Maryland Summit on Energy Democracy & Affordability
Maryland is at a pivotal moment at which it must begin to rapidly transition to clean energy and make communities, infrastructure, and businesses resilient to the increasing impacts of climate change. Yet that transition cannot be at the expense of communities already disproportionately burdened by pollution, disinvestment, inequity, and high energy burdens.
The modernization of the electric grid is an opportunity to transform energy from a necessary evil in people’s lives into an engine of equity, prosperity, health, and empowerment. How can Maryland’s policymakers, regulators, decision-makers and residents work together to leverage this moment of transformation and achieve a just, prosperous, environmentally-friendly energy future?
On Friday, March 24, we enjoyed a day of local and out-of-state perspectives, expert panels, and round table discussions focused on how Maryland’s Grid of the Future can facilitate energy affordability, increased efficiency, responsiveness, resilience, climate and environmental protection, as well as public health and welfare. See the agenda from 2017’s summit below; please click the hyperlinked presentation titles to view or download the presentations.
|8:00am||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
(introduction by Lyn Griffith Taylor)
|Stuart Clarke, Executive Director
Town Creek Foundation
Energy Democracy and Renewable Maryland
The energy vision for an affordable, equitable energy future in Maryland, and the roadmap for arriving there.
|Arjun Makhijani, President
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
|9:45am||Energy Affordability and the Grid of the Future
Why is universal affordability essential? What barriers exist to low-income participation in energy efficiency/ energy savings programs? What considerations must be prioritized as Maryland considers grid modernization?
|Jacob Ouslander, Assistant People’s Counsel
Office of the People’s Counsel
Energy Affordability in Maryland
Todd Nedwick, Director of Housing and Energy Efficiency Policy National Housing Trust
Gary Christopher, Weatherization Director
Myriam Tourneux, Director of Strategic Initiatives
|10:40am||The Grid of the Future: A New World of Energy Products and Services
What does the Grid of the Future look like for the consumer? What opportunities await for businesses, and the society at large?
|Karl Rábago, Executive Director
Pace Energy and Climate Center at the Pace Law School
The Sharing Utility: An Integrated Energy Vision for Distributed Energy Resources
Robert J. King, Policy Advisor
Corey Ramsden, Program Director
|11:30am||Climate Change and Grid Resilience/Reliability
How can we secure a resilient energy future that has minimal effect on our climate?
|James McGarry, Policy Director
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Geoff Oxnam, Chief Executive
Kate Zyla, Deputy Director
|Environmental Justice and Public Health
The unequal distribution of environmental harms and benefits further disadvantage communities of color and poverty.
|Rebecca Rehr, Public Health Advocacy Coordinator
Maryland Environmental Health Network
Businesses investing in the economics of clean energy
|Dana Sleeper, Director of External Affairs
Solar Energy Industries Association
Solar Means Business: Tracking Solar Adoption by America’s Top Countries Introduction: Lyn Griffith Taylor
How can we plan our amenities, buildings, and communities to reap the full benefits of the Grid of the Future?
|Khalil Shahyd, Urban Solutions Project Manager
Natural Resources Defense Council)
Urban Solutions: Community Based Solutions to Protect Our Planet and Create Just, Sustainable Cities
Jill Sorensen, Founder
|Equity and Economic Justice
What opportunities for empowerment does the Grid of the Future hold?
|Zafar Shah, Attorney
Public Justice Center
Lauren Friedman, Workforce development Program coordinator
Lynn Heller, Vice President
|1:55pm||Achieving the Agenda
Defining clear avenues to achieve the future grid that we deserve.
|Jill Tauber, Managing Attorney of the Clean Energy Program
Mapping the Grid of the Future in Maryland
Roger Berliner, President
Tim Judson, Executive Director
|2:45pm||Conclusion and Next Steps||Lyn Griffith Taylor|
(adjourn to happy hour at Ram’s Head Tavern)
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