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Judith Judson, ‎Commissioner, ‎Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Judith Judson, ‎Commissioner, ‎Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

In this installment of the AEG Podcast, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson shares her insightful perspective on the Commonwealth’s goal of achieving a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future. She talked about the value of energy efficiency in being cost-effective while also reducing emissions consumers’ bills. She gives numbers to illustrate the the high success of their efficiency programs, citing the Green Communities Program and their many Solar Incentives and Programs. Judson suggests that efficiency and clean technologies are low-hanging fruit for energy efficiency and that the State’s next major opportunities lay in: reducing peak loads through demand response management, reducing gas consumption by fuel switching, setting higher standards and building codes for ubiquitous LED lighting and ‘EV Readiness,’ financing of solar deployment, the mass implementation of energy storage technology, and the maximization of existing infrastructure.

Joe Dalton, Project Director, MATEP LLC/Longwood Medical (Engie)

Joe Dalton, Project Director, MATEP LLC/Longwood Medical (Engie)

In this podcast episode, ENGIE Project Director Joe Dalton talks about ENGIE’s recently acquired Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP LLC/Longwood Medical) and how he manages a microgrid energy system for multiple healthcare facilities within Boston. His insights on critical energy redundancy for these health and research facilities are tied to a decarbonized, decentralized, and digitalized ENGIE strategy. Mr. Dalton also shares how these operations are just one driver in the region’s growing innovation economy and how collaboration and customer engagement is essential in the development of smart grids and building retrofitting. He ends with the possibility of replicating the effect of the “3D” strategy.

Dennis Villanueva, Senior Manager, Energy & Sustainability - ‎Partners HealthCare System

Dennis Villanueva, Senior Manager, Energy & Sustainability - ‎Partners HealthCare System

In this installment of the AEG podcast, Dennis Villanueva shares his expertise on advanced energy systems for healthcare building operations as the Senior Manager of Energy & Sustainability at Partners HealthCare. As the largest healthcare organization in the East Coast, ‎Partners established a sustainable initiative with the goal of supporting its system to optimize patient care and employee support. Major climate and weather disruption threaten the regular service of their facilities and contribute to the likelihood of increased patient load during these extreme events; such instances increase the need for resiliency, due to critical necessity and the importance of reducing costs to provide more affordable healthcare. Villanueva reported on the success of their Strategic Energy Master Plan in reducing their energy consumption by 25 percent, moving towards more renewable energy generation, and increasing their facilities’ resiliency by switching to onsite cogeneration. He also presents the costs related to upgrading their energy system, then closes with an update of their sustainability goals, plans and partners for the future.

Jim Hunt, SVP for Regulatory Affairs & Chief Communications Officer, Eversource Energy

Jim Hunt, SVP for Regulatory Affairs & Chief Communications Officer, Eversource Energy

Jim Hunt is the Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs & Chief Communications Officer at Eversource Energy, the largest utility in New England, servicing water, gas and electricity in three large states and committed to working with the state and its communities for the reduction of carbon emissions and the ensured reliability and resiliency of the grid. In this podcast, Hunt highlights the importance of public-private partnerships in the energy transition and the ways in which this model optimizes grid modernization and energy efficiency efforts and investments for the company. Hunt offers insight into the importance of leveraging their unique customer relations in implementing demand response programs, distributed energy storage and EV charging networks. He says that such efforts are essential in addressing the challenges of peak demand and fossil fuel reliance, increasing the deployment of renewables and smart technology, and reducing costs in the system.

Chris Parent, Director, Market Development at ISO New England

Chris Parent, Director, Market Development at ISO New England

Chris Parent, Director of Market Development at ISO New England, presents the ISO’s recent work on the integration of demand response into the wholesale market in this episode of the AEG podcast. He highlights the ways in which markets are reflecting actions for energy efficiency and active demand response, as well as how behind-the-meter programs can address energy demand and reduce peaks. He explains that aggregation will enable distributed generation and storage technologies to participate more fully and economically in both wholesale and capacity markets. Parent closes with how FERC’s Order 841 influenced the NE ISO’s new and robust model to utilize and access battery storage and coordination with utilities within the region, and how well-developed requirements following the Commission’s open docket on distributed energy resources could move the ISO towards a more decentralized model.

Sandy Taft, Director, Environmental & Sustainability Policy, National Grid

Sandy Taft, Director, Environmental & Sustainability Policy, National Grid

This installment of the AEG Podcast features Sandy Taft with National Grid. He identified four critical elements that need addressing to ensure resiliency: planning, data, partnerships, and the community. Sandy suggested that addressing these four elements would enable energy stakeholders to implement resiliency solutions effectively.

Alison Brizius, Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, City of Boston

Alison Brizius, Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, City of Boston

This installment of the AEG Podcast features Alison Brizius, with the City of Boston. Alison emphasized the risks of climate change, namely how storms and floods are increasing in intensity and frequency. She discussed the Climate Ready Boston strategies the City is implementing to address these threats.

Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President, Eversource Energy

Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President, Eversource Energy

In this edition of the AEG Podcast, Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Group at Eversource Energy, joined Boston Advanced Energy (BAE) to discuss several important topics facing the Boston energy community.  HG Chissell, Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, talked with Penni about three main topics (1) Eversource’s EV Make Ready Program, (2) Leadership in the energy industry, and (3) Customers and the energy transformation.

Terry Sobolewski, Chief Customer Officer, National Grid US – 2.12.18

Terry Sobolewski, Chief Customer Officer, National Grid US – 2.12.18

In this installment of the AEG Podcast, Terry Sobolewski, Chief Customer Officer of National Grid US,  joins us to speak about the many initiatives National Grid is working on to enhance service and engagement with customers.  The key themes of this conversation are: (1) new energy technology through National Grid Ventures, (2) the Customer Experience Transformation, (3) big data and analytics for residential customers, (4) building resiliency capabilities through  technology for first responder repair crews, (5) the needed dialogue to enhance energy systems in the Greater Boston Area, and (6) "not leave any customer behind in this clean energy transition".

AEG Podcast: Brad Swing #2, Director Energy Policy and Programs, Boston Mayor's Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space - 9.14.17

AEG Podcast: Brad Swing #2, Director Energy Policy and Programs, Boston Mayor's Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space - 9.14.17

On September 14th, 2017, Boston Advanced Energy held its inaugural stakeholder breakfast at the offices of Holland & Knight. The event brought AEG’s newest stakeholder members together with utility providers, members of the local government, and more to discuss the topics of the Internet of Things, technology, and innovation.

AEG Podcast: Mark Kalpin, Holland & Knight; & Peter Klint, Program Manager - Emerging Technology, Eversource Energy - 9.14.17

AEG Podcast: Mark Kalpin, Holland & Knight; & Peter Klint, Program Manager - Emerging Technology,  Eversource Energy - 9.14.17

On September 14th, 2017, Boston Advanced Energy held its inaugural stakeholder breakfast at the offices of Holland & Knight. The event brought AEG’s newest stakeholder members together with utility providers, members of the local government, and more to discuss the topics of the Internet of Things, technology, and innovation.

AEG Podcast: Colette Lamontagne, Director of Technology and Innovation, National Grid - 9.14.17

AEG Podcast: Colette Lamontagne, Director of Technology and Innovation, National Grid - 9.14.17

On September 14th, 2017, Boston Advanced Energy held its inaugural stakeholder breakfast at the offices of Holland & Knight. The event brought AEG’s newest stakeholder members together with utility providers, members of the local government, and more to discuss the topics of the Internet of Things, technology, and innovation.

AEG Podcast: Erik Limpaecher, Assistant Leader - Energy Systems Group, MIT Lincoln Labs - 9.14.17

AEG Podcast: Erik Limpaecher, Assistant Leader - Energy Systems Group, MIT Lincoln Labs - 9.14.17

On September 14th, 2017, Boston Advanced Energy held its inaugural stakeholder breakfast at the offices of Holland & Knight. The event brought AEG’s newest stakeholder members together with utility providers, members of the local government, and more to discuss the topics of the Internet of Things, technology, and innovation.

AEG Podcast: Brad Swing, Director of Energy Policy & Programs, City of Boston, Office of the Mayor – 9.7.17

AEG Podcast: Brad Swing, Director of Energy Policy & Programs, City of Boston, Office of the Mayor – 9.7.17

In this special episode of the AEG podcast, Peter Kelley-Detwiler, Executive Director for Boston Advanced Energy, has a meaningful conversation with Brad Swing, Director of Energy Policy and Programs, City of Boston, Office of the Mayor, Environment, Energy & Open Space.  Throughout this episode, the two discuss the main energy goals for the city of Boston, what the vision is for the city five years from now, and Brad shares an overview of Boston's energy fabric today.

AEG Podcast: Sean Hamilton, General Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department - 8.31.17

AEG Podcast: Sean Hamilton, General Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department - 8.31.17

In advance of their panel together at Solar Power International on September 11, Grant van Wyngaarden and Sean Hamilton talk about battery storage value stacking.  Sean shares his experience building and operating New England's first utility-scale energy storage project in Sterling, Massachusetts.