Green Jobs Forum 
Start Date/Time: Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:00 AM 
End Date/Time: Thursday, March 26, 2009 11:30 AM
Recurring Event: One time event

Green Jobs Forum

March 26th, 2009
10:00 AM
Legislative office building Room 2E


Hosted by: Commerce, Energy & Technology and Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committees


CCEF and CEEF are collaborating on a 3-part study to identify effective ways to support and accelerate growth of the energy efficiency/renewable energy industry in Connecticut.


The first phase of this study establishes a baseline for the renewable energy and energy efficiency economy in Connecticut including:  number of jobs, employment income, and revenue attributable to renewable energy and energy efficiency companies in the State.  The study represents an independent assessment and analysis performed by Navigant Consulting, a nationally recognized expert in this sector.


At this forum Navigant will deliver and discuss the results of the baseline study and discuss how the work can best inform legislators as they work through the current legislative session. The forum also includes two panels of leading companies, invited to properly represent and engage a discussion of the impacts of state policy on growing this renewable energy/ energy efficiency sector and opportunities for emerging technology and manufacturing companies.



10:00 – 10:05   Welcoming Remarks by Tim Bowles, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund

10:05 – 10:35  Presentation of Baseline Study results by Navigant Consulting

10:35 – 10:45  Question & Answers with the Legislature

10:45 – 11:05 Panel – Impacts of State policy on growing green energy jobs.

  • Frank Wolak, Vice President, Fuel Cell Energy
  • Ron French, President, Alteris Renewables
  • Chris Halpin, President, Celtic Energy
  • Tom Casey, General Manager, Climate Partners


11:05 – 11:25 Panel  – Opportunities to grow green jobs for emerging technology and manufacturing companies.

  • Damon Esposito, Manager of Operations, Theis Precision Steel
  • Dave Hurwitt, VP of Operations, Optiwind
  • Don Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, Sunport Industries


11:25 – 11:30 Closing Remarks by Jeff Gaudiosi, Energy Conservation Management Board/ Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund


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