Small towns and rural countryside make up three fourths of the land area in the United States and are home to 14% of the total US population. Rural America, defined as areas with a population of less than 50,000, is also a way of life with a proud and independent culture all its own. Just as rural and small-town America’s lifestyle is unique to its geography, so too are its energy, economic, and societal challenges.
The 2018 Rural Energy Conference, is a one-day, multi-track conference that will precede the two-day annual meeting of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA). It will convene leaders from industry, utilities, cooperatives, non-profits, academia, and all levels of government to discuss how energy efficiency technologies and programs can help rural America leverage its unique characteristics for economic growth and social equity.
Our inaugural Rural Energy Conference will feature plenaries and panels on the three tracks below: Energy Efficiency Programs, Energy Burden & Equity, and Economic Development. Although we will not be calling for abstracts, there will be opportunities to shape the conference agenda through webinars that we will host on each track.
Adam Procell, Lime Energy
Alan Shedd, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives
Amelia Gulkis and Craig Metz, EnSave
Brent Bailey, 25x'25 Alliance
Casey Bell, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation
Holmes Hummel, Clean Energy Works
Jason Walsh, National Cooperative Business Association
Kelly Smith Burke, Florida Department of Agriculture Energy Office
Kip Pheil, US Department of Agriculture
Lee Ragsdale, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives
Mark Johnson, North Carolina State University
Molly Graham, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Mike Smith, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
Peter Schneider, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Rich Hackner, GDS Associates
Rory McIlmoil, Appalachian Voices
Wesley Holmes, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Call for Presentations
ACEEE is seeking input on the topics of greatest interest for inclusion on the Rural Energy Conference program. Our hope is to make the convening responsive to the needs of rural communities, so we are seeking in put into the topics of great interest. Submissions are being accepted based on one of three tracks (listed below). Please enter your presentation suggestion(s) using this link. Your abstract should be limited to 200 words or less. Feel free to submit more than one submission, but each suggestion will have to be entered as a new submission.
Here's what you will need to include with your submission.
A 200-word description, a tentative presentation title, and an indication of which of the following tracks your suggested presentation would fit best.
- Rural Energy Efficiency Program Design
- Rural Energy Burden & Equity
- Rural Economic Development
Your contact information and your bio or a link to your LinkedIn profile.
The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2018.
Registration to open Summer 2018.
To reserve your accommodations for the ACEEE Rural Energy Conference, October 22, use this link.
A block of rooms have been reserved for the Rural Conference at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. Individual attendees can make their reservations by using the button above linking to the online reservation site or call 800-706-2899. Be sure to mention ACEEE to receive the $189 single/double occupancy rate.
For special requests or inquiries, please enter the information in the appropriate boxes during the online booking process or call the hotel directly at 800-706-2899 or 404-838-2100. Reservations by phone are accepted Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 6:30 pm. (The Georgia Tech Hotel is a non-smoking property.)
To request rooms pre- or post- the ACEEE group dates, please contact the hotel directly at 800-706-2899 to check on availability. The reservation deadline is September 25, 2018.
Parking: Overnight parking is available at a rate of $15.00 per night. For unlimited in and out access to the garage, the rate is $18.00 per night.