VECAN Conference 2011

VECAN Conference 2011

If you happened to miss the conference, are looking to review a presentation, or view a workshop presentation that you were unable to attend, this is the place to be. All conference materials are linked below, including DPS Commissioner Miller’s and ANR Secretary Markowitz’s answers to questions they weren’t able to get around to at the conference.


Morning Session

A1. The Smart Grid is Coming – This workshop explored the fundamentals of Smart Grid, examining the potential energy savings along with the concerns over health and privacy.


A2. Climate Adaptation and Your Community – This workshop explored climate adaptation strategies, focusing on how to conduct needs assessments and develop adaptation measures for your community in the face of climate change.


A3. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) for Vermont – This workshop provided an introductory and review of the PACE program, and how it can expand financing opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy communities.


A4. Community Solar Projects – This workshop presented community solar models that highlighted ways to expand group net metering, organize community solar barn raising, and procure group discounts on group solar purchases.


A5. Working with Small Businesses to Save Energy – This workshop provided an overview of basic energy saving opportunities for small businesses and ways for communities to assist small businesses in achieving energy savings.


A6. Promoting Real Transportation Alternatives: Effective Partnerships Making the Difference – This workshop presented useful tools, surveys, resources, and approaches, while highlighting the power of partnerships in order to implement efficient transportation measures in communities.


A7. Rooted in Community: Local Food Solutions – This workshop explored how local food initiatives like food hubs, farmers’ markets, and farm-to-table farm-to-school programs can help Vermonters save money, energy and increase local access to healthy foods.


Afternoon Session

B1. Financing Options for Schools and Municipalities – This workshop provided an overview of financing tools available to schools and municipalities for making energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades and installations, including traditional mechanisms and innovative apporaches such as municipal leasing.


B2. Community-Supported Renewable Energy Projects – This workshop highlighted how some Vermont communities have moved ahed with implementing community supported wind, biomass, hydro, and other renewable energy projects.


B3. State Energy Policy and Your Community – This workshop explored the implications of the Comprehensive Energy Plan on Vermont communities, and how these communities can assist its implementation.

B4. Local Energy Projects in Vermont: A Smorgasbord of Opportunites – This workshop illuminated the many creative ways that Vermont communities are implementing energy saving projects and iniatives, with additional tips on how to start and keep energy committees viable.


B5. Action-Oriented Energy Planning Tools – This workshop reviewed tools available to help communities assess municipal energy consumption and carbon emissions, as well as tools available to assist with the development of town energy plans, policies and programs.


B6. Working with Local Officials and Engaging Your Community – This workshop provided information on how other energy committees have built a rapport with their local officials and how energy committees can maintain a positive working relationship with local government.


B7. Stimulating Significant Efficiency Improvements in Your Community – This workshop reviewed creative strategies and programs aimed at increasing the number of homeowners making energy efficiency improvements.

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