Join ANCA and the Mohawk Valley Clean Energy Team for this year’s Clean Energy Conference in downtown Utica, New York.

Together, we’ll dig into the unique challenges and opportunities our small and rural communities face as new state and federal policies roll out across New York. Over the course of 1.5 days, we’ll learn from clean energy stakeholders and community leaders about local impacts of new legislation and programs and discuss ways we can work together to advance New York’s clean energy transition while preserving our region’s values and character:

Thursday, June 1, 2023 

1:00-3:00 p.m. — Tour of Brookfield Renewable’s Trenton Falls hydropower facility

3:00-5:00 p.m. — Open House at NYPA’s Energy Zone visitor center

5:00-8:00 p.m. — Reception at the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley featuring local food and drink
Reception welcome note by Mark Luciano, Brookfield Renewables U.S.

5:00-8:00 p.m. — Networking in the Exhibition Hall

Friday, June 2, 2023

7:30-8:30 a.m. — Registration, networking, hot breakfast

8:30-9:00 a.m. — Welcoming Remarks
Steve Smith, Mohawk Valley Clean Energy Team and Jill Henck, ANCA

9:00-9:15 a.m. — Conference Kick-Off
Conversation with Lead Sponsors, Hydro-Québec and Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI), and ANCA’s Jill Henck

9:15-10:00 a.m. — Community Sparks: short, inspiring success stories from communities across the region
Presented by Omay Elphick, Gravity Renewables; Amanda Kaier, Mohawk Valley Clean Energy Team; Josh and Rebekah Pierce, Pierce Family Farm; and Joe Dickson, Ducted Wind Turbines 

10:00-11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Community Campaigns: the next generation. Lessons learned, creative approaches for the future. 
    Presented by Tara Donadio, Capital District Regional Planning Commission; Jeremy Koo, Cadmus Group; and Lisa Marshall, New Yorkers for Clean Power
  • Cap & Invest Program; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; the Climate Act; Disadvantaged Communities criteria, Climate Action Council updates
    Presented by Sameer Ranade, NYSERDA
  • Fleet Electrification: background, best practices, funding and more
    Presented by Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, Vermont Energy Improvement Corporation (VEIC) and Adam Ruder, NYSERDA
  • Mentoring 101: learn what it takes to be a mentor or mentee and how to facilitate that relationship
    Presented by Dr. Curt Gervich, SUNY Plattsburgh 

11:00-11:15 a.m. — Networking & Exhibition Hall

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

  • Large-scale Renewables
    Presented by Amy Wyant, Otsego County Conservation Association
  • Energy Efficiency: so you thought you knew everything about energy audits
    Presented by North Country Clean Energy Hub Energy Advisors 
  • Workforce Development: apprenticeships and program development
    Presented by Richard Lawrence, Interstate Renewable Energy Council 
  • Stakeholder Engagement Workshop Part 1: partnering with marginalized communities
    Facilitated by Erin Griffin, ANCA

12:15-1:30 p.m. — Lunch and Networking

1:30-3:00 p.m. Plenary: Maximizing Community Benefits from the Clean Energy Transition
Plenary speakers include Brad Tito, PowerMarket; Emmett Smith, Northern Power & Light; and Linda Garrett, American Farmland Trust 

3:00-3:15 p.m. — Networking and Exhibition Hall

3:15-4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Grant Writing 101
    Presented by Jennifer Perry, ANCA
  • The Inflation Reduction Act and You
    Presented by Dr. Stephen Bird, Clarkson University
  • Engaging the Workforce 
    Presented by Ben Ballard, SUNY Morrisville

4:15-4:30 p.m. — Conference Wrap-up & Raffle of Local Products and Experiences

Conference agenda items and presenters subject to change. Download a PDF version of the agenda here.