Proving the Market for Deep Energy Retrofits

May 30, 2018 at 6:30pm

Clean Energy Connections brings you a moderated discussion on deep energy efficiency retrofits in NYC.

At 67%, buildings are the biggest driver of citywide GHG emissions. And with nearly one million buildings, the complexity and magnitude of this problem is enormous. In order to reach our goal of reducing emissions 80% by 2050, we need to develop replicable, scalable solutions for significant energy efficiency retrofits on our existing building stock. Deep energy retrofits holistically address the heating and cooling systems as well as the building envelope and can achieve upwards of 40-60% in reduced energy use.

NYC and NY State have developed innovative programs to accelerate deep energy efficiency retrofits. Hear from key policymakers, manufacturers, and industry experts as they discuss success stories, industry challenges, and a path towards reaching these goals.

Keynote Speaker:

Loic Chappoz, RetrofitNY, NYSERDA


Ilana Judah, Principal, Director of Sustainability, FX Collaborative


Aaron Ordower, Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Ryan Flynn, Performance Construction Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating

Ken Levenson, COO/Sales Director, 475 High Performance Building Supply

Role of Offshore Wind in the Development of a Greener Grid

This topic is central to New York’s stated goal of realizing 50% of total electricity demand from renewable sources by 2030. Governor Cuomo’s has committed New York to procuring 2.4 GW of new offshore wind capacity by 2030, and in doing so has captured the interest of the world’s leading offshore wind developers. Just this month, Governor Cuomo announced his intentions to issue solicitations in 2018 and 2019 to develop at least 800 MW of offshore wind projects and foster the offshore wind industry and workforce in New York State. Statoil’s successful bid to lease 80,000 acres in federal waters, an average of 20 miles south of Long Island,sets the stage for the development of +1GW Empire Wind farm. Empire Wind, along with Deepwater Wind’s 90MW offshore wind project with LIPA, will utilize the wind industry’s latest turbine technology and position New York as global leader in offshore wind deployment. 


Dan Shreve, Partner, MAKE Consulting


Doreen Harris, Director, Large-Scale Renewables, NYSERDA

Clint Plummer, Vice President of Development, Deepwater Wind

Martin Goff, Empire Wind Environment & Permitting Manager, Statoil

The Energy Gang Live With Special Guest Mark Chambers

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.



Stephen Lacey, Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Katherine Hamilton, Principal, 38 North Solutions

Jigar Shah, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting, Generate Capital


Mark Chambers, Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Open bar sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

Unlocking the Value of NYC's Food Waste

Urban centers around the world are recognizing that inedible organic wastes — primarily food waste — represent a major climate liability if they continue to be landfilled. That's because as these materials break down, they emit methane-rich biogases that are up to 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its global warming potential.

The good news is that if captured, biogas is a renewable resource that can be used to generate power, heat homes or — if refined and compressed — fuel vehicles.  Moreover, if separately collected and processed at anaerobic digestion facilities, the remaining "biosolids" can be used as nutrient-rich compost and soil amendments. 

This Clean Energy Connections event will introduce the topic of organic waste collection/recycling in NYC. It will also address options that exist to extract maximum energy and nutrient value from this abundant resource, and the opportunities and obstacles the emerging industry faces.

In NYC, great strides have been made since 2013 toward ambitious landfill diversion targets, but immense challenges (and opportunities) lie ahead. At this special reception, guests will hear from key New York players in the emerging organics recycling industry about: 

  • How our organic wastes can be turned into "biogas" fuel
  • How existing infrastructure can be utilized to produce and utilize this low-carbon energy source
  • Where composting fits into the picture
  • The importance of logistics and policy leadership

Emerging Trends in Clean Energy Jobs

Originally aired on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The solar industry doubled its workforce from 2010 to 2015 to now well over 200,000 people. Meanwhile, an aging workforce in utilities is posing a sincere challenge for the industry both in its existing capabilities but also as it attempts to innovate. According to a recent NYSERDA report, approximately 20 percent of the building operations and maintenance workforce is slated to retire over the next five years. And in NYC alone, nearly 300,000 jobs exist in the emerging tech ecosystem that is reinventing traditional industries here.

All of the above represent a genuine opportunity for jobs in clean energy. But where are they? Who is hiring and what are they looking for in new and transitioning employees? This panel seeks to answer some of those questions and paint a picture for the job seekers out there, both entry level and job switchers, who are seeking a successful career in an impactful industry.

Carolyn Kissane, Academic Director, NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs

Mara Cerezo, Program Director, Green City Force
Rachel Seraspe, Program Manager, Wildan Energy Solutions
Jeffrey Perlman, President & Founder, Bright Power