Conference Program


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Sunday, June 23

8:00am - 10:00am

Closed Meeting, IDEA Executive Committee Meeting & Lunch - Executive Board Room at the Westin Hotel

10:00am - 12:30pm

Closed Meeting, IDEA Board of Directors Meeting & Lunch - Cambria at the Westin Hotel

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Conference Registration - Ballroom Gallery B

Monday, June 24

5:30am - 2:00pm

IDEA Annual Golf Tournament - Quicksilver Golf Club

7:00am - 7:00pm

Conference Registration - Ballroom Gallery

8:00am - 4:00pm

Exhibit & Poster Setup - Exhibit Hall B

7:00am - 7:50am

Workshop Breakfast - Ballroom B

8:00am - 4:00pm

Workshop 1: District Energy: Think Global, Act Local - Room 406

8:00am - 4:00pm

Workshop 2: Microgrids for Enhance Resiliency - Room 407

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Workshop Luncheon - Ballroom B

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Forums - Multiple Locations

IDEA Forums are open meetings for members to discuss current industry issues by specialty area.

District Cooling Forum - Room 315
Microgrid Forum - Room 316
Operations & Safety Forum - Room 317

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting & Business Partners Welcome Reception - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibits - Exhibit Hall B

7:00pm - 9:30pm

Welcome Dinner and Game Night - Exhibit Hall B

IDEA warmly invites our attendees and guests to join us for a casual and relaxed evening of food, fun, refreshments and friendly competition. Grab a plate, fill your glass and make your way to the quarterback toss challenge, the giant Jenga, the putting green or the virtual race track challenge. Pittsburgh loves its sports teams and we know how much IDEA members enjoy friendly competition, so bring your sneakers and win some fun prizes and claim your bragging rights.

Tuesday, June 25

7:00am - 7:00pm

Conference Registration - Ballroom Gallery

7:00am - 7:50am

Breakfast with Business Partner Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall B

7:15am - 7:45am

Speaker Orientation Meeting - Room 304

9:00am - 4:00pmam

Spouse/Guest Program - City Tour of Pittsburgh

8:00am - 8:15am

Conference Opening - Ballroom A

Introductions - Rob Thornton, IDEA President & CEO
Welcome to IDEA - Jim Lodge, IDEA Chair; Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Clearway Energy
Welcome to Pittsburgh - Cliff Blashford, Vice President & General Manager, Clearway Energy Pittsburgh

8:15am - 9:15am

Plenary Panel A: District Energy for More Resilient Cities, Campuses, Communities - Ballroom A

Innovative district energy systems are being planned, constructed, expanded and modernized as North American cities, campuses and communities seek greater energy efficiency, enhanced reliability and resiliency, local resource solutions and proven technologies to cut carbon emissions. The catalysts for this industry growth are people from public sector, government and private-sector developers, operators, and investors. This panel will feature the principals involved in a massive federal infrastructure renewal project; an innovative partnering project for a mission-critical urban federal campus, a major urban brownfield development; and a strategic campus utility integration to enhance community resiliency and sustainability. These stories and cases will inspire, inform and advance our industry.

National Capital Area Energy Services Acquisition Project, Public Works & Government Services Canada (PGSC), Ottawa, ON
Tomasz Smetny-Sowa, Senior Director, Public Works and Procurement Services, Federal Government Canada + Andre
Cangucu, Chief Business Developer, ENGIE North America
US Capitol Power Plant Cogeneration Modernization, Washington, DC
Chris Potter, Director of Utilities & Power Plant Operations, Architect of the Capitol + Scott Clark, Vice President and
General Manager, Burns & McDonnell
National Western Center Development, Denver, CO
Barbara Frommell, Strategic Partnerships Director for Mayor’s Office, NWC + Carlyle Coutinho, President & COO, Enwave
Pittsburgh District Energy Network Expansion and Integration, Pittsburgh, PA
Jim Lodge, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Clearway Energy + Matthew Frist, Vice President,
Duquesne University

9:15am - 10:15am

Panel Discussion B: De-Carbonizing Cities with District Energy - Tools, Techniques, and Trends - Ballroom A

It’s become apparent that reducing emissions one building at a time is simply not adequate for the urgent task at hand. Communities large and small are now actively seeking collective, collaborative clean energy infrastructure to simultaneously strengthen economic competitiveness and cut carbon emissions. Community-scale aggregation for district cooling, renewable cooling, geo-exchange, thermal recovery, energy-sharing and CHP are all proven solutions that cities may deploy today. Panelists will describe recent projects and investments, effective policies and innovative business strategies for de-carbonizing cities and communities at scale.
Invited panelists include

  • Nina Axelson, Vice President, Public Relations, Ever-Green Energy, St. Paul, MN
  • Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer, Empower Energy Solutions, Dubai, UAE
  • Daniel Dixon, Energy Manager, District Energy Corporation, Nebraska Utilities Corporation, Lincoln, NB
  • Krishnan Iyer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Creative Energy, Vancouver, BC
  • Bjarne Munk Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, Aarhus AffaldVarme, Aarhus, DK
  • Tom Nyquist, Executive Director of Utilities & Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Lily Riahi, Senior Program Director, United Nations Environment, District Energy in Cities Initiative, Paris, FR
  • Michael Schack, Ph. D; Director, Decentralized Solutions for Cities & Territories, ENGIE, Paris, FR
10:15am - 11:00am

Refreshment Break with Business Partner Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibits - Exhibit Hall B

Track 1A - Energy Infrastructure Planning

Location - Ballroom B
Moderator - TBD

Track 1B - District Energy, CHP & TES

Location - Rooms 301, 302, 303
Moderator - TBD

Track 1C - Innovative Energy Solutions for Campuses & Cities

Location - Room 407
Moderator - TBD

Track 1D - Energy Savings & Value Based Maintenance

Location - Room 406
Moderator - TBD

11:00am - 11:30am

Connecting to Ottawa's Emerging Downtown Districts - Donald Grant & Tomasz Smetny-Sowa, Public Services & Procurement Canada

Implementation of TES in an Existing District Cooling Plant - Ahmed Al Kaabi, Empower Energy Solutions

Districlima, A District Energy System Success Story from Barcelona - David Serrano, ENGIE

District Energy System Performance & Savings: Approaches to Maximize End Use Performance - Kevin Fox, Jacobs Engineering

11:30am - 12:00am

Energy Infrastructure Planning for Resilience, Carbon Reduction & Flexibility - Mark Spurr, FVB Energy

CHP & TES: Strange Bedfellows or a Match Made in Heaven? - John Andrepont, The Cool Solutions Company

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center CHP - Saqib Khattak, CHA Consulting

Advanced Software for Optimized Energy Systems - Tristan Jackson, Advisian (Worley Parsons Group)

12:00pm - 1:30pm

IDEA Recognition and Awards Luncheon - Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom A

Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh will be recognized by the United Nations Environment District Energy in Cities Initiative for their collaboration, vision and commitment to modernizing local energy infrastructure through district energy/CHP/microgrids. Greater Pittsburgh stands out as a place of collaboration, cooperation, and common purpose serving the collective community interests for a more competitive economic future. Special recognition of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will be followed by remarks and a conversation among community leaders participating in the energy system renewal and renaissance.

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Dessert & Coffee with Business Partner Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibits - Exhibit Hall B

Track 2A - Approaches for Thermal Network Asset Deployment

Location - Ballroom B
Moderator - TBD

Track 2B - Resilient Energy for Critical Facilities

Location - Rooms 301, 302, 303
Moderator - TBD

Track 2C - Strategies for Project Engagement

Location - Room 407
Moderator - TBD

Track 2D - Innovative Energy & Water Solutions

Location - Room 406
Moderator - TBD

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Maximizing the Usefulness of Existing Assets: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Utility Master Plan - Justin Grissom, Burns & McDonnell

Fort Belvoir Deploys Base of the Future - Chris Evanich, S&C Electric

Planning an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage Project at the Ford Site, St. Paul, MN - Mark Worthington, Underground Energy; Michael Ahern, Ever-Green Energy

Reaching New Depths – How a Hospital Modernized a Subsurface District Energy Plant - Dave Ohler, RMF Engineering

2:45pm - 3:15pm

Data-Based Tools for the Planning & Development of Thermal Networks - Michael King, District Energy Development; Alastair Robinson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Paolo Michele Sonvilla, Creara; Joshua Thumim, Centre for Sustainable Energy

Resilient Airport Microgrids - Michael Walton, Burns Engineering; Michael Adams, Allegheny County Airport Authority

The Importance of Collaboration: Multiple-Stakeholder Management in 3rd-Party Financed DER Projects - Dave Yanni, GI Energy and Shelley McCain, Shell New Energies

Innovative Water Recovery System Saves 50M Gallons per Year - Gordon Judd, Clearway Energy

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Refreshment Break with Business Partner Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibits - Exhibit Hall B

Track 3A - Boston's Smart Utility Toolbox

Location - Ballroom B
Moderator - TBD

Track 3B - Microgrids Leveraging District Energy

Location - Rooms 301, 302, 303
Moderator - TBD

Track 3C - Savings with Energy Procurement, Liquid Biofuels

Location - Room 407
Moderator - TBD

Track 3D - Metering & Controls

Location - Room 406
Moderator - TBD

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Boston Smart Utilities Policy - Advanced Energy Solutions for New Large Developments in Boston - Manuel Esquivel, Boston Planning & Development Agency; Bradford Swing, City of Boston

Microgrids-Using the District Heating System as the Grid to Reduce Costs - Joseph Martorano, Kiely Family of Companies

Innovative Approach To Commercial Duct Sealing Offers New Low Hanging Fruit For Major Energy-Savings - April Frakes, Aeroseal

Hydronic Flow & Energy Metering: Best Practices for Selecting & Installing the RIGHT Metering Technology - Barry Dunham & Kat Liegl, ONICON

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Implementing Boston's Microgrid & District Energy Regulations - Terence Waldron, Waldron Engineering & Construction

Hospital Resilience Planning ─ Building Out a “Roadmap to Resilience” Through Microgrid Solutions - Maggie Clout, Siemens; Rene Martinez, AZ Corp

Renewables Procurement: Creating New Ways to Raise Sustainability - Chuck Lanager, Trane

Energy Conservation Through Sub-Metering at Northwestern University - Tim Angerame, utiliVisor; Julie Cahillane, Northwestern University

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Piloting Boston's Smart Utility Policy: Exchange South End - Derek Fehrer, WSP USA

Lessons Learned From a Number of Microgrid Feasibility Studies - Bahman Daryanian & Lavelle Freeman, GE Energy

Comparisons & Case Studies of Liquid Biofuels - Daniel Wallace, Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp

Data Informed Decision Making - Laura Christensen, Kerr Wood Leidal

5:30pm - 6:45pm

Reception with Business Partner Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibits - Exhibit Hall B

Wednesday, June 26

7:00am - 5:00pm

Conference Registration - Ballroom Gallery

7:00am - 7:50am

Continental Breakfast with Business Partner Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall B

7:15am - 7:45am

Speaker Orientation Meeting - Room 304

Track 4A - Planning for Pittsburgh's Energy Pathway

Location - Ballroom B
Moderator - TBD

Track 4B - District Energy & CHP

Location - Rooms 301, 302, 303
Moderator - TBD

Track 4C - Integrating Renewables & Low-Carbon Solutions

Location - Room 407
Moderator - TBD

Track 4D - Design, Construction & Commissioning

Location - Room 406
Moderator - TBD

8:00am - 8:30am

Introduction - Grant Ervin & Sarah Yaeger, City of Pittsburgh

Conceptualizing District Energy in Pittsburgh: The Grid of Microgrids - Greg Reed, University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy and the Energy GRID Institute

A Digital Network to Control a Modern DES - Serdar Tufekci, ENGIE

Planning for Capital Requirements for Carbon Reduction on University Campuses - James Bohn, FVB Energy

Design and Construction of a New District Energy System in Pittsburgh PA - Tim Johnston, Clearway Energy

8:30am - 9:00am

District Energy Systems in Pittsburgh: A Legacy of Leadership - Jim Lodge, Clearway Energy

District Energy Global Leadership: Developing 4th & 5th Generation District Energy Systems - Bo Riisgaard Pedersen, Consulate General of Denmark

Benefits of CHP/Cogeneration for District Heating & Health Campuses in a Changing Energy Environment - Robert Bouwens, Siemens

Decarbonizing a District Energy System - Robert Bland, Cornell University

Critical Facility CHP Commissioning: Lessons Learned - Brian Wodka & Joseph Luccese, RMF Engineering; Kevin Kanoff, PennState Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

9:00am - 9:30am

Connecting Local Infrastructure Goals to International Ideals: District Energy as a Strategy for Adaptation & Decarbonization - Katrina Kelly-Pitou, University of Pittsburgh

The Impact & Importance of District Energy in Building a Cleaner, More Efficient Pittsburgh - Elaine Trimble, Siemens

Integrated Solution for UTA Microgrid - Roberto del Real, University of Texas at Austin

Tapping into Wastewater Thermal Energy at the National Western Center in Denver - Barbara Frommell, City and County of Denver; Catherine Thorn, Enwave; Jim McQuarrie, Denver Metro Wastewater Reclamation District

Decommissioning a CHP Plant for Reuse - Christopher Csernyei & Hailey Slamka, CHA Consulting

9:30am - 10:00am

Panel Discussion - Moderated by Grant Ervin, City of Pittsburgh

CHP Design Considerations for Municipal Water Treatment Facilities - Paul Brown, Cleaver-Brooks; Jonathan Coleman, Solar Turbines

Assessing Resilience Gaps & Clean Energy Solutions at State-Owned Medical & Residential Care Facilities in Massachusetts - Geoff Gunn & Alan Glynn, Arup

Dirty Water vs. Clean Water...... Critical Flushing Techniques for New Building Connections - Russell Buras, Purge Rite

9:30am - 11:00am

Spouse/Guest Program - Architectural Walking Tour

10:00am - 10:45am

Refreshment Break with Business Partner Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibits - Exhibit Hall B

Track 5A - Communities & Customers as Partners

Location - Ballroom B
Moderator - TBD

Track 5B - Optimization for Thermal Systems

Location - Rooms 301, 302, 303
Moderator - TBD

Track 5C - District Cooling

Location - Room 407
Moderator - TBD

Track 5D - Resiliency Planning with Innovative Infrastructure Strategies

Location - Room 406
Moderator - TBD

10:45am - 11:15am

System Success Through Customer Care - Jenae Batt & Steve Rambeck, Ever-Green Energy

Impact of Combustion Turbine Upgrades on Heat Recovery Steam Generators - Anand Gopa Kumar, HRST Inc

Phasing Required for Adding CHW Capacity & Replacing Aging Infrastructure for an Urban Campus - Jim Harris, Burns & McDonnell; Mike Sinack, University of Pittsburgh

How to Integrate CHP & District Energy in City-Level Resilience Planning - Anne Hampson, ICF

11:15am - 11:45am

Accelerating Zero Energy Communities of the Future - Sarah Zaleski, U.S. Department of Energy; Ben Polly, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Benefits of Using Steam District Energy - Patrick Lach, Maxi-Therm; Tricia Marts, Veolia

How Data Acquisition Helps to Improve Plant Performance Effectively - Thani Al Mansoor, Empower Energy Solutions

The New Old Chiller - Rajesh Dixit, Johnson Controls

11:45am - 12:15pm

Positive Community Impact Through a Health System’s Sustainable Campus Transformation Plan - Peter Dahl, HGA; Sarah O'Keeffe, MetroHealth System

Optimizing Renewable Energy Sources for Campus District Energy - Andrew Haden, Wisewood Energy

A Study on District Cooling Systems in APEC - Elvira Gelindon, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre

Thermal Micro Grid – A European Solution for Smarter Cities - Lars Bierlein, E.ON Energilösningar

12:15pm – 2:00pm

IDEA Annual Business Meeting and Recognition Luncheon - Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom A

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Dessert & Coffee with Business Partner Exhibitors - Exhibit Hall B

Poster Exhibits - Exhibit Hall B

2:45pm - 5:30pm

Exhibit Hall & Poster Tear Down - Exhibit Hall B

Track 6A - Harnessing Renewable Energy & District Energy for Carbon Reduction

Location - Ballroom B
Moderator - TBD

Track 6B - Distribution System Best Practices

Location - Rooms 301, 302, 303
Moderator - TBD

Track 6C - Innovative Approaches to Resilient Cities

Location - Room 407
Moderator - TBD

Track 6D - Pipes, Trenches & Advances in Automation

Location - Room 406
Moderator - TBD

2:45pm - 3:15pm

Energy Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction: A Comparison of Colorado and California - Derek Fehrer, WSP USA

Energy Modeling & Analysis of Modern Absorption Cooling & Heating in District & CHP Systems - Bin Li, Broad USA

Resilient Cities & the New Energy Paradigm - Lidija Sekaric, Siemens; Grant Ervin, City of Pittsburgh

How Do the Differences Between Standards (EN, ASTM & ASME) Effect the Quality, Cost & Expected Service Life of a DE Scheme? - Jan Sundgaard, isoplus Piping; Dan Kelley, Ramboll

3:15pm – 3:45pm

A City’s Climate Toolbox: Exploring Water-Based District Heating and Cooling for Metro Boston - Cammy Peterson, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Insulation Secrets for Saving Millions in Energy Costs - Terry Roach, Shannon Enterprises

Hydropower: Smart Energy - Sonya Reiser, Jacobs Engineering

Case Studies on PE-RT Hot Water Piping for Campus Energy - Wes Long, Performance Pipe

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Partnerships for Energy Renewal - Soam Goel, Anbaric Development Partners

Infrastructure Management and Maintenance – The Nexus of Budgets, Staff and Knowledge - Albert Gilewicz, Sole Proprietor (Formerly Purdue University)

Using Generators and Batteries as Non-Wires Alternatives - Philip Gonski, Burns Engineering

What You Need to Know About Thin Insulation - TBD, Johns Manville

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Energy Planning for Carbon Reduction Outcomes - Dan Kelley, Ramboll

Antifouling Protection Drives Energy Savings - Noah Snyder, Interphase Materials

Sustainable Energy Saving Projects in Central Cooling - Sridharan Raghavachari, Online Energy Manager

When Should Advancements in Automation Be Exploited & When Should Owners Maintain Their Existing Systems - Mark Grant, Schneider Electric

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Chair's Cocktail Reception - Allegheny Foyer at The Westin Hotel

Business Attire

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Annual Chair's Recognition and Awards Banquet - Allegheny Grand Ballroom at The Westin Hotel

Business Attire

Thursday, June 27

7:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast and Technical Tour Presentations - Westmoreland at The Westin Hotel

9:15am - 1:00pm

Technical Tours - Multiple Tour Locations

Tours will visit Clearway Energy's Energy Center Pittsburgh Uptown plant and Duquesne University & Eaton's Power System Experience Center. Pre-registration is required to attend the Technical Tours.