South Fork 100% Renewable Energy Forum

The 2nd annual South Fork 100% Renewable Energy Forum will take place on June 28, 2017

South Fork 100% RE Forum 2017

The 2nd annual South Fork 100% Renewable Energy Forum was held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 12:30PM to 6:15PM at LTV in Wainscott. With both Southampton and East Hampton townships now aiming to meet community-wide electricity needs 100% with renewable energy sources, elected officials, energy experts and community stakeholders will be gathering to learn, discuss and plan for the energy transformation of Long Island's South Fork.

The event, organized by Renewable Energy Long Island and co-sponsored by the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton, was open to the public and free of charge.

The event was held on June 28, 2017 at 12:30pm - 6:15pm at LTV Studios, 75 Industrial Rd, Wainscott, NY 11975 and filmed by LTV.

The event was broadcast by LTV and is available as video-on-demand as follows:



11:30 AM Pre-program activity (outside):

Tesla Airstream display of Tesla PowerWall (Home Battery Storage), Tesla Solar Roof, and Tesla cars


12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Registration, Light Lunch and Initiation of the Mapping Exercise


1:00 – 1:05 PM

Welcome: Linda James, Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee


1:05 PM –1:25 PM

The South Fork as Leading Edge of New York’s Energy Transformation

Gordian Raacke, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI)


1:25 PM – 2:15 PM

Technical Solutions Panel

Facilitator: Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island

               Offshore Wind for the South Fork, Jennifer Garvey, Deepwater Wind

               Reducing Peak Demand, Bruce Humenik, Applied Energy Group

               South Fork Energy Efficiency, Lynn Arthur, Tri-Energy


2:15 PM – 2:35 PM


Short video of East Hampton Energy Awareness Day 2016 


2:35 PM – 3:35 PM

Policy Solutions Panel

Facilitator: James Gallagher, New York Smart Grid Consortium

               LIPA Integrated Resource Plan, Tom Falcone, LIPA CEO

               New York Offshore Wind Master Plan, Greg Matzat, NYSERDA

               Changing Markets & Emerging Distributed Energy, Julia Bovey


3:35 PM – 3:45 PM


Short video "New York is Building the Energy System of Tomorrow Today"


3:45 PM - 4:35 PM

South Fork Initiatives Panel: Goals, Opportunities and Challenges

Facilitator: Peter Van Scoyoc, Deputy Supervisor, Town of East Hampton

               Town of East Hampton, Supervisor Larry Cantwell

               Town of Southampton, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman

               East Hampton Resilience Initiatives, Jeremy Samuelson

               Southampton Sustainability Initiatives, Dieter von Lehsten



4:35 PM – 5:25 PM

The Way Forward Panel

Facilitator: Krae Van Sickle, East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee

               Transportation, Nick Palumbo, Suffolk Community College

               Renewable Heating, Donovan Gordon, NYSERDA

               Managing High Levels of Distributed Energy Resources, Brian Fitzsimons, GridUnity


5:25 PM – 5:40 PM

The Social Layer of Resilient Systems: Mesh Networks for Local Communication
               Greta Byrum, Resilient Communities, New America 

5:40 PM – 6:00 PM

A Tale of Two Epochs: The Shift from Dirty Energy & Grid Monopolies to a Renewable Distributed Energy Grid
               Michael D. McDonald, East End Resilience Network, Long Island REV Grid Consortium         


6:00 PM – 6:10 PM

Concluding Remarks      Linda James, Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Comm.

                                         Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island


6:10 PM



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