This episode of the AEG Podcast features an interview with Ted Trabue, Managing Director at the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). The DCSEU has a budget of $20 million. As a contractor to the DC government, they use this substantial budget to help DC residents, other utilities, and businesses cut down on their energy use, save money and install renewable energy systems. He talks about his leadership role in the company, as well as the challenges and opportunities that the DC is facing in relation to grid modernization and energy efficiency. As a part of this unique, multifaceted organization, he gives us an expert perspective into how the DCSEU incorporates job creation and other important social concerns into their work. Mr. Trabue also talks about his experience and the important lessons he learned at the AEG’s Washington DC Stakeholder breakfast.
This installment of the AEG Podcast features Aaron Ordower of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, who spoke about the office’s 80x50 goals. He emphasized the importance of a citywide reduction in building emissions – 90% of existing buildings today will be part of the building stock in 2050 – and outlined three main strategies to accelerate: renewable energy developments throughout the grid, energy retrofitting in existing buildings, and the establishment of distributed solar generation in communities. He also discussed policies aimed at improving energy efficiency, then briefly spoke about why the high costs and long payoff periods were justified.
Gregg Fischer, Director of Energy Systems at Tishman Speyer, talked about the important role thermal storage technology plays in managing 25 million square feet of the firm’s NYC real estate portfolio. He focused on Rockefeller Center in this installment of the AEG podcast, and efforts to retrofit landmark facilities with energy-saving technologies. The property was one of the earliest adopters of the now rapidly expanding thermal storage technology, which reduced electricity demand during peak periods and reduced operating costs. Mr. Fischer concluded by pointing out incentives can reduce investment payback periods from seven to thirteen years.
This installment of the AEG Podcast features Frank Norcross, Vice-President of Hudson Yards Energy. Frank opened his presentation by describing Hudson Yards Energy’s cogeneration plant on Manhattan’s west side. The plant serves as a microgrid within a district energy system. Mr. Norcross emphasized the need to reform the dynamics of the energy markets, as well as address the one-way power flow in the aged grid and the need to design and finance more holistic energy models. He also suggested that current regulation requires better and stronger collaboration to capitalize on the linkages in markets, underlying factors like the importance of interaction with grid operators including ConEdison, and the need for discussion around information technology and means of optimizing generation plants.
In this episode of the AEG podcast, we held a discussion with Damian Sciano, Con Edison’s Director of Distributed Resource Integration. He focused on the enabling role of grid modernization in the evolution of the existing energy system. He talked about Con Edison’s efforts to increase transparency and cross-sectoral collaboration to move from a single-value platform to a multi-value one – delivering a wide variety of services to build greater consumer involvement. Delving into the technicalities that make the company’s task of servicing New York City challenging, Mr. Sciano shared how ConEd's remote monitoring system is one of many that incorporate granular data collection, consumer engagement, and transaction improvements. He provided a glimpse into the future of grid modernization and architecture in responding to consumers’ changing expectations.
In this edition of the AEG podcast, Janet Martin, Director of Network Transformation at Verizon, presented her company’s new project for swapping copper wires for fiber optics throughout New York City. This was part of push for continued network improvement to contribute to grid modernization and power savings – copper wires have become uneconomical. She talked about the challenging task of installing fiber optics that are robust and sustainable. Janet discussed smart city opportunities with the public and private sector, substantial energy savings, the regulatory environment, and an increasing customer demand. With the goal of replacing 1 million copper wires, Verizon has laid out a comprehensive plan and its success requires working closely with building owners.
John Rice, a Partner at the AKF Group, summarized their process behind the creation of an Energy Master Plan for a major university. He outlined the energy generation models they considered for replacing a university’s central energy plant to create a modern and smart campus grid and demonstrate what could be done in an urban sprawl setting. A wide variety of options were explored, including absorption chillers, steam turbines, decentralized resources, thermal ice storage, batteries, and renewable energy technologies. After considering Annual Load Profile analysis and their experience with Hurricane Sandy, AKF’s final product was a co-generation plant that provides increased resiliency for the campus. This a process that they have replicated in several other campuses.
This installment of the AEG Podcast features Susanne DesRoches, deputy director of Infrastructure and Energy at the Mayor’s Office. She emphasized three things; the aftermath of Sandy, how we look at vulnerability now, and how these things mesh with the city’s GHG reduction goals. After Superstorm Sandy hit in 2013, New York City developed “Stronger More Resilient NY,” a plan with 257 initiatives to recover from the storm and rebuild communities stronger than before.
This installment of the AEG Podcast features Michael DeSocio, senior manager at New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). He spoke on critical infrastructure and the January ‘98 upstate ice storm when the power went out for almost three weeks. The area that was affected is now installing a microgrid to prevent future disasters like the 1998 upstate ice storm. The microgrid will use local renewable resources as much as possible and will be the nation’s largest municipal microgrid. The proposal calls for 3 megawatts (MW) of combined heat and power generators, 2 MW of solar PV, 2 MW of storage, and 900 kW or more of hydropower.
This installment of the AEG Podcast features Paul Tyno, strategic energy advisor of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC). He shared his expertise on the energy industry as he laid out the master plan for BNMC partnered with National Grid. With 17,000 people on campus and medical equipment that can have life-threatening implications from energy disruptions, critical energy infrastructure must be prioritized.
This installment of the AEG Podcast features Damei Jack, Manager of Distributed Resource Integration at Con Edison. Damei presented the implementation of non-wire solutions. From energy efficiency and distributed power generation, Con Edison is upgrading from traditional systems to a more reliable and cleaner energy system. The Brooklyn Queens Demand Management Program (BQDM) is one of the non-wire solution projects, identifying North East Queens and Brooklyn with significant growth and a need for load deductions.
In this special installment of the AEG Podcast, Advanced Energy Group Fellow Daniel Cohen speaks with Jen Roberton, Transportation Policy Analyst with the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Throughout the episode, Daniel and Ms. Roberton discuss the current state of electric vehicles in New York City, including the electrification of parking lots.
From June 19th to the 23rd of 2017, Advanced Energy Group Founder & CEO H.G. Chissell led the New York Energy System Transformation Delegation trip to Berlin to study the German Energiewende. This installment of the AEG Podcast features a conversation between Mr. Chissell and Projjal Dutta, Director of Sustainability Initiatives for the MTA.