District Energy Workshop

Monday, June 24

7:00am - 7:00pm

Conference Registration - Ballroom Gallery

7:00am - 7:50am

Workshop Breakfast - Ballroom B

8:00am - 8:15am

Opening Remarks and Setting the Context - Laxmi Rao, IDEA

Cities, campuses, counties, states and nations across the globe are engaged in setting objectives and targets for a low carbon energy infrastructure. The focus is predominantly on electric technologies and often ignores the need to serve heating and increasingly cooling loads from end use sectors including campuses, airports, data centers, hospitals and industry. District Energy and combined heat and power can play incorporate thermal energy at scale and play a vital role in the path to a low–carbon energy infrastructure that is also reliable, efficient and resilient.

8:15am - 9:00am

Session 1 - Global Approaches and Best Practices for Low Carbon, Reliable and Resilient Energy Infrastructure

Panelists from the City of Boston, City of Pittsburgh, London, UK, Bogotá, Colombia and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston, will be invited to share insights into best practices and what local activities are being undertaken to embrace a path forward to an energy infrastructure of the future. Invited panelists include:

  • Bradford Swing, City of Boston, Boston, MA
  • Grant Ervin, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Michael King, District Energy Development Ltd, London, UK
  • Cameron Peterson, MAPC, Boston, MA
Moderator: Laxmi Rao, IDEA
9:00am - 10:00am

Session 2 - Planning & Development of Thermal Networks

This session will present THERMOS, a data driven tool that helps accelerate the planning and development of Thermal Networks, including designing a new network based on an existing energy source, adding new sites and connections to an existing network, and discuss approaches to methods and models for high resolution energy mapping data.

Presented by: Josh Thumin, Center for Sustainable Energy, Bristol, UK and Paolo Sonvilla, Creara Energy Experts, Madrid, Spain

10:00am - 10:30am

Refreshment Break - TBD

10:30am - 11:00am

The Comprehensive Energy Strategy Approach for Cities, Campuses & Communities Mark Adams, Duke Energy

11:00am - 12:00pm

Session 3 - Technology Deep-Dive on GeoExchange

This session will cover a variety of considerations that are critical for successful design and deployment of GeoExchange Systems to meet Decarbonizing objectives. 

Overview of Critical Design Factors – Mark Spurr, FVB Energy

  • Annual heating and cooling energy balance and/or more generous well spacing to ensure no long-term degradation in performance
  • Impact of new vs. retrofitted building space on temperature requirements and thus heat pump COP
  • Open loop vs. closed loop
  • Geologic variables
  • Distributed vs. district implementation

Expert panelists will discuss the opportunities and drivers for the development and deployment of GeoExchange systems in cities, towns and campuses. Invited panelists include:

  • Jeff Urlaub, MEP Associates
  • Mark Worthington, Underground Storage
  • Travis Hickford-Kulak, Corix Utilities

Moderator:  Mark Spurr, FVB Energy

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Workshop Luncheon -Ballroom B

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Session 4 - Pittsburgh Local Action & Path Forward

This session will showcase local systems, initiatives, action and strategies in Pittsburgh cities to meet low carbon objectives while ensuring business continuity and promoting innovation. Invited speakers include:
  • The Champion City – Grant Ervin, City of Pittsburgh
  • The Evolving District Energy Systems Landscape in Pittsburgh – Cliff Blashford, Clearway Energy
  • Energy Mapping for Decarbonization – Katrina Kelly, University of Pittsburgh
  • Energy Mapping at University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Carnegie Museums – Stephen Svoboda, University of Pittsburgh, TBD, Carnegie Mellon University and TBD, Carnegie Museums
  • The Aarhus Case: Cutting Carbon Emissions in Half with District Energy – Bjarne Munk Jensen, Aarhus AffaldVarme
  • Moving District Energy Projects from Concept to Completion: DE Handbook As A Tool – Shirin Karoubi, Danish Consulate in Toronto and Niels Vilstrup, Embassy of Denmark
3:00pm - 3:15pm

Refreshment Break - Location TBD

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Wrap Up and Discussion

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Forums- Multiple Locations

Open meetings for IDEA 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 Exhibit - Exhibit Hall B

7:00pm - 9:30pm

Welcome Dinner - 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.