• Conference focuses on renewable energy goal
     | December 01,2012

    An annual energy and climate conference is occurring today at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, with key Public Service Department staff and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., slated as speakers.

    The $30-per-person conference is open to the public and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network and UVM Extension are hosting the Community Energy and Climate Action Conference. Registration, which still can occur today, includes a full lunch and morning refreshments.

    Designed largely to inspire, strengthen and support the efforts of Vermont town energy committees — now numbering about 100 — the conference focuses largely on serving up strategies that communities can implement locally.

    Through 14 workshops, six roundtable discussions, networking opportunities and a keynote speaker, the conference aims to position people to help advance and implement energy efficiency, renewable power and transportation solutions.

    This year’s event focuses on “Getting to 90 Percent Renewable by 2050.” Vermont’s new comprehensive energy plan sets an ambitious 90 percent renewable goal.

    This year’s keynote speaker is Chris Martenson, an early economic blogger and futurist who is credited with forecasting the housing market collapse and stock market correction.

    “Getting to 90 percent renewable by 2050 is critical. To get there, however, will require major behavior modification by governments, corporations and individuals, and we will need to start almost immediately at an aggressive pace,” Martenson said in a news release.

    Other elements of the day include:

    n An update on state efforts, including the comprehensive energy plan, by outgoing and incoming Public Service Department Commissioners Elizabeth Miller and Chris Recchia.

    n An overview from Welch on what’s happening at the federal level.

    Details — including carpooling options — and registration are at https://www.regonline .com/2012VTEnergy.

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