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The Energy Activist

September 1, 2022

Join the NW Energy Coalition’s and partners’ events this Fall to learn about the clean energy transformation and connect with fellow colleagues.

Events List:

NW Energy Coalition’s Fall Conference, “Delivering Community Clean Energy“: November 14 & November 17

Northwest Environmental Business Council’s “Oregon’s Energy Future Offshore Wind Symposium“: September 8

Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board’s “Energy Policy for the People” Policy Conference: October 14

Solar Washington’s Solar Summit “Connecting to our Clean Energy Future“: October 14

Grid Forward’s “Grid FWD Denver 2022“: October 24-26

Northwest Ecobuilding Guild’s “Northwest Green Building Slam“: October 29

CleanTech Alliance & Northwest Environmental Business Council’s”Energy Leadership Summit“: November 1

Oregon Solar + Storage Industries Association’s “Oregon Solar + Storage Conference“: November 1-3

Delivering Community Clean Energy
November 14 and November 17
12:30pm – 3:00pm PT / 1:30pm – 4:00pm MT
Hosted by the NW Energy Coalition


Please visit the NW Energy Coalition’s website to register, view details, and learn more about our panelists. All are welcome!

November 14: Influx of Funding for Clean Energy Transformation


After decades of inaction, an unprecedented amount of federal funding is flowing to States, clean energy industries, and communities to address the impacts of climate change and support decarbonizing our economy. This afternoon’s two sessions will examine the different pots of funding that are available and how those resources will flow through the states to communities most in need.


November 17: Clean Energy Community & Equity Issues


The energy system has disproportionate impacts on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, including the siting of existing fossil fuel infrastructure, hydropower’s contribution to the collapse of wild fisheries, and higher energy bills and less access to the benefits of the clean energy transformation. We are in a moment when we can begin to ameliorate past mistakes. To decarbonize our energy system and address social, environmental, and economic harms we will need significant new investments in clean energy resources – but we must be deliberate and thoughtful when we make decisions. While nothing is benign, we must recognize current and historic impacts and mitigate them for the future. This afternoon we will examine two important equity issues in the region: Siting Issues of New Resources and Energy System Impacts on Salmon.


This event is $40 for members and $50 for non-members for both days. Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available — please email to learn more.

Oregon’s Energy Future Offshore Wind Symposium
September 8
8:30am – 6:00pm (PT)
In-Person at Holiday Inn Portland Columbia Riverfront in Portland, OR
Hosted by Northwest Environmental Business Council


Offshore wind is poised to become America’s next major energy source and may well play a significant role in decarbonization and our transition to clean energy. Oregon’s Energy Future Offshore Wind Symposium is the state’s must-attend offshore wind energy event. Presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council, this focused one day symposium will examine the potential for offshore wind energy development in Oregon while addressing current challenges and future opportunities.

Join industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders from across the Northwest for learning, networking, and business development with content covering:

  • Oregon Department of Energy’s Oregon’s Floating Offshore Wind Study
  • Federal and State Policy Levers for Developing Offshore Wind Projects
  • Impact on Local Communities
  • OSW Permitting and Approvals
  • Supply Chain and Infrastructure
  • Hydrogen

Energy Policy for the People
October 14
8:00am – 5:00pm (PT)
In-Person at University Place Hotel and Conference Center in Portland, OR
Hosted by Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board


The days of top-down energy policy are over. Oregon’s 100% Clean Electricity law and other major pieces of legislation passed in recent years have been led and developed by grassroots communities. Increasingly, community voices are showing up and seeking more pathways to get involved. But it’s clear that more needs to be done.


This Year’s Panels:


• The View on the Ground: A Conversation with Community Advocates

• Reflecting Community Needs in Utility Regulation

• Community-Based Energy Projects

• Navigating Utility Regulation and the PUC • Rates, Affordability, and Community Investments


The CUB Policy Conference is designed as a day of discussion, networking, and sharing diverse perspectives. This conference is ideal for community groups, regulators, advocates, utility representatives, attorneys, or those interested in our region’s energy industry.

Connecting to our Clean Energy Future
October 14
8:00am – 6:00pm (PT)
In-Person at Centilia Cultural Center in Seattle, WA
Hosted by Solar Washington


Hosted by Solar Washington since 2015, the Washington State Solar Summit is an important annual information gathering and networking event for anyone working in the solar industry or interested in solar, including manufacturers, installers, utilities, municipalities and tribes, legislators/policy makers, educators, students, advocacy organizations/nonprofits, distributors, engineers, financial lenders, consultants and more. The Solar Summit tackles the most timely issues and most talked about conversations surrounding solar energy and solar adoption in Washington. The Solar Summit is the must-attend conference for anyone engaged in solar deployment, education and advocacy in Washington state or anyone trying to understand options as a consumer. In addition to outstanding speakers and prominent keynote, the Solar Summit will feature exhibitors from the solar and educational field and a concurrent career fair open to everyone.

Grid FWD Denver 2022
October 24-26
8:00am – 5:00pm MT
In-Person at Empower Field in Denver, CO
Hosted by Grid Forward


Join us at GridFWD 2022, October 24-26 at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High, as our community focuses on solutions to “Ensuring a Resilient 21st Century Energy System.” What you’ll get at #GridFWD 2022:

  • High profile speakers, flexible session formats and lots of networking time
  • Interaction with peers on advanced forecasting, real-time data management, integrated grid planning, cybersecurity and many more pressing issues
  • The Grid Innovation Pitch Competition that awards $100K in value from co-host Amazon Web Services
  • Tours of local grid resiliency innovation at NREL, Panasonic and CSU

Northwest Green Building Slam
October 29
5:30pm – 11:00pm (PT)
Hybrid at Town Hall Seattle
Hosted by Northwest Ecobuilding Guild


10 SPEAKERS, 10 MINUTES, 10 SLIDES. That’s all there is to it: the Green Building Slam. A simple idea, started years ago, has transformed into one of the most fun and inspirational green building events of the year. Learn about 10 innovative, sustainable, high-performance “green” buildings that push the envelope in our built environment. Projects range from residential to multi-family to mixed use developments in the Pacific NW. ​


Each of our juried 10 presenters will have just 10 minutes to show us 10 slides of their exciting project as they explain what they learned, what they would do differently, and any other sustainable contributions that their project has made to our local community. Each presenter has been trained by a speech coach, and is excited to share their project with the masses.


Our audience typically attracts architects, builders, homeowners, energy efficiency experts, real estate professionals, interior designers and fabulous, eco-conscious people like you.

Energy Leadership Summit
November 1
7:30am – 5:00pm (PT)
Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, WA
Hosted by CleanTech Alliance and Northwest Environmental Business Council