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The energy industry is evolving daily, offering new methods for procuring energy as well as new technologies to curb usage and costs. Please join us for the 9th Annual Mass Energy Summit where we will once again bring together leaders from the energy sector and business executives to share the latest market intelligence on controlling the energy line item on your company’s budget.
Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the thought leaders driving innovation in the Commonwealth’s clean and green technology sector!
7:30AM: Breakfast & Networking – Exhibitor Showcase
8:15AM: Welcome Remarks
8:20AM: Morning Keynote
9:00 – 10:15AM: BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
Panel A – Case Studies
Learn how these companies have made sustainability strategies part of their overall core business strategy. They will show how implementing sustainable business practices helped them effectively cut operating costs and increase profitability, and what hurdles they have faced in implementing and managing their renewable or efficiency programs.
Moderator: Peter Stanton, Publisher & CEO, Worcester Business Journal
Panelists to date:
Fitchburg Public Schools - Robert M. Jokela, Assistant Superintendent Finance & Operations
Panel B – Is Solar right for your business? Developing the right strategy for your organization.
With the continued decrease in solar system pricing and state and federal incentives, more companies are looking to implement solar to reduce their energy expenditures. In this session panelists will give an overview of the strategies you’ll need to know about to develop and execute a strategic plan to meet your business needs and goals. Topics to include:
- Strategies and obstacles in designing & building your project
- Meeting federal and state qualifications
- Financial analysis to identify the most advantageous, risk reduced structure for your specific project
- Innovative financing options that can reduce upfront costs
- Who are the right lenders and investors?
- Direct ownership or power purchase agreement (PPA)
- Tax and finance issues
Moderator: Brad Kane, Editor, Worcester Business Journal
Panelists to date:
10:30AM – 11:30AM: BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
Panel A – State of the State
?This panel will address the new and current incentives and opportunities available from the state and federal government, along with the utilities, and what they provide for developing energy efficiency practices and renewable energy programs for the commercial customer.
Moderator: David O'Connor, Sr. Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology, ML Strategies
Panel C – Careers In Energy
The current energy industry is recruiting, training, and nurturing today’s workforce in a variety of existing, and new, innovative sectors. Positions can range from entry-level to professional positions in a wide range of fields such as engineering, installation and repair, production, construction and auditing to name a few. Additionally, a new crop of other non-energy related skill sets are needed for this sector. Join us for this engaging conversation and explore the many career opportunities in energy today.
Moderator: Michael F. Ahern, Director, Power Systems Programs, WPI
- Bill Bean, President, Green Planning & Coaching
- Pat Convery, PE, President & Chief Engineer, Cornerstone Energy Services
- Kevin Doyle, Principal, Green Economy, Workforce Lead, NECEC Institute
- Jeremy McDiarmid, Senior Director – Innovation and Industry Support, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
11:45 – 12:10PM: Afternoon Keynote:
12:20 – 1:00PM: Light Lunch Refreshments & Networking - Exhibitor Showcase