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Save the date!

NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference

The Riverside Hotel

May 29-30 in Boise, Idaho


Please save the date for the NW Energy Coalition’s spring 2015 NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference May 29-30 in Boise, Idaho. The conference will feature speakers, panels and networking opportunities with clean energy experts and advocates from around the region. Please stay tuned for updates on panels and speakers.

Keynote speaker:

Aimée Christensen, Founder and CEO
Christensen Global Strategies

Aimee_ChristensenAimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies with clients including the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Microsoft, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, Virgin Unite, and United Nations. Trained as an environmental and energy lawyer, she has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment and philanthropy including with the U.S. Department of Energy, World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and Google where she guided its first climate and energy initiatives. She negotiated the first bilateral climate change agreements (U.S. – Costa Rica 1994, et al.) and wrote the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999). She was the 2011 Hillary Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow. In 2009 she relocated to Sun Valley, Idaho to be with family and manage her family’s investments including in solar energy companies, projects and funds; she is Chair of the Ketchum Energy Advisory Committee. She graduated from Smith College and Stanford Law School.


Conference topics:

Examining the glassIntegrating more renewable energy: How do we prepare for the next wave of distributed and utility-scale solar, wind and other renewable energy development?

Replacing dirty fossil fuels with renewable energy reduces Idaho’s carbon pollution and will help the state meet federal carbon reduction standards. This panel will examine practical ways to incorporate the next wave of renewable energy generation while maximizing grid flexibility and avoiding an overreliance on natural gas.



Electricity towers and wind turbines

Assessing the need and cost for new transmission: Will Gateway West and Boardman to Hemingway transmission lines help or hinder clean energy progress? Could our money be better spent elsewhere?

Boardman to Hemingway and Gateway West are two high-voltage transmission lines currently slated for construction in Idaho with the aim of improving reliability, handling a higher load and incorporating additional renewable energy sources. Opponents question whether the lines are needed and if the costs are justifiable. This panel will address regional and Idaho-specific needs and opportunity costs associated with the construction of these two transmission lines.


NorthwestCrafting the new regional power plan: What will the 7th Northwest Power and Conservation Plan do and why is it important to Idaho and the region as a whole?

Every five years, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council prepares an updated 20-year forecast of the Northwest’s electric power needs and a plan for how to meet them. In its forthcoming 7th Plan, the Council must consider emerging technologies, pending environmental regulations, vehicle electrification and distributed generation. This panel will examine how the Plan can set us on the course to a cleaner, more affordable and wildlife-friendly future.


Red_SalmonSalmon progress?: An update on the ongoing struggle to build a wildlife-friendly power system.

There continues to be an imbalance between hydroelectric generation and salmon recovery on the Columbia River. This presentation will focus on obstacles to fish passage and current efforts to improve wildlife management practices.




Tour: Don’t miss Saturday’s tour of the CSHQA office building! CSHQA architects and engineers converted a 20,00-square-foot brick and cinder-block warehouse in downtown Boise to the firm’s gleaming, new, state-of-the-art office building. In CSHQA’s offices you’ll find geothermal heating and radiant cooling, skylights, a heat exhaust system for the computers, thick wall and ceiling insulation, double-pane windows with low-emissive glass, a reflective roof, low-water-use plumbing and landscaping, and -of course- high-efficiency lighting.



Location: Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID 83714. You may reserve your room at a discounted rate of $99 per night prior to May 6 by calling (208) 343-1871 (be sure to mention the NW Energy Coalition). The Riverside Hotel is located on the 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt, a tree-lined pathway following the river. You may want to bring your bike or walking shoes!
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Alison Baur at or (206) 621-0094.

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