The Midwest Renewable Energy Conference is coming to Chicago’s Embassy Suites on the Magnificent Mile from April 16th-18th. The conference will include policymakers, utilities (Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Wisconsin Public Utilities Commission, American Electric Power), and partners (Environmental Law and Policy Center, Engie Distributed Solar Development Group, Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, Xcel Energy, 7X Energy, 8MinuteEnergyRenewables, EDF Renewable Energy, Apex Clean Energy Inc., Wells Fargo Energy Group). Click here to see who else will be at the conference.
The Midwest is expecting 7 gigawatts of growth over the next five years (mostly solar and wind). However, the distribution of renewable energy across the electricity grid is not equal. This conference aims to create a community and gather members throughout the Midwest to create accessibility to renewable energy throughout the region. The conference will provide the chance to understand how specific policies will direct renewable energy implementation, the dynamic economy of renewables, and the effect the expiration of federal renewable electricity production tax credits will have on the growth of the sector, as well as networking and discussion of the challenges the renewable energy sector still faces.
Speakers (Howard Learner, Scott Benson, Melissa Peterson, Cliff Scher, Patrick Tran, Michelle McGinty, Pradeep Killamsetty — just to name a few) will be addressing the replacement and retirement of coal-fired plants, rural renewable energy, the role of corporations and their buying power, renewable energy market risks, practical interconnection processes, energy storage opportunities, and many more topics.
To find out more or register click here. We are excited to attend and open up meaningful conversations about implementations of renewable energy across the Midwest.
Written by Sydney Weiss.