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  • Thanks for Joining Us for IDEA2021

    It was an amazing conference, due in large part to the more than 830 people who attended online and in person. 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

More than 830 people connected and learned 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. The virtual program will remain online until the end of the year, register now to see what you missed.



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 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