Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

Hosted by:

Connecticut Farm Energy Program

Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

 

Sponsored by:

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

PurePoint Energy

 

USDA NRCS

Connecticut Farm Bureau

USDA Rural Development

 

Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc.

 

 

Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

Hosted by:

Connecticut Farm Energy Program

Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

 

Sponsored by:

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

PurePoint Energy

 

USDA NRCS

Connecticut Farm Bureau

USDA Rural Development

 

Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc.

 

Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

Hosted by:

Connecticut Farm Energy Program

Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

 

Sponsored by:

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

PurePoint Energy

 

USDA NRCS

Connecticut Farm Bureau

USDA Rural Development

 

Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc.

 

 

Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

Hosted by:

Connecticut Farm Energy Program

Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

 

Sponsored by:

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

PurePoint Energy

 

USDA NRCS

Connecticut Farm Bureau

USDA Rural Development

 

Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc.

 

 

Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

Hosted by:

Connecticut Farm Energy Program

Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

 

Sponsored by:

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

PurePoint Energy

 

USDA NRCS

Connecticut Farm Bureau

USDA Rural Development

 

Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc.

 

Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

Hosted by:

Connecticut Farm Energy Program

Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

 

Sponsored by:

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

PurePoint Energy

 

USDA NRCS

Connecticut Farm Bureau

USDA Rural Development

 

Eastern CT RC&D Area, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Connecticut Farm Energy Fair

The 1st Connecticut Farm Energy Fair was hosted by the Connecticut Farm Energy Program in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern CT State University.

It addressed farm energy use; ways to save it, equipment to reduce its use, and even ways to generate it. With costs at an all time high, energy is now a major item of concern for the farming community. This event allowed Ag Producers to see real practical solutions with the latest technology available to help cut energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Exhibitors at the event offered products and advice to help CT Ag Producers be more energy efficient as well as options for renewable energy; to save money and follow best management practices in their agriculture operation.

Guest speakers addressed agricultural applications for energy efficiency and renewable energy in relation to application type, technology and funding opportunities. Visitors were also able to see first-hand the opportunities for diversification in energy generation and steps to take for energy efficiency on the farm.

Keynote speaker was UConn Professor Richard Parnas.  His talk entitled “How We can Produce and Use Biofuels In Connecticut” spoke about what the future holds for biofuels in Connecticut. Richard Parnas Power Point Presentation from the CT Farm Energy Fair (pdf)

Links below are from Richard's Power Point Presenstation for additional information.

Wood-Gas generator information
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/BioFuel/biofuels.htm#WoodGas

CT Agriculture Report
http://ccea.uconn.edu/studies/Ag-Economic-Impacts_2010sept-final.pdf

Biodiesel Reactor Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjwXRHIDI3k

Energy Conservation Guide
http://www.ctfarmenergy.org/Pdfs/CT_Energy_BMPGuide.pdf

Biodigesters
http://www.energysavers.gov/your_workplace/farms_ranches/index.cfm/mytopic=30002

Vermont Farmer Making Biodiesel
http://www.youtube.com/watchv=aOzWgyB1FSk&feature=related

Pellet Fuel
http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/uc203.pdf

 

Exhibitor/Vendor List

BeFree Solar

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

Connecticut Farm Bureau Association

Connecticut Farm Energy Program

Eastern Connecticut RC&D Area, Inc.

Farm Credit East

Green Earth Agriculture

Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supplies

Harness the Sun

Hometronics

Institute for Sustainable Energy

John Bartok

MainLine Heating & Supply

Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge

Osterman Propane

PurePoint Energy

Ross Solar Group

USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service

USDA-Rural Development

 

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Thank You Sponsors

Gigawatt Sponsor

Connecticut Energy Efficiency FundConnecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund is a ratepayer fund administered in partnership with the Connecticut Light and Power Company and the United Illuminating Company. Through award-winning programs that utilize incentives, rebates, education and technical expertise, the Energy Efficiency Fund enables Connecticut’s citizens to make energy-efficient choices for their homes and businesses. www.ctsavesenergy.org

Megawatt Sponsor

Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

CEFIA was created by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011. It is the successor organization to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. CEFIA’s mission is to promote, develop and invest in clean energy and energy efficiency projects in order to strengthen Connecticut’s economy, protect community health, improve the environment, and promote a secure energy supply for the state. CEFIA is governed by an 11-member board of directors appointed by the governor and the leadership of the State Legislature. As the nation’s first full-scale clean energy finance authority, CEFIA will leverage public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut. For more information on CEFIA, please visit www.ctcleanenergy.com.

 

PurePoint EnergyPurePoint Energy LLC

PurePoint Energy LLC is a company that manages and develops energy resources. We create innovative solutions for businesses and organizations using energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. Our professional team stands ready to prepare feasibility reports and turnkey solutions that match and surpass the goals of your organization. We enhance organizations through the introduction of new  technological ideas, project management and the development of energy and carbon free alternatives. PurePoint Energy LLC serves the residential, commercial, industrial, and utility markets. Our staff is prepared to offer creative solutions to directly reduce operating costs and improve your organization's bottom line. www.purepointenergy.com

 

Kilowatt Sponsor

USDA NRCSUSDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) which are specialized, in-depth plans that address specific resources and can be used to improve management. NRCS in Connecticut offers CAPs in Forestry and Energy.

The Energy Cap – the Agricultural Energy Management Plan (AgEMP) – is an analysis of current farm infrastructure and management with recommendations about how to reduce energy consumption on the farm. These plans can be done on farm headquarters such as dairy, greenhouse, or maple syrup operations.

Participants will receive payment when the plan is complete. Payment rate is estimated to be a portion of the total amount you will pay for the plan – 75% for general applicants, and 90% of historically underserved* applicants. You will be responsible for paying the rest to the TSP Provider.

To apply, call or visit your local NRCS Service Center:
Brooklyn Service Center - (860) 774-0224
Norwich Service Center - (860) 887-3604
Torrington Service Center - (860) 626-8258
Hamden Service Center - (203) 287-8038
 Windsor Service Center - (860) 688-7725

* www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/SLB_Farmer/

 

Connecticut Farm BureauConnecticut Farm Bureau

Connecticut Farm Bureau Association is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to farming and the future of Connecticut farms.  CFBA serves its members by advocating for agriculture, and educating the public and elected officials on issues that keep farm families productive:  economic viability, land use, labor, taxation and the protection of farmland.  Connecticut Farm Bureau's work of proactively representing the interest of farmers is vital to providing safe, locally grown, farm-fresh products and a high qualify of life for all Connecticut residents. www.cfba.org

 

Energy Sponsor

Connecticut Farm Energy Program is a partnership between the USDA Rural Development and the Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc.

 

USDA Rural DevelopmentUSDA - Rural Development (RD)

USDA Rural Development's Southern New England Jurisdiction is committed to helping improve the quality of life in all of rural America. Through our programs, we touch rural America in many ways.

Our financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural and other cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services.

Rural Development achieves its mission by helping rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs.  Rural Development works to make sure that rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy. USDA is and equal opportunity provider and employer.

www.rurdev.usda.gov/MA


Eastern Connecticut RC&D Area, Inc.Eastern Connecticut RC&D Area, Inc.

The mission of the Eastern Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) is to identify and champion initiatives that sustain that which makes our communities and environment unique, and to build upon our strengths and potential for a healthy future. The key to sustaining the uniqueness and high quality of life of Eastern Connecticut is to acknowledge and embrace the fundamental interdependence of urban, suburban, and rural communities. www.easternrcd-ct.org

 

Event Schedule

4-9 pm Vendor/Exhibitor Booths open

5-6 pm Snap Shot Info Sessions

Peter Governale - Certified International GeoThermal Instructor & Design 5:00-5:15pm

David Ljungquist - Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority 5:15-5:30pm

Tom Wemyss - PurePoint Energy 5:30-5:45pm

Tim McGrew- Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund 5:45-6:00pm

6-7 pm Welcome, Keynote Speaker Professor Richard Parnas and a light dinner

7-8 pm Energy Panel- time for Q&A

David Ljungquist - Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

Dr Geoffrey Westfall - Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital & Deep Valley Farm Inc

John Bartok - Greenhouse Energy Specialist

Tim McGrew- Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

Tom Wemyss - PurePoint Energy

8-9 pm Visit Vendor/Exhibitor Booths & Network

9 pm Energy Fair Concludes

 

Directions to Eastern Connecticut State University (link) - Once on campus the 2011 Connecticut Farm Energy Fair will be held in the Betty Tipton Room which is located in the Student Center (#31 on the Campus Map) Campus Map (link)

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