The Energy Gang Live: A Candid Take on the Clean Energy Transition

This event originally aired 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: A Focus on Large Energy Consumers

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 

This event originally aired on March 1, 2016.

The Ultimate Resiliency Plan: Microgrids and the Continued Segmentation of Electric Grid Assets

This event originally aired on November 16, 2015.

Spurred by favorable state-reliability initiatives, the U.S. microgrid market has reached a notable tipping point between technology development and wider-scale commercial deployment. Though substantial regulatory overhauls will be necessary for this market to truly flourish, policymakers and regulators are increasingly funding and considering legislation to further promote the development of microgrids for a variety of applications, most notably resiliency and renewables integration. Simultaneously, factors such as increasing customer demands, technological maturity and the decreasing price of DG are driving project economics forward, creating more viable business cases for end-use customers looking to attain energy surety, as well as vendor opportunities to expand the addressable market to new customer classes.

This panel will dive into the major drivers, stakeholder challenges and ongoing regulatory and implementation efforts shaping today’s microgrid market.

Moderator:

Omar Saadeh – Senior Analyst, GTM Research at Greentech Media

Omar Saadeh is a Senior Grid Analyst at GTM Research. Before joining GTM Research, Omar completed a Master of Engineering degree in power engineering at McGill University, where he was awarded a Graduate Excellence Fellowship and contributed as a staff writer to The McGill Daily. Prior to graduate school, Omar worked as a bilingual building efficiency sales associate at Johnson Controls in Montreal.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from McGill University with a minor in economics. Omar has published research for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Électriques, focusing on the advantages of plug-in electric vehicles and the economic dispatch of distributed resources in microgrids, respectively.

Panelists:

Brent Hollenbeck – Founder and CEO at TimberRock Energy Solutions

Brent Hollenbeck is a leading expert in the design, deployment and operation of advanced distributed energy resources (DERs) that create value for the host site while also improving grid efficiency and reliability. He has 24 years of combined executive leadership in the military and private sector. His military career culminated at Camp David during the George H. W. Bush administration where he was awarded the Presidential Service Badge. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Hollenbeck earned his MBA from Mt. St. Mary’s College and has subsequently held senior roles in marketing, business development and general management within Philips N.A., Airpax Corporation, Sensata Technologies and the Potomac Energy Fund. He is the founder and CEO of TimberRock Energy Solutions and the co-founder and CEO of TimberRock Energy Finance.

Hollenbeck’s focus on distributed energy began in 2004 after acquiring and then running an early-stage microgrid firm. During the subsequent eleven years, he has been responsible for the deployment of numerous first-of-their-kind, award-winning projects that integrate renewables, energy storage and electric vehicles into dispatch-capable power plants. To support these deployments, Hollenbeck led a team that architected a sophisticated DER management platform – called DE-MAP – that combines IoT hardware and cloud-computing to maximize the value of distributed energy resources both behind and in front of the meter. DE-MAP has been deployed on over 2,000 distributed energy projects and for customers like General Motors and the Federal government.

Bradley Kranz – Vice President, Business Development at NRG Energy Inc.

Bradley Kranz is Vice President, Business Development within the East Region at NRG and has been with NRG since 2007.  He is responsible for working with business-to-business customers, utilities, municipalities and other clients to understand their energy related economic, sustainability, and resiliency goals and to develop tailored solutions to achieve those goals.  This includes accessing NRG’s diverse capabilities in distributed and renewable energy generation, microgrids, demand response and retail energy products and services to meet each customer’s needs.  Prior to this, Mr. Kranz oversaw NRG’s wholesale regulatory and market policy activities in the New York, New England and PJM market regions.  Before joining NRG, Mr. Kranz worked for the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) where he held various positions in Operations, Engineering and Market Services.  Before the NYISO, he was employed by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation in upstate New York as an engineer at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear station.  Mr. Kranz holds an MBA from Union College and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Paul Belnick – Vice President, Integrated Grid at New York Power Authority

Paul was recently named Vice President of Integrated Grid at the New York Power Authority and his role is to align NYPA and its programs with the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and to expedite the implementation of REV projects across New York State.

Prior to this Paul held the position of Vice President Energy Efficiency at NYPA and for over twenty years implemented energy efficiency, cogeneration, and clean energy projects across NYS.  During this time Paul completed over 950 projects representing an investment of over $1.5B, plus developed an ongoing pipeline of over 300 projects.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with a degree in Industrial Engineering and obtained an MSBA from Indiana University. 

John Bradley – Associate Vice President for Sustainability, Energy, and Technical Services at New York University

John’s responsibilities include sustainability, recycling, demand side management, energy procurement, technical services, building services and the operation of the campus cogeneration facility. Prior to joining NYU, he held leadership positions with the U.S. Navy, Union Carbide, PSEG Nuclear and PSEG Energy Technologies. John holds degrees in Nuclear Engineering, Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Global Affairs – Energy and Environment concentration.

Advanced Energy Consumers: Customer Models Driving Utility Industry Change from the Edge

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 

This event originally aired on September 16, 2015.

Architecting Energy’s Future: Grid Edge Technologies Underpinning An Intelligent, Distributed Utility System

Today, millions of utility and customer-owned devices contribute to the reliable and efficient operation of power systems around the world. As the deployment of distributed generation, storage and controllable load continues to grow, their capabilities are becoming more important to increasingly dynamic distribution grids.

To enable distributed resources, our future power system will have to cost-effectively integrate traditional grid infrastructure with innovative power electronics-based assets on the utility and customer side of the meter. The development of a distributed energy control architecture will require close coordination between customer and utility-owned devices, enhanced management practices, and drastic changes to existing business practices. These changes will ultimately increase renewable hosting capacity, improve reliability, and increase efficiency.

This panel will discuss advancements in grid edge technologies, their capabilities, and their impacts on the grid and is loosely based on REV working group 2 (Platform Technology): Working Group 2 is charged with identifying infrastructure needed to enable the Distributed System Platform Provider to integrate, monitor and control Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in real time.

Moderator:
Ben Kellison – Director, Grid Research at GTM Research

Panelists:
H.G. Chissell – Senior Vice President, Strategic Accounts at Viridity
Maggie Clout – Microgrid Business Development Manager at Siemens
Jon Poor – Director of Strategy at National Grid

This event originally aired on May 21, 2015