2017 Fall Energy Symposium

Posted by Hannah Meganck on July 13, 2017

October 16-17, 2017 in Hood River, OR


Please join Sustainable Northwest in partnership with Hood River County and Lake County Resources Initiative for the second annual Fall Energy Symposium. This 2-day event brings together community leaders, businesses, elected officials, ranchers, farmers, and agency partners to identify strategies to advance clean energy initiatives across Oregon. 

The theme for this year is community resiliency through emergency preparedness and energy independence.

When: Monday, October 16th -Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Where: Hood River, Oregon 

Tickets: $65, includes light refreshments Monday, breakfast, and lunch on Tuesday. 


A special social hour at pFriem Family Brewers will be hosted Monday, October 16th with Rick Williams, a leading expert in energy resiliency. Beer, wine, and hors-d'oeuvres are provided. Cost is $10 and space is limited. 

 Symposium Agenda Found Here

Our 2017 keynote speaker is Debra Smith, General Manager for the Central Lincoln People’s Utility District. Debra will share strategies the central coast is pursuing to prepare for greater community resiliency and emergency preparedness.

Additional 2017 Symposium Panels and Discussions include:

  • Roundtable Discussion: Federal and state policies, Phil Chang, Field Representative for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, Jana Gastellum from Oregon Environmental Council, and Rob Del Mar, Oregon Department of Energy
  • Workshop: A deep dive into the Community Solar Program, Nolan Moser, Oregon Public Utilities Commission, Rikki Segiun, Renewable Northwest Project, and Charlie Coggeshall, Clean Energy Collective

  • Community Spotlight: Success stories from RARE Americorps initiatives across OregonLindsey Hardy, Environmental Center, Norah Owings and Hannah Sohl, Rogue Climate, and Marla Harvey, Hood River County

  • Community Solar: Oregon's emerging models, Dan Orzech, Oregon Clean Power Cooperative, Lucas Kappel, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and Bridget Callahan, Sustainable Northwest
  • Battery storage, emergency preparedness, and microgrids, Rick Williams, Leidos Maritime Solutions
  • Funding your project, Susan Badger-Jones,  Energy Trust of Oregon, Todd Andres, Pacific Power, and Robert Wallace, Wy'East  RC&D


This event has a discounted room block available at the Best Western Inn Hood River. If you would like to make a reservation, please call the front desk at (541) 386-2200 and tell them you are with the group Sustainable Northwest. Reservations must be made by September 20, 2017, to receive the discounted rate. 

For questions about the Symposium or to become a sponsor please contact Bridget Callahan, Energy Program Associate, at (503) 756-0494 or

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Thank you to our event sponsors!


Thank you to our organizational sponsors!