SATURDAY, JUNE 24
CLEAN ENERGY CONFERENCE: POWER TO THE PEOPLE

8:00AM-9:00AM

REGISTRATION, NETWORKING, REFRESHMENTS

9:00AM-9:30AM

WELCOME

Hans Voss
Executive Director Groundwork Center

John Freeman
Executive Director
GLREA 

Tim Nelson
President

Northwestern Michigan College

Mayor Jim Carruthers
Mayor
City of Traverse City

9:30AM-10:30AM

OPENING KEYNOTE

“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.

 

10:30AM-11:00AM

BREAK

11:00AM-12:45PM

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.

 

12:45PM-1:00PM

BREAK

1:00PM-2:30PM

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.

2:30PM-3:00PM

BREAK

3:00PM-4:00PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE

“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.

 

4:00PM-5:00PM

CONVERSATION: Michigan Solar Users Network (MI-SUN)

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