Community EnergyEnergy Efficiency
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Connecticut Legislative Office Building

Public Hearing Room 2E
300 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

A Vision for Community Energy: Essential infrastructure for delivering clean energy benefits
Rob Thornton, President and CEO, International District Energy Association

 

Microgrids in Connecticut: Details of a nationally innovative program[link] Jessie Stratton,* Policy Director, Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Societal Benefits of Microgrids: Providing for business continuity, hardening critical infrastructure, and energy & environmental benefits

Panel 1: Questions and Decisions Communities are Facing

  • Moderator: Alex Kragie, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Catherine Diviney, Town of West Hartford
  • Tom Solinsky**, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative
  • Mary Glassman, Town of Simsbury
  • Tom Roy**, Town of Simsbury
  • Sara Bronin, UCONN School of Law

Panel 2: Technical Chalenges & Opportunities: Microgrids can offer significant end-user and societal benefits; they may also pose technical challenges interfacing with the main grid

  • Moderator: Tom Bourgeois, Page Energy & Climate Center
  • Einat Dorobantzu, Northeast Utilities
  • James King, Couth White / Connecticut Industrial Energy Consumers
  • Chuck Eves, The United Illuminating Company

Panel 3: Advancing Community Energy Projects

Moderator: Joel Rinebold, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

  • Tim Larson, State Representative, Tweed New Haven Project
  • James Albis, State Representative, Tweed New Haven Project
  • Jeff Leichtman, Bridgeport Regional Business Council
  • Ken Cooper, The United Illuminating Company

Synthesis and Next Steps

Tom Bourgeois, Pace Energy & Climate Center

*Speaking on behalf of Daniel Esty, Commissioner, Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
** Filling in for John Bilda, Norwich Public Utilities

8:30 – 9:00
Registration

9:00 – 9:15
Welcome & Introduction
Tom Bourgeois, Pace Energy & Climate Center

9:15 – 10:00
A Vision for Community Energy: Essential infrastructure for delivering clean energy benefits
Rob Thornton, President & CEO
International District Energy Association

10:00 – 10:15
Microgrids in Connecticut: Details of a nationally innovative program
Daniel Esty, Commissioner
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

10:15 – 11:00
Societal Benefits of Microgrids: Providing for business continuity, hardening critical infrastructure, and energy & environmental benefits Joe Camean, Van Zelm Engineering Muhammad Zia, Honeywell Building Solutions Galen Nelson, The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

11:00 – 11:15
Networking Break

11:15 – 12:30
Panel 1: Questions and Decisions Communities are Facing
Moderator: Alex Kragie, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection City of Bristol, CT Arlington, VA (invited) Massachusetts Community

12:30 – 1:30
Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30
Panel 2: Technical Challenges & Opportunities: Microgrids can offer significant end-user and societal benefits; they also may pose technical challenges interfacing with the main grid
Moderator: Tom Bourgeois, Pace Energy & Climate Center Einat Dorobantzu, Northeast Utilities James King, Couch White / CT Industrial Energy Consumers Pat McDonnell, United Illuminating

2:30 – 3:45
Panel 3: Advancing Community Energy Projects
Moderator: Joel Rinebold, CT Center for Advanced Technology Tim Larson, Tweed New Haven Project City of Bridgeport (invited) Sara Bronin, UCONN School of Law

3:45 – 4:00
Synthesis and Next Steps
Tom Bourgeois, Pace Energy & Climate Center