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2024 Speakers 

2024 speakers are still being lined up, but include the speakers listed below.

  • U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
  • Chair of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
  • Senior Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is the Chair of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Throughout his time representing our state in the Senate, Senator Wyden has been a committed champion for Oregonians – working to pass the Inflation Reduction Act that drove down prescription drug prices slamming seniors and families, as well as to take historic and significant steps toward a green energy future by including much of his Clean Energy for America Act.

Senator Wyden also teamed up with Oregonians to fix the administration’s map that determines high-speed internet funding by adding 48,000 locations in need of broadband statewide that had been incorrectly left off. And he worked to secure a record $689 million to expand access to broadband internet to rural and underserved communities, the largest single broadband grant in Oregon history.

Always citing the need to “throw open the doors of government,” he holds at least one open-to-all town hall meeting in each of Oregon’s 36 counties each year, totaling nearly 1,100 meetings so far.

Laila Atalla
  • Laila Atalla
  • Senior Associate
  • Carbon-Free Buildings
  • RMI

Laila is a senior associate with RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings Program. They support policy campaigns to advance equitable building decarbonization in the Western United States and at the federal level.

Prior to joining RMI, Laila worked with the state and local governments in California. At the California Air Resources Board, Laila developed modeling tools to guide investments in affordable housing, clean mobility, and workforce development. Subsequently, they joined the City of Sacramento’s Office of Climate Action and Sustainability, where their projects included developing the city’s building decarbonization strategy.

MSc, Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics, University of St Andrews

BS, Environmental Sciences/Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Emory University

  • Mat Boaz

  • Pacific Cascade Electric

At Pacific Cascade Electric, our mission is to empower individuals and businesses in Deschutes County, Oregon, with sustainable and efficient energy solutions. We deliver exceptional craftsmanship and customer-centric support.

Solar installations, replacements, and financing options help make clean and renewable energy accessible to everyone, while ensuring optimal performance and longevity.

We serve both residential and commercial properties. From installations and repairs to maintenance and upgrades, we ensure safe and efficient electrical systems. Our expertise spans a wide range of services, including electrical wiring, panel upgrades, lighting installations, and more. We are EVITP Certified: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program. It provides training and certification for electricians installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). The program has certified over 4,000 electricians in the proper installation of EVSE equipment. The certification is required for all electricians installing, maintaining, and operating EVSE, except for apprentices.

Paula Latasa
  • Paula Latasa
  • Kilowatts For A Cause
  • Executive Director

Paula has three decades of experience working with nonprofits, the private sector and government agencies to promote sustainability and social justice. She has extensive experience in renewable energy, land use, sustainable development, climate justice, materials management, health and alternatives to toxics. Paula has worked at the cutting edge of alternative building, including design and project management for her Earthship home and Oregon’s first Platinum Earth Advantage Home.

Currently, she is working in solar development and social justice with Kilowatts For A Cause. She loves helping businesses, schools and nonprofits gain the economic and environmental benefits of on-site solar, battery storage and EV charging, while sharing a portion of the savings with nonprofits that support low-income families locally. When she is not working, Paula enjoys chasing waterfalls, hiking, rafting, biking, nordic skiing, camping, gardening, listening to music, dancing and hanging out with family, friends and new acquaintances.

Scott Ringlein
  • Scott Ringlein
  • Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
  • Kilowatts For A Cause


Scott is the force behind the idea for the non-profit Kilowatts For A Cause®, a community-shared solar program. Looking for a way to combine the benefits of solar energy with social impact led to the idea and name behind the program. Through the program, solar energy systems are installed at a host’s site and out of the savings generated, a donation is made to a non-profit that supports low income families in the same community that the system is installed in.

In 2012, Scott started The Energy Alliance Group of North America, where leads the development of innovative solutions for deploying energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy improvements for commercial and industrial buildings. In 2020 and 2021, The Energy Alliance Group was selected as the “Most Innovative Environmental Challenges Mitigation Solutions Provider” in the categories of Small Business Awards and Innovation & Excellence Awards, and in 2023, Scott was chosen by Industry Era editorial board to be featured as “10 Most Influential Leaders of 2023.”

Max Sarinsky
  • Max Sarinsky
  • Senior Attorney
  • Institute for Policy Integrity

Max Sarinsky is a senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity, where he specializes in the consideration of climate and environmental impacts in regulatory analysis. Max also teaches the Regulatory Policy Clinic at New York University School of Law as an adjunct professor. Max previously clerked for the Honorable Pamela A. Harris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and received his J.D. magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law.

Deb Perry
  • Debra Perry
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Global Program Management
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Debra Perry is a planner with more than 18 years of experience working with local, state and regional governments to address environmental challenges, particularly the risks associated with global climate change. Her work often spans issues of energy, land use, emergency management, infrastructure and social equity. Ms. Perry has been part of the SolSmart Team since 2020 and supports communities across the U.S. as they work to develop strong solar markets and attain their clean energy goals.

Tristan Kuenzi
  • Tristan Kuenzi
  • Director of Sales – Oregon
  • earthlight

Tristan Serves as the Director of sales for earthlight technologies, a family owned and operated solar installer serving all of Oregon with locations in Redmond and Silverton. He leads a sales team of 7 sales representatives providing the highest quality products on the market. With a high focus on residential solar earthlight also provides Commercial solar, EV chargers, and energy efficiency projects. As a native Oregonian he enjoys all the beauty surrounding the state and enjoys doing his part in protecting what is given to us to pass on to the next generation.

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Robert Hamerly, Greensavers
  • Robert Hamerly
  • Principal, Founder, Greensavers
  • Contact

Robert Hamerly serves as the Principal at GreenSavers. “The company started at my kitchen table,” said Hamerly. “It’s really exciting to see how far we’ve come.” 

Hamerly has extensive experience in the building trades, from HVAC installations on Nantucket to building timber framed custom homes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, he has earned a variety of certifications for his expertise in building science.

Hamerly’s commitment to home performance extends beyond his work at GreenSavers. Between 2013 and 2015, Hamerly served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Home Performance Contractor’s Guild of Oregon. He still sits on the Board and continues to advocate for the interests of the home performance industry at the local, state, and federal levels.  His Certifications include: Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, Home Energy Rater, Lead Safety, Level l Infrared Thermography Certification, and Certified Technician. 

Clay Deckert
  • Clay Deckert
  • Program Analyst
  • Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Community Renewable Energy Grant Program (C-REP)

Clay Deckert is a Program Analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy’s (ODOE) Community Renewable Energy Grant Program (C-REP). Clay came to ODOE in April 2022 from the Office of Civil Rights at the Oregon Department of Transportation where he was the Field Coordinator for Central Oregon.

Kate Hawley, Pacific Power
  • Kate Hawley
  • Senior Electric Vehicle Product Manager
  • PacifiCorp

Kate Hawley is the Senior Electric Vehicle Product Manager for Pacific Power. She leads the Transportation Electrification strategy and program development for Pacific Power. Over the last fifteen years, Kate’s experience spans non-profits, consulting and governmental work supporting transportation electrification, energy and climate adaptation activities.  She is a native of Wyoming, growing up in a rural community and finds herself at home in Central Oregon. She drives a Nissan Leaf and can’t wait for all the new models to hit the market.

Max Roe, Shasta Power
  • Max Roe
  • Co Founder, Shasta Power
  • Contact

Max Roe, founded Coyote Worx in 2019, a project management consulting company focused on commercial and renewable energy development. He is an experienced builder, and real estate asset manager/investor, specializing in renewable energy with more than 10 years of industry experience. Max Roe, John Copyak, and Boris Feldman founded Shasta Power in 2021 to provide opportunities for investors to support solar projects directly, and to aid the US in a rapid transition to solar energy. 

Shasta Power, aims to deliver 600 Megawatts of solar energy and 1,200 MWh of battery energy storage across three development sites. Targeting retiring fossil fuel power plants and other unique opportunities across the mountain west. The Shasta Power team has transacted on over 2 Gigawatts of solar energy and storage projects, most recently the Angeles Summit solar development in Adelanto, CA a 200 MW solar plus storage facility on target for an operation date of March 2024.



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Jack Schniepp founded Cascade Financial Strategies to provide comprehensive financial planning, and investment management to families, individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Before moving to Bend in 2002 to begin a career in financial services, Jack spent ten years as a professor and head baseball coach at Concordia University in Irvine CA. His experience and passion for teaching and coaching has provided a natural and successful transition into the realm of financial planning. Jack’s primary focus, and the greatest need of his clients, is establishing and maintaining strategies that address the income needs of current and future generations.

 Jack has also obtained the additional financial planning designation as a Chartered Financial Consultant™. He is also registered with USSIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, evaluating portfolios using ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) criteria.

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Diane Hodiak
  • Diane Hodiak
  • Executive Director, 350 Deschutes
  • Contact

Diane is the co-founder of 350 Deschutes, a nonprofit working in climate policy, actions, and education.  Deployment of solar and EV Charging in underserved communities is a focus of Diane’s work. She assists nonprofits in project development, and accessing the funding for these projects. She is currently the volunteer host for CarbonFreeda’s Powerup, a radio show about climate change for KPOV 88.9, Central Oregon.  She has worked with others at all levels within the community facilitate policy for the underserved, electrification, green mobility, and de-carbonization for the  Oregon Climate Plan. 350 Deschutes also worked to authorize CPACE, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy in Deschutes County.



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