The debate was lively at the Q1 Advanced Energy Group breakfast in Chicago, IL on March 14th. It was no easy task defining the most pressing resiliency issue in Chicago related to microgrids and infrastructure challenges. Chicago, though perhaps not considered the most “at risk” city in terms of climate change, has its share of climate-related threats to human health and well-being.
Ahead of the Advance Energy Group’s Q1 Stakeholder Breakfast event in the country’s capital, we look at what has been accomplished by the industry’s thought leaders, policy makers and private and public sector partners.
Join Advanced Energy Group on March 14that the Q1 breakfast series to discuss resiliency, critical infrastructures, and microgrids as they relate to the Chicagoland area and state of Illinois. The breakfast will feature a panel of experts, small group brainstorming activities, and actionable next steps.
Featuring an exclusive interview with Susanne DesRoches, the Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Energy at NYC Mayor's Office of Resiliency, this blog explores the developments in Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure and Microgrids taking place around the city ahead of the NYAE Q1 2019 Stakeholder Series.
On December 13, AEG convened its final Stakeholder Breakfast of 2018. This breakfast focused on Mobility & Transportation as they relate to DC’s clean energy goals. Speakers from Pepco, WMATA, the District Department of Transportation, and UPS gave presentations outlining their answer to the question, “What is the critical challenge I focus on regarding Mobility & Transportation related to Washington DC’s clean energy goals?”
The Chicago Advanced Energy Q4 discussion on Mobility and Transportation was fueled by optimism and innovation. Stakeholders discussed current technologies, incentives, and policies and left the breakfast with new contacts and a clear call to action.
Advanced Energy Group’s New York stakeholders convened on November 29 at the Duane Morris office near Times Square to discuss energy challenges related to Mobility and Transportation. HG opened the conversation by stating the goal of the session: work together as a group to prioritize energy challenges and solutions associated with greening New York’s transportation sector.
On November 7, 2018 over a hundred island energy leaders representing 27 countries and territories, 14 island utilities, 10 island governments and notable organizations such as Clinton Climate Initiative, the World Bank, and Rocky Mountain Institute convened for the first Caribbean Island Resiliency Action Challenge, co-hosted by the Caribbean Development Bank, to vote on the most critical resiliency problem facing island communities.
AEG’s Q4 Breakfast on Mobility and Transportation in Chicago comes at a unique time: the city is navigating a pivot in urban infrastructure and departmental design. In September, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of a Transportation and Mobility Task Force led by Ray LaHood, the former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary. In October, Emanuel linked Chicago’s historical role as a national transportation hub with its technological innovation, calling on the city to write a new “blueprint for the future.”
Amazon’s announcement to locate part of its new headquarters in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia will be a significant jolt to the economy of the DC metro area. However, it has also created a new focus on the transportation infrastructure in an area that already experiences regular traffic bottlenecks as it works to transport hundreds of thousands of commuters to and from the District each day. This announcement emphasizes the need for a more sustainable living environment.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $5 million grant for rebates on electric charges in New York City in September. He said, "By expanding public access to electric vehicle charging stations, this program will make it more affordable for New Yorkers to make the switch to an environmentally friendly electric vehicle…” This is part of a much larger effort led by multiple government agencies as part of Governor Charge NY 2.0.
Advanced Energy Group’s Q4 Series focuses on Transportation & Mobility, an important component of urban carbon reduction strategy. The recent IPCC Special Report stresses the need for stronger climate action in the mobility field; the transportation sector accounts for 23% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Considering this, Boston’s Q4 series is going to be especially interesting as the city has developed a clear plan for addressing these action-items through Go Boston 2030
There sense of urgency surrounding Washington D.C’s AEG Q3 Stakeholder Breakfast provided a productive backdrop for the meeting. The room of experts covered the unique challenges facing the DC energy sector and the event culminated in the formation of a task force with the twin goals of collating all the relevant data necessary to create a platform and organizing an event to explore the solutions that can be developed with this data.
New York’s Q3 IoT Series was one of the most successful AEG Stakeholder Breakfasts event. With dynamic discussion leaders and a room full of important stakeholders, the discussion around the specific problems for technology development in New York City was exciting and fruitful.
Boston’s Q3 IoT Series has become one of AEG’s most successful events. With a full house at Holland & Knight, energy stakeholders discussed specific problems related to advancing IoT for the City of Boston. AEG founder H.G. was so pleased with the results, he shared a public thank you note for the attendees, highlighting what he appreciated most and what he hoped for moving forward.
In the 21st century, Chicago continues to pave the way, this time in Internet of Things (IoT). The strong drive towards IoT capabilities in energy generation, distribution, and efficiency is supported by the City of Chicago and the city’s dominant utility, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). Chicago’s keen adoption of new technologies is in part a reflection of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s policy, he has stated: “Chicago is continuing to invest in the industries of tomorrow in order to create the jobs we need today.”
On Thursday, September 27, Advanced Energy Group will hold its third stakeholder breakfast series of the year. This time around, the discussion will be on IoT, Innovation & Technology, a dynamic subject that touches a wide-ranging array of fields that extend far outside the energy sector. Washington D.C. is one of numerous cities across the country that are racing to take advantage of the potential improvements from Internet of Things (IoT) technology that will impact different parts of the city’s ecosystem.
Improvements in technology have consistently moulded the cities we live in, starting from the steam engine to automobiles to high-rise construction. Unsurprisingly, the internet and other related modern technologies are bringing about a similar leap in how cities around the world evolve. The opportunity and role it has to play in achieving the city’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan, as well as OneNYC’s citywide emission reduction goal of 80% by 2050, cannot be ignored.
AEG’s Boston chapter is approaching its one year anniversary with the upcoming Q3 Series on IoT, Innovation, and Technology. Past Boston AEG series have had spectacular turnout with a highly-engaged stakeholder audience, and this series should be no exception. Boston is at the top of the charts for National Clean Tech Leadership, primarily derived from its ability to innovate and its access to a high-quality workforce.
Advanced Energy Group hosted the first ever post-breakfast lunch in Boston on June 14th for a specific stakeholder group and sector: Energy Strategies in Healthcare. This stakeholder lunch was facilitated by Navigant’s Ken Horne, Director for Smart Grid. Considering the trail-blazing nature of Boston’s healthcare facilities in regard to Smart Buildings, this lunch entailed fascinating presentations and conversations regarding the energy strategy and management of these critical facilities.
Boston’s Q2 series on Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization this past June brought together a diverse crowd of energized and engaged stakeholders to discuss the city’s future energy system. The series entailed a variety of events that provided attendees the opportunity to establish and reinforce relationships, to exchange diverse perspectives, and to take leadership roles within the local energy stakeholder community.
The Washington Advanced Energy (WAE) Q2 Stakeholder Breakfast started with a call to urgency, HG Chissell - Founder and CEO of AEG - emphasized the importance of finding grid modernization solutions that were meaningful, effective, and would truly address the challenges facing D.C.’s energy sector in the long run. The risk stakeholders face is providing a well-meaning solution that is ultimately an unhelpful, quick fix.
On May 31, 2018, Chicago Advanced Energy held its Stakeholder Breakfast on the topic of Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization. Once the room was at capacity and coffee was on the table, H.G. Chissell – CEO of Advanced Energy Group – kicked off the meeting. The group then heard five presentations from discussion leaders, who offered their takes on smart buildings and grid modernization:
New York Advanced Energy (NYAE) hosted its Q2 event keeping with the theme of Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization, on 24th of May 2018 at the Duane Morris office. The event brought together diverse discussion leaders and participants to collectively take on the most pressing challenges faced by the urban energy ecosystem in New York, which includes but is not limited to modernizing the grid, retrofitting existing buildings, developing incentives and value propositions for building owners, and recent policy implications.
As part of Advanced Energy Group’s mission to facilitate the energy transformation of our cities, the Q2 Series is focused on Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization. The overarching problem is that building operations account for 75% of the nation’s energy consumption, and 70% of the grid is over 25 years old. Increasing costs of energy, threats of climate change, and developments in energy policy and technology require buildings and the grid to be improved upon.
Cities and states across the U.S. have been paying more attention to the modernization of the electric grid, and our nation’s capital is no exception. Cost reductions and improved performance of DERs are creating opportunities for the grid to operate more efficiently and at lower costs. Washington DC is keen to take advantage of these opportunities, and over the past few years the city has been exploring how the buildings and facilities that have been primarily end-users of electricity can actually assist in power management and delivery across the District.
Set forth by Mayor De Blasio, OneNYC has established the goal of reducing citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. Reaching this target relies on a variety of energy efficiency efforts. Currently, 80% of GHG emissions in NYC come from buildings and taking into account the pace of current developments throughout the City, 90% of existing buildings are expected to remain standing in 2050.
On March 1, 2018, Chicago Advanced Energy held its Stakeholder Breakfast on the topic of Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure, and Microgrids. The packed room was sold out almost two weeks prior to the event thanks to the high calibre of discussion leaders that sparked a lot of anticipation.