About the Conference


The Clean Energy Economy Conference provides a unique forum for sharing information across two vast, adjoining regions of New York State: the Adirondack North Country and the Mohawk Valley.

This collaborative event, planned and hosted by two NY State Economic Development Regions, emphasizes the importance of transparent communication, cross-boundary support, and a strategic approach to effective progress in addressing the energy and economic issues common to both regions. The North Country is poised to provide clean, renewable energy to its businesses and residents, with features that include:

  • Savings through energy efficiency and conservation
  • The largest wind farm concentration in NYS
  • The production of 2,200 megawatts of clean hydropower
  • The potential to develop a thermal energy economy based on local biomass

The Mohawk Valley is also working as a coordinated planning region for economic and sustainability planning efforts. This region envisions a future where a vibrant and sustainable regional economy is balanced with the conservation, protection, and replenishment of the region’s critical natural resources, building upon:

  • 98% of electricity generated from renewables (13 small hydroelectric facilities)
  • Other new renewable energy generation facilities on line in 2011-12 including a windpower project and a landfill biogas electricity‐generation project.
  • Industrial and commercial GHG emission sources lower than the state average

After a successful 2012 inaugural event with over 250 attendees, the 2013 and 2014 conferences continued to expand the depth and breadth of the agenda adding plenary panels, business roundtable discussions, professional training courses, field trips, and an exhibitor showcase. In 2015, the North Country Clean Energy Conference expanded its reach to become the Clean Energy Economy Conference, and encompassed the North Country and Mohawk Valley regions of the state.

Now in its fifth year, this conference remains the premier forum in Northern New York for connecting around clean energy issues and opportunities. Organized by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), this conference is designed to serve as a forum for individuals, businesses, educators, community leaders, industry professionals and others to share information about the science and economics of clean energy across the region.

For 2016, ANCA welcomes Mohawk Valley EDGE (Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corporation) as conference partner. MV EDGE is a private, not-for-profit economic development corporation that assists business locate, grow and prosper in Oneida and Herkimer Counties.  Mohawk Valley EDGE promotes the Mohawk Valley's people, work force, quality of life, infrastructure, sites, and everything else the Mohawk Valley region has to offer businesses, site selection specialists and industrial developers.