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Governor Phil Scott
Governor Phil Scott became the 82nd Governor of Vermont on January 5, 2017. He previously served three terms as Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor, and as a Senator for Washington County. As Governor, he has committed to making a difference in the lives of Vermonters by growing the state’s economy, making Vermont more affordable, protecting the most vulnerable and restoring faith and trust in government.
Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
Dave Zuckerman is the founder of Full Moon Farm, a NOFA-certified, successful, organic farm. He co-owns it with his wife Rachel Nevitt, in Hinesburg, VT.
Zuckerman served for fourteen years (1996-2010) in the Vermont House of Representatives as a Progressive, representing the City of Burlington's District 3-4. He served on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee (6 years), Agriculture Committee (6 years, 4 as Chair) and Ways and Means Committee (2 years). He took a leadership role on a number of issues including renewable energy, affordable housing, livable wages, instant run-off voting (and other election reform measures), GMO legislation, universal healthcare, progressive taxation, marriage equality, marijuana policy reform, and end of life choices.
Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan
TJ Donovan was elected Attorney General of the State of Vermont on November 8, 2016. He is the 26th Vermont Attorney General. Thomas J. Donovan Jr. was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont. TJ graduated from Merrimack College (BA, 1996) and Suffolk Law School (JD, 2000). TJ began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA, before returning to Vermont to work as a Deputy Chittenden County State’s Attorney. Before being elected Chittenden County State’s Attorney in November 2006, TJ was an associate in the Burlington, VT, law firm of Jarvis & Kaplan, where he specialized in civil litigation and criminal defense work. TJ was reelected Chittenden County State's Attorney in 2010 and 2014. In 2010, TJ started the Rapid Intervention Community Court (“RICC”), an award winning criminal justice program available to non-violent offenders whose crimes have been driven by addiction or mental illness. He was co-chair for Governor Peter Shumlin’s Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Cabinet.
Ms. Marie-Claude Francoeur was appointed the Québec Delegate to New England in May 2014. This is her second term in Boston. Ms. Francoeur formerly served as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Policies, Multilateral and Francophone Affairs at the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec and as Acting Chief of Protocol for the Government of Québec.
Ms. Francoeur was also Chief of Staff for the Québec Ministers of Transportation and Labour. Throughout her career, Ms. Francoeur has worked to shape and promote Québec’s policies on climate change, labor, transportation, energy and francophonie, both at home and internationally. Ms. Francoeur holds masters’ degrees in both public administration and international relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences from Laval University in Québec and a certificate in advanced management from the McGill Executive Institute. Ms. Francoeur has also completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson
Mitzi Johnson of South Hero was elected Vermont Speaker of the House on January 4, 2017. She is the 91st Speaker and third female Speaker of the House. In addition, she also represents the towns of Alburgh, Grand Isle, Isle la Motte, North Hero, South Hero, and West Milton in the House of Representatives. She was born on November 18, 1970, in Clifton Park, NY, and moved to South Hero in 1993, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont. Mitzi also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Mitzi is the executive director of the Adaptive Leadership Network, a nonprofit engaged in leadership training and complex problem solving. Her professional experience includes program and policy work for Hunger Free Vermont and the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, as well as vegetable production at Allenholm Farm in South Hero.
Senator Christopher Bray
Christopher A. Bray of New Haven, Vermont, became a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in January 2007, serving two terms on the House Agriculture Committee. Chris graduated from the University of Vermont (BA, Zoology, 1977; MA, English, 1991), where he taught for four years in the English Department. Chris then worked at National Life of Vermont, IBM, Intel, and Apple. Chris founded and still operates Common Ground Communications, which provides writing, editing and production services to technical clients and the book publishing industry. Chris and his family operate an 82-acre farm in New Haven. In 2006, Chris graduated from the Governor Richard Snelling Center for Government's Vermont Leadership Institute. In 2009, Chris was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont. Chris was a lead sponsor of Vermont's Farm to Plate Program and the Biomass Energy Development Working Group, which he co-chaired until 2011. In 2009, Chris received the Vermont Natural Resource Council's Legislative Leadership Award. In 2010, Chris received the Council of State Government's Toll Fellowship. In 2012, Chris was appointed to the Vermont State Supreme Court's Professional Responsibility Program.
Senator Rebecca Balint
Rebecca Balint’s career in education has been spent teaching in public and private schools in New England, as well as at the Community College of Vermont. She first moved to Vermont in 1994 to teach rock climbing at the Farm and Wilderness Foundation in Plymouth and relocated permanently to Vermont in 1997. She went on to direct Saltash Mountain Camp at Farm and Wilderness, a coed wilderness adventure camp for 11-15-year-olds. She has served on Brattleboro's Development Review Board and as an elected town meeting representative from her district in Brattleboro. She writes a popular weekly op-ed column in the Brattleboro Reformer, serves on the workforce committee of the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), and is a CTI-trained coach who works with groups and individual clients on fulfilling professional and personal goals.
Chairman Anthony Z. Roisman, VT Public Utilities Commission
Anthony Roisman was appointed Chairman of the Public Utility Commission by Governor Phil Scott for a six-year term beginning on June 12, 2017. At the time of his appointment, he was consulting with attorneys on environmental litigation, public participation before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state regulatory agencies, and on the admissibility of expert testimony in complex litigation. He has also served as Senior Staff Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (1977-1979), Chief of the Hazardous Waste Section and Special Litigator for Hazardous Waste in the Lands and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1979-1982), and Executive Director of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (1982-1987). He has been an Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College and lectures frequently with the American Law Institute and others on expert witness admissibility and environmental law. He is a 1960 graduate of Dartmouth College and 1963 graduate of Harvard Law School. He resides in Weathersfield.
Secretary Michael Schirling
Mike Schirling was appointed to Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) in December 2016 by Governor Phil Scott. Immediately prior to serving as Secretary, Mr. Schirling served as executive director of BTV Ignite, an economic development and technology accelerator initiative, where he oversaw the organization’s efforts to expedite the growth of the local tech sector to strengthen the economy by driving innovation. Schirling led projects and initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities, career coaching, and workforce training programs, and development of innovation hubs. Schirling also served in the Burlington Police Department for 25 years, including seven years as Burlington’s chief of police. As chief, he was committed to innovation, collaboration, community engagement, and systems change. He led efforts to enhance the Department’s technology platforms and received recognitions from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for Civil Rights, and awards for excellence in victim service and community policing.
Commissioner Emily Boedecker
Prior to joining state government, Emily Boedecker was Executive Director of Local Motion the last three years. During her tenure she completed the transformation of the organization from a regional recreational services provider into a statewide advocate for biking, walking and sustainable transportation. Prior to Local Motion she worked for the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy in a variety of marketing, fundraising and leadership roles as the organization grew from its land protection roots, developed programs to address landscape and aquatic connectivity, and engaged in regional regulatory efforts including dam relicensing and RGGI. After graduating with a joint degree in marketing and engineering from a university in England she worked for 12 years in the high-tech industry in France and California in a range of business development, public relations and product development roles.
Commissioner Michael Snyder
Michael Snyder was appointed Commissioner of Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation by Gov. Peter Shumlin in December 2010. Prior to that, he served for 14 years as Chittenden County Forester, providing land stewardship assistance to private landowners and municipalities. He also taught, for 12 years, two courses in Forestry at the University of Vermont and he continues to write the Woods Whys column for Northern Woodlands Magazine. Previously he worked in forest ecosystem science at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and in land surveying and forest management in New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Sweden. He lives in Stowe and owns and manages a 91-acre forest in the northern Connecticut River Valley of Vermont. He received both his Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in forestry from the University of Vermont.
Deputy Commissioner Riley Allen
Riley Allen is an economist and currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Public Service Department. Prior to his recent appointment to the Department, Riley served as Global Research Manager and Senior Advisor to the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) for over seven years. Riley has served with and assisted utility regulators in Vermont and around the globe for 30 years. Prior to his work with RAP, Riley serviced as Planning Director at the Department and a Hearing Officer and Policy Advisor at the Public Service Board (now the Public Utility Commission). Riley received an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a Masters in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Speakers and Panelist
Maura has directed the Northern Forest Center’s wood heat program since 2013, establishing automated wood pellet boiler demonstration projects across the Northern Forest of Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine while advocating for supportive state and federal wood heat policies and developing educational and promotional campaigns. Previously, she built a comprehensive sustainability program at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, worked at a green building consultant for the Jordan Institute, and coordinated a campus energy reduction program at Harvard University. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of environmental management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
A resident of Montpelier for 38 years and founding partner at Black River Design Architects, Jay is an experienced architect in housing, commercial and institutional. And he is adept at providing expertise in inter-disciplinary approaches including business, preservation, fine arts and municipal and state development laws. He is former President of the Montpelier Downtown Association, Board of the Vermont Preservation Trust, and State Board of Architects. Relevant Projects
- Completed restaurants for Sarduccis and NECI; a variety of housing; Montpelier Police and Fire stations; Elementary, Middle and High School renovations, and additions; and work at the Vermont College of Fine Arts
- Completed LEED, Living Building Challenge, and Net Zero projects, including deep energy retrofit of historic structures
- Consultant to communities looking at new Form Based Code inclusive mixed-use zoning
Marc Bedard has always been passionate by technologies and finance. He has been co-founder of Kangaroo Media, was an M&A partner at PwC and senior VP of a dominant manufacturing company before launching Lion Bus in 2008. Marc is currently the CEO and founder of Lion Bus, now known as The Lion Electric Co., a company focused on delivering innovative green products specializing in the school transportation. 18 months ago, after five years of development, Lion launched the first type C 100% electric school bus manufactured by an OEM.
Jeff Bernicke, President & CEO of NativeEnergy, Inc., has over 20 years of strategic and operational experience in developing, structuring, and financing projects in renewable energy, emission reduction, and clean tech businesses. Prior to joining NativeEnergy, Mr. Bernicke led the portfolio development and strategy for Greenhouse Gas Services (a joint venture between General Electric and AES Corp) and was a senior member of the DTE Energy Resources executive team focusing on renewable energy development. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bernicke advised companies in the clean tech sector and worked as a strategy consultant to large corporations across many industrial sectors. Jeff holds an M.B.A. with high distinction and an M.S. in resource ecology from the University of Michigan and B.S. degrees in business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife Veronica and three sons in Shelburne, VT.
Lori D. Barg
Ms. Barg is the founder of Community Hydro LLC, which promotes, designs and installs hydroelectric systems with minimal impact on rivers, fish, and wildlife. These small-scale hydroelectric provide a source of local, sustainable and renewable power for municipalities, farms, and businesses. A consulting geologist, Ms. Barg’s expertise is hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and riverine processes. Ms. Barg is a provisional patent holder for a low-head hydroelectric system which focuses on modular production to make the development of low-head hydro sites affordable by reducing soft costs and civil works. It does this through smart design and economies of scale in manufacturing. Our approach reduces engineering costs which can render a project uneconomic, not least because even well-done site evaluations are not always correct. A pilot project to be installed in Peterborough, NH by the summer of 2018.
Author of Undeveloped Hydroelectric Potential of Vermont. Prepared for Vermont Department of Public Service 2007. http://www.vtenergyatlas-info.com/hydro/reports-links.
Chaz Blackmore, CPA is a partner with Bilodeau Wells & Co. in Essex Junction, VT, providing tax consulting services for over thirty years. He graduated from Dartmouth College with Masters degrees from Northeastern University and Bentley College. Chaz began his career with Ernst & Young in Boston, and then managed the worldwide tax function for a Fortune 500 multi-national high-technology company in California. Since moving to Vermont, he has provided a wide range of tax consulting services to a diverse client base, including numerous renewable energy projects.
M. Pierre Blanchet, M.Sc, has been the President of Idénergie Inc. since 2011. M. Blanchet holds a master degree in renewable energy from ÉTS university in Montreal and holds an electrical engineering degree from the same school. Pierre Blanchet has previously worked in multiple domains of electronics, networking, robotics and integration specialist. Since 2011, he is devoted to the development and commercialization of advanced renewable energy products using its expertise in power electronics.
Ansley is the Assistant Director of Renewable Energy Vermont, which represents businesses, non-profits, utilities, and individuals committed to reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by increasing clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vermont. Ansley is the author of “5 Year Plan: Increasing Advanced Wood Heating in Vermont”, and is REV’s policy lead in Biomass. Ansley was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, graduated from Colorado State University, and relocated to Vermont 5 years ago with her husband. She’s a passionate skier, hiker, stained glass artist and cook.
David is an entrepreneur and trained engineer with more than three decades of experience running profitable businesses in the renewable energy industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont in 1981, founded NRG Systems in 1982, and over the following 22 years developed NRG Systems into a global leader in wind measurement technology before stepping down as its CEO in 2004. He then founded AllEarth Renewables, which designs, manufactures and sells grid-tied solar PV tracking systems via a national network of 80-plus dealer-installer partners. In addition to running AllEarth, he has led local partnerships to build three separate utility-scale renewable energy installations in Vermont in the past five years. David also volunteers his time to various non-profit organizations connected with renewable energy, education, and preparing for a post-peak-oil world, serving as a board member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Post Carbon Institute, and the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas—USA. He is a founding member, past chair and current board member of Renewable Energy Vermont, and chair of the board of advisors for the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. In his spare time, he enjoys hang-gliding and ice hockey.
Sam Buckley is a Senior Loan Officer in the Commercial Lending group at the Vermont Economic Development Authority. Prior to joining VEDA in December of 2015, he worked for the Vermont Community Loan Fund in Montpelier as the Director of Business Programs. Sam earned his BS in Applied Economics from Hofstra University and completed graduate coursework in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Rhode Island. At VEDA, Sam reviews, analyzes and manages many of VEDA’s commercial loan accounts, specializing in energy loans. He enjoys spending time with his two sons as well as snowboarding, hiking and swimming.
Catherine is a land use planner with the Bennington County Regional Commission, where she works on municipal planning and implementation projects. She helped to complete Bennington County’s Regional Energy Plan, which in June of this year became the first Act 174-compliant energy plan in the state. Catherine is actively developing municipal energy plans with towns in Bennington County. She holds degrees from Amherst College (BA) and UMass Amherst (MRP) and lived in Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar prior to moving to Vermont in 2016.
Jon is a UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) standards subject matter expert as well as a licensed pilot. Mr. Budreski is the Co-Founder of AirShark, a brand of Media Wing LLC, a business that provides UAS data collection and processing services in support of engineering firms, government, and non-profits.
After spending seven years in the solar industry, Jon recognized emerging opportunities with robotics, software, and sensors that could assist day-to-day solar energy suppliers in designing and inspecting solar arrays. The advent of small UAS allowed Jon and his partners to combine their skills, interest, and experience in aviation, technology, and energy and create a new business from the ground up. The AirShark team focuses on industrial inspection and associated mapping via UAS in the Northeast United States originally flying under an exemption to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, and now under the small UAS rule (part 107). A graduate of Colorado State University, Jon recently taught the first UAS course at Vermont Tech for its aviation department.
Michael Buscher is the principal of T. J. Boyle Associates, a landscape architecture, and planning firm located in Burlington, Vermont. Michael has extensive experience in conducting aesthetic impact analyses for the permitting of energy related projects. He has supported the approval of over 100 MW of well sited solar generation within Vermont, and his clients range from private developers and utilities, to state and federal agencies. As a landscape architect, Michael's designs for urban infill and sustainable community development have won recognition from the Vermont Planners Association and the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Leslie Cadwell is a Legal Counselor and Advocate, PLC. Previously, she held the position of Special Counsel at Gravel & Shea, where her responsibilities included providing clients with highly specialized knowledge in the fields of telecommunications, public utility law, and government affairs. She joined Gravel & Shea after more than fifteen years of experience as an attorney advising leaders in both the public and private sectors: as Vice President, Chief Counsel and Secretary for the Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc., and as Director for Telecommunications and Special Counsel for the Vermont Department of Public Service, as well as at the Vermont Supreme Court. She has considerable experience in utility, energy, and telecommunications law and regulation, including permitting essential infrastructure projects.
Tony is Vice President of Great Bay Hydro Corporation (Great Bay), a subsidiary of BayCorp Holdings, Ltd (BayCorp). Great Bay is the owner/operator of two hydroelectric projects in Vermont totaling 4.7MW. Great Bay also has developed and operates a 150kW net metering solar PV project. Other subsidiaries of BayCorp have developed 100MW wood-fired power plants in Texas and Florida as well as anaerobic digestion projects designed to convert food waste into energy and fertilizer. Tony presently serves as a member of the American Biogas Council (ABC) Board of Directors, Secretary of the ABC and the co-chair of ABC’s State Policy Committee.
He joined BayCorp as its Chief Operating Officer in April 2000 and has served as the Secretary and a Director of since May 2000. Currently acting as BayCorp’s Chief Development Officer, he is responsible for development of their portfolio of renewable energy projects including; biogas, biomass, solar and hydroelectric projects.
He is a professional engineer registered in NH with over 35 years of experience in the power and renewable energy industry and holds a Master of Engineering — Mechanical degree and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
David is an attorney at the Kenlan, Schweibert, Facey & Goss. He has a broad range of legal skills and a strategic business focus, gained through the practice of law in a variety of settings. His background prior to joining included more than a decade at large international legal firms and midsize regional firms in the Northeast and his own solo practice; and five years as Associate General Counsel at Casella Waste Systems, Inc. He also worked on a variety of site remediation and brownfield redevelopment projects.
David resides in Orwell with his wife, Claire, and their two children, Catherine and Nicholas. David is a Firefighter I, Chairman of the Town of Orwell Volunteer Fire Department, and soccer coach for the Orwell-Benson Coyotes. He is also one of the founders of the Gatumba Refugees Survivors Foundation, Inc. David enjoys all outdoor activities year-round and has developed a passion for the growing sport of obstacle racing.
Peter Cassels-Brown has been a pioneer in clean energy since the 1970s when he built a prototype solar hot water heater from salvaged plumbing parts. In 1981, he graduated from UVM with the first solar design degree in the state. Living off-grid and dependent on solar power from 1985 to 2003 further developed his understanding of clean energy systems and the concept of a microgrid. Since 1984, he has been a full service contractor in the design and construction of custom energy efficient buildings and clean energy systems, primarily solar. A lifelong commitment to clean energy has brought Peter to the present as a leader in clean energy solutions. He is currently working to provide energy storage solutions for home and auto, up through multi-megawatt utility scale applications. Peter is a skier, musician, father, partner, and lover of life. That is why he does this.
Chance Chambers is the key account manager for Goldwind Americas, a subsidiary of Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. and one of the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines.
Mr. Chambers has been with Goldwind Americas for more than five years and is responsible for customer relations and business development throughout North and South America.
Prior to joining Goldwind, Mr. Chambers’ more than ten years of experience within alternative energy includes manufacturing and after sales service with LM Wind Power, and construction and operation of utility-scale wind projects with Gamesa (prior to Siemens-Gamesa merger). Mr. Chambers is based out of Goldwind’s Chicago headquarters and Compton, IL Service Center.
Richard is President and CEO of Ecofuel, an early-stage cleantech company accelerator based in Montreal. He boasts more than 30 years of experience in innovation strategy deploying, start-ups launching, business and project development. Before joining Ecofuel, he was CEO of the Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB), an organization dedicated to innovation and technology transfer in the bioindustry sector. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Gelkem, a biopharmaceutical private company specialized in therapeutic controlled-delivery.
Richard is a lecturer in business startups and innovation, with a specialization in innovative startups and technology transfer at Université Laval. He also sits on various boards, including Fonds de Recherche Québec Nature et Technologies and different private societies. Richard is frequently consulted for elaboration of international trade strategies and has participated in a number of Quebec’s trade commercial missions overseas. Richard holds a Bachelor of Biochemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke and an MBA from the Université Laval.
Jon joined VCRD as the Program Director for the Climate Economy Model Communities Program in 2017. He worked previously for the State of Vermont as Deputy Commissioner of the Public Service Department and at the Department of Environmental Conservation, and for eight years served in Congressman Peter Welch’s Vermont office. Jon grew up in Brattleboro, graduated from Macalester College, and currently, lives in Montpelier with his wife and three children.
Chris oversees communications, public affairs and sales and brand for New England Hydropower Company. He is the primary relationships interface between NEHC and all constituents and is responsible for the company’s position in the marketplace. He has served in energy, aerospace, information systems, medical device and insurance industries in senior positions at the New York Power Authority, United Technologies Corporation, LEXIS/NEXIS, Philips Medical Systems, and Travelers. He has degrees from the University of Denver and University College, Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. Delhagen serves as the Clean Energy Finance and Program Manager for the Vermont Department of Public Service working on clean energy finance, energy planning, grant programs, and collaborative projects. He coordinates the Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report, the Heat Saver Loan program, and other initiatives. Before joining State government, he served as Deputy Director for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and worked internationally on sustainable economic development. Mr. Delhagen received his BS from Brown University and MS from the University of Michigan.
Catherine Dimitruk has been the Executive Director of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission in St. Albans, Vermont for over twenty years. She coordinates regional approaches to land use, emergency preparedness, environmental conservation, transportation networks, economic development and energy planning. She supports communities and regional organizations with strategic planning, grant writing, fiscal management, project planning and implementation. She has served on numerous boards and commissions in professional and volunteer capacities, including Green Mountain Transit, National Association of Development Organizations, Franklin-Grand Isle Hunger Council, Vermont Council on Rural Development and Champlain Housing Trust. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the Snelling Center Vermont Leadership Institute.
Will Dodge chairs the Regulated Entities Group at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, supervising professionals in the energy, telecommunications, and environmental permitting law, as well as government affairs. Will works with wireless telecommunications infrastructure providers, energy utilities, renewable energy generators, and real estate clients in Vermont and New Hampshire on complex permitting matters ranging from Section 246 / 248 / 248a and Act 250 approvals to right-of-way acquisition and eminent domain, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, and local / state environmental approvals. He was recognized for real estate and permitting law in Chambers from 2012-2017, and was recently named to Best Lawyers. He serves as the chair of the Energy Committee for Essex, Vermont, and enjoys time as a director of the Northeastern Wireless Association, and on the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. He moved to Vermont in 2000 for the aesthetics, skiing, proximity to Montreal, vibrant street life, civic engagement, and environmentally-sensitive infrastructure.
Ben Doyle is the Director of Community and Economic Development for USDA Rural Development Vermont and New Hampshire. In that capacity, he works with communities and partners to advance Rural Development’s mission of increasing the quality of life and economic vitality of rural communities. Ben is a former high school English teacher and served as both a volunteer and administrator for the Peace Corps. He holds a BA in English from the University of Vermont and an MA in the Humanities from New York University.
Eddie Duncan leads RSG’s acoustics practice which has a distinct focus on renewable energy, power transmission, and community noise policy. Eddie and the RSG team have conducted noise assessments and third-party reviews of renewable energy projects across the United States. They also conduct research on noise from renewable energy sources for the Department of Energy and other organizations.
Eddie is Board Certified through the Institute of Noise Control Engineering and is a member of the Acoustical Society of America. He has 15 years of experience conducting noise assessments, compliance studies, mitigation planning, policy development, and researching methodologies for monitoring and modeling outdoor sound. His professional interest is in developing scientifically sound noise pollution policy that reflects public values and characterizing soundscapes in rural areas and natural environments.
Jared Duval serves as Executive Director of the Energy Action Network (EAN), a diverse network of leading non-profits, businesses, public agencies and other stakeholders seeking to advance the transition to a sustainable energy future and meet 90% of Vermont’s energy needs through efficiency and renewables by 2050. Previously, he served as economic development director for Vermont's working lands and green economy sectors at the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. Jared has also been a Fellow at the think-tank Demos, during which time he wrote Next Generation Democracy: What the Open-Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change, published by Bloomsbury in 2010.
A graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts (summa cum laude), Jared has also earned graduate degrees in social science research from the University of Cambridge (MPhil, 2012) and in public affairs from Princeton University (M.P.A. 2014, concentration in Domestic Policy).
Michael Dworkin is a professor of Law & Founder of the Institute of Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, as well as a member of the board of trustees for Velco and VEIC. He has a long distinguished career in energy and environmental regulation, as he previously served as Chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board, the president of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissions, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Electric Power Research Institute Board.
Jason Edens is the founder and Director of the Renewable Energy Alliance, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting energy poverty with solar power and ensuring that solar energy is accessible to all.
As a thought leader on issues of energy and equity, Jason and his team have installed nearly a thousand low-income solar installations throughout the country and abroad forging an inclusive clean energy future. From solar microgrids in the developing world to low-income shared solar in the U.S., RREAL is proving that solar is a powerful tool in the fight against poverty. Jason is a licensed building contractor, has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy and lives in an off-grid solar powered home in northern Minnesota with his wife and a small pack of dogs.
Mr. Faryniarz is a member of Daymark Energy Advisors’ senior management team and leads the firm’s rate design and procurement & portfolio management (PPM) practices. Stan Faryniarz advises clients on matters regarding power procurement, power supply planning and regulated cost recovery and rates. He is the primary advisor to clients with power supply portfolios totaling approximately 300 MW and over $200 million in annual spend. Mr. Faryniarz has testified before state and provincial regulatory agencies on issues including integrated resource planning, cost of service and rate design, general rate case applications, power project regulatory approvals and PURPA policy. He holds a BA in Economics and MPA (Finance, Managerial Economics concentration) from the University of Vermont, and the Certified Energy Procurement (CEP) Professional certification from the Association of Energy Engineers.
Since 2013, Laurie has directed the VGreen energy savings loan program at VSECU, a member-owned and focused credit union based in Vermont and committed to inspiring a movement that brings people together for greater financial, environmental and social prosperity. A graduate of the University of Vermont, her past experience includes time well spent at The Journal of Light Construction (JLC), the weatherization program at the Capstone Community Action, and SunCommon, a successful solar company headquartered in Vermont. In her work at VSECU, she collaborates with industry installers, contractors, and stakeholders to inform and guide the growth of this signature program, and other VSECU ‘green’ initiatives, with sights set on providing members with flexible, easy, and affordable financing. Surviving her own home energy renovation projects, Laurie’s professional mission is to help people achieve their clean energy goals.
Jeff Forward is Principal of Forward Thinking Consultants, LLC. For more than 25 years Jeff has worked with hundreds of schools, hospitals and other institutional facilities throughout the country to help them evaluate their energy opportunities related to biomass, solar and energy efficiency technologies. He was the original School Wood Energy Program Manager for the Biomass Energy Resource Center and developed the Fuels for Schools Program that is the model for states interested in promoting modern wood heating in schools including Vermont. Jeff is presently Chair of the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont’s renewable energy trade association.
Deena Frankel is a 20-year veteran of Vermont’s utility world. By day, she is a communicator and facilitator for VELCO where she energizes words, images, and people to evolve Vermont’s power grid for a brighter, greener future. In her other life, she is a freelance writer, editor, and designer. As an oral storyteller, she tells first-person, true stories regularly at the Burlington Moth, Extempo, and other venues, and at events around New England. She co-produces the monthly event StorytellingVT, produces other public storytelling events, and leads the Burlington Writers Workshop oral storytelling workshops.
Gagnon Lumber is a modern wholesale and retail forest products business owned and operated by Gagnon and his father. Ken also owns and manages woodlands in central Vermont, and is committed to responsible forestry practices under both the Vermont U.V.A. program and FSC Forest Management program. Ken graduated from Castleton State College with a B.S. in Business in 1979. *Formerly a member of the Vermont Agricultural and Forest Products Development Board.
Karen is the Director of Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first statewide electric efficiency utility. Efficiency Vermont is administered by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). Prior to this Karen was the Director of Strategy, Policy, and Public Affairs at VEIC where she lead the policy development and strategic direction of the organization in the promotion of electric, thermal and transportation energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
She was VEIC’s first Director of Transportation Efficiency where she developed and oversaw the strategic direction for VEIC transportation efficiency efforts including founding Drive Electric Vermont. Karen has a deep understanding of transportation, and energy policies, programs, systems, and operations; her law background and public service in the Vermont House of Representatives further broadened her perspective of the benefits and costs of all of our energy use.
Patrice’s background studies were in mechanical engineering and marine engineering and he has worked for over 30 years in connection with project sales and project management regarding process equipment and systems in thermal applications relative to combustion, drying, biogas purification, air treatment, industrial plant HVAC and wastewater treatment. Patrice has worked for small and large equipment manufacturers and has managed business development for them on a global scale, selling projects in North America and also as far the Middle East. Today, and since 2007, with Berlie-Falco, Patrice is in charge of business development in areas as diverse as biosolids dewatering, turnkey projects for the drying of biosolids and other biomass, and also custom manufacturing of process equipment in stainless steel and other alloys. Patrice is involved in many associations and takes great interest in all fields related to renewable energies, innovative thermodynamics applications, process equipment manufacturing and turnkey projects management.
A.J. Goulding serves as managing member for Ampersand Hydro, which controls 18 small hydro stations in New York and New England; 3 of these stations are in Vermont. In addition, he was the lead developer of a 2.1 MW solar project in Vermont which is about to commence construction. A.J. has helped design renewables procurement regimes and evaluate renewable energy assets around the world, and is currently advising clients on “utility of the future” arrangements. He serves as a non-resident fellow of the Columbia University Center for Global Energy Policy.
Jennifer Green staffs the City of Burlington's Sustainability Program, based at the Burlington Electric Department, including oversight of the Climate Action Plan and work on Burlington’s transition to net zero energy. Before escaping from Washington, DC with her family in 2000, Jennifer worked at the World Resources Institute on national environmental planning and management with the Peace Corps, and CARE International. Shortly after moving to Burlington, Jennifer consulted with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and later Efficiency Vermont. Jennifer is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and University of Vermont adjunct. She has a masters’ in public administration from Columbia University and earned her PhD in environmental sociology from American University. lock
Justin Guilbert is a Technical Analyst at Vermont Environmental Research Associates where he is responsible for wind resource assessments, performance monitoring of wind turbines, and solar development and permitting. Justin holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering with an Environmental focus and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with a focus on climate change and meteorology, both from the University of Vermont.
Paul Frank + Collins P.C. Practice Group Leader, Renewable Energy + Environment - Kim has extensive experience in all facets of energy policy, siting, and energy transactions. Kim has successfully obtained siting approval for more than 170 miles of new high voltage electric transmission lines and dozens of substations, more than 20 MW of new solar generation, 12 MW of new wind generation, and won precedent setting energy siting decisions in re Rutland Renewable Energy LLC, 2016 VT 50, and in re Vermont Electric Power Co, 2006 VT 69. Acting as lead counsel on behalf of 20 Vermont electric utilities, Kim also gained Vermont PUC approval for the current long-term Canadian hydro power purchase agreement.
Kim has been selected by Best Lawyers in America® since 2006 for her work in the energy field.
As the Senior Sales Executive of Bidgely, Jenna Hermann’s core focus is to help her utility customers achieve strategic business transitions while improving the utility and customer relationship. To seamlessly optimize the burgeoning customer centric transition, utilities must leverage the full potential of data analytics, for “what cannot be measured, cannot be improved.”
Prior to her work with Bidgely, Jenna worked in the transmission sector helping her customers to leverage cutting edge power electronic technologies to unlock underutilized grid assets and provide a key for the challenge of power flow control. She has worn steal toe shoes in the past while conducting what can only be described as glamorous field work, which gave her a hands-on experience into the challenging reality the utility industry faces. She believes her work in data analytics will help her customers access the data necessary to brilliantly and sustainably engineer their current infrastructure challenges into business opportunities.
Karen Horn, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, earned a BA from McGill University and an MA from UVM, both in Political Science. Karen joined the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) in the last century, working even earlier than that at the VT Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) and MA Executive Office of Communities and Development (EOCD). She served 7 years on Moretown and Washington West school boards, and several years as Moretown Energy Coordinator and Energy Committee Chair. She currently serves as Planning Commission Vice Chair. Karen, her family, and elderly dog live in Moretown on the mountain.
Paul Hines is a co-founder of Packetized Energy with nearly 20 years of experience solving problems in the electricity industry. He works as an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont and previously worked at the National Energy Technology Lab, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Alstom ESCA, and Black and Veatch. He earned a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and an M.S. in Electrical Power Systems from the University of Washington in 1997.
William Travers Jerome wandered into Solar World on his journey through various occupations since graduating from Middlebury College including print maker, carpenter, designer, lawyer, real estate developer, boat captain, AAA arbitrator, mediator, writer, eccentric. In 2013 he organized Vermont Solar Farmers (VSF) with three other Vermonters with the intention of developing industrial scale (over 1 MW) solar farms that wouldn't bother anybody (I.e. be seen). VSF collaborates with Region Solar and Solar Carports of Sarasota, Florida to provide clients with full design, engineering, procurement and construction services in a variety of applications including off-grid solar and battery storage.
As part of Solar World's evolution and expansion VSF has become more involved in energy efficiency and now represents Powerstar/Virtue (voltage optimization and battery storage) and MyLink solar street lights (an award-winning new product).
Kerrick Johnson is Vice President – Strategy and Communication at Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO). Kerrick’s responsibilities expanded to include IT and telecommunications as the company built a statewide radio system and 1,400-mile fiber optic network. He is responsible for the Vermont Weather Analytics Center – an energy data and analytics platform.
Peter was educated, trained and worked in research biology, education and conservation across much of North America in the 1980’s and 1990’s and eventually settled in Vermont in 2000. As a result of his work experiences, you could say “he drank the climate change Kool Aid” early. In 2000, when he and his wife, also a biologist, bought their first home in South Burlington they decided to go down the energy efficiency route. During this time, Peter stayed at home and raised their two children, carried out many renovation projects as an advanced do it yourselfer, consulted with the experts in the field and contracted the rest out to experienced builders. Along the way, Peter continued his commitment to conservation and education by volunteering for many not for profit boards and organizations, including being one of the founding members of the South Burlington Energy Committee. The latest step forward was to purchase an electric car! Today, the Joneses live in a comfortable net zero home.
Mike Kiernan is a native beekeeper and physician. He is an instructor at the Middlebury College School of the Environment. He lives in Weybridge with his wife Tawnya, the Chief Plantsperson for bee the change. Their daughters are off to college.
Damon Lane is a Lead Analyst at VEIC specializing in energy planning. He has extensive scenario modeling and analysis experience, including leading the modeling for the Vermont Solar Pathways project, a DOE-funded examination of solar providing 20% of Vermont’s electricity by 2025. He is working on a similar project investigating 10% solar by 2030 for the much larger energy system in Pennsylvania.
Damon has conducted potential studies and energy plans for individual grid circuits, cities and towns, schools and other facilities, and for states; work that spans from the electrical engineering issues of grid operations to public policy and planning at the state and regional level. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State and a master’s degree in sustainable energy engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Sandra Levine is a senior attorney in Montpelier, Vermont with the Conservation Law Foundation, a New England based nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. Her work focuses on climate change, clean energy, land use, transportation and natural resource protection. Her advocacy has included litigation to halt construction of an outdated and polluting highway project outside Burlington, Vermont and replace it with increased transit and lower cost and more effective upgrades of existing roads, and litigation to close Vermont Yankee, an old nuclear power facility in Southern Vermont, and more than doubling energy efficiency efforts that allowed Vermont to avoid relying on more costly and polluting power plants. Prior to joining CLF, she practiced law privately, taught at Vermont Law School, worked for the Vermont Prisoner’s Rights Office and for the Vermont Department of Public Service and served as a law clerk at the Vermont Supreme Court. She earned her BA at the University of Vermont and JD at Suffolk University Law School. For more information visit Conservation Law Foundation’s website: www.clf.org
Sash supports Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel and Hand’s civil litigation and regulatory practices, with a focus on affordable housing and renewable energy.
Sash joined the firm in 2014 after working for another Burlington firm representing institutional clients, including school boards, police departments, and insurers. He clerked for the New Jersey Appellate Division and the Vermont Superior Court after law school, and in 2011, was selected by the American Society of International Law to serve as an Arthur C. Helton Human Rights fellow in Ambohidratrimo, Madagascar.
Jason started his career at Smugglers Notch Resort as a Project Coordinator, responsible for projects from design to completion for resort operations and development, including domestic water and wastewater expansion and energy efficiency planning. In 2001, he was hired by Sugarbush Resort as Manager of Planning, Development, and Regulatory Affairs, and was responsible for local, state, and federal regulatory compliance, resource management of owned and leased lands, and project management of large capital projects. From 2004 until 2011 Jason was the Director/Vice President of Planning and Development for the resort, responsible for development, construction, and regulatory compliance including oversight of staff, utilities, consultants and the resort master development plan. He joined GMP in 2011 as Power Production Manager. This role included oversight of field staff, capital projects and outside contractors in addition to developing capital and operation budgets. He currently is the Director, Generation Operations, which includes oversight of operations, maintenance, and capital projects our wind, fuel and hydro generation assets.
Andrew Locke is President of Essex Hydro Associates, L.L.C.. Mr. Locke is responsible for financial and administrative management of all EHA projects and EHA affiliates in both the development and operating phases. Essex Hydro Associates, L.L.C. develops, constructs, rehabilitates, owns and operates independent hydroelectric facilities. The company was formed in 1983 and currently owns and operates 13 projects with a combined capacity of 36 MWs, including 3 projects in Vermont. He is a board member of VEPP Inc., the Vermont Independent Power Producers Association and the Granite State Hydro Association.
Shana Louiselle is a communications professional providing public, community and governmental relations support to Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) since 2009. Shana currently serves as the Communications and Policy Advocate at VELCO where she manages corporate communications and governmental affairs. Since 2012, Shana has assisted the facilitation of the Vermont System Planning Committee, a statewide collaborative stakeholder process for addressing electric grid reliability planning in Vermont. She earned a B.A. from Albright College in 2007 and a Masters of Business Administration from the College of St. Joseph in 2017. Shana resides in Pittsford, Vermont with her husband.
William (Bill) Maclay
Bill Maclay is the author of the comprehensive resource for net zero building design, The New Net Zero, and founding principal of Maclay Architects of Waitsfield, Vermont. Bill has pioneered a replicable model for net zero and environmentally sustainable architecture. Through practice, advocacy, and outreach, Bill has influenced thousands in creating a renewable planet. His firm has designed over 10 net zero and net zero ready buildings including office, educational, manufacturing, municipal, and commercial buildings.
Ingrid Malmgren, Transportation Policy Manager, VEIC, is passionate about a clean energy future and has a background in energy policy including energy efficiency program regulation, strategic electrification, and transportation. She has focused much of her research on the benefits of energy efficiency programs and clean transportation including health benefits, economic development benefits, fuel security, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and other ancillary benefits. Ingrid recently worked with the National Association of State Energy Offices to develop and publish a toolkit for states, territories, and tribes to use in deciding how to use their funds from the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust to reduce NOx emissions while meeting state energy, health, equity, and economic development goals. Ingrid has an M.A. in Geography from the University of Vermont and a B.A. in Geography from The Pennsylvania State University.
Anne Margolis is the Renewable Energy Development Manager at the Vermont Department of Public Service, where she works on policies, programs, and tools to advance the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan’s goal of transitioning to 90% clean energy across all sectors – electricity, transportation, and heating/cooling – by 2050. Anne has previously managed the Department’s Clean Energy Development Fund and directed solar, wind, fuel cell, and energy storage initiatives for the nonprofit Clean Energy States Alliance. She serves as an alternate on the state’s District 3 Environmental Commission and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Maggie McCarey is a Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Market Development at Oracle Utilities. Oracle Utilities provides a comprehensive platform of leading-edge technology solutions to empower utility business transformation – from asset operations to the customer experience. Maggie leads the company’s regulatory and policy strategy throughout New England. Prior to joining Oracle, Maggie worked for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in clean energy policy and program management roles. She holds a Master of Public Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University.
Linda McGinnis has dedicated her professional life to seeking concrete solutions to sustainable development challenges. She worked for 20 years as lead economist and senior manager for the World Bank, leading research and investments across five continents. Since moving to Vermont in 2010, she directed Governor Shumlin’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission and served as an analyst at the Agency for Natural Resources on climate change strategy. She is the Program Director at the Energy Action Network (EAN), a diverse group of high-level stakeholders working to advance Vermont's transition to meeting 90% of our 2050 energy needs through efficiency and renewables. She currently serves on the Boards of the Clean Energy Development Fund (co-chair) and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and on the Governor’s Vermont Hydropower Working Group. She is also a member of the South Burlington Energy Committee. Linda attended Harvard Business School, Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School, and Stanford University.
Christine McGowan is the director of the Forest Products Value Chain Investment Program. Launched in 2016, the program supports and promotes Vermont’s forest products industry through the development of value chain investment strategies to improve market opportunities for the industry and the establishment of a new Forest Industry Network that tackles initiatives that no single business or organization could tackle alone. The Vermont Forest Industry Network is working to advance the recommendations made by the Vermont Forest Sector Systems Analysis, including helping to promote new and existing markets for sustainable Vermont wood products, from high-quality furniture to construction material to thermal biomass products such as chips and pellets.
Alison Milbury Stone
Alison Milbury Stone is an attorney with Legal Counselors & Advocates, PLC in Burlington, Vermont. Her practice is focused on helping independent power producers, and utilities obtain the approvals they need to construct and operate new energy generation and transmission facilities in Vermont. Alison previously worked for The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA and the law offices of White & Case in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a graduate of Vermont Law School and holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. from Brown University. She speaks Swedish and French and is an avid ice hockey player.
Melissa is a passionate leader with an extensive background in helping organizations achieve their growth objectives by leveraging her sales experience to develop new markets and business opportunities. She is 31 years old and has 2 children. After spending nearly a decade working in increasingly challenging roles in the automotive industry, Melissa has taken on the role of General Manager at Lekla. Her mandate is to take the organization to the next level and secure the right partnership that will help position our autonomous solar powered energy station as a technological enabler for any off-grid application.
Thomas Murray currently serves as the Vice President of Customers and Communities for Vermont Gas Systems, overseeing the sales, service and the contact center teams. Tom is leading several of the company’s innovative initiatives, including their “1st in the nation” effort to launch a Renewable Natural Gas offering to customers in 2017. Tom also handles legislative, community and key stakeholder relationships for the company. Prior to joining Vermont Gas, Tom served as Vermont’s Chief Information Officer and the Commissioner of the Vermont’s Department of Information and Innovation. He has also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. Tom has worked in the telecommunications and information technology field for over twenty years, with TDS Telecom, Rural Cellular Corporation and Vermont state government. Tom grew up in Montpelier, VT, graduated from Western New England University (BS/BA) and Champlain College (MS).
Joe Nelson founded Upland Forestry in 1989, a small forestry consulting firm which he expanded from small scale forestry work in Vermont to providing forestry services to industrial owners in New England and New York. With the paper companies divesting of forestland in the 1990’s, Joe steered the company to managing large tracts for private investors. Joe has taught Forestry Camp and Silviculture at the University of Vermont and consulted on agroforestry and forest economic projects in Central and South America. He sold the business in 2010 and continues with wildlife habitat, forestry, and conservation agriculture projects in Vermont and New York. Joe serves as chair of the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board’s forestry committee. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1980 with a B.S. in Forestry.
Chad Nichols is Encore Renewable Energy’s Director of Project Development and Construction. Chad has a decade of sustainable operations management and commercial construction experience in Vermont and across the Midwest. He is an experienced manager of complex renewable energy development projects including site and asset management, risk reduction, and schedule acceleration. Prior to joining Encore, Chad was the Sustainability and Asset Manager for Vermont Energy Investment Corp. where he managed all physical assets, carbon impact measurement as well as a solar subsidiary, Sun Shares. Before relocating to Vermont in 2008, Chad was a project and site manager for large commercial construction projects in Minneapolis, Chicago and across Ohio. Chad serves on the CarShare Vermont Board of Directors and is a Climate Leader with The Climate Reality Project, a LEED AP and a FAA Certified sUAS Drone Pilot.
Mr. Niebling is a partner with Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC, located in Concord NH. Over the last 25 years, he has served as general manager of New England Wood Pellet, vice president of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, and executive director of the NH Timberland Owners Association. He is founding board chair of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council in Washington DC. He has forestry degrees from the University of Vermont and the Pennsylvania State University and lives in Boscawen, NH.
Ryan is Manager of the Design and Visualization Services team with VHB, his group is responsible for supporting VHB’s 3D design workflows, visualization practices, and UAS data collection. His team utilizes modeling tools including, Civil 3D, MicroStation, InRoads, Infraworks, 3D Studio Max, and Sketchup as well as visualization tools including LumenRT, Navisworks, and 3D Studio Max. The team collects UAS data from several different DJI airframes and processes the data using Context Capture as well as ESRI’s Drone2Map tools. Ryan is a member of the Autodesk Infraworks Customer Council, providing the Autodesk product team with input and feedback on product enhancements as well as an annual presenter at events live Autodesk University, IHEEP, and ACEC events focusing on integrating design processes with visualization solutions including emerging technologies like UAS data collection and virtual reality.
Todd Olinsky-Paul is project director for Clean Energy Group (CEG) and Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). He directs CESA’s Energy Storage and Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP), a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the United States. Mr. Olinsky-Paul also works on CEG’s Resilient Power Project, which focuses on solar+storage for critical infrastructure energy resiliency. His recent work has focused on battery storage technologies, policy, and economics, and he has authored numerous reports for state and federal agencies. Mr. Olinsky-Paul holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from Bard College and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.
Nathan Phelps is Program Manager of Distributed Generation Regulatory Policy at Vote Solar. Nathan’s work focuses primarily on the regulation of distributed generation, including net metering and rate design, at state public utility commissions. In addition to his work at Vote Solar, Nathan has applied his expertise on renewable energy and distributed generation in assistance to the MA Climate Protection and Green Economy Advisory Committee, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Nathan was a Senior Economist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities with a primary focus on renewable energy and distributed generated. Before joining the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Nathan worked at the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust in 2007. Nathan went to Willamette University for undergraduate studies in both environmental science and politics before attending Tufts University for graduate studies in environmental policy.
Chip Palombini currently leads the Energy Storage Group at Dynapower Company of South Burlington, Vermont. Dynapower is the world’s leading provider of energy storage inverters. Prior to leading the sales team Chip was a research and development engineer and project manager responsible for the development of the first commercially available high power multi-port solar and storage inverter system. During his work as a development engineer Chip was responsible for power conversion systems for battery energy storage applications, primarily for the integration of large scale distributed renewable generation. These developments have been integral to Dynapower capturing >50% of the domestic energy storage inverter market.
Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation since 2008, following seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement.
Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont, the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure. Mary is leading an energy transformation, providing customers comprehensive energy makeovers that help them save money and use less energy. GMP is the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.
Andrew N. Raubvogel is a partner in the law firm of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand PLLC. Andy has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of energy and environmental regulation, permitting, public utility law, and project development and financing. Through his work at DS, Andy has been on the leading edge of renewable energy development in Vermont, achieving regulatory approval of numerous MW-scale (and smaller) power projects -- wind, solar and biomass. Andy has also been substantially involved in legislation and regulatory proceedings concerning the Standard Offer and net metering programs, solar siting, renewable energy standards, and existing biomass/hydro facilities.
Before joining Dunkiel Saunders, Andy served as general counsel to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, worked as a staff attorney for the Vermont Department of Public Service, served on the Board of the City of Burlington Electric Commission, and worked as a regional attorney in the Superfund program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Andy received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and a B.S. in environmental policy from the University of Michigan.
Geoff Robertson joined the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund in 2017 as Director of Business Assistance. In this role, he manages a suite of business assistance services to help Vermont business owners and management teams advance profitability, job creation, and sustainable business development and manages the VSJF's climate economy efforts. Most recently Geoff held the position of CEO at Empower Mobility, a mobile platform, and software company, where he was responsible for managing business development, human resources, and finances. As the CFO at School Spring, LLC, Geoff negotiated the successful sale of the cloud based recruitment and applicant tracking system for K – 12 schools. He previously served as the Entrepreneurial Advisor at Davis & Hodgdon CPAs serving School Spring, the Vermont Food Venture Center, and many other small businesses in Vermont.
Mathew has thirty years developing, owning and operating independent hydroelectric facilities, as well as developing solar projects in Vermont. He is active in several professional and environmental organizations, including REV, VIPPA, VEPPI, and VPIRG.
Michael is an experienced professional planner at all levels; is a lawyer in private practice and in-house counsel for both private and non-profit companies. He is an experienced developer of industrial, commercial and residential projects; and a university graduate school professor and administrator.
He has lived across the U.S.—in central cities, suburbs, and small towns and rural areas, and is currently working on micro-housing projects in the NYC metro area.
His projects range from complex, mixed-use projects and sports facilities including:
- $450 million University of Phoenix Stadium (which was named by Sports Illustrated as the best new stadium in the 2000s)
- cbd101, a fully permitted $1.2 billion, mixed-use project in Arizona
- A town center for Berlin, VT
Debra Sachs is Executive Director of Net Zero Vermont and a native Vermonter. Deb is passionate about social and environmental interactions and sustainable development. While completing her MS at UVM, she advanced local and regional planning and land use development. She has managed non-profits and consulted on numerous planning and sustainability projects in the commercial and transportation sectors. The Capital Commuters, Way to Go! Challenge, 10% Challenge are just a few. For more than 25 years, Deb has pioneered climate action planning, co-authored climate action plans and has provided science-based technical assistance to governments, business and NGO’s. In 2010, Deb co-founded Community Climate Action, Inc., a 501c3. To help meet today’s need to accelerate net zero strategies, Community Climate Action was renamed to Net Zero Vermont in 2016. Deb also oversees a small consulting firm, EcoStrategies, providing government, business and NGO clients with technical assistance in sustainability practices, transportation efficiency and renewable energy development. Deb serves on the boards of Vermont Rail Action Network, Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network, Vermont Transportation Efficiency Network and is past board chair of Community Resilience Organizations.
Jean-François Samray has been at the head of the AQPER (Association québécoise de la production d'énergie renouvelable) since December 2009. He is a member of the government-industry working group for the development of wind power in Quebec. A frequent contributor to energy issues, he currently vice-president on the Table des partenaires du développement. Formerly President and CEO of the Association de l'industrie électrique du Québec, he has worked for over a decade with government, environmental and business leaders to promote the development of renewable energy in Quebec. Mr. Samray holds an EMBA in energy from the Norwegian Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Sherbrooke.
Born and raised in Southwestern, Vermont. Al received a Forestry education from Paul Smith’s College and went on to have a 35-year career with the Vermont State Department of Forest and Parks. A career in forest resource protection has given Al an appreciation of the Vermont working landscape, years of fighting western forest fires, in different roles including as a division supervisor. The experience Al gained while working for the state, fighting fires as well as supervising and participating on a national overhead team (fighting fires) has brought invaluable lessons for working with various people as well as managing and supervising others. Al has been able to use these experiences while working for the State of Vermont and most recently and locally during (and after) Tropical Storm Irene when it caused $5.2 million of damage in Grafton, Vermont. Currently, he is a member of the Grafton Selectboard where he's served for four years.
Paul Scheckel has twenty five years of experience delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy services, information, and analysis to residential and small commercial customers, and to utility program managers. He is currently president and manager of Parsec Energy Consulting, providing program design support and analysis for electric and gas utility energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Paul developed the EUSAVE energy use, savings, analysis, and reporting tool used by the Zero Energy Now! program, putting to use methodologies that help simplify energy and economic analysis for building retrofits. He is author of The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook, among other books, and a “hands-on, off-grid” homesteader with a commitment to sustainability and a passion for music, the arts, and the natural world (and old cars).
Giovan Scialdone is the Director of Business Development for Vestas American Wind Technology, Inc., and is responsible for new wind turbine sales and service solutions in the Midwestern and Eastern United States, as well as Canada. Giovan is accountable for a region with annual wind turbine sales of over 500MW and manages over 20 active customer accounts. Giovan has over ten years of experience in power generation, including seven years with GE, including various international roles in Australia, Italy, and Egypt, where he managed over $2B in project development, execution, and sales contracts for combined cycle natural gas and renewable power plant solutions. Giovan is from Albany, NY, and currently resides in Chicago, IL. He has a BS in aeronautical engineering from Clarkson University and an MS/MBA from Union Graduate College.
Adam has more than 20 years of experience in the biomass energy industry, and has directed BERC’s technology and biomass fuel supply activities for over ten years. His work focuses on wood energy program design and delivery for government agencies and technical consulting services for heating project feasibility and assessing wood fuel supply. Adam consults frequently for industries, businesses, and communities exploring the feasibility of biomass district heating throughout North America. Adam serves as the Chairman of the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG) and also serves on the Editorial Board of Biomass Magazine. Prior to working for the Biomass Energy Resource Center, Sherman was the General Manager of a commercial composting operation in Burlington, Vermont for ten years. Adam is proficient in German and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.
Christa Shute is the Global Energy Fellow for Climate Justice for the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. At the IEE, Christa leads projects in the Energy Clinic focused on energy sustainability for low-income populations.
Christa brings two decades of leadership in non-profit, quasi-state, and corporate entities. Her curiosity drives her to understand the complexity and nuance of situations so she can envision how to break through barriers and find win/win solutions. In addition to running her own design and manufacturing businesses, Christa has been the Vice President of Business Development for All Earth Renewables, the Director of Business Development and Financing for the Vermont Telecom Authority, and the Director of Targeted Implementation for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (Efficiency Vermont). Christa Shute earned her JD, magna cum laude, in 2013 with certificates in Energy Law, Climate Law, and Dispute Resolution.
After living in Paris, Hong Kong and Chile, Victoria Smaniotto moved to Montreal and held various positions in the cleantech sector: from 2012 to 2014, as a business development analyst and marketing coordinator at Carnot Refrigeration, a Quebec SME that develops HFC-free refrigeration systems for data-center; then from 2014 to 2015 at Ecotech Quebec as Project manager and coordinator of two task forces; in 2016, she held the one-year position of Head of Secretariat of the International Cleantech Network. Today she is the director of Internationalization & Branding at Ecotech Quebec, and assumes the role of VP Development & Partnerships within the new CanadaCleantech Alliance. Victoria graduated from HEC Montreal in International Business and Marketing with a specialization in Corporate Social Responsibility.
Steven J. Strong is President of Solar Design Associates, Inc., an interdisciplinary group of Engineers and Architects dedicated exclusively to the design, engineering and integration of renewable energy systems.
Over the past four decades his firm has earned an international reputation integrating solar with Net-Zero / Energy-Positive buildings and fielding solar and wind systems for commercial, utility-scale and micro-grid applications with completed work in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and across the US from Maine to Hawaii.
In 1999, TIME magazine named Steven an ‘Environmental Hero of the Planet’. In 2001, the American Solar Energy Society honored him with its Charles Greeley Abbot award - for lifetime achievement in advancing solar energy. In the spring of 2007, TIME again recognized him as “An innovator building a greener world”. He is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society.
Blake serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Encore Renewable Energy, where he leads all of the Company’s project and corporate finance activities, corporate development and M&A activities and oversees a number of general management functions. Prior to joining Encore, Blake co-founded Turning Earth, a leading clean energy company within the organics recycling and waste-to-energy sector. Earlier in his career, Blake worked for 15 years for leading global investment banks as a capital markets and corporate finance banker. Blake began his career at Morgan Stanley where he held a succession of positions, including leadership roles in the firm’s Investment Banking Division in New York, Hong Kong, and India.
Blake is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, a community-based charter middle school with a focus on environmental sustainability. Blake received his MBA from Columbia and earned his BA in Economics from Bucknell University. Blake regularly guest lectures on topics including financing green technologies and corporate development at academic institutions including Bucknell, Columbia, Yale and UVM.
Northern Reliability is a renewable energy systems integrator that provides power systems for remote or off grid locations. We integrate energy derived from renewables into storage systems for use when the renewable resource is unavailable. Charlie has over ten years’ experience in the wind and solar business, built on a solid technical foundation in engineering and construction.
Richard Watts teaches media and policy studies at the University of Vermont and is the Director of the Center for Research on Vermont. As the Director of the Research on Vermont, Richard promotes Vermont-related research and connects researchers across the state. Richard’s own research focuses on the role of strategic communications in the development and implementation of public policy, particularly as it relates to energy, transportation and public health.
Abbie is Casella's Sustainability Director, responsible for leading the company's sustainability and carbon emission reduction programs. Abbie is currently coordinating the development of food waste management services at Casella's various locations throughout the northeast. She has been with Casella for over 10 years. Abbie holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental geography from Colgate University, and a Master's degree in environmental planning from Cornell University. She lives outside of Boston, MA.
T.J. Whalen is Managing Director and General Partner at FreshTracks Capital, a Vermont-based early-stage venture capital fund with over $45 million of committed capital across its funds and investments in over 40 companies. T.J. sits on several boards, including SunCommon, Native Energy, 1% for the Planet, Step Ahead Innovations and LaunchVT, where he brings 20+ years of strategy, marketing, sales and product leadership to help build growth companies. T.J. is also the former Chief Strategy Officer and VP of Marketing and Sales at Keurig Green Mountain, where he helped that company grow from less than $100 million in sales to over $4 billion in annual revenue before it was sold in 2016 for $14 billion. Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles at Patagonia and Leo Burnett. T.J. holds a B.A in Economics and Education from Dartmouth College.
Will began working in the renewable energy industry in 2005 as an installer for small East Coast integrator. During more than ten years with that company, which eventually became RGS Energy, he took on many roles, eventually becoming the Director of Construction for the East Coast. He brought this experience to curriculum team, in particular to the PV206 course so it would be relevant and engaging for solar professionals doing PV Sales whether they are coming from a technical or business background.
Like many, Will started his career as an installer before transitioning into sales. In addition to his sales experience, Will has experience in wind power, solar thermal, and all scales of PV, although he has primarily focused on residential systems. He is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional and was previously a NABCEP Certified Solar Heating Installer. In his free time, Will can be found working with his wife and young daughter on their homestead in central Vermont, which features an off-grid strawbale house.
Li Ling Young
Li Ling Young has had a front row seat to the changes in Vermont’s residential building stock for the last twenty years. In the 1990’s Li Ling did what is now called Home Performance contracting. At the time the poor quality homes built in the 1980’s were failing, and Li Ling learned firsthand why buildings are uncomfortable.
In 2000 Li Ling joined VEIC, where she supported builders and architects in energy efficient design and construction. And as energy efficiency became a foundation stone of housing affordability Li Ling has spent the last four years supporting the Mobile Home Replacement effort, spearheaded by VHCB, the High Meadows Fund, and Efficiency Vermont. As a culmination of the twenty-year journey, these healthy, comfortable, durable, affordable homes make a great ending to a great show about the central role housing plays in our society.