Please join us for the NW Energy Coalition’s Fall 2014 NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference Nov. 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland. The conference will feature speakers, panels and networking opportunities with clean energy experts and advocates. Expert panels will address the region’s most pressing issues:
- The region is set to reduce coal-fired generation by at least 2,000 average megawatts by 2025 as federal and state policies are driving further carbon dioxide emissions reductions. The coal replacement panel will consider the best ways to replace coal-generated power and comply with EPA’s Clean Power Rule. Panelists will address challenges and opportunities for using energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to satisfy existing and future power needs.
- The Columbia River Treaty (CRT) is an agreement between Canada and the United States to coordinate flood control and optimize hydroelectric production. Either country may terminate or modify the treaty as early as 2024, given 10 years advance notice. U.S., Canadian, First Nations and other stakeholders are now refining their interests in maintaining and/or altering the treaty. The Columbia River Treaty panel will focus on the future of Columbia Basin hydroelectric generation, fish and ecosystem protection, and social justice and equity issues. Panelists will discuss the necessity of and challenges to balancing hydropower production, flood control and ecosystem restoration.
- Solar system costs are falling and consumer interest rising. As new financing models, such as third-party leasing, draw marketers into the solar arena, policymakers must ensure that consumers receive reliable products at reasonable terms and utilities account for the full value of the distributed generation. Many utilities, meanwhile, think they’re paying too much for the solar power being sent back to the grid and that self-generating households and businesses are paying too little for the grid that supplies their backup power, thereby shifting costs to other customers. The consumer protection at the grid edge panel will look at safeguarding home and business owners’ off-grid energy investments and preventing potential rate and bill increases for customers – especially low-income families – who remain on the grid. Panelists will address consumer protection needs and alternatives.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Cy Berryman at email@example.com or (206) 621-0094.