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Thursday, September 19

10:00am EDT

Bridging the Rural Efficiency Gap
Limited Capacity seats available

Rural households spend 33% more of their income on energy expenses than their urban and suburban counterparts. This “efficiency gap” puts rural regions at a disadvantage. Closing this gap would keep money circulating in the community and add both security and energy resiliency to the region. Hear from leaders in the industry who have developed practical tool kits to bridge the gap that can be adapted to your own rural community.

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Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager, Vital Communities
Sarah Brock joined Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit serving 69 towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire, in 2013 as Energy Program Manager. Sarah provides support for her region’s 40+ local energy committees, engaging with dozens of volunteers... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Alumni Center

2:00pm EDT

Charge It: Electric Vehicles are Here. Are we Ready?
Limited Capacity seats available

Electric vehicles are 3 times more efficient than those that consume gasoline and the fun driving experience is rapidly increasing electric vehicles’ market share. An Upstart manufacturing company has launched an electric pickup truck with a 400-mile range, prompting major manufacturers to follow suit.  With every state receiving Volkswagen settlement funds, many are choosing to direct the money toward building out electric vehicle charging infrastructure. How do rural communities advocate to stay “current” with these technological advances and trends when charging stations will appear in urban areas first?

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Steve Walker

Founder and CEO, IMBY Energy
A self-taught engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur, Steve Walker founded New England Wood Pellet, building the business into the largest manufacturer and distributor of wood pellet fuel in the United States. After selling the company in 2014, Steve ignited his entrepreneurial spirit... Read More →
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Daniel Gatti

Senior Transportation Policy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
Daniel Gatti is a Senior Transportation Analyst for the Clean Vehicles program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Gatti’s work is focused on efforts to reduce emissions in the transportation sector in the Northeast region, through electrification, efficiency, and clean fuels.Before... Read More →
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Clay Mitchell

Professor, Sustainable Energy & Environmental Policy, University of New Hampshire
Clay Mitchell is a graduate of Vermont Law School where he earned his JD and Master’s in Environmental Law.  His doctorate in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies is from the University of New Hampshire where he currently is on the faculty teaching Sustainable Energy and... Read More →
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Charlotte Ancel

Director of Strategic Development, Eversource Energy
Charlotte Ancel is the Director of Strategic Development at Eversource Energy, a publicly traded, Fortune 500 energy company serving 4 million electric, gas, and water customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Charlotte leads Eversource’s electric vehicle, storage... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Alumni Center
Friday, September 20

9:00am EDT

Crazy Good: On our way to 100%
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready For 100% communities are spreading across the country. Right here in Keene, NH, community leaders have passed a resolution to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy for transportation and heating by 2050. Learn effective practices from communities who have successfully begun their transitions toward 100%, and start making a plan for your own rural community!

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Lena Entin

Deputy Director, Toxics Action Center
Lena Entin is Deputy Director of Toxics Action Center, where she oversees organizers working on the ground to assist communities in organizing to clean up and prevent pollution. Before joining the staff of Toxics Action Center, Lena was an organizer and fundraiser with Neighbor to... Read More →
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Kelly Lynch

Ready for 100 Senior Campaign Representative, Sierra Club
Kelly serves as Senior Campaign Representative for Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 campaign. She supports cities moving to 100% clean energy for everyone. Kelly is an expert in clean energy business development, policy and community organizing. Kelly led a 130 person outreach team at... Read More →
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Sean Hamilton

General Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department
Sean Hamilton is the General Manager of the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) with almost 40 years in the public power industry. Sean began his career in 1979 as a lineman and advanced to his current position. During his career he has been instrumental in bringing utility... Read More →
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Patrick Roche

Director of Innovation, New England, Good Energy, L.P.
Patrick Roche is the Director of Innovation, New England for Good Energy, L.P., a leading municipal aggregation (community choice aggregation) consultant that has both pioneered and brought to scale green aggregation in Massachusetts. At Good Energy, Patrick manages the development... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Alumni Center