Electricity costs, infrastructure, and sophisticated markets will play a critical role in shaping Chicago’s economy and position as a global smart city.  Greater Chicagoland’s population is on track to grow 25% in the next 25 years.  As electricity costs fluctuate due to supply conditions distribution costs rise to meet peak demand, large energy consumers will either be at the root of the problem or the forefront the solution.  

5.31.18 CAE Q2 Stakeholder Series: Smart Buildings & Grid Modernization

Discussion Leaders Include:

Sadzi Oliva, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

Kyle Hendricks, Sr. Manager, Energy, and Sustainability, CBRE

Kristen Brown, Ph.D., Principal Business Technology Specialist, Utility of the Future, ComEd

Mark Bettin, VP of Engineering & Sustainability, theMART, a Vornado Property

Jill Brosig, Director, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Zhi Zhou, ‎Principal Computational Scientist, ‎Argonne National Laboratory

Matt Thibodeau, Vice President, Sargent & Lundy

3.1.18 CAE Q1 Stakeholder Breakfast: Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure and Microgrids

Discussion leaders include:

Sadzi Martha Oliva, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

Joel Williams, Lead, Booz Allen Managed Threat Defense

Andy Hesselbach, VP, Construction, System Modernization, Peoples Gas

York Chan, Vice President, Facilities Advocate Health

Jamie Statter, VP, Strategic Initiatives, USGBC - PEER

Chris Wheat, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago

Jason Borg, Deputy District Commander, USACE Chicago District

Rick Welton, Senior Director, Distribution Planning, Operating & Reliability, Ameren IL

12.7.17 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Energy, Mobility, and Transportation

Discussion leaders include:

Ellen Gottschling, Transit Planner, Sam Schwartz

Evan Cummings, Principal, Technology Ventures, Exelon

Howard Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Pete Ballard, Chicago Transit Authority

Bill Williams, Commercial Director, Proterra

Ann Schlenker, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory

9.27.17 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Internet of Things, Technology and Innovation

Discussion leaders:

Commissioner Danielle DuMerer, Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago

Liang Downey, Watson IoT Lead: Energy & Environment IBM Global Energy Environment & Utilities

David Kolata, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board

Yann Kulp, Vice President, Smart Space, Schneider Electric

Erin Grossi, PhD, Managing Director, Digital Innovation, Accenture

Olga Lyandres, Specialist, Ecosystems, Delta Institute

6.8.17 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization

Discussion leaders: 

Ryan Tinus, Director, Sustainability, Tishman Speyer; Chair of Energy & Sustainability, BOMA Chicago

Kurt Karnatz PE, President, Environmental Systems Design, Inc

Brian Imus, Executive Director US Green Building Council Illinois Chapter

Deborah Stone, Chief Sustainability Officer, Cook County, IL

Rick Tonielli, Sr. Energy Efficiency Program Manager, ComEd

Michael Badame, Assistant Chief Operating Engineer, Chicago Dept. of Aviation

Steve Humes, Partner, Holland & Knight

Ralph T Muehleisen, Principal Building Scientist, Argonne National Lab

5.16.17 CAE Microgrid Masterplanning Workshop as part of Chicago Community Trust's annual On the Table Series

Discussion leaders:

David Robbins, Administrator of Facilities for City of Chicago Department of Aviation

Chair Brien Sheahan, Illinois Commerce Commission: The NextGrid Initiative Discussion

Barbara Adams, Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP

Catherine O'Connor, Director of Engineering, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

York Chan, Administrator of Facilities, Advocate Heath Care

Kevin O'Brien, Director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

David Chiesa, Sr. Global Director, S&C Electric

Don Wingate Vice President Utility Solutions, Strategic Customers, Schneider Electric

Jim McDonald, Director of Environmental Impact, PowerSecure

Chris Townsend, Energy Law Partner, Clark Hill, PLC

Chris Saltz, Principal, Facilities Information Xchange Consulting, LLC

Yalonda Lockett, Executive Director - Public Sector, Constellation

Jim Reilly, Principal Reilly Associates, Consultant to Argonne National Labs

3.2.17 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Critical Infrastructure & Microgrids

Discussion leaders: 

Joseph Svachula, Vice President of Smart Grid and Technology, ComEd

Dan Doyle, Chairman, Grumman/Butkus Associates

David Robbins, Administrator, City of Chicago Department of Aviation

York Chan, Administrator of Facilities, Advocate Heath Care

Sherina Maye Edwards, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

Paul Brager Jr., Cyber-Security Architect, Booz Allen Hamilton

Julian Spector, Staff Writer Microgrids, Greentech Media

Suzanne Chiavari, Engineer Practice Leader, Illinois American Water

Ralph Muehleisen, Urban Science and Engineering Program Lead, Argonne National Lab

Steve Humes, Partner, Holland & Knight - Host Sponsor

11.30.16 CAE: Demand Response and Energy Management Strategies for Hospitals and Critical Infrastructure

Topics included: New regulatory requirements, best practices and economic value for enrolling back-up generators into Demand Response programs summer of 2017. Evolving value proposition of battery and thermal storage for critical facilities. Lighting and HVAC optimization opportunities ComEd and PJM incentives, programs and new possible cost savings approaches Proposed COMED microgrid initiative at IMD

12.1.16 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Energy, Mobility and Transportation 

Discussion leaders:

Hossam A.Gabbar, PhD, P.Eng., University of Ontario Institute of Technology / Flywheel Energy Storage Platform for Resilient Transportation and Transit Systems

Kate Tomford, Energy and Sustainability, Chicago Transit Authority

Peter Ballard, Chicago Transit Authority

Tom Murtha, Senior Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology

November 2016 CAE Leadership Profile: 77 W. Wacker Drive


Myrna Coronado-Brookover Senior Vice President / General Manager at Jones Lang LaSalle

9.22.16 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Technology, Buildings and Distributed System Optimization

Discussion leaders:

Steve Humes, Partner, Holland & Knight

Chris Wheat, Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor, Chicago

Bob Wengel, Vice President of Facilities, Shedd Aquarium

Koben Calhoun, Manager Commercial Energy Initiative, Rocky Montain Institute

Ryan Tinus, Director, Tishman Speyer and Chicago BOMA Energy and Sustainability

Matthew Lynch, Chief Product Officer, Bractlet

Rainer vor dem Esche, Managing Director, Storenetic

Video courtesy of SISE 2016

August 2016 CAE Leadership Profile: Andrew Levitt is Senior Market Strategist. PJM Interconnection

Mr. Levitt examines emerging technologies for opportunities to strengthen PJM markets. Previously, he directed the vehicle-to-grid program at NRG Energy in collaboration with University of Delaware. He started in the power industry as Project Controls Manager for coal plant upgrades at the Public Service Company of New Mexico.

In this segment, Mr. Levitt discusses the opportunity of buildings as virtual power plants (VPPs) and PJM's move to a year round Capacity Performance model.

November 2016 CAE Leadership Profile: Automated Logic - Drew Depriest

6.8.16 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Grid Optimization with Buildings for Smarter Cities

December 2015 CAE Interview Elizabeth Kocs, PhD, Director of Programming and Outreach, The Energy Initiative, University of Illinois at Chicago and Drew Johnston, President of Zpryme

December 2015 CAE Stakeholder BreakfastL Energy, Mobility and Transportation

Featuring Chicago Transit Authority, Amtrak, Saft Batteries

March 2016 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Critical Infrastructure and Microgrids

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Distributed energy solutions, like energy storage and bi-fuel onsite generation, which enable consumers to act as virtual power providers are being developed in collaboration with public utility commissions, distribution utilities and grid operators.  These solutions will build off current successes, be highly regional and economically beneficial. 

By examining the underlying needs from a variety of perspectives i.e. - policy, socio-economic, or planning, we strive to create an impressive track record of groundbreaking energy projects that are commercially viable (i.e. profitable) and scalable.  

Chicago Advanced Energy represents a committed group of energy stakeholders optimistic for Chicago's future.