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2018 Island Energy Conference
May 3-5, 2018
South Portland and Islesboro, Maine

Join us on May 3-5, 2018, in South Portland and Islesboro, Maine, for the region's premier forum on community-based energy solutions. The 2018 Island Energy Conference will bring together island leaders and energy experts from New England and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and the resources available to address them. 

This year’s theme is Resilient Together, and will highlight what islanders are doing to increase the resilience of their energy systems and communities in the face of an increasingly unpredictable world. 

New speakers announced!
View the preliminary conference agenda and full session descriptions here

New to the conference? Click here for a summary of last year's event.

2018 Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 3 
Pre-conference workshops (invite only) and welcome reception

Friday, May 4 
Full Conference Program at Congregation Bet Ha'am
South Portland, Maine

Saturday, May 5
Visit to Islesboro, Maine

Featured session

Lightning Talks: Lessons Learned from the Frontlines
As Senator Angus King observed at the 2015 Island Energy Conference, “we are in the middle of an energy revolution, and islands are Bunker Hill.” At last year’s conference, we explored courses that islands are charting toward their own sustainable energy futures. This year we reflect on the key role that island communities are playing in energy transitions happening throughout the world, and the connections built over past years that make our communities stronger and more resilient together.

Panelists

Jon Calame, Thermal Efficiency: Eastport (Eastport, ME)

Jon Calame has coordinated the "Thermal Efficiency: Eastport" affordable heat coaching program since 2011, linking fuel poverty with public health outcomes in Washington County.  Previously, he was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a senior Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus, and Partnerships Manager for the World Monuments Fund.  Mr. Calame is the author of “Divided Cities: Belfast, Beirut, Jerusalem, Mostar and Nicosia” (UPenn Press, 2007); his training is in urban planning and architectural history.

Alexis Chatzimpiros, Samso Energy Academy/Tentou Project (Denmark)

Alexis holds a Physics Degree and an M.Sc in Energy Production and Management. He has been developing and coordinating international energy and sustainable development projects for 13 years. He has extensive experience in island and sustainable development policies in the EU, advocacy for appropriate policies for local and regional authorities, and coordination of networks. Since 2017 he coordinates an international project aiming to bring together and support communities around the world willing to engage in their own energy transition.

Veronica Rocha, Hawaii WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy)

Veronica Rocha leads the Renewable Energy Branch (REB) for the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO), responsible for Hawaii’s achievement of 100% renewable energy by 2045.  Under her leadership, REB has guided the HSEO on key renewable energy strategies, policies and programs. Veronica also serves as the President of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a Hawaii-based non-profit comprised of over 135 members dedicated to providing women a forum to bring about a more sustainable Hawaii powered by clean energy. 

Lauren Sinatra, Town of Nantucket Energy Office (Nantucket, MA)

Prior to her work with the Nantucket Energy Office, Lauren served as Special Assistant to Yale Environmental Law & Policy expert Dan Esty--who is currently Connecticut's Commissioner for the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection-- and led the logistics, corporate communication and client management efforts for his corporate environmental strategy consulting firm, Esty Environmental Partners. Lauren is also a co-founder of Nantucket Solar LLC, established in 2007, where she spearheads the company’s renewable energy policy research, and manages the "Nantucket Solar EXPRESS: Mobile Solar Generator" solar powered events.

2018 Conference Agenda and Sessions

Preliminary agenda and full session descriptions available here

This year's panel discussions, focused around the theme Resilient Together, will include the following:

Pushing the Envelope: Innovation on the Waterfront       
We often say that islands are microcosms for the rest of the world that can provide a view to the future. This panel will feature island communities that are pushing the envelope, reimagining what the energy systems of the future might look like and taking bold steps to ensure that their communities are vibrant, resilient places for generations to come.​

Panelists include: Heidi Jernigan Smith, Tideland Electric Membership Corporation, Ocracoke, NC; Chris Smith, Monhegan Plantation Power District; Jim Wilson, Isle au Haut Power Company              

Bridging the Rural Efficiency Gap
Rural communities pay higher energy costs than their urban counterparts, so the case for energy efficiency is compelling. However, it can be difficult to get energy efficiency upgrades done in rural areas. This session will feature community-based outreach models that are bridging the gap between remote places and the resources necessary to make homes warmer, more affordable, and more energy efficient.

Panelists include: Sarah Brock, Vital Communities; Katie Conway, Alaska Energy Authority; Natalie Hanson, Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative                                     

Planning for Uncertainty
In 2017, natural disasters caused over $300 billion in damages in the U.S., a new annual record. Island communities are often some of the hardest hit when disaster strikes and their remoteness makes it even more essential that their systems be built for resilience in an uncertain climate. This session will feature stories and lessons learned from islands that are planning for uncertainty and building resilient energy systems.  

Panelists include: Clay Coplin, Cordova Electric Cooperative; Tracey Fredericks, Block Island Power Company                                     

Leadership for Resilient Communities
One way to build resilience is to build local understanding and leadership around issues of energy and sustainability. This session will highlight programs from around the world that are helping island and remote communities learn from each other about how to make their communities more resilient and more sustainable.

Panelists include: George Roe, Alaska Center for Energy and Power; Larry Bean, Town of Lapointe Energy Committee, Madeline Island, WI; Andrea Russell, College of the Atlantic.

Lightning Talks: Lessons Learned from the Frontlines
As Senator Angus King observed at the 2015 Island Energy Conference, “we are in the middle of an energy revolution, and islands are Bunker Hill.” At last year’s conference, we explored courses that islands are charting toward their own sustainable energy futures. This year we reflect on the key role that island communities are playing in energy transitions happening throughout the world, and the connections built over past years that make our communities stronger and more resilient together.

Panelists include: Jon Calame, Thermal Efficiency Eastport, ME; Alexis Chatzimpiros, Samso Energy Academy/Tentou Project; Veronica Rocha, Hawaii WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy); Lauren Sinatra, Town of Nantucket Energy Office

Looking Ahead: A facilitated discussion about your community's energy future
This will be a structured conversation in small groups, allowing group members to gather information and understand possible synergies or expertise from conference attendees.

Film Screening: Sharing Solutions in Offshore Wind
Tackling complex issues in small communities can be a challenge but residents of many New England islands have learned that they don't have to go it alone. After years of networking on issues related to offshore wind development, leaders from four New England island communities gathered on Block Island, RI, to continue their discussions and tour the nation's first offshore wind farm in 2017. This short film tells the story of how Block Island leaders are informing the work of their peers in Maine and Massachusetts, sharing their strategies to navigate relationships with wind developers and identify ways to balance impacts with community benefits. The film will be introduced by Monhegan Island resident, Marian Chioffi.

2018 Conference Site Visit – Islesboro, Maine

We are pleased to announce that the conference site visit this year will be to Islesboro, a short ferry ride from Lincolnville, Maine. Join us to tour new projects, including solar arrays at the Town Office and Islesboro Central School, and learn about how the community has approached its energy challenges. 

Sponsorship opportunities

The conference is a fantastic opportunity to promote your business and network with energy leaders motivated to implement clean energy projects in their island and coastal communities. View the  2018 Island Energy Conference Sponsorship Levels
or contact Kate Tagai for more information.

Registration

Registration is open through April 27th – click here to sign up today! Please contact Harry Podolsky with any questions regarding registration.

Accommodations

Discounted accommodations of $125/night are available at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, in Portland. After April 9th,  please contact Sally Page, Director of Sales and Marketing, at (207) 775-2311, ext. 2141 or spage@innbythebay.com, for more information.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!