SATURDAY, JUNE 24
CLEAN ENERGY CONFERENCE: POWER TO THE PEOPLE
REGISTRATION, NETWORKING, REFRESHMENTS
Executive Director Groundwork Center
Northwestern Michigan College
Mayor Jim Carruthers
City of Traverse City
“The Power Company of the Future”
Mary Powell, President and CEO, Green Mountain Power
Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power as a leading energy transformation company. Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont, GMP offers cutting-edge products and service to reduce costs and carbon. In 2017, GMP was named a top 10 energy company in the world by Fast Company. GMP has also achieved the top score for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2016 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study.
ROUND 1 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Going 100% Clean Energy: Community Strategies
MODERATOR: Kate Madigan, MEC/MICAN
Want to come clean? The Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Environmental Council, and Sierra Club have programs that assist local efforts to rally community support and address concerns about moving from coal-fired electricity to energy waste reduction and renewable energy sources.
Supply and Demand: Workforce and Economic Benefits
MODERATOR: Skip Pruss, Founder, 5 Lakes Energy
$6B leaves Michigan annually to purchase coal and natural gas to generate the electricity consumed here. This session describes the local economic benefits of clean energy and programs supporting local economic development.
MI Public Service Commission Policy Development Update
MODERATOR: John Sarver, GLREA
This workshop will focus on the key role that the PSC plays in developing policy that supports the expansion of renewable energy in Michigan. A key topic is the distributive energy tariff that the PSC must develop by April 2018, and the role that stakeholders can have in developing the tariff.
ROUND 2 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Communicating a Compelling Case for Renewable Energy & Efficiency
MODERATOR: Denzel McCampbell, Engage MI
Some have described renewable energy and efficiency as the biggest opportunity of the 21st century but skeptics remain. This panel will focus on crafting compelling communication messaging and strategies to support the expansion of renewable energy and efficiency in Michigan.
Moving Community Solar in Michigan: Obstacles/Opportunities
MODERATOR: David Konkle, President, GLREA
Michigan is warming up to Community Solar with several projects launching this past year. This session discusses current efforts in Michigan and then looks at Minnesota and Colorado – asking how important is it to have state enabling legislation in place to facilitate community solar projects?
Clean Energy for All: Overcoming Financial Barriers for Investments
MODERATOR: Todd O’Grady, Michigan Saves
The financial savings on energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy system installations keeps increasing. Yet many residential and business owners may not have the cash flow to pay for these projects up front. Learn about financing options available to customers.
“Michigan’s Role in the New Energy Economy”
Jennifer Granholm, Former Michigan Governor
Former two-term governor of Michigan Jennifer M Granholm led Michigan through a period of unprecedented economic challegne and change. Granholm became the first woman to be elected as governor of Michigan in 2002, and in 2005 she was re-lected with the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in the state. After leaving public office, Granholm joined the faculty at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in law and public policy, and was names a senor research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Insitute. In that capacity, Granholm is chair of the American Jobs Project, a major research initiative focused on state-based policies to create advanced manufacturing jobs in clean energy.
CONVERSATION: Michigan Solar Users Network (MI-SUN)
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