On March 1, 2018, Chicago Advanced Energy held its Stakeholder Breakfast on the topic of Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure, and Microgrids. The packed room was sold out almost two weeks prior to the event thanks to the high calibre of discussion leaders that sparked a lot of anticipation.
On February 22, Advanced Energy Group held its first Stakeholder Breakfast of the year in Washington, DC. The topic this time: Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure, and Microgrids. After the significant damage wrought by last year’s hurricane season, the subjects were more relevant than ever. The event’s large attendance reflected the importance of the subject matter, as the room was filled to capacity.
As a coastal city, New York City faces increasingly multifaceted levels of risks from extreme weather events. Some parts of the city are still recovering from the impact of Superstorm Sandy from 2012. This situation highlights the massive financial and social cost of these types of disasters, as well as our unpreparedness for such life-threatening storms. The “superstorm” caused $65 billion in damage, 159 deaths, and destroyed over half a million homes. Preparing for such extreme weather events like Sandy requires a lot of risk assessment and has become one of the most worrisome challenges facing city leaders around the country. With recent hurricanes causing extreme flooding in places like Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, these critical infrastructure risks apply across the country and across the globe.
As a New England coastal city, Boston experiences a wide spectrum of weather conditions. With climate change, the weather events Boston is so well known for are projected to increase in frequency and intensity. Boston will have to respond the increasing impacts of extreme temperatures, enhanced precipitation, coastal storms, and sea level rise. These natural events negatively impact Boston in countless ways, but one major threat is the disruption of the energy infrastructure. As the life-force for every city, a reliable supply of energy at all times is of critical importance.
In 2016, Washington, D.C. took a step forward in this direction when it became a member of 100 Resilient Cities, joining a network of over 1,000 metropolises around the world dedicated to improving the resiliency of their systems and infrastructure. As a member of this network, D.C. is currently developing a Resilience Strategy to prepare the District for future natural and man-made threats. This strategy is being developed through a collaborative effort that will incorporate input from a wide range of stakeholders, including community leaders, government authorities, and the private sector. The resulting Resilience Strategy aims to be comprehensive and capable of addressing the entire spectrum of threats that DC and other cities face. Certain initiatives like Sustainable D.C. 2.0 have been incorporated into the plan and are already underway.
New York Advanced Energy Group’s Q4 2017 Stakeholder Breakfast on the topic of Mobility and Transportation, co-hosted by Duane Morris, highlighted challenges and success stories of the city’s transportation sector. Speakers at the forefront of mobility and transportation, including John Markowitz of New York Power Authority, Thomas Abdallah and Nora Ostrovskaya of MTA, Mark Simon of NYC DOT, Tim Kruekniet of EVBox, and Nick Hill of ReachNow car sharing by BMW, led the discussion on policies, goals, and new technologies for the city of New York. The stakeholder member discussion tapped into collective thought, solutions, and innovative ideas for a more effective and sustainable transportation sector for New York City.
We closed out our inaugural season in Boston with a great line-up, bringing multiple perspectives to a challenge that requires an enormous amount of coordination. Speakers at the breakfast covered a wide range of related topics from how to get more ridership on public transit and address their needs, to how we decarbonize transportation, to how do we deal with the specific issues concerning EV deployments and charging infrastructure?
The United States burns about 19 million barrels of oil a day, with roughly 70% of those barrels used to accommodate its vast transportation system, a collection of daily activities from driving to work, shipping goods across states, to experiencing the All-American road trip vacation. The consequences of immense oil consumption—such as environmental degradation and economic volatility, as well as contributing to the negative effects of climate change—pose a massive threat to different aspects of the country’s well-being.
As Discussion Leaders, stakeholder members, and attendees prepared for the Advanced Energy Group’s Q3 2017 events in Washington, D.C. (9.21), Chicago (9.27), and New York City (10.5), the AEG team has been presented with myriad city- and topic-specific inquiries. These questions were expounded upon during the inaugural Boston Advanced Energy Stakeholder Breakfast on September 14th, and the most salient point that comes across, from even the most granular of examinations, has been that of the speed of change taking place in renewable energy generation, storage, and the technologies associated with the ‘internet of things’ (IoT).
Since its inception, the Advanced Energy Group has relied heavily upon its members to frame future discussions by raising concerns and recommending solutions through one of the most vital tools at AEG’s disposal – the post-event survey. These surveys are not only the key to unlocking essential resources for our stakeholder members, but a primary channel for the AEG team to explore potential discussion topics and address specific challenges that may not occur in other cities, as well.
Could there be a more perfect venue than the U.S. Green Building Council’s headquarters for hosting our Washington Advanced Energy (WAE) Q2 2017 Stakeholder Meeting on Smart Buildings & Grid Modernization? We could not think of one. Dave Witek (Senior Vice President, Finance, Operations & Administration) and the USGBC Team graciously hosted us in their LEED Platinum (2009) space that showcased what smart buildings can do.
On June 29th, 2017, Advanced Energy Group Fellow Tanner Kenney joined the New York Energy Consumers Council for a tour of the nearly-completed Cornell Tech campus at The Bloomberg Center on Roosevelt Island slated to open in August of 2017. On May 30th, 2017, the university announced its goal to achieve both net-zero and LEED Platinum statuses on the campus.
On Wednesday June 29th, New York Advanced Energy (NYAE) held its Q2 2017 Stakeholder Breakfast at the offices of Duane Morris where Discussion Leaders and attendees examined the topics of smart buildings and the grid modernization of cities.
On March 23rd, New York Advanced Energy was proud to partner with NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and Zpryme to bring NYSERDA Chairman Richard Kauffman to speak with NYAE stakeholder members at the CGA campus in Manhattan’s historic Woolworth Building.
The Q1 2017 New York Advanced Energy Group (NYAE) Stakeholder Breakfast took place on Thursday, March 23rd at the offices of Duane Morris where discussion leaders and attendees examined the topics of microgrids and critical infrastructure in the context of City public policy, infrastructure, the private sector, and beyond.
The Q2 2017 Chicago Advanced Energy Group (CAE) Stakeholder Breakfast took place on Thursday, March 2nd at the offices of Holland & Knight where discussion leaders and attendees examined the topics of microgrids and critical infrastructure through the lens of Chicago public policy, utility providers, the private sector, and beyond.
On December 15, 2016, in New York City, Advanced Energy Group held its quarterly stakeholder breakfast. It was facilitated by founder and CEO, H.G. Chissell and covered the transportation sector from various perspectives. Phyllis Kessler of Duane Morris aptly put that the transportation sector has overtaken utilities as the number one producer greenhouse gases in the nation. She addressed issues ranging from the need to bulk up the electrical grid for vehicle charging stations to modernized and efficient transportation such as high speed ferries that run off of hydrogen fuel cells.