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Montgomery County Executive Elrich, Councilmember Hucker and Planning Board Chair Anderson to Speak at 2020 Virtual County Energy Summit on Nov. 17-19

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, County Department of Environmental Protection Director Adam Ortiz, Eric Coffman of Maryland Energy Administration and William Ellis with Pepco will be the lead speakers on Tuesday, Nov. 17, which will be the opening day of the three-day Seventh Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, which will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

On the Summit’s second day on Wednesday, Nov. 18, County Council Vice President Tom Hucker and Dave Hostetler, president and CEO of energy solutions company Boland will give opening remarks. They will be followed by a keynote on Thrive 2050 from Casey Anderson, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board.

The Summit will be co-hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Green Building Council National Capital Region (USGBC NCR).

Registration is still open for the event. A full-access pass is $75 for all education sessions and virtual networking events. Single-day tickets are $40 for Day 1 and $25 for Day 2 and Day 3. Access to the virtual Energy Roadshow on Nov. 19 is free.

In its first six years, the Summit has offered cutting-edge programs and discussions focused on the latest trends in energy efficiency, renewable energy and related issues. Its core audience has included building owners, property managers, energy contractors and other green building professionals working in the County and the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia region.

The theme for this year’s Summit is “A Path to Zero.”  It will explore strategies, technologies and case studies focused on the commercial, multi-family and residential built environments that are helping the County toward its ambitious climate goal of carbon neutrality by 2035.

The Summit will feature sessions focused on innovative energy projects, renewable energy technologies, sustainable building strategies and County and other regional energy efficiency programs. Sessions have been approved for Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) continuing education credits and attendees can earn up to 9.0 general GBCI CEs over all three days. Attendees also could earn American Institute of Architects (AIA) Learning Units and select sessions can earn AIA Health, Safety and Welfare credits. Access will be available to select session recordings after the Energy Summit concludes.

New for 2020, the Energy Summit will be adding sessions exploring energy in the residential sector including relevant topics for single-family and multi-family developers, building operators and County residents.

The Summit will include breakout sessions, networking salons featuring the latest in sustainable products and services, a brown-bag educational lunch and a virtual Energy Roadshow on Thursday, Nov. 19. The Roadshow will be free event for all County residents.

The virtual Energy Roadshow addresses all things energy-related in the County, including home comfort, avoiding scams, ENERGY STAR devices, electric vehicles, renewable energy and how to pay for home upgrade projects. The special event is an opportunity for residents to learn more about how to lower utility bills, switch to renewable energy and participate in programs to help keep money in their pockets.

To register and for additional information about the Energy Summit, visit the event’s website at www.MCEnergySummit.org. Questions can be emailed to energy@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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Release ID: 20-683
Media Contact: Cindy Pena 240-777-7733