Nora Mead Brownell Receives Epstein Award at Energypath 2014

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Nora Mead Brownell, co-founder of ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC and former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member, received the 2014 Epstein Award at the Energypath 2014 keynote dinner. Each year at Energypath, Sustainable Energy Fund presents the Epstein Award to recognize an individual's contributions over a lifetime in moving society towards a sustainable energy future.

Brownell’s distinguished career includes work as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, establishing the framework for one of the most successful retail electric markets in the country, actively supporting Pennsylvania’s pursuit of competition in the local markets for telecommunications, deployment of advanced services, enhancement of services to rural areas, protection of consumers and advancement of special services.

The keynote dinner, which featured speaker John W. Szerdi, is a highlight of the annual week-long conference. Energypath 2014 continued on Thursday with a conference featuring more than thirty speakers presenting on a wide range of sustainable energy topics focusing on economic, technical, political and social issues and exhibitors sharing the latest developments in the sustainable energy industry. Concurrently, Energypath 2014 hosted an expo with twenty exhibitors with topics ranging from biomass energy to advanced biofuels.

Earlier in the week, Energypath attendees participated in Energy Camps, which combined hands-on and classroom training in solar photovoltaic, micro hydro and biomass technologies; an introduction to sustainable energy; and energy efficiency. Activities included construction of a 3kW solar array, tours of regional biomass facilities and a micro hydro stream study.

Additional Energypath 2014 events include a Science Fair (June 20) for middle school and high school students.

The theme of Energypath 2014 is Convergence: How the interaction between energy producing, conversion, and management technologies is changing the energy industry and can provide safe, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

Sustainable Energy Fund, a nonprofit organization, assists energy users in overcoming financial, educational and regulatory barriers to a sustainable energy future. Sustainable Energy Fund provides a variety of services including financing energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; educating the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a passion for sustainable energy; and representing the interests of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy in proceedings before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

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