2020 Rural Energy Conference

2020 Rural Energy Conference

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL
February 25, 2020

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ACEEE is pleased to announce our second Rural Energy Conference. This dynamic one-day event will explore how energy efficiency and clean energy are increasing rural prosperity. Our interactive sessions, plenary panels, and networking breaks will connect you with leaders from utilities, government, industry, nonprofits, financial institutions, and academia.

This conference will give you the perfect opportunity to delve into clean energy solutions tailored for rural communities that will spur economic growth and energy affordability. Many rural residents spend a higher share of their income on energy costs than their non-rural counterparts. Join us to explore the power and potential of energy efficiency and clean energy to lower energy bills and improve the everyday lives of rural residents.

We will discuss the following topics as they relate to rural communities:

  • Energy efficiency program design and financing
  • Renewable and distributed energy resources
  • Economic development
  • Electrification of buildings and transportation
  • Resilience and disaster recovery
  • Energy affordability for low-income households
  • 2018 Farm Bill and USDA programs
  • Broadband access

Likely participants

Leaders from utilities, government, industry, nonprofits, financial institutions, and academia. Click here to view a list of organizations that participated in Rural Energy's 2018 conference.

Call for Presentations

The window for submission is now closed.

ACEEE is accepting submissions for our second Rural Energy Conference, a one-day, multi-track event. Join other energy experts in submitting your presentation idea about projects, programs, and research results that save energy and spur economic growth in rural areas and small towns. This conference will feature keynote addresses, plenaries, interactive breakout sessions, ample networking opportunities, and the perfect platform to delve into clean energy solutions tailored for rural homes, businesses, institutions, factories, and farms.

Submit your proposal online in one of the following categories. 

  1. Designing and financing rural energy efficiency programs
  2. Deploying innovative technologies in rural communities
  3. Rural economic and workforce development through energy efficiency
  4. Energy affordability for rural low-income households
  5. Rural resilience and disaster recovery
  6. Rural electrification (equipment, buildings, and transportation)



Early bird registration will open in Fall 2019.

A discount will be given to those also attending the 2020 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference presented by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA).

Advisory Committee






Sponsorship Opportunities

If your organization would like to learn more about the various sponsorship levels and the associated benefits for the 2020 Rural Energy Conference, download our sponsorship flyer. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Lynn Pyle.