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Heating and Cooling from Sustainable Forestry

October 3, 2015Megan ButlerETL Blog, EventsComments Off on Heating and Cooling from Sustainable Forestry


Heating and cooling from sustainable forestry: Can sustainably harvested wood fuel carbon neutral combined heat and power in Minnesota?

Ever-Green Energy has been burning wood waste to provide electricity, heat, and cooling to Downtown Saint Paul for more than 20 years. A handful of other Minnesota communities and industries have similar programs, and have found the strategy to be clean and efficient. Expanding combined heat and power has the potential to improve our energy system – but we must act with care to ensure that wood waste is sourced sustainably and helps, not harms, Minnesota’s rich forestlands.

Join Ever-Green Energy CEO Ken Smith and forestry expert Katie Fernholz of Dovetail Partners to explore the question: How can sustainable forestry power healthier energy – and what should we do, and not do, to achieve a “win win” for our environment.

7:00-7:30AM Registration and Networking Breakfast
7:30-8:00AM Speakers

8:00-8:30AM Engaging discussion

Register here.

Prior to joining District Energy in 2006, Ken Smith worked for over 20 years consulting, designing, and implementing energy projects globally for a variety of industries and led planning and design initiatives with numerous U.S. communities and organizations, with the goal of creating integrated energy infrastructures.

Katie Fernholz’s former positions include chairing the Minnesota Society of American Foresters, membership in the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, and serving on the Boards of Directors for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership and Renewing the Countryside.

This event is part of Fresh Energy’s Power Pairings Breakfast Series. Next up will be Solar for All: How those trying to block rooftop solar are their own worst enemy. November 18th with Jon Wellinghoff, Co-chair, Stoel Rives energy team and immediate past Chairman of FERC and James Tong, Vice President, Strategy and Government Affairs, Clean Power Finance.

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