The climate crisis is impacting rural communities disproportionately. These communities frequently depend on agriculture and tourism economies, but changes in weather patterns threaten both. Residents of rural communities also spend more of their household dollars on energy, studies show. Investment in energy efficiency, renewables and community solutions to electricity purchasing can provide opportunities to reduce costs, increase comfort and enhance rural living and resilience. Radically Rural seeks to provide solutions, guidelines and models for community leaders, groups and individuals to promote clean energy as a means to combat the climate crisis.

Who Should Attend: Municipal and city leaders, community, regional and statewide leaders; community organizers and energy committee members (local, regional, statewide); clean energy activists and advocates, farmers and foresters

SESSION ONE

Taking Control: Communities Save Money & the Planet by Joining Forces

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

Imagine your community or region working together toward energy goals while saving residents money, providing new innovations, increasing comfort, renewable mix, and local resilience. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) offers these potential benefits and more.

In this session, a panel of experts will present case studies of rural communities from various states that have transitioned to Community Choice Aggregation. Time will be spent describing the differences in CCA for states with vertically integrated utilities such as Vermont versus deregulated utilities such as New Hampshire. Participants will leave with the ability to support the drafting of CCA legislation in their state and will learn additional online resources and best practices for developing CCA.

Moderator: Samuel Golding, President of Community Choice Partners, Inc.

Panel Discussion: April Salas, Sustainability Director of the Town of Hanover; Lorenzo Kristov, Principal of Electric System Policy; D. Maurice “Don” Kreis, Consumer Advocate for NH Office of the Consumer Advocate; John Farrell, Co-director of Institute for Local Self-Reliance

 

SESSION TWO

Carbon Pricing – Can it Save the Planet?

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says pricing carbon is the single most effective way to combat the climate crisis. In this session, participants will be introduced to a free interactive climate solutions simulation tool from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. En-Roads is real-time scenario software that models carbon pricing and its effect on global temperature and carbon dioxide levels.

Learn how carbon pricing can become a reality in the United States from a preeminent voice on carbon fee and dividend, Dr. Danny Richter of Citizens Climate Lobby. He will speak about building bi-partisan support for HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Climate Dividend Act of 2019. The Act puts a steadily rising price on carbon and gives the money to households as dividends. Studies show that income, rather than geography, determines the effect of carbon pricing on citizens and two-thirds of households will end up ahead. Predictions indicate this Act could bring greenhouse gas emissions down 40% by 2032.

Speaker: Dr. Danny Richter, VP of Governmental Affairs at Citizens’ Climate Education, John Kondos, Director of Monadnock Sustainability Hub

 

SESSION THREE

Carbon Lockdown: Farming Helps Save the Planet

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Farmers are experiencing the environmental destruction and financial hardships caused by climate change. Altered growing cycles, poor soil health, and unpredictable water cycles have left many farms producing less while investing more. Regenerative agriculture holds the potential to sequester carbon and combat the impacts of the climate crisis. Join Nobel prize winner Dr. Keith Paustian from Colorado State University and Dr. Adam Chambers from the United States Department of Agriculture as they discuss regenerative agriculture and its promise for farmers and foresters.

Speakers: Dr. Keith Paustian, Professor at Colorado State University; Dr. Adam Chambers,  Scientist at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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