Advanced Energy Group’s New York stakeholders convened at the Con Edison office on February 21, 2019 to discuss Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure and Microgrids.
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 NYAE Q1 2019 Stakeholder Series.
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.
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.
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.
New York Advanced Energy (NYAE) hosted its Q2 event keeping with the theme of Smart Buildings and Grid Modernization, on 24th of May 2018 at the Duane Morris office. The event brought together diverse discussion leaders and participants to collectively take on the most pressing challenges faced by the urban energy ecosystem in New York, which includes but is not limited to modernizing the grid, retrofitting existing buildings, developing incentives and value propositions for building owners, and recent policy implications.
Set forth by Mayor De Blasio, OneNYC has established the goal of reducing citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. Reaching this target relies on a variety of energy efficiency efforts. Currently, 80% of GHG emissions in NYC come from buildings and taking into account the pace of current developments throughout the City, 90% of existing buildings are expected to remain standing in 2050.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On September 14, 2016, New York Advanced Energy hosted their quarterly Stakeholder Breakfast focused on Technology, Buildings and Distributed Generation Optimization. H.G. Chissell the Executive Director of New York Advanced Energy moderated the conversation. At its onset, the presentations by all the different panelists shed light on critical concerns within each of the sectors. From the different mechanisms that ConEdison is employing to push for the integration of distributed resources to data driven approaches for customer acquisition and real time results, the panelists addressed a host of issues that are critical in paving the future of distributed energy resources (DERs), a critical issue in New York City that houses a large number of buildings.