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Day 2: Renewable Energy Vermont’s 17th Annual Conference & Expo Builds Cross-Border Partnerships, Honors Leaders, Hosts Governor

REV2017, northern New England’s premier event exploring clean energy innovation and climate solutions concludes Tuesday, October 3rd at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. Nearly 500 energy innovators, environmental advocates, facility managers, policymakers, and community leaders gathered on the first day of the 17th annual conference hosted by Renewable Energy Vermont (REV).

What: REV2017: We Can Do It! Renewables for All

Where: Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, VT

When: October 3 | 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (ticketed events to follow)

Associated Hashtags: #REV2017 #vtpoli #RenewablesForAll #ThinkVT

Tomorrow’s Order of Events:  

Canadian/Vermont Networking Luncheon: Significant ongoing energy and technology trade and collaboration between Canada and New England creates economic development, energy security, health and environmental benefits.  Connect with business and delegation leaders over breakfast to discuss opportunities for clean energy projects, enhanced infrastructure, digital and transportation solutions.  Speakers:

  • Commissioner Michael Schirling, VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development
  • Jean-Francois Samray, President, AQPER – Association Quebecoise De La Production D’Energie Renouvelable
  • Victoria Smaniotto, Director, EcoTech

Remarks From Governor Phil Scott: Governor Phil Scott will address the energy innovators attending the conference, with time for questions and answers.  


Awards preceding the Governor’s Remarks:

The Renewable Energy Champion award recognizes an individual typically in the renewable industry who represents, and tirelessly ‘champions’, the benefits of developing, creating, informing, and striving to improve our state with the deployment of renewable energy generation.

Tom Gray was champion ahead of his time. The Vermonter started what is now the American Wind Energy Association, famously keeping it afloat in its early days using his own credit cards. Under Tom’s direction, AWEA has helped support the efforts of communities, entrepreneurs, and states to realize clean, renewable, and low-cost effort. After serving as AWEA’s executive director for many years, Tom moved back to Vermont.

Linda Gray will accept the award on his behalf.  A celebration of Tom’s life will take place later this month at Georgia Community Wind.

This year, the Renewable Energy Innovation Award, which recognizes a project, company, organization, or individual contributing innovative, influential, and transformative efforts for implementing renewable energy and climate action in Vermont, goes to the Way To Go Challenge.  Way To Go! Is focused on getting K–12 schools on board to battle carbon pollution head-on.

Women in Energy Luncheon: 

  • Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson
  • Vermont Senate Majority Leader Becca Ballint
  • Quebec Delegate Marie Claude Francoeur
  • Karen Glitman, Efficiency Vermont
  • Olivia Campbell Andersen, REV

Also attending:

  • Senator Ginny Lyons
  • Commissioner June Tierney, Vermont Public Service Department
  • Charlotte Ancel, Green Mountain Power
  • Ellen Burt, Stowe Electric Department
  • Leslie Cadwell, Legal Advocates & Counselors, PLC
  • Molly Conners, ISO-NE
  • Kate Epsen, New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association
  • Laurie Fielder, Vermont State Employees Credit Union
  • Kim Hayden, Paul Frank + Collins
  • Linda McGinnis, Energy Action Network
  • Patty Richards, Washington Electric Coop
  • Debra Sachs, Net Zero Vermont
  • Martha Staskus, Vermont Environmental Research Associate

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