Each month, the Energy Exchange rounds up a list of top clean energy conferences around the country. Our list includes conferences at which experts from the EDF Clean Energy Program will be speaking, plus additional events that we think our readers may benefit from marking on their calendars.
Top clean energy conferences featuring EDF experts in July:
- Building on New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, Infocast’s second REVolution summit will focus on how utilities are planning for the future, and how they will explore both the promise and the practical development of microgrids, renewable energy, and emerging opportunities for third party providers. The summit will also consider various state efforts to finance and encourage clean energy markets sufficiently to ensure a robust, sustainable power delivery system.
Other top clean energy conferences in July:
July 6-7: The Energy Cultures Conference – Sustainable Energy Futures: Understanding Behavior and Supporting Transitions (Wellington, New Zealand)
- The purpose of this international conference is twofold: to share findings and conceptual advances from the University of Otago's Energy Cultures research program, and to invite other research perspectives on energy-related behavior and its role in transitioning to a sustainable energy future. The conference examines behavior change that includes households; businesses and governments; energy and mobility; and methods of change, including single-factor and systemic.
July 11-13: National Town Meeting on Demand Response + Smart Grid (Washington D.C.)
- This conference focuses on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications. One day of the conference will be devoted to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response and smart grid. During the roundtables, experts discuss – with each other and with the audience – the latest trends, issues, and business developments. The event includes panels, case studies, and best practices presentations.
July 21: The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference (Normal, IL)
- This one-day event will feature plenary session speakers of interest to all areas of renewable energy, plus breakout sessions. Solar policy sessions include a discussion of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) equity, and efficiency policy sessions include a panel featuring Suzanne Stelmasek, of Elevate Energy, along with Julia Friedman and Nikhil Vijaykar, of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Association. Other breakout sessions include a technical solar discussion with Harry Ohde of the international electrical workers’ union, as well as an energy efficiency session focusing on efficiency’s economic impact and jobs creation.
July 23-24: Power Shift Northeast (Philadelphia, PA)
- Energy Action Coalition will host this event at Temple University. Young climate and social justice leaders from the Northeast will gather for a weekend of workshops, trainings, speakers, and movement-building. Applications for scholarships covering the cost of event tickets are due no later than Sunday, Jul. 17, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
July 23-27: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners: Summer Committee Meetings (Nashville, TN)
- This event is one of three annual meetings where members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) gather to set policy, share best practices, and discuss crucial industry issues. NARUC committees include Electricity; Energy Resources and Environment; Gas; and Water. NARUC’s summer conference sessions will include litigation and legislative reports, as well as panels about topics that include loss of the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility and maintaining reliability of the bulk electric system, as well as developments in the Ohio debate about competitive electricity markets. [In June, 32 organizations, including Environmental Defense Fund, sent a letter to NARUC, making recommendations for developing good rate designs.]
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