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ANCA hosts second Clean Energy Conference

The Adirondack North Country Association Clean Energy Conference was held at the Lake Placid Convention Center June 5-7.

The Adirondack North Country Association Clean Energy Conference was held at the Lake Placid Convention Center June 5-7. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— More than 200 in attendance learned about ways to help protect the North Country environment during the 2013 Clean Energy Conference at the Lake Placid Convention Center June 5-7.

“We expanded this year’s conference by adding a day and expanding the number of presenters and topics,” Melissa Hart of the Adirondack North Country Association said. “We also added an exhibitors’ showcase and gave people more opportunities to talk to each other and network.”

The conference focused on ways to make businesses and communities run greener and featured several exhibits and presentation on topics from solar, wind, biomass and water energy and creating green buildings for use as homes or municipal offices/buildings.

“We want this to be something that North Country residents, businesses and communities can really benefit from,” Hart said. “This is a chance to share that information across the 14 northern counties of New York and talk about the projects and what they are doing from all over the region.”

The conference opened June 5 with a pair of events, including the keynote address by New York State Energy & Finance Advisor Greg Hale, which was followed by a reception and film screening of “Chasing Ice” at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, which was introduced by Curt Stager.

There were also chances for localities to showcase what they had done to go green over the past year, including ReEnergy, Casella, North Country School, and the village of Medina.

“Presenting the real economic savings is something that really brings it home to schools and municipalities just how much going green can help them, as well,” Hart said.

Hart said that ANCA is already looking for exhibitors and feedback that will help them start to prepare for the 2014 conference.

“We welcome any of the feedback that people have,” she said. “We are already looking at some people and groups to come in next year.”

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