The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced the return of the regional economic nonprofit’s Clean Energy Conference on June 1st and 2nd. Presented in partnership with the Mohawk Valley Clean Energy Team, this year’s conference will explore community incentives, opportunities and challenges related to recent state and federal policies.
With a focus on how small and rural communities can help advance a statewide transition to clean energy while preserving their values and character, the conference will convene clean energy experts, advocates and contractors, as well as local community leaders, at the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley in Utica.
Through a variety of presentations, workshops and roundtable sessions, guest speakers will share success stories and address ways rural communities can benefit from recent policies like New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), as well as challenges that may arise as these policies are implemented across the region.
The Mohawk Valley Clean Energy Team is made up of staff from Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc. (MVEDD) and the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) who work with communities in New York’s Mohawk Valley to help them become more energy efficient and sustainable.
Conference topics include stakeholder and partner engagement, equity and justice in project design and community outreach, community benefit from large-scale renewables, community-scale incentives and success stories, updates from government and nonprofit groups, building and transportation electrification, electric grid upgrades, carbon sequestration, localizing electricity supplies, and more.
The event will begin with an afternoon tour of Brookfield Renewable’s 28-megawatt Trenton Falls hydroelectric plant in Trenton. Built in 1901, the facility now generates about 133 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power approximately 20,000 homes.
The conference will also provide networking opportunities with contractors, service providers, nonprofits, government agencies and others working to expand clean energy initiatives across New York State. A Thursday evening reception at the recently constructed Irish Cultural Center will feature Utica cuisine and drink. A raffle of local products and experiences will take place on Friday afternoon.
Early Bird registration costs $125; the rate will increase to $150 on May 9th. Municipal staff may attend at a reduced rate; contact email@example.com for a discount code.
For more information or to register, click here. Questions about the conference may be directed to Jennifer Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 891-6200.