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 - Biomass - Geothermal - Energy Efficiency
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8:10 Plenary Session
9:00 Plenary Session - Panel - "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at Educational Institutions in Illinois" - Speakers include:
10:15 Breakout Session #1:
11:30 LUNCH - Plenary Session
12:45 Breakout Session #2:
2:00 Breakout Session #3:
3:15 Plenary Session - Panel
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LISA ALBRECHT is a volunteer for the ISEA, serving as Vice President for the organization. She also co-chairs the Policy Committee working to advance state and local legislation regarding incentives programs, permitting, net metering and interconnection. Professionally, 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 will present in the Solar Case Studies breakout session at 12:45 PM.
DR. JOHN ASPLUND has served as Superintendent of the Farmington Central School District for the past five years. Dr. Asplund has been a Superintendent for fifteen years in all. Prior to becoming a Superintendent, he served as High School Principal, District Curriculum Director, High School English Teacher and Football and Track Coach. Dr. Asplund earned his Doctor of Education and Chief School Business Official license from Illinois State University in 2009. John is married to Julie and they are the parents of Isaac, Eli and Clara. He will present on Solar Energy in the “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at Educational Institutions in Illinois" plenary session at 9:00 AM.
JACK DARIN has worked for the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter since 1989, and been its Director since 1992. His position entails working with citizens, volunteers, public officials, business, and labor across Illinois to find and advocate for solutions to environmental problems, strengthen the membership and work of the Sierra Club in Illinois, and build a bigger, more inclusive environmental movement. He has worked on a wide variety of conservation and pollution issues, with federal, state, and local agencies with environmental responsibilities, and with business, labor, faith, social justice, and other stakeholders. Darin has worked cooperatively with a wide range of stakeholders to clean up pollution, protect natural areas for future generations across Illinois, and promote smart energy policies. He has been integral to key state policy changes that include Illinois’ clean energy policies, the permanent protection of federal, state, and local public lands for future generations; and major upgrades in Illinois’ protection of Lake Michigan and other rivers, lakes, and streams. He has been appointed to numerous study, advisory, and working groups and task forces by various public agencies seeking to craft strategies to protect Illinois' environment. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jack will present "Illinois Renewable Energy Development Policy: Challenges and Opportunities" in the final plenary panel session at 3:15 PM.
DR. LARRY DIETZ became the 19th president of Illinois State University March 22, 2014. He came to the University in June 2011 as vice president for Student Affairs. He led the Division of Student Affairs, which includes the Dean of Students Office, Student Health Services, Student Counseling Center, University Housing Services, Disability Concerns, Career Center, Campus Dining Services, Campus Recreation, Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium, Student Affairs Information Technology, Health Promotion and Wellness, and the University Police, as well as other units. He is also a tenured associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. Previously, he served as vice chancellor for Student Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) for 10 years. Dietz also served as special assistant to the chancellor at SIUC and as a tenured associate professor in educational administration and higher education. Prior to his tenure there, he served as vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, among other leadership positions, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for 15 years, and in leadership positions at Iowa State University for 13 years. Dietz earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and his master's degree in higher education and student personnel from Iowa State University and his bachelor's degree in political science from Southern Illinois University. He attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University, a Fulbright International Education Seminar for Administrators in Germany and the Harvard Management Development Program. Dr. Dietz will present the Welcome at 8:00 AM.
ETHAN ELSER is Director of Corporate Development for the PACE Equity team and has an extensive background in commercial real estate management, turnaround, development and growth. He brings a unique perspective and approach to building projects due to his vast knowledge of nearly every kind of real estate project. He understands the opportunities that PACE Equity can bring for the success of their buildings or projects. At PACE Equity, Ethan is responsible for managing and growing the company, including; corporate sales and development, market leader development and coaching, project governance with an emphasis on quality assurance and support, oversight of the company’s processes, systems tools, management and marketing. Previously, Ethan served as the real estate asset manager for Steinergroup and as assistant property manager for Siegel-Gallagher Management Company. He also worked in the banking, technology and hotel sectors while obtaining his Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University School of Business. He currently resides in Milwaukee with his wife and young son. He is active in the community, volunteering at the Milwaukee Public Museum and with ACTS Housing. Ethan will present on Solar Policy at 2:00 PM.
MIKE ERICKSON has been the Vice President of Business Development for Community Green Energy since 2012. He leads and manages Community Green Energy’s community solar development team, which pursues projects nationwide, and has also played an instrumental role in developing Community Green Energy’s own community solar project model that seeks to enable community solar in places that lack enabling legislation, such as Illinois. Mike also directs project financing strategies and securing investment and funding partners. Prior to joining Community Green Energy, he served as Managing Director of Alignys Capital Partners and held senior management positions with Norcom Resources, Inc. and Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Journalism and Communications. Mike will speak in the Solar Case Studies breakout session at 12:45 PM.
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 in the Geothermal breakout session, "What Does it Take to Retrofit a Home or Small Business?" at 12:45 PM.
SHANNON FULTON 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 speak in the Solar Case Studies breakout session at 12:45 PM.
NAOMI HERSHISER is Dean of Environmental Programs at Prairie Crossing Charter School. Naomi will speak on Energy Efficiency in the " Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at Educational Institutions in Illinois" plenary session at 9:00 AM.
JAMES HUBBARD is the Executive Director of the Facilities Division at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. Hubbard earned his bachelor of science in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master degree in business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Hubbard served as an officer in the United States Air force until his retirement in 2006 prior to taking his current position. As the Facilities Division’s Executive Director, he has led the College in countless projects to become energy independent, and was the pivotal person in garnering support for the utility-grade wind turbine generator located on the main campus of the College. He continues to work energy reductions for the College, while focusing on LED and solar technologies and alternative funding to support them. He will present on Wind Energy in the "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at Educational Institutions in Illinois" plenary session at 9:00 AM.
MARION "MOLLY" LUNN is Deputy Director of the 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 in the plenary session at 8:15 AM.
is Assistant Director of the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute. Harry will present in the Solar Technical breakout session at 10:15 AM.
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.
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