September 6–8, 2017

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Distributed Generation and the Rural Grid

Vermont’s innovative utility, Green Mountain Power, and the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) are collaborating to transform the rural grid through distributed generation, storage, flexibility, and resilience. Meet with their leaders from these organizations and businesses and visit sites showcasing technology and innovation in a rural grid.  

Distributed Generation and the Rural Grid will be led by Kerrick Johnson, Vice President of Strategy and Communication at the Vermont Electric Power Company; Nate Hausman, Project Director with Clean Energy Group; and Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power.

Green Mountain Power

Overview of Vermont’s distributed generation and the rural grid.

Speakers: Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power; Kerrick Johnson, VELCO

Mayotte’s Sugarhouse

Vermont Electric Cooperative launched a program in 2015 to assist maple sugaring operations to move to a future of lower production costs and lower carbon emissions using ECOVAP, an electronic maple sugar evaporator. Mayotte’s sugarhouse took advantage of the program for their 50,000 tap maple sugar operation in Fletcher, VT.

Speakers: Andrea Cohen, VT Electric Cooperative; Rick Mayotte, Mayotte’s Sugarhouse

Green Mountain Dairy

Tour a Methane digester on a family operated dairy farm in Sheldon, VT.

Speaker: Bill Rowell, Green Mountain Dairy

Alburgh Community Solar

Vermont Electric Cooperative’s first co-op Community Solar project is a one megawatt solar project that provides savings to VEC members who solar panels and obtain monthly bill credits. The project was completed in partnership with Encore Renewable Energy and SoCore Energy.

Speakers: Andrea Cohen, VT Electric Cooperative; Encore Renewable Energy

Georgia Mountain Community Wind

Four-turbine 10 megawatt wind turbine project that is locally owned by Vermont business owners and employers.

Speaker: David Blittersdorf, Georgia Mountain Community Wind and AllEarth Renewables

Earlier Event: September 8
Green Building and Design
Later Event: September 8
Net Zero Burlington