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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.
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.
Lori D. Barg
Ms. Bargs 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. Bargs 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. Pilot project to be installed in Peterborough, NH by the summer of 2018. Author of Undeveloped Hydroelectric Potential of Vermont.
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.
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 7 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 an FAA Certified sUAS Drone Pilot.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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. Through Efficiency Vermont’s services Li Ling was part of an evolution that saw building leakage cut in half and a new focus on ventilation and good air quality. As the Home Performance industry grew, cold climate heat pumps improved and state regulations changed the economics of renewable energy, Li Ling’s work has focused on retrofitting existing homes for Zero Energy.