2010 Renewable Energy Future Conference

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Renewable Energy Vermont’s 2010 annual Energy Future Conference and Expo

This year’s 9th annual REV conference set a record for attendance, with more than 700 people moving through the exhibition hall, attending workshops or in-depth policy sessions, and listening to the gubernatorial debate that REV co-hosted with the Vermont Natural Resources Council.

Workshops on Renewable Energy Basics

New for 2010 year was an all-day format for 101-style workshops (click here to see the full agenda for the event), which covered basic renewable energy information, as well as a look at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s new Vermont Energy Atlas. In addition, REV held a workshop to allow community energy groups and municipal officials to share information, and brought together businesses that have implemented renewable energy and efficiency system to discuss the challenges and opportunities with companies that are considering taking those important steps.

Diner and Keynote Speakers

Also new was an opening night dinner — which sold out — featuring speaker Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil, which examined America’s dependence on foreign sources, and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. When the keynote speaker, Soren Hermansen, was unable to travel from New York to Vermont because of weather issues, VELCO President and CEO Chris Dutton stepped in with an informative power point that discussed regional transmission issues linked to renewable energy throughout New England and Canada. Dutton’s speech was praised in conference evaluations.

Distinguished Guests: Vermont’s Congressional Delegation

REV was pleased that all three of Vermont’s congressional delegation attended the conference luncheon. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch accompanied his wife, state Rep. Margaret Cheney, who won REV’s annual Legislative Champion award. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders delivered rousing speeches on the imperative for congressional action to wean the nation off fossil fuels and expand renewables.

Technology Tradeshow and Gubernatorial Debate

The exhibition hall was filled with hands-on displays of renewable energy and efficiency technology, showcasing companies in Vermont and as far away as Oregon.

One of the highlights of the two-day conference was the 2010 Gubernatorial Debate, featuring major party candidates Peter Shumlin, the Democrat, and Republican Brian Dubie. Both candidates outlined their positions on energy and environmental issues before a packed audience of about 400 people. REV’s partner in hosting the event was VNRC, and Executive Director Elizabeth Courtney and REV Executive Director Susan Allen kicked off the 90-minute debate, which was moderated by radio host Mark Johnson.

Select Workshop & Panel Presentations
More than 60 of the region’s leading renewable energy businesses participated in public workshops and panel discussions. Click on the links below to download PDFs or view the presentations as they become available.

THURSDAY WORKSHOPS

On Thursday, Sept. 30, local renewable energy experts held public workshops on topics from 101-style intros to renewable energy to financing options for residential and small-business renewable energy systems.

Geothermal Energy

Theory and practice of geothermal in the Northeast.

Claude Chevalier
President, Chevalier Drilling Company, Inc.
How One Family Saved $7,500 in 2 Years: A Geothermal Case Study (PDF)

Samuel Johnston
Geothermal Program Manager
ECS Geothermal Research, Education & Awareness (PDF)

Small-Scale Hydro

Vermont’s past and future energy source.

Lori Barg
President, Community Hydro
Hydro: Vermont’s Original Power (PDF
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FRIDAY PANEL SESSIONS

On Friday, Oct. 1, panels presented in-depth discussions of regional-level energy issues that will impact Vermont’s energy future.

Emerging Regional Energy Issues

An in-depth discussion of energy issues on the regional level that will impact Vermont’s energy future.

Chris Dutton
Chief Executive Office, VELCO
Renewable Energy, Transmission and Vermont’s Opportunity (PDF
)

John Norden
Manager, Renewable Resource Integration, ISO-NE
Overview of ISO New England and Wind Integration in New England (PDF
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Dan Peaco
La Capra Associates, Inc.
How RPS Requirements Will Affect Vermont’s Energy Future (PDF
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Smart Grid – Smartening Up the Grid

An update on the progress in Vermont with planning and implementation of a smart transmission grid; efforts to improve the message to the public about smart grid changes that are underway; a description of how smart grid can be useful to consumers.

Amanda Beraldi
Central Vermont Public Service
Smartening Up the Grid

Paul Hines
School of Engineering, UVM
The Bottom-up Smart Grid: Creating a More Democratic Electricity Infrastructure (PDF)

Kerrick Johnson
Vice President, External Affairs, VELCO
Vermont’s eEnergy Smart Grid Initiative (PDF)

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