AEG CAE Q1 Recap: Exploring Innovation in Regulatory Sandboxes

AEG CAE Q1 Recap: Exploring Innovation in Regulatory Sandboxes

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. 

HG Chissell, Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, began by reminding stakeholders that Chicago, 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. For instance, in 1995, over 700 Chicagoland area residents perished in a catastrophic heatwave. No extreme heat wave since has resulted in such a loss of human life, thanks in large part to the preventative steps taken by the City of Chicago since then. HG asked attendees to consider how we can proactively pay for resilience with this example in mind.

The Capital’s Case for Infrastructure & Water Resiliency (WAE Q1 2019)

The Capital’s Case for Infrastructure & Water Resiliency (WAE Q1 2019)

The Advance Energy Group’s Q1 Stakeholder Breakfast event will be held on March 7, 2019. Alongside the industry’s thought leaders, policy makers and private and public sector partners, the discussion will be lead by the following speakers:

  • Dan Ton, Program Manager Smart Grids and Resilient Electric Infrastructure, US Department of Energy

  • Kate Johnson, Chief, Green Building & Climate, Department of Energy & Environment

  • John "Jack" Surash, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Energy & Sustainability, U.S Army

  • Ernest Jolly, Energy Chief, D.C. Water

  • Marcellous Frye Jr., Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs, Washington Gas

A More Resilient Chicago (Q1 2019)

A More Resilient Chicago (Q1 2019)

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. Speakers include: 

  • Stephen Humes, Partner, Holland & Knight

  • Andrew Jones, Senior Vice President Global Sales, S&C Electric

  • Brien Sheahan, Chairman and CEO, Illinois Commerce Commission

  • Kelly Tomblin, Chief Executive Officer, INTREN

Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure and Microgrids in New York

Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure and Microgrids in New York

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 New York Advanced Energy Q1 2019 Stakeholder Series. The Breakfast will be held on February 21 and will bringing together experts, private and public stakeholders, and utilities to address the topic’s challenges and collaborate on solutions. Our Discussion Leaders include:

  • Steve Martino, Vice President - MEP Division Leader, Savin Engineers

  • Matt Ketschke, Senior Vice President, Con Edison

  • Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director, Infrastructure and Energy, NYC Mayor's Office of Resiliency, Office of Sustainability

  • Charles Hermann, Senior Engineer, Energy Services Product Development, New York Power Authority

AEG will facilitate a discussion on the ways that industry players are adapting to the changing world by increasing resiliency, and the role that technologies like distributed generation and microgrids will continue to play in new energy landscapes. 

AEG WAE Q4 Recap: Increasing Low-Carbon Mobility

AEG WAE Q4 Recap: Increasing Low-Carbon Mobility

On December 13, AEG convened its final Stakeholder Breakfast of 2018 in Washington, DC. 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?”

AEG NYAE Q4 Recap: Managing the Transportation Transformation

AEG NYAE Q4 Recap: Managing the Transportation Transformation

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.

CREF 2018 Resiliency Action Challenge

CREF 2018 Resiliency Action Challenge

CREF 2018 Resiliency Action Challenge Winners

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.

Chicago Mobility and Transportation (Q4 2018)

Chicago Mobility and Transportation (Q4 2018)

Advanced Energy Group’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 the first City Hall meeting on the topic 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.” This future blueprint has to contend with the past, however: consumer preference for ride-sharing over buses due to congestion and delays, funding challenges to extend the Red Line from 95th to 103rd, and questions of the city’s departments being flexible enough to adapt to new systems.

Washington DC Mobility and Transportation (Q4 2018)

Washington DC Mobility and Transportation (Q4 2018)

Amazon’s recent announcement that it will locate part of its new headquarters in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia will provide a significant jolt to the economy in the DC metro area. However, it has also created a new focus on the transportation infrastructure in metro DC, 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. Amazon’s announcement was just another reminder that if DC is going to provide a sustainable living environment for its residents long into the future, it must make sure that its transit system grows and adapts to changes in demographics and technology.

New York Mobility and Transportation (Q4 2018)

New York Mobility and Transportation (Q4 2018)

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.

Boston's Transportation Challenge (Q4 2018)

Boston's Transportation Challenge (Q4 2018)

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

2018 WAE Q3: IoT, Technology, & Innovation

2018 WAE Q3: IoT, Technology, & Innovation

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.

2018 BAE Q3: IoT, Technology & Innovation

2018 BAE Q3: IoT, Technology & Innovation

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.

Chicago is Well Poised to Succeed and Lead in the IoT Revolution (Q3 2018)

Chicago is Well Poised to Succeed and Lead in the IoT Revolution (Q3 2018)

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.

Washington D.C., an active test bed for IoT, Technology & Innovation (Q3 2018)

Washington D.C., an active test bed for IoT, Technology & Innovation (Q3 2018)

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.

New York's Approach to Energy Technology and Innovation (Q3 2018)

New York's Approach to Energy Technology and Innovation (Q3 2018)

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.