Adirondack Energy Economy Conference Slated for State University of NY Polytechnic Institute

By John F. Sheehan – Adirondack Council Director of Communications

On June 14 at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, Jim Sonneborn Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) President (and former Adirondack Council board member) and SUNY Poly President Bob Geer will welcome guests to the 2016 Clean Energy Economy Conference.

The two-day conference is the third held at the new college by members of the North Country and Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Councils.

A discussion of low- and middle-income renewable energy initiatives will be moderated by Nick Matt, CEO of the F.X. Matt Brewing Company/Saranac of Utica, which makes Saranac brand beer and soft drinks with Adirondack water. Alfred Griffin, President of the New York Green Bank will discuss how the bank finances clean energy projects for businesses and municipal governments.

Breakout sessions include wood heat marketing; how to co-locate agriculture and solar panels; zoning for solar panels; Community Choice aggregation; ANCA’s Energy One Stop Shop; Clean Energy Communities; Climate Smart Communities programs; PACE Financing; Solar PV Land Leasing Considerations; Energy Efficiency: Retrofits & New Construction; geothermal systems, and more.

The first day culminates in a reception at the FX Matt Brewery, which has been working to reduce its energy consumption.

Wednesday morning’s conference wrap-up includes discussions of US Dept. of Agriculture grants and other financing options, as well as an exhibitor showcase.

For more information on the conference contact Amanda Lavigne, ANCA’s Conference Coordinator, at

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For the past 25 years, John has been the voice of the Adirondack Council on radio and television, and on the pages of local, regional and national media.  John develops and executes the Council’s public relations and communications programs. 

He works with the media to explain the unique nature of the Adirondack Park and to help the public understand the Council’s efforts to sustain its clean air, wilderness, wildlife, clean water and vibrant communities.  He is the principal author of our annual State of the Park Report and assists with the editing of all Council publications. 

Born in Troy, NY, John Sheehan is a graduate of Catholic Central High School and the State University at Albany.  Today,  John and his wife Deborah live in Albany and have a family camp in the Adirondacks. Their daughter Hannah attends Clarkson University.

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