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June 13, 2024

Registration open for Tuesday’s WBJ Energy Summit 

The Worcester Business Journal will host its annual Energy Summit on Tuesday at Worcester’s DCU Center.

The event will offer speakers and panels to inform businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and consumers about their energy options. The event will explain how the markets work and incentives and resources for energy usage. Register here

This year's forum will feature keynote speaker Lisa Wieland, the president of National Grid New England, who will give a presentation about building the grid for a fossil fuel free future.

Two panel discussions will focus on current and future energy sources and leveraging energy incentives. 

The first panel will involve harnessing market innovation and technologies for a greener transformation and assessing the state’s renewable goals and timelines. The panelists on the first panel will be Erin O’Dea, president and CEO of Great River Hydro in Westborough, and Kathleen Freeman, senior manager at OW OceanWinds North America in Boston. The first panel will be moderated by Amanda Zuretti, attorney at Worcester law firm Bowditch & Dewey.

The second panel will involve leveraging energy incentives to increase energy efficiency and transition power generation to renewable sources by exploring the public policy landscape and its implications for businesses. The panelists on the second panel will be David Gibbons, manager of sales operations and enablement at National Grid; Jennifer Marrapese, senior director of programs and strategy at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships in Woburn; and Tom Chase, senior program manager at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in Boston. The second panel will be moderated by Sue Kaplan, founder and senior consultant at New Hampshire-based Sustainable Futures Consulting. 

The event will conclude with closing keynote speaker John Parsons, deputy director for research at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and an exhibitor showcase and conclude following closing remarks around noon. 

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