Clean Energy Conferences Roundup: January 2015

rp_Source-National-Retail-Federation-Flickr-300x2001.jpgEach 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 January:

Jan 26-27: Net Metering 2.0 and Utility Solar Rates, Anaheim, CA
Speaker: Jamie Fine, Senior Economist

  • Net metering was a simple and appropriate rate mechanism when the solar industry was in its infancy and consumer-installed PV panels were relatively uncommon. But as policies and incentives enticed increasing numbers of home owners and businesses to adopt solar, the growing penetration of these resources onto the grid has resulted in some uncomfortable balancing acts among utilities, customers, regulators, solar providers, and other stakeholders important to the process. The objective of this conference is to explore rate structures that facilitate meeting solar development goals for consumer adoption, while striking an optimum balance among all solar development stakeholders, including utilities, and their business models.

Jan 27-29: Energy and Climate Change: 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment, Washington, D.C.
Speakers: Cheryl Roberto, Associate Vice President, Clean Energy; Megan Ceronsky, Director of Regulatory Policy & Senior Attorney; Ronny Sandoval, Senior Manager, Grid Modernization

  • For climate change, this is a time of urgency, big ideas, and hope. 2015 will be a year of decisions – particularly at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. The 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change will develop and advance partnerships that focus on transitioning the world to a new “low carbon” and “climate resilient” energy system. It will emphasize putting ideas into action – moving forward on policy and practice. Join over 1,200 leaders in science and engineering, policy and governance, businesses and civil society, and education to expand and accelerate their efforts and work across the traditional boundaries.

Other top clean energy conferences across the U.S. in January:

Jan 14-16: 5th Electric Energy Storage Conference, San Diego, CA

  • Renewable power is one topic that has significantly changed over the past year and is continuing to rapidly grow in the industry. Energy storage has flourished and more technologies have been discovered to be more useful for companies today. Through case studies, the heads of energy storage, operations, and research & development from electric utilities will discuss where the market is heading due to these new advances, as well as talk about what companies are finding to be the most successful with current technology. The 5th Electric Energy Storage Conference will focus on the technology successes when implementing new changes into existing storage systems, how companies are overcoming financial barriers, and what it is they need in order to succeed and advance with energy storage.

Jan 25-27: VERDEXCHANGE, Los Angeles

  • Cleantech is no longer a niche sector of the economy; it is fast becoming the very foundation of stable, long-term growth and provides one of the largest market opportunities in history. Finding ways to shape markets and create value in sustainable practices – be it water use, clean energy, agriculture, or carbon reduction – is the central challenge of modern-day capitalism. VERDEXCHANGE provides a forum to directly address that challenge through the growth of profitable business and the building of an international community of like-minded people shaping the green economy.

Jan 28-30: Midwest Energy Solutions Conference, Chicago, IL

  • Once a year, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance invites all energy stakeholders to gather at our annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference to raise awareness and reinforce the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest. This annual conference is about celebrating accomplishments and inspirations in energy efficiency, as well as laying out the efficiency program and policy landscape for the coming year.

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