2018 Fall Energy Symposium

Posted by Sally Bernstein on August 21, 2018

Advancing a clean energy economy across Oregon


Sustainable Northwest in partnership with The Environmental Center hosted the third annual Fall Energy Symposium in Bend, Oregon on November 1 & 2, 2018. This 2-day event brought together community leaders, businesses, elected officials, ranchers, farmers, and agency partners to identify strategies to advance clean energy initiatives across Oregon. Presentation slides are available below.

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Bend's mayor-elect, Sally Russell, provided the 2018 lunchtime keynote. Sally addressed how municipal leadership is instrumental in passing a durable and actionable Climate Plan, and the importance of bringing community members together in a way that builds alignment across traditional party lines. Her presentation can be found below.

Attendees toured the Bend Science Station and Environmental Center during the evening social reception.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley offered an update on energy and climate policies taking place at the federal level, while encouraging guests to continue local, community-led initiatives.

2018 Symposium Presentation Slides

Sally Russell, Bend City Councilor, Bend's Climate Action Plan: How Did We Get Here, and Why?

Corey Murphy, Oregon Institute of Technology, Tailoring Your Energy Outreach

Planning for Community Initiated Solar, Storage, and Microgrids

Rob Del Mar, Oregon Department of Energy, Emerging Trends in Energy Storage

Jeni Hall, Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar Plus Storage

From Policy to Implementation, An Incremental Path to Net Zero

Angela Crooks, BLRB Architects, Reynolds School District Bond Projects

Misti Nelmes, Energy Trust of Oregon, Energy Trust New Buildings Program

Cindi O'Neil, SolAire Homebuilders, Getting to Net Zero Energy: A Case Study

Stu Green, City of Ashland, Ashland Net Zero Possibilities

Emerging Policy Priorities and Considerations

Oriana Magnera, Northwest Energy Coalition, Regulation: Who Makes the Rules, And How You Can Influence Them

Dylan Kruse, Sustainable Northwest, Clean Energy Jobs: Carbon Cap and Invest,

Rural Benefits and Opportunities Fact Sheet

Rikki Seguin, Renewable Northwest, Renewables Energy Siting: Challenges and Opportunities

Putting Community Energy and Climate Plans Into Place

Cassie Lacy, City of Bend, Bend Climate Action Planning

Marla Harvey, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Hood River County Energy Plan

Michael Hoch, City of Talent, Climate Planning for the City of Talent

Oregon's Community Solar Program

Caroline Moore, Public Utility Commission of Oregon, New Opportunities for Oregon Communities

Sherrie Pelsma, Community Energy Project, Energy, Equity, and Inclusion

Nick Johnson, Lake County Resources Initiative, Community Solar development in Action

For questions about the Symposium or the Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon Network contact Bridget Callahan, Energy Program Associate, at (503) 756-0494 or 

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