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

Read our event recap here.

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

Read our event recap here.

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 include:

  • 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 include:

  • 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 include:

  • 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 include:

  • 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

Read our event recap here.

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 possible cost-savings approaches

  • Proposed COMED microgrid initiative at IMD

12.1.16 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: Energy, Mobility and Transportation

Discussion leaders include:

  • 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 and General Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

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

Discussion leaders include:

  • 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

Read our event recap here.

Video courtesy of SISE 2016

August 2016 CAE Leadership Profile

Andrew Levitt, 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

Drew Depriest, Automated Logic

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

  • Drew Johnston, President of Zpryme

December 2015 CAE Stakeholder Breakfast: 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.