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Presentation Abstracts
2017 National Extension Energy Summit
April 3-6, 2017 – Knoxville, Tennessee

Oral presentations:

A1    An Extension - Facilitated Biomass Producer Group Models Engagement in a Developing Industry
Using the example of a recently established warm-season grass grower group (the AWSGP), this presentation discusses the group’s formation, facilitation, activities, and value to a developing industry, as well as opportunities for extending such stakeholder networks beyond state/national borders. This Pennsylvania-based, extension-facilitated producer group provides an interesting model to consider for other stakeholder communities focused on innovative farm energy issues.
Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State Extension

A2    C6 BioFarm: A Sustainability Game for Learning the Role of a Bio-based Economy
C6 BioFarm is a 2D simulation game, published online and available via web browser and mobile applications (Android and iOS).  Players interact with the land over a series of rounds (years), Farmville-style, deciding how to implement sustainability practices while producing food, fiber, and fuel.  Players are able to see the cumulative effects of their decisions.  The accompanying  curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Ag Ed standards.
Jay Staker and Jill Euken, Iowa State University

A3    Navigating Your Niche: Finding Extension's Place in the Clean Energy Arena
Colorado is a state with strong rural, suburban, and urban communities that see clean energy differently and benefit from various levels of energy resources and services. As a result, our Extension energy program is defined by a continuous search for clean energy opportunities and interventions that can add value at any given time. Lessons from the continuing evolution of our energy program will be shared with other states in order to help them learn from our pursuit of a impactful niche.
Cary Weiner, Colorado State University Extension

B1    Increasing Adoption of Residential Wood Energy: Past, Present, & Future
Wood is the fastest growing residential heat fuel in the United States and accounts for 75% of the residential renewable energy produced. Heating with wood and/or pellets has significant benefits, even with low fossil fuel prices. The UM Extension has partnered with the Maryland Wood Energy Coalition to provide research and extension. This presentation will discuss what has been learned by working with credible partners and what future opportunities may exist.
Jonathan S. Kays, University of Maryland

B2    WSU Water Irrigation System Evaluation (WISE)
As with many parts of the country, Washington state farmers have been adversely impacted by insufficient water, drought conditions and water use curtailments that have left fields under irrigated. Washington State University Water Irrigation Systems Efficiency (WSU WISE) aims to increase irrigation efficiency in the state by encouraging adoption of proven irrigation monitoring technology, irrigation efficient equipment and conservation practices through education and consultation.
Don McMoran, Washington State University Skagit County Extension

B3    Beyond Poplar Biofuels: Developing Bioenergy Outreach and Connecting Ecosystem Service
WSU Extension is part of Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest, a PNW project to lay the foundation for a poplar tree-based biofuels industry. We expanded our scope to include raising bioenergy awareness and combining ecosystem services. Uncertainty, technical subject matter, and a fine line between outreach and advocacy can make teaching bioenergy difficult. However, bioenergy will continue to be a critical policy arena and an important topic for Extension.
Noelle M. Hart, Washington State University Extension; Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB)

C1    Extension Energy Programming in North Dakota
North Dakota's energy education needs have changed tremendously since the state Legislature created bioenergy/bioproducts Extension economist and engineering positions in 2007. This presentation provides an overview of North Dakota, North Dakota State University Extension, energy/bioenergy/bioproduct education, needs, programs, and impacts.
David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University

C2    Spreading energy literacy to the Latino Community with volunteers
In 2016, WSU Extension staff reached out to local Latino families and created a “Promotores” (community ambassadors) program completely in Spanish, where Latinos were trained to share basic energy knowledge. Attendees will learn the impacts of increased energy literacy in Snohomish County, WA through the efforts of a community ambassador program that reached 313 Latinos. We also educated grades 3-8 with a high attendance of Latino students.
Tatiana Giraldo, Washington State University Extension; Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB)​

C3    Energy Education Through Conventional Means: An Energy Lecture Series
In 2015, the University of Rhode Island (URI) Outreach Center, a division of Cooperative Extension, sponsored the first ever Plugged into URI Energy Research lecture series. The lecture series brought together research faculty, Extension staff, state and local policymakers, industry professionals, college students and early adopters as speakers to share their work related to a wide range of energy topics. The lecture series sought to raise awareness around the complexities of our energy system, the inherent challenges with generation, distribution and conservation of energy in the Northeast and beyond, and to call attendees to action on individual and community-level behaviors each speaker pre-identified as relevant to their research and/or work.
Kate Venturini, University of Rhode Island

D1    Greenhouses and Dairy Manure Based Anaerobic Digestion - Quantifying Energy Synergies
A way to improve the economics of manure-based anaerobic digestion & controlled environment ag is to share surplus electricity & heat from AD units w/ greenhouses. A 3-year project recently completed developed integrated models that quantify AD surplus heat & electricity & GH demands. Extensive field data and engineering principles were used to develop and validate models that predict the synergistic relationship. Basic info & model application results will be presented.
Curt Gooch, Cornell University

D2    Greenhouse Heat - Extending the Season
Even an extra month before June to start plants and an extra month after the first freeze in September to mature the produce helps massively in  Alaska where 95% consumed food is imported. There are inexpensive ways to lengthen the season with passive solar designs, biomass rocket stove heat sinking, and utilizing thermal mass storage.  With outreach per common, local materials northern growers can boost up the heat on the shoulder seasons and extend plant growth.
Art Nash, University of Alaska Fairbanks

D3    Installation of a Biomass Boiler for Wintertime Heating of Broiler Chicken Production Houses
The United States is the leading producer, second largest exporter, and the largest consumer of poultry meat. Meat chickens are produced by farmers who provide wintertime heating at large confinement houses. Heating fuel, typically propane, is the number one cash operating expense. This presentation documents the design, installation, and cost of a hydronic biomass boiler that provides whole farm heating at an 8 house broiler farm in Bradley County, Tennessee.
Shawn Hawkins, University of Tennessee

E1    Reaching Diverse Stakeholders on Sustainable Bioenergy
AHB is researching poplar to produce transportation fuels. For success, the interests of stakeholders must be addressed. AHB Extension has identified stakeholder groups (Extension, environmental, and wastewater professionals, and landowners, educators, and Latinos) and conducted research to determine their communication needs. We will discuss how results are being used to guide outreach.  Attendees will be able to apply our findings to their own energy programs.
Patricia Townsend, Washington State University

E2     Partnering with Electric Utilities to Maximize Program Outcomes
Minnesota has over 180 electric utilities and CERTs has worked with the majority of them to provide programming and technical assistance. During this presentation CERTs will describe a variety of these efforts including its Right Light Guide lighting decision tool, door-to-door communities business blitzes, applied research projects to tailor efficiency programs to key customer audiences, and utility-focused workshops to facilitate efficiency and renewables program development and replication.
Lissa Pawlisch & Joel Haskard, University of Minnesota Extension, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)

E3    Leveraging Resources through University and State Regulatory Partnerships
Kansas State University recently entered into a partnership with the Kansas Corporation Commission to expand an existing intern program into providing assistance to agricultural producers and small business owners. K-State provides free energy assessments and assists in applying for USDA REAP grants. To date, eight applications have been submitted and four projects have been approved for funding. K-State also provides energy education to schools and communities through this partnership.
David Carter, Yvonne Cook & Ryan Hamel, Kansas State University

F1    Clean Renewable Energy is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Renewable energy installations at the distributed scale within Midwestern farms have increased in popularity due to increased incentives and depreciation benefits which make solar PV systems in particular comparable to grid sourced electricity. We will present the on-farm energy auditing process, and give examples of energy savings and payback period for several real scenarios before a farm moves toward installation of a renewable energy system.
Chad Martin, Purdue University

F2    Corporate Sector Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Diffusion: Determinants and Barriers of Innovation Adoption
Diffusion of renewable energy technologies (RET’s) have been met with mixed levels of success among energy consumers, especially in Wisconsin.  While ongoing research continues to focus on domestic, industrial, and transportation sectors of energy consumers, it is still unclear what specific factors are driving or inhibiting diffusion of different RET’s in business establishments.  For this study, we examine factors that influence adoption dynamics of solar PV innovations, and barriers.
Jacob Slattery, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

F3    Solar Economics and Working Smarter with Creative Commons
The economics of solar electric systems varies by location, policies, costs etc. Yet the concepts of making these analysis don't vary.  Nebraska Extension has taken advantage of the creative commons concept to provide Nebraska branded information based content developed by Extension professionals in Ohio and Wyoming. We will cover both Solar Electric Investment Analysis and the ease of re-branding exceptional content for use in your state, bringing resource to your clientele.
F. John Hay, University of Nebraska Lincoln; Eric Romich, Ohio State University

G1    Landowner Perspectives on Growing Bioenergy Crops:  Concerns, Challenges, and Opportunities
Bioenergy industries will depend, in part, on informed landowners who are willing to grow bioenergy crops. We surveyed landowners in Washington to assess their interest in bioenergy crops. Most landowners surveyed are not familiar with bioenergy crops. Interest in growing bioenergy crops is correlated with the importance of profit and soil preservation for cropping decisions. Results will give Extension professionals an understanding of the perceived challenges to growing bioenergy crops.
Catherine Gowan and Shiba Kar, University of Wisconsin- Extension

G2    How to Talk to Producers About Bioenergy Crops Under Low Oil Pricing Conditions
Between 2010 and 2014, national average fuel prices were $3.33 - $3.72 per gallon.  This allowed many types of renewable energy fuels to be economically feasible.  These prices fell dramatically by 24-38% between Oct. 2014 and Feb. 2015, reducing the economic practicality of many renewable fuels.  A biodiesel workshop held in early 2014 and 2015 identified some changes in participants' views.  How to overcome these low oil price conditions for Extension programming will be discussed.
Jason de Koff, Tennessee State University

G3    Engaging the Energy Stakeholder - Successful U.S. Models Related to Onshore Energy Production
Extension professionals from Penn State and Ohio State Universities teamed to research stakeholder engagement in shale energy regions across the U.S. The partnership was created to identify best practices and lessons learned from community engagement approaches in shale regions nationwide. The research report is national in scope, with examples and stakeholder input from different shale oil and gas basins across the U.S. and applicable to large scale wind and solar.
Thomas B Murphy, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research


National Municipal Leadership Energy Development Core Curriculum

This workshop will engage the participants in considering the merits and challenges of developing a National Core Curriculum for energy education.  Leveraging the lessons learned from Extension programs in storm water (NC Region Water Network) and economic development (SET), the workshop will propose a program plan targeted at municipal leaders, private and public.  Participants will be invited to actively contribute to the proposition and work to advancing the concept toward pilot launch.  Workshop is open to all Extension educators – as diverse perspectives are key to strengthening this program.
Tim Baye, University of Wisconsin-Extension; David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University

4-H Renewable & Sustainable Energy – Engaging Other 4-H STEM Programs
Understanding renewable and sustainable energy required exploring more than a single energy topic. 4-H Youth Development can engage youth in other STEM programs that relate directly to R&S energy. Participants of this group will explore several of these 4-H STEM topics including 4-H GIS and mapping, sustainable polymers, and 4-H curriculum in climate change as it relates to energy production and CO2 emissions.
Charles Malone, Cornell University; Austin Ramsey, Sullivan County Tennessee 4-H

Poster presentations:

Highlighting Multidisciplinary Energy-related Extension Programs in Virginia
Virginia Cooperative Extension conducts a variety of needs-based energy-related educational programming. These multidisciplinary efforts are tailored to diverse stakeholder needs, including: farmers exploring solar-powered water pumping systems for livestock, assisting farmers and low income renters in identifying energy-cost saving opportunities via improved energy efficiency practices, county planners evaluating renewable energy project development opportunities, among other areas.
John Ignosh, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Emergency Disaster Energy Preparedness
What if you suddenly are faced with an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, a tsunami, a flood or approaching wildfire? Do you have crucial implements ready to go in your evac. kit to provide energy for cooking, lighting and staying warm? What foods are best to pack, and how long after an outage are items in your freezer good to eat? Learn about outreach toward compact, efficient and portable options powered by propane, white gas and wood,  and what you can construct post-emergency.
Art Nash, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Solar Energy in Agriculture: Considerations for Investing in Photovoltaic Solar Systems
The poster will review solar energy in agriculture and the financial considerations to guide informed decision-making. It will provide an overview of the Solar Electric Investment Analysis bulletin developed by the University of Wyoming and Ohio State University.  The poster will outline learning objectives from the 6 bulletins including: estimating production, assessing costs, forecasting value of electricity, understanding incentives, and conducting financial analyses of a solar installation.
Eric Romich, Ohio State University

The Impact of the Michigan Farm Energy Program
The Michigan Farm Energy Program was launched in 2009 to train certified farm energy auditors to develop audits that met ASABEIANSI S612 standards for Type 2 audits as required by Federal funding programs. This poster highlights the impacts of energy efficiency and renewable energy audits from 2010-2016 and related Extension farm energy educational programs.
Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension

Tennessee Broiler House Energy Assessments
The Tennessee Broiler House Energy Assessment Program provides assistance to poultry growers through education and onsite energy assessments that identify opportunities for energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.
Hannah McClellan, Shawn Hawkins and Tim Prather, University of Tennessee

Introducing Alternative Energy Technologies to High School Students in Southwestern Virginia.
Since the fall of 2014, the Virginia state 4-H office in Virginia has carried out a program concentrating on energy education. This program is aimed at middle and high school students in Southwestern Virginia. The main delivery method for this program has been completed by school site visits by a state 4H project associate. During this project over 2,000 middle and high school students and 100 adults were introduced to alternative energy technologies.
Dan Swafford, State 4H Office-Virginia Tech

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