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16th Eastern Shore Planning Conference: Powering Our Renewable Energy Future

November 19, 2015 – November 19, 2015

101 East Dover Street

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ESLC’s annual planing conference tackles a very hot topic, as we learn and discuss renewable energy and its role on a rural Eastern Shore. The conference seeks to understand:

* What renewable energy technologies are available today

* What emerging technologies exist

* How can renewable energy properly fit into a rural landscape

* How can rural industries, like agriculture, take advantage of renewable energy technologies

* How can broader renewable energy adoption help make communities more resilient and add to the rural independent character of the region

* How can residents and communities participate in the benefits of renewable energy

Download the ESPC 16 Agenda



At the Tidewater Inn – Easton, MD

Conference Agenda


7:30 am Grange Hall and Registration Opens                                                                                   

Registration opens and all are welcome to peruse an exhibit hall of the many  partners, projects and possibilities of Eastern Shore Renewable Energy, including Land Art Generator Initiative exhibit. Grange Hall is open throughout the day.


7:30 am Continental Breakfast & Social Mixer


8:45 am Welcoming Comments

– 8:55 am             Rob Etgen, ESLC Executive Director

                              Josh Hastings, ESLC Policy Manager


9:00 am Welcoming Address: “The Need for Renewable Energy”

– 9:25 am             Geoff Oxnam, VP of Operations, Easton Utilities


9:35 am Mapping the Future of Renewable Energy on the Eastern Shore

– 10:20 am           Katherine Magruder, Executive Director, Maryland Clean Energy Center


10:25 am             The Intersection of Energy and Agriculture

– 11:15 am           Moderator: Carol West, Director, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation

                              – Biogas, Anaerobic Digesters & Waste to Energy

Jason Lambertson, Owner, Millennium Farms

– Renewable Energy and Bay Health- Switchgrass

Dr. Kenneth Staver, Associate Research Scientist, University of Maryland

– Agricultural Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs

               Dean Fisher, Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) & Beyond

Bruce Weaver, Business and Cooperative Specialist/State Energy Coordination, USDA


11:20 pm             Making It Work: Energy Financing and Policy

– 12:10 pm           Moderator: Stuart Clarke, Executive Director, Town Creek Foundation

– Financing Renewable Energy- PACE program

Andrew Zech, Chief Business Development Officer, Greenworks Lending, LLC

– Shore Power- Lowering Municipal Energy Costs through Efficiency Programs and Solar Energy

Briggs Cunningham, Energy Programs Manager, Center for Environment & Society

– Direct Impacts of Sound Energy Efficiency Policy on Consumers

Kelly Speakes-Backman, Sr. VP of Policy & Research, Alliance to Save Energy

– Understanding Distributed Energy

Steve Steffel, Mgr. Distributed Energy Resources Planning & Analytics, Pepco Holdings, Inc.


12:20 am             Local Foods Lunch & Networking

– 1:30 pm             VIDEO #1: Bitter Wind: A Town Divided

VIDEO #2: Green World Rising


1:40 pm Energy Justice in Maryland’s Residential and Renewable Energy Sectors

– 2:15 pm             Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research


2:20 pm Community & Energy Resilience

– 3:00 pm             Moderator:  Greg Farley, Director, Center for Leadership in Environmental Education

– Microgrids

                       Geoff Oxnam, VP of Operations, Easton Utilities

– Battery Storage

Robert Sanders, Senior Finance Director, Clean Energy Group

– Renewable Energy Co-Ops

Corey Ramsden, Program Director, MD SUN


3:10 pm Live Audience Poll & Reflection

– 3:25 pm             Jenn Hicks, President, Positive Force Consulting


3:30 pm “Getting the Right Mix: A Conversation on a Resilient, Renewable Rural Region”

4:30 pm             Moderator: Marc Steiner, Host, The Marc Steiner Show– WEAA- 88.9FM

Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Jay Falstad, Executive Director, Queen Anne’s Conservation Association

         & Owner, Calico Fields Farm

Ernie Shea, President, Solutions from the Land

Rebecca Rush, Managing Partner, DERP Technologies, LLC


4:30 pm Conference closing



4:45 pm Local Foods, Wines & Brews Reception

– 6:30 pm             Sponsored by: Delmarva Farmer and The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research  

Located in the Gold Room Garden Pavilion (adjacent to the Gold Room)

Thank you to our ESPC16 Sponsors!

Thank you to our ESPC16 Sponsors!


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