September 27-29, 2021
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX

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  • In-Person Registration Closed, IDEA2021 Virtual Still Open!

    While registration for IDEA2021 in-person attendance closed Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021., you can still register for the IDEA2021 Virtual conference registration right up until the event starts. All registrants – in-person and virtual – will have access to the recorded presentations in the virtual conference platform until Monday, December 27, 2021. Read More

Connect with and learn from experienced energy leaders that are shaping the energy industry by joining us for IDEA2021: Powering the Future: District Energy/CHP/Microgrids at the Austin Convention Center September 27-29,2021. While we continue to monitor the safety of travel and gathering, we anticipate IDEA2021 - our 112th Annual Conference - will be a live in person conference with additional virtual content. Stay tuned for further details as they arise.

Your Health and Safety is Important to Us
Visit the Health & Safety Guidelines Page for more information on the safety protocols we will observe for IDEA2021

Hotel Reservation Extension
The Hilton Austin has extended it's special IDEA reservation rate through THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16. Reserve your room now before it sells out!


Powering the Future: District Energy/CHP/Microgrids

Cities, communities and campuses are seeking smarter and more sustainable solutions to improve energy resiliency, reduce emissions and stimulate local economic growth. Investments in district energy, combined heat and power and microgrids can help to achieve all three of these objectives concurrently, while preparing for a cleaner energy future.

By aggregating the thermal and electricity needs of dozens or even hundreds of buildings, district energy systems create economies of scale that enable integration of highly-efficient, sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure, including opportunities to de-carbonize and leverage local resources.

Program Topics To Include:

• Pathways for Migrating to Low-Carbon District Energy
• Opportunities to Integrate Electricity and Thermal Networks
• Geothermal and Geoexchange District Energy Systems
• Microgrids for Reliability, Redundancy and Resiliency
• Future Fuels: Hydrogen, Biomass, Biofuels and Recycled/Recovered Heat
• Net-Zero and Near-Zero Communities and Climate Action Plans
• Decarbonizing Communities With District Energy
• Emerging Business Models & Energy Procurement Strategies
• District Energy and CHP Case Studies
• System Optimization, Expansion, Modernization and Renewal
• District Cooling, Thermal Energy Storage and Turbine Inlet Air Cooling
• Integrating Renewables with District Energy/CHP
• Energy/Water Nexus, Water Resource Conservation and Optimization Strategies