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Conference on Electrification in the Public Interest Feb. 16 at VLS

Thursday, February 14, 2019


In partnership with the Regulatory Assistance Project, the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School will present a free conference, “Electrification: Why it Makes Sense and Can Be in the Public Interest,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Chase Community Center at VLS.

Conference participants will examine how beneficial electrification can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and transportation. Panelists from across Vermont and New England will discuss emerging technologies, government incentives, and implementation challenges.

The conference agenda includes:

  • 10 a.m. Introduction: Beneficial Electrification—Electrification in the Public Interest

           -David Farnsworth, Regulatory Assistance Project

  • 10:30 a.m. Panel 1: Electrification Trends Across the United States

          -Karen Glitman, Center for Sustainable Energy

          -Jordan Stutt, Acadia Center

          -Moderator: Professor Mark James, Vermont Law School

  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch and Keynote Address

          -Richard Cowart, Regulatory Assistance Project

  • 1 p.m. Panel 2: Discussion: How will electrification trends affect Vermont and New England? What have we managed so far, and what needs to happen for us to take advantage of these opportunities?

          -Professor Kevin Jones, IEE director, Vermont Law School

          -Sue Minter, Capstone Community Action

          -Peter Walke, deputy secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

          -Mackay Miller, National Grid

          -D. Maurice Kreis, New Hampshire Office of the Consumer Advocate

          -Moderator: Rick Weston, Regulatory Assistance Project

  • 2 p.m. Closing Remarks

          -Associate Dean Jennifer Rushlow, director, Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School

For more information about the conference, including registration, visit Eventbrite, email Molly Smith at, or call 802-831-1151. Lunch will be provided to the first 50 registered attendees.