CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & EXPO 8:00-9:15 AM
Open to All Attendees
WELCOME & REMARKS 9:00-9:10 AM
Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director
Renewable Energy Vermont
THURSDAY OPENING PLENARY SESSION 9:10-10:30 AM
States Ahead: Conversation with Commissioners
With the uncertain federal environment, state energy policies critically accelerate renewable energy and climate solutions. State agency leaders share their current priorities and views on the opportunities and challenges presented by the rapidly transforming energy sector.
THURSDAY MORNING SESSIONS
10:45-11:45 AM, EMERALD BALLROOM
REDEFINING EFFICIENCY TO ELIMINATE CLIMATE POLLUTION
The original solution to cut energy costs and pollution - energy efficiency standards and investments - delivered numerous benefits, but much still remains left undone. Launching new approaches and redefining energy efficiency for modern needs can further lower costs, accelerate climate progress, create healthier homes and communities, and improve grid reliability. Panelists share lessons from jurisdictions already adopting the next generation of energy efficiency policies as well as their own ideas on how we should advance and modernize efficiency beyond traditional conservation.
10:45-11:45 AM, DIAMOND I
UNDERSTANDING CAP & TRADE: THE WESTERN CLIMATE INITIATIVE
Three successful North American cap, invest, and trading systems for reducing greenhouse gas emissions demonstrated that triple wins are possible: increased economic growth, revenue for consumers & infrastructure needs, and curbing pollution to accelerate a just transition to a clean energy economy. Since 2013, California and Québec effectively implemented economy wide carbon pollution pricing through a cap and trade system administered by the Western Climate Initiative, Inc. (WCI). Operating similarly to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but addressing pollution from transportation, heating/cooling, and electric sectors, WCI is a non-profit that provides technical services to implement state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs.
As at least 10 states in the northeast consider establishing a cap and trade system for transportation (Transportation and Climate Initiative), this panel will explore best practices from other jurisdictions. Engage with experts to explore linking new initiatives to existing markets, and the benefits to the climate and economy of a harmonized emissions trading program across North America.
10:45-11:45 AM, DIAMOND II
CONSTRUCTING BUSINESS GROWTH WITH WORKFORCE DIVERSITY
Share and learn strategies for making your organization more innovative and successful through workforce inclusion and diversity. Join the conversation about why and how to make the clean energy sector workforce more representative of those we serve, with particular focus on women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. You’ll leave this session with proven tactics to improve your business, recruit hardworking talent, and strengthen your team.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS & LUNCH 12:00-1:15 PM
Jules Kortenhorst, Chief Executive Officer
Rocky Mountain Institute
THURSDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS
1:30-2:30 PM, EMERALD BALLROOM
CARBON NEUTRAL & NET ZERO ENERGY: CITIES CHARGING AHEAD
Communities across America and Canada are committing to complete carbon neutral or net zero energy usage for transportation, heating/cooling, and electricity. Attend this session for inspiration and insight into local government leadership to transition away from fossil fuels and what new policies and initiatives are needed achieve net zero energy. Burlington leaders share details from the city’s new comprehensive net zero road map, which sets the new model for climate action for towns and cities.
1:30-2:30 PM, DIAMOND I
IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION CHOICES: THE TRANSPORTATION & CLIMATE INITIATIVE
The largest and most challenging sources of climate pollution in the northeast come from the transportation sector. Stretching from Maine to Virginia, thirteen jurisdictions are engaging in the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) and grappling together with how to reduce pollution from the region’s cars, trucks, and buses while delivering much needed local transportation improvements. A policy framework to cap and reduce transportation emissions and generate funds for strategic transportation investments is anticipated from the TCI states by year’s end. Panelists share updates on the TCI’s regional cap and invest proposal and examine the opportunities and challenges specific to rural communities’ needs.
1:30-2:30 PM, DIAMOND II
LOAD MANAGEMENT FOR GRID OPTIMIZATION
Utilizing various forms of storage and electrical assets coupled with controls changes the fundamental nature of our electrical system by enabling customers and utilities to better manage their needs. Smart load demand management lowers energy costs, putting downward pressure on rates - a critical step for increasing beneficial electrification. It also maximizes renewable generation utilization and improves grid efficiency. Timing loads with periods of highest renewable generation enables a more cost-effective electricity system. In this session, Dynamic Organics, Efficiency Vermont, and Green Mountain Power share early results from ten commercial flexible load management pilot sites.
1:30-2:30 PM, AMPHITHEATER
FINANCING SOLUTIONS: NAVIGATING FEDERAL TAX CHANGES & SMALL SCALE PROJECTS
Complex financial deals, notable capital, tax credits, and compounding partners make new renewable electricity generation projects feasible in the current competitive market. Practitioners share their lessons and tools to help your company navigate project finance challenges and unlock value in renewable markets. Topics include transitions with the PTC and ITC, tax equity and debt appetites, insurance, underwriting, project syndication, and solutions for financing smaller scale projects.
3:00-4:00 PM, EMERALD BALLROOM
GRID MODERNIZATION: OPTIMIZING THE GRID WITH STORAGE & NON-TRANSMISSION ALTERNATIVES
Speakers: Kimberley Hayden, Director, Paul Frank + Collins, Chris McKay, Director of Sales, Battery Storage, WEG Electric Corp, Rebecca Towne, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Electric Cooperative
Moderator: Derek Moretz, Chief Development Officer, Encore Renewable Energy
Grid modernization is the buzz phrase of the year, but what does it really mean? It’s not limited to just updating the physical poles & wires – it captures needed changes in the regulatory framework and deployment of, and access to, technologies that help customers choose how they consume electricity. From regulatory, utility, technical and commercial perspectives, panelists will drill down on the key impediments and apparent solutions, including battery storage and non-transmission alternatives to unlocking the full potential of local renewable energy and improving grid efficiency.
Attend this session for focused conversation on:
How battery storage and other technologies deliver resilience, energy savings and reduce utility infrastructure upgrades
Regulatory constraints and opportunities that can allow innovators access to deploy products and services to reduce customer costs and the complexity of integration
How automation and operating strategies can be implemented to foster new development
Rate design and other load management strategies
3:00-4:00 PM, DIAMOND I
NET ZERO: MEETING NEW CODES WITH FINANCIAL PRUDENCE
As the best financial, comfort, health, and environmental choice for construction, jurisdictions are increasingly requiring net zero building codes. Buildings account for roughly 40% of the energy used in the United States. Without aggressively addressing the source of more than one-third of our carbon pollution, we won’t achieve our climate and energy commitments. Get the latest on states and local governments such as California, Washington, Vermont and New York developing and adopting building requirements significantly better than either the IECC or ASHRAE 90.1-2019 in order to save everyone money.
Experts share successful projects and detail replicable financial and energy analysis processes used in single family, multifamily affordable housing, office space, and schools of various sizes. Case studies provide demonstrated results from net zero buildings including lower monthly energy and materials costs, positive cash flow, and how school and government net zero buildings can lower tax burdens. Participants will gain the understanding necessary to successfully support the financial case for why net zero buildings are the least cost option on a cash flow basis. Experts will also share their experiences overcoming perceived obstacles to net zero building, from design and financial analysis, to policy implementation.
3:00-4:00 PM, DIAMOND II
TECHNOLOGY UPDATES & INNOVATIONS
Speakers: Mark Froling, Froling Energy, Pierre Blanchet, Idenergie, Steven Wisbaum, Eco Equipment Supply
Innovators will showcase new and emerging technologies and best practices to better power and manage building heating, solar and battery projects, and lawn care with renewable energy. Attend to see the latest tech to save you and your customers money and time and maximize the climate benefits of your operations.
CLOSING REMARKS & AWARDS 4:15-5:00 PM
Leslie Cadwell, Renewable Energy Vermont Board Chair
Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & EXPO 7:30-8:30 AM
Open to All Attendees
8:30-9:15 AM, EMERALD I
RENEWABLE BUILDING HEATING: PATHWAYS FOR HOME & BUSINESS SAVINGS
Moderator: Emily Lewis O’Brien, Senior Policy Analyst & Director, Acadia Center
About 80% of homes and 75% commercial buildings in the northeast rely on fossil fuels for heating, which contribute about 30% of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions and pose health and safety dangers. As the northeast imports fossil fuels, money spent on heating flows out of local economies, and customers are beholden to price fluctuations out of their control. High efficiency electric air source heat pumps are a consumer-friendly option to reduce emissions in fossil fuel heating buildings. In order to expand their widespread adoption and realize the full potential heat pumps offer, market barriers need to be addressed. Panelists share best practices and their ideas to advance clean electric heat pumps.
8:30-9:15 AM, DIAMOND I
Measurable progress toward commitments necessitates knowing and learning from real data and evidence. The newly revised Energy Atlas of the Vermont Energy Dashboard combines data from nearly 40 official sources to help answer key questions about our energy transition, from town, regional, and statewide scales. The updated one-stop shop for total energy data features enhanced user friendly mapping capabilities. Users now have the ability to identify, analyze, and map existing and promising locations for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, quickly compare per capita statistics on renewable energy adoption, view statistics by community, and utilize a timeline feature to visualize progress over time. New data includes weatherization, heat pumps, battery storage, electric vehicles, and advanced wood heating systems, among other categories. This session will include a walk through of the expanded tool and a panel discussion on how local energy leaders, service providers, utilities, policymakers, and entrepreneurs can use this data to increase impact and climate results.
8:30-9:15 AM, DIAMOND II
TRANSLATING RENEWABLE ENERGY ABUNDANCE INTO RESILIENCE
Speaker: Madhav Acharya, Technology-to-Market Advisory, U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E)
Throughout the U.S., dramatic improvements in technology, lower costs, and policies designed to decarbonize the power sector resulted in exponential growth of renewable electricity generation. Historical concerns around the intermittency of these energy sources are being addressed through battery storage; but these are economical only when the energy is released after a period of 4-8 hours. Renewable generation loss through curtailments and inefficient load management are increasing and projected to worsen if status quo operations continue. At the same time, more frequent and severe weather incidents due to climate change necessitate improving resilience of our energy system.
A need for clean, long duration energy storage that can provide backup power on demand exists. Excess renewable electricity can create storable carbon neutral liquid fuel that can be converted back to electricity or transported elsewhere at a far lower cost than it would take to build out the grid. ARPA-E is providing more than $50 million to develop early stage ideas offering real potential to provide long term and flexible storages solutions. Attend this session to learn more about specific technology options and discuss opportunities to further scale them as pilot projects in conjunction with renewable energy projects.
8:30-9:15 AM, AMPHITHEATER
SPARKING BEHAVIOR CHANGE: ALTRUISM, DATA & COMPETITION
Speaker: Bonnie Reese, University of Vermont
Electric utilities and regulators primarily rely upon rate design strategies and cost savings to influence residential customer energy behavior shifts. While demand-side management strategies are broadening, incorporating lower cost motivational mechanisms can successfully create environmental benefits and contribute in other ways meaningful to local communities. The evolving relationship between residential customers and utilities is explored in this talk to better understand the potential for load malleability achieved through non-economic incentive structures and rate design. Panelist share new analytical findings from creative initiatives that shifted consumer energy use for their and their neighbors benefit.
9:30-10:15 AM, EMERALD BALLROOM
PLENARY SESSION: FEDERAL UPDATES & CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS
10:30-11:15 AM, EMERALD BALLROOM
READY FOR 100%: MANUFACTURERS GETTING TO ZERO CARBON
Speakers: Bram Kleppner, CEO, Danforth Pewter
Manufacturing business executives share their experiences modernizing their facilities to thrive without fossil fuels by choosing 100% renewable electricity and heating. Achieving net zero transportation for their fleets, employee commuting, product shipping, and global supply chain are also in the near future for their business and climate commitment plans. Attend this session for insight into business and operations leaders’ motivations, challenges, and needs for success and how climate entrepreneurs, financiers, and government policies can partner and support their leading efforts.
10:30-11:15 AM, DIAMOND I
GRID MODERNIZATION FAST LANES & DEAD ENDS: STATE OF THE STATES
Speakers: Jeffrey M. Bernstein, BCK Law, P.C., Austin Brandt, Cape Light Compact
Moderator: Rebecca Zachas, BCK Law, P.C.
Grid modernization seeks to take our aging, traditional one-way power flow electric infrastructure and upgrade it to be more efficient, flexible, reliable and resilient. States across the U.S. – even across New England – are at widely varying stages of grid modernization development. This presentation surveys progress and hurdles on critical components toward
a smart 100% renewable grid including:
customer participation and protections
advanced metering infrastructure
how to pay for it and evaluate benefits and cost effectiveness
energy storage mandates and incentives
Share your ideas on the types of grid modernization measures needed to truly enable a clean energy future.
10:30-11:15 AM, AMPHITHEATER
EVALUATING & MAXIMIZING ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCENTIVE IMPACTS & ACCELERATING NET ZERO TRANSPORTATION
Speakers: Stan Faryniarz, Daymark Energy Advisors, Tom Lyle, Burlington Electric Department, Brett Williams, Center for Sustainable Energy, Annie Bourdon, Car Share Vermont
Electric vehicle customer purchase and charging incentives launched or required by states aim to accelerate climate friendly transportation. Panelist explore the impacts of and lessons learned from these programs in five states: California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project; Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV); Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR); Drive Clean Rebate by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); and Vermont electric utility Renewable Energy Standard Tier III energy transformation projects. Survey results evaluating efforts to date provide insights for future initiatives. Panelists will share facts on consumer characteristics, vehicle replacement rates, and rebate influence on adoption, and emissions reductions.
Share your thoughts with program managers on how we can overcome hurdles to achieving renewable transportation including cold weather, long commutes, lack of access to traditional public transportation and charging infrastructure.
PLENARY: LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP 11:30-12:15 PM
GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS & CLOSING 12:15-12:30 PM
Governor Phil Scott
TICKETED POST-CONFERENCE EVENTS
WOMEN IN ENERGY LUNCHEON 12:30-2:30 PM
Ticketed Event - Register Online
Come for lunch; leave inspired, connected, and empowered.
Attendees in support of growing workforce diversity and increasing leadership opportunities for women in the energy sector are welcome.
SOLAR ENERGY INTERNATIONAL TRAINING 2:00-5:00 PM
RESIDENTIAL ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS
Ticketed Event - Register Online
Will White, Curriculum Developer & NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional
As battery technology advances and costs decline, the use of energy storage paired with residential PV systems is increasing rapidly. This is especially true in markets where net metering is being rolled back, time of use rates are being implemented, and in regions prone to natural disasters. In this three-hour training, you’ll learn about different use case for residential energy storage, from battery-backup to more advanced applications such as demand shaving and load shifting. We will also discuss options for system configuration and battery technology.The discussion will focus on behind the meter, residential energy storage systems. 3 NABCEP Credits