Please see the menu to the right for a full agenda and additional information on lodging, location and conference speakers. Oregon attorneys are eligible for 4.5 MCLE credits for attending the NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference.
Conference agenda highlights:
Keynote address by Nancy Hersh, head of Opower’s analytics team. Hersh has been central to Opower’s success in helping utilities reduce their customers’ energy use and bills. Opower develops software and analyzes data to support energy efficiency efforts.
Welcome address by Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Portland, Ore.-native Earl Blumenauer is a lifelong resident of Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District. As a local official, he earned a national reputation for advocating public transportation, land-use planning, school funding and environmental protection.
What is the appropriate approach for replacing aging fossil fuel generation?
The region is set to reduce coal-fired generation by at least 2,000 average megawatts by 2025, and 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 forthcoming Clean Power Rule. Panelists will address challenges and opportunities for using energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to satisfy existing and future power needs.
What is the Columbia River Treaty’s anticipated role in shaping future hydro generation, salmon protection and equitable access to the river’s resources?
The U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty is meant to coordinate flood control efforts and optimize hydroelectric production. U.S., Canadian, First Nations and other stakeholders are considering changes to 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.
As off-grid energy services become more prevalent, who will regulate them and how can we protect consumers?
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 are concerned about the cost of the solar power their customers produce and that self-generators may be paying too little for the grid that supplies their backup power, thus 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.
Don’t miss our special Saturday morning tour. We’ll take an inside look at the Moda Center, home of the Portland Trail Blazers. The stadium’s sustainability features include energy efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing and diversion of 90% of its waste from landfills. Space is limited. RSVP to email@example.com if you’d like to attend.
Please join us following the conference Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 pm, for the Founding the Future Gala. Clean energy supporters will enjoy a delicious plated dinner, drinks and great conversation while honoring the many Coalition founders and welcoming tomorrow’s leaders. Tickets: $125 per person.
Would you like to be a table captain or sponsor? For more information, please contact Kat Plimpton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our conference sponsors!