The Energy Gang Live

Watch live video from The Energy Gang Live: A Candid Take on the Clean Energy Transition– Originally broadcast on May 4, 2016.

Overview:

The Energy Gang is a weekly podcast produced by Greentech Media that gives listeners deep analysis on the latest energy and cleantech news. Each week, Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton and Jigar Shah dissect and debate what’s happening across the industry — covering national and local politics, technology trends, and business strategies.

In this live episode, the gang will be joined by two prominent energy journalists — Yuliya Chernova of the Wall Street Journal and Chris Martin of Bloomberg — who will talk about the hottest stories in energy.

Come listen to a lively conversation and debate with some of the top thinkers and writers in clean energy.

Panelists:

THE ENERGY GANG

Katherine Hamilton – Principal, 38 North Solutions

Katherine is principal and co-founder of 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm specializing in clean energy and innovation. Katherine ran the GridWise Alliance, focused on smart grid and served as policy advisor for Good Energies, a private investment company with a clean energy portfolio. She led American Bioenergy Association, developing renewable portfolio standards in states, including Maryland and New Jersey. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine worked in buildings research and government relations. Katherine spent a decade at an investor-owned utility, designing electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. She was named an Ambassador to the Secretary of Energy’s C3E Program under the Clean Energy Ministerial, is a co-host of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media, serves as President of the Board of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, and is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Future of Electricity.

Stephen Lacey – Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Greentech Media’s managing editor and host/producer of the Energy Gang podcast. He covers a wide range of topics, including solar, storage, efficiency and grid modernization. He was previously deputy editor of Climate Progress, and an editor at Renewable Energy World.

Jigar Shah – CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting, @JigarShahDC

Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison, where he popularized “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. He is the author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change.

Generate Capital, the Carbon War Room and SunEdison all follow from Jigar’s vision that business model innovation will unlock the largest wealth creation opportunity – resource efficiency. Jigar is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “pay as you save” project finance models.

Jigar holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Jigar lives in New York City and is trying to find the perfect cocktail.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Yuliya Chernova – Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Yuliya Chernova is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal where she covers venture capital and startups. Yuliya chronicled the rise and fall of venture capital involvement in the clean technology sector, breaking numerous stories on the unraveling of huge investments in private companies, including Solyndra, Fisker Automotive, Miasole, and Nanosolar. Yuliya lives in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Brown University.

Chris Martin – Reporter, Bloomberg News

Chris Martin is a reporter at Bloomberg News in New York. He currently focuses on renewable energy and clean technologies, and has covered natural gas markets, coal miners, utility deregulation, and energy policy for more than two decades. His work has been picked up by dozens of newspapers as well as Business Week and Bloomberg Markets magazines, and he regularly appears on Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio.

The Next Opportunity at the Grid Edge

Watch live video from The Next Opportunity at the Grid Edge: A Focus on Large Energy Consumers – Originally broadcast on March 1, 2016.

Large commercial and industrial power consumers are exposed to an ever-increasing array of new opportunities and technologies at the grid edge – many of which can have a material impact on the how they manage their energy use, interact with grid services and, more broadly, conduct day-to-day business operations. The options available to customers are growing rapidly and becoming more complex. This panel will bring together experts from large energy consumers to highlight:
  • Energy management and optimization
  • Building, facility or campus operations
  • Corporate sustainability efforts
  • Renewable or alternative energy sources

Moderator:

Steve Propper – Director, Grid Edge, GTM Research at Greentech Media

Panelists:

Vishnu Barran – Senior Business Development Manager at ENER-G Group Inc.

Phil Skalaski – Vice President of Engineering and Energy Services at The Durst Organization

Kirby Brendsel – Associate Director of Sustainability at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Kylie Sale – Resource Management Specialist, Green Mission at Whole Foods Market

Full Livestream for “Advanced Energy Consumers”

Watch the full event video from “Advanced Energy Consumers: Customer Models Driving Utility Industry Change from the Edge” Originally broadcast on Wednesday, September 16 2015.

This event is the third event of a special series that Clean Energy Connections is doing on the Evolving Energy Vision in New York State.

The energy landscape is changing fast. As energy professionals race to keep up with constant technological innovation, they are also rapidly developing new methods of reaching energy customers. Customers are central to adoption of REV — they will be the ones purchasing solar, installing cogeneration, utilizing energy management systems, and deciding whether to participate in community-scale renewables.
Utilities, ESCOs, government agencies, and community-based organizations will have to create ways to increase awareness and adoption of DER technologies among the people who will eventually benefit from them. It’s especially critical to engage low and moderate income customers in the dialogue and implementation, as they make up 40% of energy consumers in New York State.
This panel will discuss innovations in customer engagement, with an emphasis on community-level energy aggregation and web-based engagement models, including consideration of behavioral science. The discussion highlights the themes of REV’s Customer Engagement Committee, charged with identifying and overcoming barriers to participation by all customer groups in the future energy landscape.

Moderator:
Andrew Mulherkar – Analyst, Grid Edge division of GTM Research

Panelists:
Chris Neidl – Director, Here Comes Solar at Solar One
Jennifer Metzger – Co-Director, Citizens for Local Power (CLP)
Juan Camilo Osorio – Director of Research, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
Laney Brown – Director of Smart Grid, Iberdrola USA

Opening Speaker:

Marsha L. Walton – Senior Project Manager, Market Insights at NYSERDA

Full Livestream for “Models For The Future Utility”

Watch the full event video from “Models for the Future Utility: Examining New York State’s Distributed System Platform Provider Vision” Originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

The New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is among the most forward-looking electric utility transformation initiatives in North America, if not globally. In short, the plan has the potential to fundamentally shift utility regulation to meet the needs of a more distributed, consumer-focused energy system that the future is quickly ushering in with the advent of distributed generation, storage, electric vehicles, smart homes and a plethora of next-generation energy technologies. The bedrock of the initiative is the definition and formation of Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs). This session will explore the definition of a DSPP and how it differs from today’s utility model, explain the values and incentives for all parties involved, outline new products and services that can be supported, put forth the challenges surrounding DER penetration, and investigate how DSPPs interact with other energy markets.

Opening Speaker:
Micah Kotch – Director, NY Prize & Strategic Advisor, Innovation at NYSERDA

Moderator:
Steve Propper – Director, Grid Edge at GTM Research

Panelists:
Kate Burson – Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Energy and Finance at the Office of the Governor of New York
Gerry Docherty – CEO at Smarter Grid Solutions
Charles Freni – Senior Vice President, Customer Services at Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Full Livestream for “Grid Edge Analytics”

Watch the full event video from “Grid Edge Analytics: Advances in Big Data, Intelligent Software and Analytics Behind the Meter” Originally broadcast on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

The next generation of behind-the-meter analytics goes well beyond providing consumers with detailed data on their energy use. Utilities are now able to take advantage of customer segmentation and profiling information to increase the effectiveness of demand response and energy efficiency programs. By leveraging intelligent software, utilities also gain better visibility into their customers’ responses to price signals, leading to optimized rate structures.

The early energy management market was a battle of the best-in-class hardware (e.g., displays, sensors, and thermostats), placing a strong emphasis on smart meters as an enabling technology. More recently there has been an increase in strategic partnerships. Blue-chip companies from the automation, security, solar, and telecom industries have taken notice and begun to gain market share with new solutions. This panel will examine the changing data analytics landscape behind-the-meter and discuss how companies have shifted their focus toward energy management.

Moderator:
Omar Saadeh – Senior Analyst, GTM Research

Panelists:
Christopher Cavanagh – Principal Program Manager at National Grid
Nicholas Payton – Associate Director of Product Marketing and Strategy at Opower
Jun Shimada – Founder / CEO at ThinkEco

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