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Clean Energy Forum
November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montana’s transition to a renewable energy future is the focus of the final 2017 community climate conversation. The November 16 forum features local businesses and examines Montana’s potential to thrive in a clean energy economy.
Energy Forum: Envisioning Montana’s Clean Energy Economy
Thursday, November 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Cedar Creek Lodge Conference Center, 930 2nd Ave W, Columbia Falls
Hosted by Xanterra at Cedar Creek Lodge, the forum highlights six Flathead businesses that play a role in the emerging clean energy economy of the Flathead. Statewide perspectives on economic impacts will be provided by a University of Montana Research Fellow and the director of the Montana Renewable Energy Association.
“The Flathead is at the cutting edge of energy innovation,” said Matt Folz, Director of Sustainability for Xanterra and chairman of the Climate Smart Green Business Working Group. “Thanks in large part to Flathead Electric Cooperative’s willingness to invest in local power generation, we have great things happening with community solar, micro-hydro, biomass cogeneration, energy efficiency, and the landfill gas plant.”
Battery storage is a key technology for storing and balancing renewable energy generation, said Climate Smart chairman Steve Thompson. “With the presence of successful startups ViZn Energy and ZAF Energy Systems, the Flathead is poised to become an innovation hub for non-lithium batteries.”
Forum panelists include:
David Bopp, Flathead Electric Cooperative
Paul Siblerud, ViZn Energy
Paul McKenzie, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber – Biomass Cogeneration
Diane Yarus, Airworks Heating and Cooling Solutions
Andrew Valainis, Montana Renewable Energy Association
Jeff Arcel, Aeon Renewable Energy
Barbara Calm, Calm Veterinary Clinic (installed rooftop solar for business in 2008)
Jacqueline Sussman, University of Montana Research Fellow
The November 16 energy forum is the fourth in a series of events sponsored this fall by Climate Smart Glacier Country. Climate Smart is a nonprofit partnership formed by local businesses and organizations, local communities and Glacier National Park to develop local solutions to the challenges of climate change.
“To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need clean, renewable power. That transition is happening in the Flathead,” Thompson said. The 2017 educational series focuses on local solutions and has examined the implications of a warming climate for Flathead farming, forestry, water resources, snow recreation, hunting and fishing.
For more information, go to www.ClimateSmartGlacierCountry.org.