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July 16, 2015 - Illinois State University, Normal, IL - Bone Student Center Ballroom - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


EVENT PARTNERS:


SPONSORS INCLUDE:
 
 
  Samsung HVAC       WaterFurnace
 

The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference will feature plenary session speakers of interest to all areas of renewable energy, plus breakout sessions in tracks on policy, technical information, and case studies for:

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Biomass
  • Energy Efficiency

CONFERENCE AGENDA*
*Please click on the red "PDF" image to open each presentation file.  Speaker presentations that we were granted permission to post are linked to each speaker's name in the agenda below. 


8:00 Welcome
- Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Illinois State University

8:10 Overview of Wind, Solar, Biomass, Geothermal, and Energy Efficiency
- David Loomis, Center for Renewable Energy, Illinois State University
- Kevin Borgia, Wind on the Wires and Illinois Wind Working Group (PDF p. 6)
- Lesley McCain, Illinois Solar Energy Association (PDF p. 11)
- Fred Iutzi, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University, & Illinois Biomass Working Group (PDF p. 16)
- Doug Dougherty, Geothermal Exchange Organization (PDF p. 36)
- Julia Friedman, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (PDF p. 40)

9:00 Plenary Session Panel
- Sarah Wochos, Environmental Law and Policy Center, "Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard – Past, Present
   and Future" 

- Marion "Molly" Lunn, Illinois Office of Energy & Recycling, Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

10:00 BREAK

10:15 Breakout Session #1:

- Wind

      - Wind Energy Siting:  Recent Legislation
           - Kevin Borgia, Wind on the Wires, “Illinois Wind Siting History: 2007-2015”
           - Jeff Reinkemeyer, Iberdrola Renewables, "Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement - Discussion"
           - Terry Savko, Illinois Department of Agriculture, "Complying with Illinois’ Farmland Preservation Act"
           - Moderator: Kyle Barry, Husch Blackwell LLP
- Solar
      - Technical Presentations
           - Darrin Johnston, Caterpillar, Inc., "Microgrids for Remote, Industrial, and Utility Applications"
- Biomass
      - Biomass Heating Ag/Commercial Applications Presentations
           - Dan Schetter, Schetter Farms, "Schetter Farms Biomass Heating Project"
           - Lenny VanWingerden, Mid-American Growers, "Granville Greenhouse Biomass Heating"
           - Sriraam Chandrasekaran, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, "Potential for Fuel Switching
             to Wood in IL"
           - Moderator:  Blake Roderick, Pike and Scott County Farm Bureau
- Geothermal
      - Overview Presentation
           - Dave Buss, Connor Company, "Overview of Geothermal Energy"
- Energy Efficiency
      - Case Studies Presentations
           - Sarah Edwards, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, "HVAC SAVE: Transforming the
             Iowa Residential HVAC Market"
           - Cathy Milostan, Argonne National Laboratory, "Developing Midstream Incentive Projects
              to Promote Energy Efficiency"
           - Chris Homan, Illinois State University, "Energy Efficiency Upgrades on the ISU Campus"
           - Moderator:  Leah Scull, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

11:15 BREAK

11:30 LUNCH - Plenary Session

12:30 BREAK

12:45 Breakout Session #2:

- Wind

      - Corporate Purchasing Presentations
            - David Fuller, EDF Renewable Energy, "The Developer's Perspective"
            - Mark Pruitt, The Power Bureau, LLC, "Renewable Energy:  The View from the Buy Side"
            - Morgan Johnston, University of Illinois, "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Renewable Energy"
            - Moderator:  Bill Poole, Stantec
- Solar
      - Case Studies Presentations
           - Shannon Fulton, StraightUp Solar, "Exploring Community Solar"
           - Kacie Peters, Microgrid Energy, "Chicago Solar Program"
           - Kyle Buros, Jo-Carroll Energy Inc., "Jo-Carroll Community Solar Project"
- Biomass
      - Biomass Combined Heat & Power Presentations
           - Brian Katamay, Energy Resources Center, UIC, "Lessons Learned from IL Biomass and
              Biogas CHP Grant Program"
           - Gregg Coffin, University of Missouri, "University of Missouri Biomass CHP Project"
           - Gary Letterly, University of Illinois Extension, "Biomass Production on Highway Rights-of-Way"
              and Moderator       
- Geothermal
      - Cost Effective Presentations
           - Matt Slager, Hanson Professional Services, "Making Geothermal More Cost Effective"
- Energy Efficiency
      - Multifamily Matters: Bringing Energy Efficiency to the Affordable Multifamily Sector
           - Anne McKibbin, Elevate Energy, "Trying to Fit In: Multifamily Energy Efficiency Efforts in IL"
           - Ariana Gonzalez, NRDC, "Living Up to Its Potential: Energy Efficiency in the Multifamily Sector"
           - Bryan McDaniel, Citizens Utility Board, "Money Matters: Financing EE in Multifamily Sector"
           - Jim Wheaton, Community Investment Corporation, "Where the Rubber Hits the Road:
             Experience Delivering EE Improvements to the Multifamily Sector"
           - Moderator: Julia Friedman, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

1:45 BREAK

2:00 Breakout Session #3:

- Wind

      - DOE WindVision
           - Naomi Lovinger, Nordex USA - "Wind Vision and Illinois: Moving from Vision to Reality"
- Solar
      - Policy
           - Lisa Albrecht, Solar Service, Inc., "Illinois Solar Renewable Energy Credits: Nuts and Bolts"
           - Panelists:
                - Allyson Umberger Browne, SRECTrade
                - Dylan DeBiasi, Carbon Solutions Group
                - Dr. Everton Walters, WCP Solar

- Biomass
      - Cellulosic Biofuels Presentations
           - Arun Athmanathan, National Corn to Ethanol Research Center, "Cellulosic/Advanced Biofuels R&D"
           - Tom Falke, Abengoa Bioenergy, "Abengoa Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Ops & Feedstock Procurement"
           - Ann Jones, Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, "IBRL Update"
              and Moderator
- Geothermal
      - Geothermal & Solar: The Path Toward a Net Zero Home
           - Scott Willenbrock, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
           - John Freitag, Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
           - Laura Lange
, Village of Maywood, Environmental Beautification Commission
          
- Energy Efficiency
      - Advancing Industrial & Agricultural Energy Efficiency in the Midwest
           - Bin Wu, Missouri Industrial Assessment Center, "Industrial Energy Efficiency: Real Potentials,
             Real Cases, and Real Results"
           - Shawn Xu, University of Missouri, "Energy Efficiency Technologies for Poultry Farming"
           - Moderator:  Nick Dreher, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

3:00 BREAK

3:15 Plenary Session Panel
- Anthony Star, Illinois Power Agency, "Illinois Renewable Energy Development Policy: Challenges and
  Opportunities"

- Lisa Bonnett, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, "Clean Power Plan:  What it Means for Illinois"
- Molly Hammond, USDA Rural Development, Illinois, "Improving Program Efficiency and REAP'd Benefits"
- Lenny VanWingerden, Mid-American Growers

4:30 Adjourn

 
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SPEAKERS & MODERATORS*
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Please click on the red "PDF" to open each file.  Speaker presentations that we were granted permission to post are linked after each speaker's bio.  

Lisa Albrecht
LISA ALBRECHT
is a volunteer board member for the ISEA, serving from 2007 - 2010 and then from 2012 to present. She is the co-chair for the Policy Committee working to advance state and local legislation regarding incentives programs, permitting, net metering and interconnection. She has worked at Solar Service, a premier design/installation company in the Chicago area, as a Renewable Energy Specialist since 2007 where she assists homeowners and businesses analyze their opportunities to implement solar hot water and photovoltaic technology. 

 Lisa’s knowledge of solar, along with her long experience in solar sales, training and speaking, has made her a recognized leader in solar energy. She was named a “Solar Hero” by the American Solar Energy Society for her work on the National Solar Tour. From her first science fair project in the 7th grade, to lobbying in the halls of the U.S. Congress and Illinois State Senate, Lisa’s passion for the environment is only superseded by her commitment to providing families and companies, large and small, with the best the sun has to offer. Lisa will present on "Illinois Solar Renewable Energy Credits: Nuts and Bolts" in the Solar Policy breakout session at 2:00 PM. PDF

Arun Athmanathan
ARUN ATHMANATHAN
is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.  He completed his PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, researching biomass storage and its subsequent impact on cellulosic bioprocessing.  His research is focused on the scale up of cellulosic bioprocessing unit operations, namely pretreatment, hydrolysis and fermentation.  Arun's long term goal is to promote sustainable development and the use of lignocellulosic resources for fuels and chemicals.  He will present on "Cellulosic/Advanced Biofuels Research and Development" in the Biomass breakout session at 3:00 PM PDF

Kyle Barry
KYLE BARRY is a member of Husch Blackwell’s Energy & Natural Resources team and puts an emphasis on renewable and clean energy products, including advice relating to power purchase agreements, and advises companies as they expand and pursue economic development projects. He identifies and negotiates economic incentive programs that meet his clients’ business objectives, and he guides partnerships that integrate public and private stakeholders.  Kyle will serve as moderator of the Wind Policy breakout session at 10:15 AM.

Lisa Bonnett
LISA BONNETT
 was appointed Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency by Governor Bruce Rauner in January of 2015 after having served as Director in the previous Governor’s Cabinet for 3 years. Her tenure with the Agency includes appointments to key leadership positions as Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer.  Director Bonnett has initiated numerous improvements at the Agency, including streamlining permitting and modernizing other processes, increasing operating efficiencies and responsiveness and expanding communication and dialogue with all sectors of the state including community and environmental advocacy groups, local officials, business and industry and agriculture. She is dedicated to safeguarding the environment such as cleaning up Chicago area waterways, while also encouraging job creation and economic growth. Director Bonnett earned MBA and BA degrees and is a lifelong resident of Illinois.  Lisa will present "Clean Power Plan:  What it Means for Illinois" during the final plenary session at 3:15 PM PDF

Kevin Borgia
KEVIN BORGIA
is an experienced advocate for clean energy at the state and federal levels. He co-founded the Illinois Wind Energy Association, a non-profit trade group that represented many of largest companies in the windpower business in one of the nation’s most important markets. IWEA merged with regional advocacy group Wind on the Wires in late 2011, and he continues promoting wind and solar power as part of the WOW staff. He has secured significant policy victories for clean power in Illinois, including new tax incentives and stable tax structures for wind development, improved markets for renewables under the Illinois Power Agency, better permitting regulations for wind farms, and new support for the federal wind energy production tax credit. Kevin will present an Overview of the Wind Industry in Illinois in the opening plenary session at 8:00 AM, and then present “Illinois Wind Siting History: 2007-2015” in the Wind Policy breakout session at 10:15 AM.  Wind Policy PDF , and Wind Overview PDF (page  6)

Allyson Browne
ALLYSON UMBERGER BROWNE
is the Director of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel for SRECTrade.  She monitors policy developments and legislative proceedings that impact the states' solar renewable energy credit markets. In addition to serving as General Counsel for the firm, Allyson oversees a team of certification professionals who work closely with the state agencies, installer partners, and clients of SRECTrade. Prior to joining SRECTrade, Allyson served as a law clerk at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office for the Public Utilities team and as a Legislative Intern to San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell. Allyson earned her B.S. in International Business from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and USC's sister College of International Studies in Madrid, Spain. After graduating from USC, Allyson began law school at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, studying international law abroad at the Université Paris X Nanterre in Paris, France. She received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2013, with an emphasis on environmental and international law. Allyson is an active member of the California State Bar.  Allyson will be a panelist in the Solar Policy session at 2:00 PM.

  Kyle Burros
KYLE BUROS
 began his career with Jo-Carroll Energy in 2003 and currently serves as senior vice president and assistant general manager. He is responsible for the management of the utility’s core business units including natural gas, electric and broadband services as well as their associated support functions including regulatory compliance, engineering, control center, fleet, corporate facilities and assets. Kyle is one of Jo-Carroll Energy’s representatives on the National Renewable Cooperative Organization (NRCO) board. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Platteville with an emphasis in Power and Controls. Kyle will present on the Jo-Carroll Community Solar Project in the Solar Case Studies breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Dave Buss
DAVE BUSS, C.G.D., started working in the Energy field in 1977 with the opening of Buss Energy Systems, which specialized in solar energy systems, energy conservation products, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. After his first geothermal system installation in 1980, he went on to install hundreds of systems across western Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri over the next 10 years. After serving as Territory Manager for WaterFurnace from 1990 till 2012, he is now Geothermal Product Manager for Connor Company, assisting in the design and sale of Climatemaster geothermal systems throughout Illinois. He has been a Certified Geothermal Designer for more than 9 years, and as such has been involved in the design of hundreds of geothermal systems for schools, churches, office buildings, medical facilities, apartment complexes, and assisted living facilities. Mr. Buss received special recognition as a “Legend in Energy” at the World Energy Engineering Congress at Washington D.C. in 2009. His approach to system design is to keep the system as simple as possible, but always strive for the highest overall efficiency at a reasonable cost. Dave will present in the Geothermal Overview breakout session at 10:15 AM PDF

Dr. Sriraam Chandrasekaran
DR. SRIRAAM CHANDRASEKARAN, is working as Lead Research Engineer at Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), Prairie Research Center, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Prior to his appointment as Lead Research Engineer, he was working as Visiting R&D Engineer at ISTC on multiple projects related to biomass combustion, waste to energy conversion and other sustainable technologies. His PhD and Master studies focused on biomass characterizations, biomass power and heat systems, and emission control technologies (BACT/MACT). He has worked on several projects with funding from NYSERDA. He is also an active participant in organizations such as ASHRAE and in standard setting for biomass fired cookstoves. Sriraam will present on "The Potential for Fuel Switching to Wood in Illinois" during the Biomass Heating Ag/Commercial Applications breakout session at 10:15 AM PDF

Gregg Coffin
GREGG COFFIN is the Director of the energy management system for the University of Missouri (MU). The campus district energy system includes a 66 MW combined heat and power plant serving the Columbia, Missouri campus.   The campus district energy system supplies the MU campus with efficient and reliable steam, electricity, chilled water, potable water, and compressed air.  Mr. Coffin has over 32 years of experience in the management and engineering of utility generation systems, including 28 years with the University of Missouri. Mr. Coffin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri (MS&T) and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.  Mr. Coffin was instrumental in the effort to use sustainable biomass as a source of energy for the MU Power Plant which now represents over one-third of the fuel energy for the plant. Mr. Coffin is also involved in supporting energy related research efforts at the University of Missouri.  He will present on the "University of Missouri Biomass CHP Project" during the Biomass Combined Heat & Power breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Dylan DeBiasi
DYLAN DEBIASI
 is the head of Illinois Solar Business Development at Carbon Solutions Group.  He spearheaded CSG’s aggregation campaign in the Illinois REC market winning bids in both the Utility Solar Procurement and the Supplemental Procurement.  CSG is also highly active in REC policy in many other states and in the voluntary REC market.  Dylan received his degree in Environmental Studies from Loyola Chicago, where he was president of the Biodiesel Club.  He has also has a lot of experience in many other environmental credit markets especially RINs after registering and handling compliance and operations at several biodiesel plants.  Dylan will be a panelist in the Solar Policy session at 2:00 PM.

  Doug Dougherty
DOUG DOUGHERTY is President and CEO of the Geothermal Exchange Organization, the "Voice of the U.S. Geothermal Heat Pump Industry." GEO is a non-profit trade group that represents the political and business interests of its member companies across the United States. Prior to his position at GEO, Doug served for 13 years as President of the Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA), a member driven organization representing the telecommunications industry on issues of common interest. Doug came to the ITA from work for the Illinois Lieutenant Governor, first as Executive Director of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and then as Senior Advisor for Economic Development. Before returning to state government in 1995, Doug spent nine years working for an electric power generator and transmission cooperative in a number of management positions, including Assistant General Manager for External Affairs. From 1976 through 1986, Doug worked for several state agencies, including the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, and the Illinois Commerce Commission, where he was Assistant General Manager. During his public and private sector careers in community and economic development, Doug has been recognized for his contributions to number of well known organizations including Rural Partners which he helped form in 1989 and the Illinois Development Council which awarded Doug their Economic Developer of the Year award in 1991. Doug earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Bradley University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Doug will present a Geothermal Overview during the first plenary session at 8:00 AM PDF (page 36)

Nick Dreher
NICK DREHER
serves as the Policy Manager for Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and is responsible for advancing state and federal energy efficiency policies, while developing strategic relationships with energy efficiency industry stakeholders. He oversees policy research and bill tracking in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Prior to joining MEEA, Nick worked in coastal zone management and land use policy processing development permits, drafting coastal policy language and working to maintain unfettered coastal shoreline access for the public. Nick earned a J.D. and a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School and a B.A. in Rhetoric at the University of California, at Berkeley. Nick will moderate the Energy Efficiency breakout session for "Advancing Industrial and Agricultural Energy Efficiency in the Midwest" at 2:00 PM.

Sarah Edwards
SARAH EDWARDS
works as a Senior Program Associate for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, managing the HVAC SAVE program. HVAC SAVE is a residential heating and cooling system quality installation and quality maintenance contractor training program that currently operates in Iowa. Prior to joining MEEA, she was a founding member of a high performing urban charter school in upstate NY, where she spearheaded school operations and student recruitment. Sarah has also worked with youth in a variety of environmental education programs, including at the San Francisco Department of the Environment. She has a MA in Community Development and Planning from Clark University and a BA in Environmental Studies and Biology from Denison University. Sarah will present “HVAC SAVE: Transforming the Iowa Residential HVAC Market” during the Energy Efficiency case studies breakout session at 10:15 AM PDF

Thomas Falke
THOMAS FALKE
 serves as a Senior Business Project Manager at Abengoa Bioenergy.  During his time with the company, Tom helped develop Abengoa’s commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, and now focuses on trading efforts. Abengoa applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from renewable resources, converting biomass into biofuels and producing drinking water from sea water.  He will present on "Abengoa Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Ops & Feedstock Procurement" in the Biomass Cellulosic Biofuels breakout session at 2:00 PM.

John Freitag
JOHN FREITAG
is executive director of the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, the statewide trade group for the geothermal heat pump industry. He was instrumental in forming the GAOI in 2008, served on the initial board of directors as secretary/treasurer, and has been executive director since 2010. He also works as VP-Operations for the Assn. of IL Electric Cooperatives, where he’s been since 1985. Freitag has been involved in the geothermal heat pump industry for 20-plus years and has had a geo system in his home since 1999. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), as recognized by the American Society of Association Executives, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is an expert on energy efficiency and renewable energy. John will present on "The Path Toward a Net Zero Home" in the Geothermal & Solar Combination breakout session at 2:00 PM PDF

Julia Friedman
JULIA FRIEDMAN
serves as MEEA’s Senior Policy Manager, responsible for advancing state and federal energy efficiency policies and developing strategic relationships with other advocacy, utility, and industry partners.  Most recently, Julia served as a Program Director for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) where she oversaw the organization’s work on comprehensive energy planning, renewable energy grid integration, industrial energy efficiency, and established the organization’s transportation program.  Prior to her work at NASEO, Julia worked for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where she covered issues ranging from cyber security and critical infrastructure protection to solar energy deployment. In both her positions at NASEO and NARUC, secured and managed federal grants from the U.S Departments of Energy and Homeland Security as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  She earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and her bachelors degree from the University of Chicago.  Julia will provide the Energy Efficiency Overview during the first plenary session at 8:00 AM, and she will moderate the Energy Efficiency breakout session on "Multi Family Matters" at 12:45 PM PDF (page 40)

David Fuller
DAVID FULLER
started his career as a Petroleum Geologist after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Kansas.  He went on to earn an MBA from the University of Denver and joined the unregulated energy trading and marketing group at Public Service Company of Colorado (now Xcel).  As Director of Risk Management he managed the group’s power and gas positions, pipeline capacity, transmission and storage assets.  He subsequently joined Enron as a Director of Business Development, structuring and marketing transactions for customers in the Western US.  He later held similar positions in the trading power development divisions of AEP, Constellation and Barclays Capital.  He now works in the Transactions Group at EDF-RE as the Director of Business Development where he works with utility and business customers on renewable energy developments.  David will present on "The Developer's Perspective" in the Wind Corporate Purchasing breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Shannon Fulton
SHANNON FULTO
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is Director of Business Development for StraightUp Solar, a solar integration company and leads its Bloomington, IL office. She lives her passion for advancing the use of renewable energy by serving as President of the Illinois Solar Energy Association and as a Solar Ambassador for WeCare Solar, a non-profit organization focused on reducing infant mortality by equipping off-grid medical clinics in developing countries with solar power for lighting and emergency communication. She is also a Licensed Professional Geologist with many years of experience in environmental consulting in Illinois. She holds degrees in renewable energy, geology, and geohydrology from Illinois State University, where she also took the court as a Redbird basketball player.  Shannon will present "Exploring Community Solar" during the Solar breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Ariana Gonzalez
ARIANA GONZALEZ
is an Energy Policy Analyst at Natural Resources Defense Council where she advocates for and helps craft beneficial energy policy through energy efficiency and renewables at the state level. For the Energy Efficiency for All project, she is helping lead the work done in Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and Illinois to significantly increase and improve investment by utilities in affordable multifamily housing through effective energy efficiency programs by utilities and to ensure that owners of affordable multifamily buildings have access to these programs. Ariana will present "Living Up to Its Potential: Energy Efficiency in the Multifamily Sector" in the Energy Efficiency Policy breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Molly Hammond
MOLLY HAMMOND
is the Assistant to the State Director for USDA Rural Development in Illinois. She serves as a key member of the State Director’s management staff and assists in developing, implementing and monitoring strategic planning for the agency. In addition, Molly oversees Human Resources and the administrative Budget for Rural Development in Illinois. In her previous role with Rural Development, she worked with businesses and lending institutions throughout the state on financing new and expanding business ventures. In that role, she coordinated the agency’s renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts in Illinois and was responsible for coordinating available programs with Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives. Prior to Rural Development, Molly worked in commercial and mortgage banking. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.  Molly will present "Improving Program Efficiency and REAP'd Benefits" in the final plenary session at 3:15 PM PDF

Chris Homan
CHRIS HOMAN
is Assistant Director in the Office of Energy Management at Illinois State University. Chris started working in the Energy field in 1982 as a project engineer at RR Donnelley & Sons. Chris worked on projects throughout the corporation including compressed air system optimization, steam boiler plant energy efficiency and manufacturing process improvements with a focus on energy and water conservation. Chris joined Illinois State in 2006 managing the Heating Plant which includes responsibility for university heating and cooling systems, including building automation and water treatment. Chris received his Industrial Engineering degree from Purdue University and his MBA from Eastern Illinois University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Chris will give a presentation on efficiency upgrades on the Illinois State University campus in the Energy Efficiency Case Studies breakout session at 10:15 AM PDF

Fred Iutzi
FRED IUTZI
manages programs in agriculture, energy, sustainability, and cooperatives for the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University (WIU). He is chair of the Illinois Biomass Working Group, vice chair of the Agricultural Watershed Institute, a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Ethanol Research Advisory Board, and a steering committee member of Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass and of the Illinois Wind Working Group. Iutzi received an MS in sustainable agriculture and agronomy from Iowa State University and a BA in geography from the University of Missouri, and is a Certified Crop Adviser and a Professional Community and Economic Developer. He resides in rural Hancock County, IL, where he assists with his family's cash grain farm. Founded in 1989, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs is the state's designated academic clearinghouse for rural development research and initiatives. Information on IIRA programs is available at IIRA.org. Fred will provide a Biomass Overview during the first plenary session at 8:00 AM PDF (page 16)

Darrin Johnston
DARRIN JOHNSTON
is a Business Development and Technology Manager for Microgrid System Solutions at Caterpillar Inc. During his 21-year career at Caterpillar, Darrin has focused on achieving breakthroughs in customer value with new technologies. For the past 10 years, Darrin has worked to incorporate emerging energy technologies into the Caterpillar power systems portfolio -- focusing on solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, energy storage, power electronics, fuel cells, and remote monitoring & controls, alongside traditional technologies such as Caterpillar diesel- and gas-fueled generator sets. Darrin’s team deployed the first Caterpillar hybrid power generation system in 2011. In a prior role at Caterpillar, Darrin led a Reliability Research team that achieved breakthrough levels of product performance, winning a Caterpillar top-five Annual Quality Improvement award in 2001. Darrin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University, graduating summa cum laude in 1993, and he completed the Management for the 21st Century program at Bradley University. Darrin will present on "Microgrids for Remote, Industrial, and Utility Applications" during the Solar Technical breakout session at 10:15 AM PDF

Morgan Johnston
MORGAN JOHNSTON
 is the liaison for Facilities & Services with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, as well as other University of Illinois campus units, students, faculty, administrators, and community members. She is an ex-officio advisory member to the Student Sustainability Committee, which is responsible for allocating over $1M each academic year towards campus sustainability projects. She also represents campus in the regional sustainability green team and the Big Ten and Friends Environmental Stewardship Group.   As the primary point of contact for sustainability at F&S, Morgan helps facilitate projects, report on progress, overcome obstacles, answer questions, prioritize projects, and address process issues. Throughout each day, Morgan advocates for furthering the University’s sustainability goals and meeting our Climate Commitment to be carbon neutral by the year 2050.  Morgan will present on "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Renewable Energy" in the Wind Corporate Purchasing breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Ann Jones
ANN JONES
is the Education and Project Coordinator at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Part of her responsibilities includes working with graduate level students in the bioenergy Professional Science Master’s degree program. Ann is also the advisor of the Illini Renewable Energy student group which includes both undergraduate and graduate students focused on sustainable energy. She is part of the Art in Architecture committee for the new IBRL building, and facilitates communication and marketing of IBRL’s construction. Ann earned an Ed.M. in Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology and Religious Studies from North Central College.  Ann will moderate and also present an update on the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory in the Biomass breakout session at 2:00 PM PDF

Brian Katamay
BRIAN KATAMAY
has been with Energy Resources Center since May of 2013 and works across several of its divisions. He is currently the program manager for the IL DCEO’s Boiler System Efficiency Program and their Clean Water Energy Efficiency Initiative Support Program. Brian also helped to manage Illinois’s Biogas and Biomass to Energy Grant Program. As part of the DOE’s Midwest CHP TAP, Brian has completed screening analyses for cogeneration systems and developed biogas production models for agricultural and wastewater facilities to determine CHP feasibility. Brian earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His interests lie in emerging technologies and their influence on the energy industry. Brian will present on "Lessons Learned from ILlinois Biomass and Biogas CHP Grant Program" during the Biomass Combined Heat & Power breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci
DR. JANET WESSEL KREJCI
serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Illinois State University. She served as Dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University from August 2009 through June 2014.   She has numerous publications and funded research grants in the areas of leadership, recruitment and retention, work climate, workforce diversity, and change in both acute care and long term care. She has consulted with higher education and health care systems and presented on Systems Thinking, Leadership, Change, Conflict, and Nursing Excellence to help leaders be more effective, efficient, and satisfied in their roles. Besides her academic roles, Dr. Krejci has worked as a clinical nurse specialist and leadership consultant in both acute care and long term care. She was previously at Marquette University in faculty and administrative roles until she accepted the American Council on Education Leadership Fellowship in 2007, where she spent the academic year hosted by Arizona State University. In addition to the ACE leadership fellowship, she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow for the 2008-2011 cohort.  She served as the chair of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing and was appointed by the Governor to the Advisory Board for the Illinois Center for Nursing.   Locally, Dr. Krejci serves on the Advocate BroMenn Governance Council, and serves as mentor in the Multicultural Leadership Program.  She frequently participates in area panels on health care and higher education issues and speaks to various civic groups. She is married to Stephen and has two sons, Kevin and John.  Provost Krejci will provide the Welcome in the first plenary session at 8:00 AM.

Laura Lange
LAURA LANGE
- chairs the Environmental Beautification Commission for the Village of Maywood, Illinois, where she works with local officials, staff and volunteers on initiatives ranging from beautification efforts to energy-related projects to environmental concerns.  Her interest in conservation started in childhood, and was reinforced following years of living in Germany as a young adult, experiencing first-hand the roll-out of recycling programs and renewable energy systems across the region.  She currently works in the financial sector as an IT consultant in project management and systems analysis for international credit risk management, and is looking forward to leveraging her background as she transitions into the energy sector.  Over the years she has used - and continues to use  - her historic, Prairie-Style home as a tool to learn first-hand about geothermal, solar PV, solar heat, small wind turbines, fuel cells and energy efficiency measures.  Laura will present on "The Path Toward a Net Zero Home" in the Geothermal & Solar Combination breakout session at 2:00 PM PDF

Gary Letterly
GARY LETTERLY
provides program leadership and outreach in the area of energy and environmental stewardship. Letterly earned his bachelor of science in agriculture - agronomy at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master degree in agricultural and environmental affairs at University of Illinois - Springfield. Letterly served as an agronomist and plant manager in central Illinois for 14 years prior to Extension. His current outreach and research responsibilities include the development of alternative energy/biofuel crops for regional production and integration of environmentally sustainable production practices. He works locally to investigate various uses of annual and perennial energy crops and screens plant selections for large-scale biomass utilization and cellulosic fuel feedstock end-uses. Letterly recently was named a U of I -Global Academy Fellow as he enters his 24th year in Extension in Illinois.  Gary will moderate and also present on "Biomass Production on Highway Rights-of-Way" in the breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Dr. David Loomis
DR. DAVID LOOMIS
is Professor of Economics at Illinois State University where he teaches in the Master’s Degree program in electricity, natural gas and telecommunications economics. Dr. Loomis is Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Executive Director of the Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies. As part of his duties, he leads the Illinois Wind Working Group under the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Loomis is part of a team of faculty that has designed a new undergraduate curriculum in renewable energy at Illinois State University. Dr. Loomis earned his Ph.D. in economics at Temple University. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois State University, Dr. Loomis worked at Bell Atlantic (Verizon) for 11 years. He has published articles in the Energy Policy, Electricity Journal, Review of Industrial Organization, Utilities Policy, Information Economics and Policy, International Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Business Research, Business Economics and the Journal of Economics Education. David will provide a general Renewable Energy Overview during the first plenary session at 8:00 AM PDF

Naomi Lovinger
NAOMI LOVINGER
has been a committed proponent of wind and renewable energy for many years. In her most recent professional role as Head of Communications for Nordex USA, Inc. she built upon her personal beliefs to advocate for the importance of the industry and the potential it offers America.  She joined Nordex, a global supplier of utility scale wind turbines headquartered in Germany, in 2008 as the second employee of its new US operations. Her role included managing the challenges of the start-up operations in Chicago and work on setting up the company’s first American production plant, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Prior to that, Ms. Lovinger spent much of her career in international economic development and strategic consulting. As Senior Vice President for British foreign investment agencies, she headed the efforts that led to some of the largest US corporate investments and job creation in England. This experience provided a unique perspective on the promise of renewable energy as an engine of economic growth and opportunity.  She was an active participant in Arkansas on the Governor’s Task Force on Energy Policy and has been a featured speaker on energy policy at venues and conferences for the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Arkansas Legislature, and the Clinton School of Public Service.  Ms. Lovinger served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and its Foundation, and is a founder and member of the Board of the Chicago Women of Wind Energy. Some of her other activities for the wind industry included membership on the Legislative and Public Affairs Committees of the American Wind Energy Association.  She earned a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and undertook advanced business studies in the US and Europe.  Naomi will present "Wind Vision and Illinois:  Moving from Vision to Reality" in the Wind breakout session at 2:00 PM PDF

MARION "MOLLY" LUNN is the Acting Deputy Director for the Illinois Office of Energy & Recycling, in the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.  In this capacity, she manages a variety of energy and environmental programs and planning efforts that save energy, generate clean and reliable electricity, and promote sustainable transportation – all while supporting economic development and job creation.  Before joining the State, Molly was with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she played many roles, including managing technical assistance for state and local governments.  Molly has also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was a Presidential Management Fellow.  Molly will present during the morning plenary session at 9:00 AM PDF

Lesley McCain
LESLEY McCAIN
Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, Lesley served on the ISEA board from September 2009 until April 2012. As a board member she was Chair of the Marketing Committee. Lesley previously worked for Community Energy Inc. (CEI) as the Midwest Director of Business Development. She started with CEI in 2005 as the Residential Program Manager for the award winning City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program, and in 2006 added corporate and industrial sales to her responsibilities. Lesley also serves on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council. She is grateful to have the opportunity to use her personal energy to help with the transition to the clean energy economy. Lesley will provide a Solar Overview during the first plenary session at 8:00 AM PDF (page 11)

Bryan McDaniel
BRYAN McDANIEL
has worked for the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) since 2005. He is a Senior Policy Analyst and Government Liaison for CUB. He has a keen interest in financing options for energy efficiency, such as on-bill financing and PACE programs. In addition, he is an active participant in CUB’s demand response pilot program. Mr. McDaniel started on the phones at CUB, taking consumer complaints. He still enjoys attending outreach events in order to stay in touch with the consumer. He has a MA in International Studies from DePaul University and a BBA in Economics from the University of Iowa. Bryan will present "Money Matters: Financing EE in Multifamily Sector" in the Energy Efficiency breakout panel session at 12:45 PM PDF

Anne McKibbin
ANNE McKIBBIN
is policy director at Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping households and communities control their energy costs. In this role, she develops and implements policy initiatives and advocacy efforts related to energy efficiency and residential hourly electric pricing programs. Ms. McKibbin hold a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and an M.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University. Anne will present "Trying to Fit In: Multifamily Energy Efficiency Efforts in Illinois to Date" in the Energy Efficiency Policy breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Cathy Milostan
CATHY MILOSTAN
is an Energy and Environmental Policy Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory specializing in developing energy efficiency projects targeting commercial customers, and in conducting business and financial analyses to determine the commercialization potential of new technologies. Cathy uses over 20 years of experience as an energy/utility analyst with major financial firms to analyze energy industry trends, regulation and earnings potential to evaluate energy project economics and market potential. Cathy has an MBA-Finance from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA-Geology from Wellesley College. Cathy will present “Developing Midstream Incentive Projects to Promote Energy Efficiency” during the Energy Efficiency case studies breakout session at 10:15 AM.

Kacie Peters
KACIE PETERS
is a NABCEP- Certified PV Technical Sales Professional and serves as the Director of Sales for the Chicago office at Microgrid Energy. Kacie’s national solar experience began in the booming Mid-Atlantic region in 2010. In 2012, she relocated to Chicago to manage a residential and small commercial team and help grow the Midwest solar market. Shortly after moving, Kacie joined the Illinois Solar Energy Association’s Board of Directors and founded Women in Solar Energy, a national non-profit to promote women in the industry. In 2014, Kacie signed to Microgrid Energy, a leader in commercial solar in the Midwest. She managed the sales and development team for the Solar Chicago Program--the largest residential bulk-purchase of solar in the region. Kacie’s current focus is on commercial solar projects in the region, with existing clients in health-care, education, farms, and industry. Kacie will be presenting on the Solar Chicago Program in the Solar Case Studies breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Bill Poole
BILL POOLE
is Senior Environmental Project Manager with Stantec Consulting Services Inc., an environmental consulting firm that provides private and public sector clients with a full range of technical natural resource services, and regulatory consultation on today’s complex environmental issues. Bill has degrees in biology and wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has been professionally involved in the natural resources field for over 29 years. His experience includes evaluating potential environmental impacts associated with a variety of development projects such as electric transmission, pipelines, mining, transportation, residential and commercial development and power generating facilities including coal, natural gas, hydroelectric and wind energy projects. Subsequently, he works closely with developers, engineers, contractors and natural resource regulatory agencies to provide solutions for environmental impact avoidance or minimization and, when necessary, develops conservation plans and mitigation strategies for regulatory compliance. His involvement in such projects includes wildlife habitat and risk assessments, endangered and threatened species surveys, wetland and waterway identification and permitting, and avian and bat surveys. Bill Poole will serve as a moderator during the afternoon Wind Corporate Purchasing breakout session at 12:45 PM.

Mark Pruitt
MARK PRUITT
has over 20 years of experience in the energy commodity markets.  He assists organizations with energy planning, project evaluation, procurement processes and contract negotiations. His current work focuses on advising over sixty communities on municipal aggregation (including the City of Chicago), evaluating and negotiating long-term PPA’s for renewable energy projects, and advising on energy legislation in Springfield. In his prior role as the first Director of the Illinois Power Agency, he secured electricity supply on behalf of approximately 4.7 million residential and small commercial ratepayer accounts serviced by Commonwealth Edison and Ameren Illinois. During his tenure at the IPA, the Agency evaluated and negotiated agreements around a series of alternative generation projects ranging from wind and solar projects to clean coal projects including FutureGen, Tensaska, Chicago Clean Energy, and Power Holdings.  Mark will present "Renewable Energy:  The View from the Buy Side" in the Wind Energy Siting breakout session at 10:15 AM PDF

Jeff Reinkemeyer
JEFF REINKEMEYER
is Director of Eastern Renewable Development with Iberdrola Renewables, LLC. He graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, earned his MBA from Marylhurst University in December 2013, has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1994, and a Certified Energy Manager since 2012. Prior to Iberdrola Renewables, Jeff worked in the petrochemical and rubber industries in production, maintenance, and project engineering roles, worked as a consulting design engineer/construction manager, and later worked as a program manager for a company performing at risk design build construction in a variety of different industries including the energy industry. At Iberdrola Renewables Jeff managed construction for the 72 MW Providence Heights wind project currently operating in Bureau County, IL, and was the lead developer for the 300 MW Streator Cayuga Ridge South wind project currently operating in Livingston County, IL. In addition to overseeing development activities on approximately 1,000 MW of wind and solar projects in the Midwest, Jeff has been involved in development and resolution of various state and federal energy policy initiatives and issues since 2010. Jeff will present "Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement - Discussion" during the Wind Policy breakout session at 10:15 AM PDF

Blake Roderick
BLAKE RODERICK
is the Executive Director of the Pike and Scott County Farm Bureaus and the Two Rivers Farm Bureau Foundation. He is Editor of The Farm Post. He received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. He currently serves on the Mid-America Port Commission, Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District, National Waterways Conference and Community Foundation of Western Illinois and Northeast Missouri. Past leadership roles include Chairman of the Board of Illini Community Health Care System, Illini Community Hospital, and IHS Pharmacy; Vice-Chairman, BlessingCare Corporation; Treasurer, Illinois Council for Food and Agriculture Research (C-FAR), director of the Illini Community Health Care Foundation, Illinois 25x25 Coalition, Pittsfield Public Library and other community groups. He is a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation program and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He and his wife Betsy reside in Pittsfield, IL.  Blake will serve as moderator of the morning Biomass breakout session at 10:15 AM.

Terry Savko
TERRY SAVKO
is a Land and Water Resource Specialist with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. As part of the Bureau of Land and Water Resources, she works to ensure compliance of state and federally funded projects as mandated by the state’s Farmland Protection Act.  The Illinois Farmland Preservation Act requires state agencies to minimize negative agricultural impacts from construction projects to the greatest extent possible. The IDOA attempts to protect and maintain Illinois’ most precious natural resource, its prime soils that are among the most productive in the world. The primary goal is to address a project’s adverse impacts to and minimize the amount of agricultural land that is converted to non-agricultural uses.  Over the past 10 years, most efforts have been spent to address and mitigate negative impacts from pipeline and electric line projects on productive agricultural land throughout the state. Affected farmland is to be restored to its pre-construction soil productivity levels.  Terry will present "Complying with Illinois’ Farmland Preservation Act" in the Wind Energy Siting breakout session at 10:15 AM.

Dan Schetter 
DAN SCHETTER
is the owner/operator of a small farm located in West Central Illinois. Being conservation minded the land he and his family manages has been in a continuous NO-TILL since 1988. He started working with No-till in the 70's as part of his FFA Project. His goal has been and always will be to make his family's farm more sustainable. An avid advocate of Illinois Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau Federation, he has served on several county and state committee's . Dan is currently the President of Jersey County Farm Bureau. He is also an active member of Omni Ventures Incorporated , in which he serves as the treasurer. Their efforts have continued to grow as he and his two sons, Adlai and August have become colloberators with the Research Outreach of the University of Illinois College of ACES, Crop Physiology Staff, Energy and Biosciences Institute, Extension and The Dudley Smith Initiative. The biggest project encompasses growing,burning and collecting data on various types of biomass feedstocks. They have hosted several Field Days to inform the public of the economic importance of bio energies. AWI has also been part of the burning end of the project . We also have working relationships with IBWG, IIRA at Western Illinois University. Dan will present on the "Schetter Farms Biomass Heating Project" during the Biomass Heating Ag/Commercial Applications breakout session at 10:15 AM PDF

Leah Scull
LEAH SCULL
serves as the Policy Associate for Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and is responsible for monitoring energy efficiency policy developments in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin in addition to developing advocacy materials and coordinating education and outreach activities. She also tracks industrial efficiency programs and initiatives throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining MEEA, Leah was an Energy Analyst with Oceana, analyzing offshore energy regulations and policies for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic. Leah earned a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Lake Forest College and a MSc in Environmental Policy from Bard College.  Leah will be moderate the Energy Efficiency case studies breakout session at 10:15 AM.

Matt Slager
MATT SLAGER, PE, is the Chief Mechanical Engineer at Hanson Professional Services and serves on the Board of Directors for the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois. Matt is a professional engineer licensed in multiple states and holds the Certified GeoExchange Designer and LEED AP credential. He has designed numerous innovative commercial HVAC projects for educational, government, and U.S. Department of Defense clients. Much of his professional experience has focused on design and energy modeling of high performance buildings including LEED projects and buildings designed for Net Zero Energy use. Matt will present "Making Geothermal More Cost Effective" during the Geothermal Cost Effective breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Anthony Star
ANTHONY STAR
has been the Director of the Illinois Power Agency since 2013. His responsibilities include overseeing the development and implementation of plans to procure electricity and renewable energy resources for residential and small commercial customers who take supply service from Ameren Illinois and ComEd as well as to administer the Renewable Energy Resources Fund which is currently being used to support the purchase of Solar Renewable Energy Credits in Illinois. Prior to his appointment as Director of the IPA he served as a Policy Advisor to two Chairmen of the Illinois Commerce Commission. Before entering government service Anthony spent thirteen years at the Center for Neighborhood Technology in a variety of roles working on energy policy and environmental sustainability, culminating in the position of Director of Policy and Evaluation for CNT Energy (now Elevate Energy). He helped develop and implement the nation’s first residential real-time pricing program as well as community-based energy efficiency and demand response programs. Anthony holds a BA in History and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, serves on the Board of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and is a past Board Member of the Illinois Environmental Council. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children. Anthony will present "Illinois Renewable Energy Development Policy: Challenges and Opportunities" in the final plenary panel session at 3:15 PM.

Lenny VanWingerden
LENNY VANWINGERDEN
is the Operations Manager of Mid-American Growers, a 80-acre greenhouse that uses wood chips to heat greenhouse since 2008. The company has three 800hp Vyncke biomass (woodchip) hot water heaters. Lenny will present on the "Granville Greenhouse Biomass Heating Project" during the Biomass Heating Ag/Commercial Applications breakout session at 10:15 AM, and will also speak in the final plenary session at 3:15 PM PDF

Dr. Everton Walters
DR. EVERTON WALTERS
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with over 30 years’ experience in the solar energy business, Dr. Walters is an expert in Solar Energy Systems and has been affectionately called the Energy Doctor. A strong emphasis in Safety Systems and Procedures and Quality Control and Assurance Procedures, Dr. Walters has gain certification from OSHA and ISO to booster his expertise. Dr Walters is a Certified ISO 9001:2000 Lead Auditor and has been a tireless advocate for the adoption of solar energy in the residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal sectors. Dr. Walters is currently the President and CEO of WCP Solar Services, LLC and the founder of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Green Leadership Council. While passionate about the renewable industry Dr. Walters strives to educate the nation on the merits of the sun and the energy it provides, both renewable and fossil and how best to harness and use these resources. Dr. Walters earned his doctorial (Ph.D.) degree in Electrical Engineering under a Fulbright Scholarship from Marquette University and has authored several publications on solar energy and related topics. Dr. Walters also hosted the radio show Solar Talk on WJOL AM 1340. Dr. Walters will be a panelist in the Solar Policy session at 2:00 PM.

Jim Wheaton
JIM WHEATON
has served as the Program Manager of the Energy Savers program for Community Investment Corporation (CIC) in Chicago. Energy Savers has provided more than $17 Million in financing for multifamily retrofits and has retrofitted more than 22,000 multifamily units. In addition to secured loans, Energy Savers also offers ‘On Bill’ financing for multifamily properties. Prior to joining CIC, Jim served in a number of roles with NHS of Chicago from 1987 to 2011, including responsibility for Neighborhood Lending Services, Inc., a non-profit Illinois Residential Mortgage licensee and a Community Development Financial Institution; and the activities of the NHS Redevelopment Corp. which developed 300 units of affordable senior rental housing for in the Roseland, South Chicago, and Wrightwood neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. Jim has consulted with and trained non-profit organizations nationally; has been a featured speaker for the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Board; is the Co-editor of two books focusing on Chicago Greystone buildings; and has been honored by the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association with their ‘Affordable Housing Leadership Award’. Jim received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a Masters degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. Jim will present "Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Experience Delivering EE Improvements to the Multifamily Sector" in the Energy Efficiency Policy breakout session at 12:45 PM PDF

Scott Willenbrock
SCOTT WILLENBROCK is a Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Along with teaching courses on sustainable energy, he has used his 1929 house as a case study on how to retrofit an older home to positive net energy, producing enough energy to power the entire house and up to two electric cars.  He is also the chair of a campus committee on energy generation within the Institute of Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.  Scott will present in "The Path Toward a Net Zero Home" Geothermal & Solar Combination breakout session at 2:00 PM PDF

Sarah Wochos
SARAH WOCHOS is the Midwest Co-Legislative Director at the Environmental Law and Policy Center. She works to encourage clean energy development, energy efficiency, and global warming solutions throughout Illinois and the Midwest. She previously worked on energy policy at the Council of State Governments – Midwest and health policy at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Sarah will present "Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard – Past, Present and Future" during the morning plenary session at 9:00 AM PDF

Bin Wu
BIN WU
is a professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at the University of Missouri, and director of the Missouri Industrial Assessment Center. Wu is an internationally-recognized expert in the design and management of manufacturing and supply systems, and he has written a number of books on the subject that have been adopted as standard undergraduate and postgraduate texts worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous awards and established the International Journal of Manufacturing System Design, acting as its editor in chief since 1996. His research has been funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Kauffman Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Wu is a Royal Chartered Engineer (U.K.). Wu will present “Industrial Energy Efficiency: Real Potentials, Real Cases, and Real Results” during the Energy Efficiency technical breakout session at 2:00 PM.

Shawn Xu
YUN-SHENG "SHAWN" XU
is an associate research professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Missouri. Xu’s expertise is in the areas of geothermal energy, energy efficiency and industrial heat recovery. He is currently working on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the agricultural sector with funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy. Xu served as a consultant in use of renewable geothermal energy in facilities for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He also is helping MU with international technology transfer. Xu serves as director of the Chinese chapter of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. Xu will present “Energy Efficient Technologies for Poultry Farming” during the Energy Efficiency technical breakout session at 2:00 PM PDF


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WHO ATTENDED?
Representatives from:

Adams Electric Cooperative
Advanced Mast Systems, Inc.
Agricultural Watershed Institute
Altorfer Power Systems
Ameren Illinois
Ameren Missouri
ANB Systems, Inc.
ARC Perspectives, Inc.
Argonne National Laboratory
Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
AWEM Corp.
Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council
Burns & McDonnell
BMW Group
Capital Development Board, State of Illinois
Carbon Solutions Group
Cardno Inc.
Caterpillar Inc.
CB&I
Chicago Housing Authority
Chicago Tribune
Citizens Utility Board
City Water Light & Power
Clean Energy Design Group
Columbia Water and Light
Community Investment Corporation - Energy Savers
Connor Co.
Corn Belt Energy Corp.
Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc.
Danville Area Community College
DH Ag Consulting
DuKane Precast
E2
Earthcare
Ecology Action Center
Ecova
EDF Renewable Energy
EDP Renewables
Elevate Energy
Energy Agent, Inc.
Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Enertech Global LLC
Environmental Law and Policy Center
Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Equares Energy Company
Exelon
Faircom
Farm Owner
Farmington Central CUSD
FarmWeek
Farnsworth Group, Inc.
Future Energy Enterprises
Gaelectric
Geothermal Exchange Organization
GPLECET
Grundy County, Land Use
Haag Farms Inc.
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Hardt Electric
Hartke Engineering & Surveying
Hawkeye Energy Solutions
Heart of Illinois Sierra Club
Hearthside Food Solutions
Henry County, Zoning & Building
Honeywell SGS
Husch Blackwell LLP
Iberdrola Renewables
IBEW-NECA Technical Institute
Illinois Attorney General's Office
Illinois Commerce Commission
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Illinois Department of Employment Security
Illinois Department of Transportation
Illinois Department of Transportation, Divison of Aero
Illinois Environmental Council
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University
Illinois LECET
Illinois Power Agency
Illinois Solar Energy Association
Illinois State Grange
Illinois State University
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois
in4m llc
Innovative Technology Advisors
Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, University of Illinois
Integrys Energy
Invenergy LLC
Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc.
Johnson Melloh
Kane County
Kankakee Community College
LaSalle County
Law Offices of Jeff Smith
LiUNA! Midwest Region
Macon County Environmental Management
Massie & Quick, LLC
McLean County
McLean County, Building & Zoning
McSimons Inc.
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Microgrid Energy
Mid-American Growers
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Midwest LECET
Missouri Industrial Assessment Center
Mowery Cabin, LLC
National Biodiesel Board
National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nordex USA
Northern Illinois University
Omni Ventures
OneEarth Consulting Inc.
OwnEnergy
Parkland College
Pike & Scott County Farm Bureau
Polsinelli PC
Prescott Group LLC
Ridgeline Holdings LLC
Quarles & Brady LLP
Samsung HVAC
Schetter Farms
Shive-Hattery
Sierra Club
SoCore Energy
Solar Service
Soligent
SRECTrade
Stantec
StraightUp Solar
Sustainable Business Center
SWCA Environmental Consultants
The Nature Conservancy
Tick Tock Energy
Tri-County Electric Cooperative
Triton College
Twin Groves Wind Farm
UEM Inc.
Union of Concerned Scientists
UnityPoint Health - Methodist 1 Proctor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois Extension
University of Missouri
USDA-ARS
USDA Rural Development, Illinois
Village of Maywood
W E Thoman Inc
WaterFurnace
WCP Solar
Werner Electric Supply
Western Illinois University
WES Engineering Inc.
Will County Land Use Department
Wind on the Wires
WindSolar USA
General Public
 

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