & Expo.

Future of Wind Energy Generation: Successes & Challenges

Time: 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Description: Weather data partnerships between NOAA and energy generators are improving local forecasting and understanding of how wind resources can benefit our region.  Panelists will offer insights about the current and future of wind energy generation from a meteorologist, manufacturing, and project development and operations perspective.
Speakers: John Goff, Lead Meteorologist, National Weather Service; Jeff Puterbaugh, Director of Operations, Goldwind Americas; Eric Thumma, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director Avangrid/Iberdrola Renewables.
Moderator: Martha Staskus, Vice President, Vermont Environmental Research Associates, Inc.

Next Generation Energy: Students’ Fresh Ideas

Time: 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Description: In this panel, four Vermont students present original energy related research conducted during their studies. The panelists will each present for 8-10 minutes, full paper will be available. These are some of the top energy students in Vermont talking about research on pressing policy, program and technical issues and their fresh ideas for addressing the energy crisis.
Speakers: TBD.
Moderator: Richard Watts, Director of Center for Research on Vermont, University of Vermont.

Renewables for All: Expanding Access for Low & Fixed Income Households

Time: 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Description: Learn about policies, program models, and projects that are successfully expanding access to renewable energy and jobs around the country for low and fixed income households.
Speakers: Riley Allen, Senior Advisor, RAP; Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Program Director, Low-Income Solar Access, Vote Solar; Nate Hausman, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance.
Moderator: Kathy Beyer, Vice President for Development, Housing Vermont.

Smart Companies Engage Millennials & Renters on Energy: How and Why You Should Also

Time: 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Description: Millennials and renters, the homeowners of tomorrow want to know more about renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Learn how to best engage these hyper-connected customers to invest in the future of your brand.  Panelists share market studies and insights into key drivers, perceptions, and barriers for connecting with the next generation of consumers.
Speakers: Ashley Nicholls, Director of Energy Strategy, Principal, KSV; Elizabeth Palchak, University of Vermont; Dan Fredman, University of Vermont.
Moderator: Kristin Carlson, Chief Communications, Brand & Marketing Executive, GMP.

Local, Renewable Heat: Marketing Strategies for Low-Carbon Wood Boilers

Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Description: Despite being a low-carbon, local renewable heat source, low oil prices and low customer awareness have stunted modern wood boiler market growth.  Starting with a visual deep dive into the recent evolution of the wood heat market in Vermont, using aggregated current project data and animated maps, participants begin to envision a path toward 35% thermal biomass energy by 2030. Speakers will present new research findings designed to facilitate a more strategic approach to selling these systems. Presenters will share specific recommendations geared toward wood heat, but applicable to other renewable energy technologies as well.  
Speakers: Maura Adams, Program Director, Northern Forest Center; Juliette Juillerat, Biomass Energy Resource Center.
Moderator: Harris Roen, President, Swiftwood Press LLC.

Not Just Conserving the Climate: Co-Benefits of Renewable Energy Offering Rays of Hope to Farmers, Pollinators, and Clean Water

Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Description: Learn how to maximize the environmental and agricultural co-benefits of a blooming solar market through siting and pollinator friendly best management practices.    
Speakers: Rob Davis, Media & Innovation Lab Director, Fresh Energy; Mike Kiernan, Founder, Bee the Change; Alex DePillis, Energy Specialist, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets; Bill Suhr, Owner & Orchardist, Champlain Orchards.
Moderator: Andrew Savage, Chief Strategy Officer, AllEarth Renewables.

Storage Project & Policy Successes: Enhancing Reneweables Integration & Resilience

Time: 11:10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Description: Energy storage technologies extend the benefits of renewable energy to provide resiliency behind the meter.  New battery technologies offer promising solutions to reducing peak demand and grid challenges.  Panelists will provide insights into which battery storage solutions best fit a variety of customer needs and new policy initiatives underway to help grow storage markets.  Learn how adding storage and solar to a low-income residential project increased cost savings for tenants and helps keep the lights on when the grid goes down.
Speakers: Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance; Zach Robinson, Engineering Technician, Northern Reliability; Stan Faryniarz, Principal Consultant, Daymark Energy Advisors.
Moderator: Charlie Van Winkle, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Reliability.

Annual Meeting Luncheon (REV Member's Only)

Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Description: REV Members should RSVP to attend by emailing info@revermont.org.