Climate legislation codifying greenhouse gas reduction goals were passed at the federal, state and local levels in 2021. In order to meet these ambitious goals, new renewable energy sources and new energy infrastructure connecting renewable energy resources to the grid or supporting transitional electric generation are needed, yet these infrastructure projects are meeting opposition. Natural gas pipelines also play a role in achieving a transition to a greater clean energy society. Recently, the construction of the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line was halted after Maine voted against the corridor project in a referendum. Northern Pass, another transmission project to tie clean energy from Canada to southern New England, was similarly halted. The slow advancement of offshore wind and certain resistance to solar projects are further complicating our ability to meet the energy goals that have been set for the period between 2030 and 2050.
Come hear experts – including DRM’s Will Dodge – discuss their experiences and perspectives on siting new renewable and electric transmission facilities necessary to meet Climate Change goals. Will Dodge will moderate the discussion from the developer’s perspective on June 23 at 1pm.
Wednesday, June 22, 9-11 am
Moderator: Tracy Adamski, Vice President, Tighe & Bond
Panel: Stakeholder Perspective
Caitlin Peale Sloan, Vice President for Massachusetts, Conservation Law Foundation
Megan Aconfora, Public Involvement Specialist, Burns & McDonnell
Jennie Chen, Senior Manager, Clean Energy, World Resources Institute
Janet Gail Besser, Vice President, Regulatory and Business Innovation, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Thursday, June 23, 1-3 pm
Moderator: Will Dodge, Partner & Practice Group Chair, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Panel: Developer Perspective
TJ Roskelley, Partner, Anderson & Kreiger LLP
Joe Rossignoli, Consultant, Ross Emergent LLC
Rob Jackson, Director – Solar/Storage Project Development, Ameresco
Steve Elliott, Director – Business Development & Marketing, Enbridge