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Join us for the NW Energy Coalition’s

NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference

May 2-3 in Helena


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Please join us May 2-3 at the NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference in Helena, Mont. Top energy experts from across the Northwest will address some of our region’s most pressing energy issues. This is your chance to network with policy leaders, decision-makers, clean energy activists, Coalition members and allies.

Montana’s Lieutenant Governor, Angela McClean, will welcome conference attendees and outline the importance of examining Montana’s energy future. Northwest Power & Conservation Councilmember Pat Smith of Montana will provide the keynote address.  Other speakers and panelists will discuss topics such as Montana’s energy export future, regional challenges and opportunities for achieving energy efficiency, and proposed EPA emissions standards for existing power plants.

 Each panel will seek answers to a particular pressing question. Those are:

  • How will the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed emission standards for existing power plants affect fossil fuel power generation?
    • This panel will outline EPA’s authority and the guidance the agency is soliciting from states and stakeholders. Panelists also will assess the opportunities for regional coordination on clean energy strategies for meeting the emissions standards.
  • What are the opportunities and barriers for Montana as a wind and solar energy exporter?
    • Coal production has dropped dramatically in the last decade, partly due to increased natural gas production and environmental concerns. Luckily Montana has other major energy resources – notably wind and solar — that can provide economic and environmental benefits. Panelists will consider the effects on wildlife, landscapes and communities of expanding Montana’s renewable industry.
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for increasing energy efficiency in the Northwest?
    • The opportunity to meet all electric load growth with energy savings is within reach. Energy efficiency has grown to become the second-largest resource for meeting customers’ electricity needs, but troubling clouds are forming.  This panel will discuss Bonneville Power Administration’s flagging enthusiasm and budgeting for energy efficiency and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s goal of expanded its market transformation efforts while empowering local utilities. Finally, panelists will look at assessing energy efficiency potential as part of developming the Council’s 7th Power Plan.

Don’t miss our special Saturday afternoon tour of the Montana State Fund building. We’ll take an inside look at Helena’s newest LEED Gold building, designed with a focus on density and sustainability.


 Montana State Fund Building, Helena, Mont.

Please join us for our reception Friday at 5 p.m. (no cost to attend).  Catch up with fellow conference participants and make new connections with local clean energy supporters while enjoying complimentary food and a no-host bar.

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Scholarship opportunities are available, please contact Alison@nwenergy.org.


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