2009: 100th Annual Conference & Trade Show

Sunday, June 28

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Poster Exhibition

Monday, June 29

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

US Department of Commerce “One on One Meetings” – Washington

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Conference Opening – Local Energy, Global Solution

Greeting and Introductions – Robert Thornton, President, IDEA
Welcome to IDEA’s 100th Annual Conference – Dennis Fotinos, IDEA Chair & CEO, Enwave Energy Corp.
Technical Program Recognition – David Musto, Conference Technical Chair & Principal, Thermo Systems, Inc.
Welcome to Washington, DC – David Mbonu, Conference Host & Director, GSA Heating Operations Transmission District

8:15 am – 9: 30 am

Conference Opening Plenary Session

District Energy/CHP: Local Energy, Global Solution – Why Not Now? - A special video presentation

Plenary session speakers included Phil Sharp, president of Resources for the Future; Olivier Barbaroux, chairman of Veolia Energy-Dalkia; and Thomas Casten, chairman of Recycled Energy Development Ltd. Moderator: Robert Thornton, IDEA President.

  • The Perfect Storm for District Energy? - Convergence of Energy and Environmental Policies – The Honorable Philip Sharp, President, Resources for the Future and former Member of Congress from Indiana. Sharp's Resources for the Future is the oldest Washington think tank devoted exclusively to policy analysis on energy, environmental and natural resource issues. He previously served 11 terms as a Congressman from Indiana with key appointments to energy and environment committees.

(Click for audio of Philip Sharp's speech; file may take a moment to fully load.)


  • District Energy – Essential Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities: Delivering Efficiency, Reliability and Environmental Benefits on an Urban Scale - Olivier Barbaroux, Chairman and CEO, Veolia EnergyBarbaroux reports that Paris-based Veolia Energy-Dalkia has 52,800 employees in 41 countries and operates 800 urban and local heating and cooling systems. The company has combined managed revenue of $11.9 billion (8.6 billion euro). In 2008, Dalkia prevented the discharge of 5.6 million tonnes of CO2, a reduction of 20 percent more than 2007.

Listen to Olivier Barbaroux's presentation here:

  • A Call To Action to Increase Efficiency, Enhance Energy Security and Avert Climate Change - Thomas Casten, Chairman, Recycled Energy Development, LLC. Casten has spent 30 years developing and operating combined heat and power plants as a way to lower carbon dioxide emissions and save money. Casten has co-authored "Getting the Most from Energy" with Phil Schew, where they conclude "we can't afford to send the large majority of our energy unused, into the sky."

Listen to Tom Casten's presentation here:

IDEA Industry Video: District Energy - Now's the Time

During the conference, IDEA premiered a new industry video, "District Energy--Now's the Time!". 

9:40 am – 10:40 am

A Changing Climate for Energy & Environmental Policy – What’s Next on the Road to Copenhagen? A panel discussion on emerging US energy and environmental policies, the new momentum for local, clean energy to spur global economic recovery, and lessons learned from emissions trading schemes (ETS) in Europe as the US moves closer toward carbon emissions regulations.

Panelists: Janet Anderson, Senior Technology and Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman, Kyle Danish, Member, Van Ness Feldman; Sabine Froning, Managing Director, Euroheat & Power; John Jimison, Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee; Douglas Kaempf, Program Manager, Industrial Technologies Program, US Department of Energy

Moderator: Mark Spurr, IDEA Legislative Director

11:10 am – 12:15 pm

Global Industry Perspectives – Investing in Infrastructure, Moving District Energy Forward
Senior utility executives discuss the changing landscape for district energy systems as customers look to “green” their buildings, adapt to volatile real estate markets, and seek lower carbon solutions.

Invited Panelists include Vincent Badali, Business Development, Consolidated Edison Steam; Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower; Bill DiCroce, Sr. Vice President, Veolia Energy North America; Jan Elleriis, Vice Director, Metropolitan Copenhagen Heating Transmission Company; Dennis Fotinos, President and CEO, Enwave Energy Corp.; Stan Gent, CEO, Seattle Steam Company; Shafiq Khoori, Managing Director, Palm District Cooling; Jari Kostama, Director, District Heating & CHP, Finnish Energy Industries; Sujit S. Parhar, CEO, Tabreed

Moderator: Robert Thornton, President, IDEA

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

IDEA Recognition Luncheon

EPA ENERGY STAR CHP Awards - Presented by Brian McLean, Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs US EPA to Consolidated Edison Steam Operations and Duquesne University

2:20 pm – 3:40 pm

Economic Stimulus – Government Policy Drivers and Industry Engagement – Where Are We Headed?
A panel discussion on the business climate for district energy/CHP beginning with an overview of new US energy and environmental policies and the potential for these programs to stimulate investment in district energy/CHP systems or conversely, to cultivate competition.
Presented by Mark Spurr, Legislative Director, IDEA and Shelley Fidler, Managing Director, Environmental and Governmental Resources, Van Ness Feldman.

Industry Leaders Panel – IDEA Business Partner Executives explore how government programs and regulations are impacting new business development, emerging market trends, new client needs, and an evolving business model in this new era of green solutions, tight capital and volatile energy markets.

Invited panelists include: Don Eppelheimer, Trane; Anwar Hassan, Johnson Controls, Inc.; Kurt Liebendorfer, Stellar; Chris Lyons, Solar Turbines; Edward Mardiat, Burns & McDonnell; David Musto, Thermo Systems, Inc.

Moderator: Robert Thornton, President, IDEA

4:10pm – 5:30 pm

IDEA Systems of the Year – Each year since 1993, IDEA member systems have competed for the coveted System of the Year Award. This session brings together all past Award Winners to discuss innovation, energy efficiency, and exemplary customer service in providing “best in class” services in cities and on campuses.

1993 - District Energy St. PaulEnergy Conservation, Economic Stability and Sustainability
(Click to download)
1994 - Energy Systems Company of Omaha24/7 Service Providing Six Nines of Reliability
(Click to download)
1996 - NRG Energy Center Minneapolis Networked, Reliable and Growing (Click to download)
1997 - University of California, Los Angeles – Landfill Gas Powers a Clean Energy Campus (did not attend)
1998 - Trigen Energy BaltimoreHarvesting Local Heat, Serving the Community -
(Click to download)
1999 - Enwave Energy Corp. – Heating and Cooling Toronto Without Warming the Earth
(Click to download)
2000 & 2007 – Consolidated Edison Steam Operations, New York – Building on Steam and Going Green
(Click to download)
2001 - Cornell University - District Energy Infrastructure for a Low Carbon Campus
(Click to download)
2003 - Seattle Steam CompanyRich History of Service, Future of Sustainability
(Click to download)
2004 - University of Missouri Columbia – Innovative Fuel Flexibility Cuts Carbon, Yields Savings
(Click to download)
2005 - University of Cincinnati - High Reliability for Mission Critical Customers
(Click to download)
2006 - Constellation Energy Project & Services Group - Delivering Value in Public/Private Partnerships
(Click to download)
2008 - Northwind Phoenix Night Ice Cools America’s Hottest Urban Market (Click to download

Moderator: Jack Kattner, Principal, Kattner Associates LLC.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

IDEA Poster Session – Special Invitation to Washington DC-based colleagues and congressional staff

Tuesday, June 30

7:00 am – 8:30 am IDEA Member Forum Meetings – Business Development, Operations, District Cooling and Sustainability Forums
9:00 am - 4:30 pm US Department of Commerce One-on-One Meetings – Potomac 5




Optimizing Customer Building Operations and Efficiency

District Energy Infrastructure for Reliable Efficient Systems

Planning, Designing, and Implementing District Energy Systems

8:00 am - 9:10 am
  • "Copenhagen’s District Heating System – Recovered Waste Heat Cuts Carbon Emissions and Delivers Energy Security," white paper by Robert P. Thornton Click to download
Shining the Spotlight on EPA ENERGY STAR Buildings Using District Energy Service

Overview of EPA ENERGY STAR for Commercial Buildings - Alexandra Sullivan, US EPA, ENERGY STAR, Commercial Properties

District Energy Serves ENERGY STAR Buildings:

Seattle Steam Company - David Easton

Hartford Steam Company - Jeffrey Lindberg

NRG Thermal, LLC - Jerry Pittman

Moderator: Steve Tredinnick, Syska & Hennessy

A Century of Service –Landmark Systems Trace History, Look Forward

Denver, CO – Xcel Energy Inc. Full Steam Ahead Since 1880- Stephen Kutska, Xcel Energy

Indianapolis, IN – Citizens Thermal Prepares for the Future -William Petty & James Dillard, Citizens Energy Group

Philadelphia, PA –Trigen/Veolia Energy Innovations and Investments - Jonathan Wohl, Trigen Veolia, North America

New York, NY – Consolidated Edison Steam Operations - Manhattan’s Essential Infrastructure - Vincent Badali, Consolidated Edison

Moderator: Joe Hoose, Cool Systems, Inc.

Regulations & Environmental Permitting for Sustainable District Energy

Environmental Permitting & Compliance - Kelly Bonds & Sandra Morse, Aegis Environmental

Safety & Performance - Ann McIver, Citizens Energy Group

Boiler Controls BACT - Robert Benz, Benz Engineering

Moderator: Patti Wilson, Affiliated Engineers

9:10 am – 10:20 am
Building an Energy Efficient Portfolio

General Services Administration National Capital Region Heating Operation and Transmission District (HOTD) Delivers Real Time Customer Intelligence - M. Richard Boyette, GSA HOTD

GSA Plans for High Performance Buildings - Bose Thomas, Chief Engineer Division, Public Buildings Service Office of Design and Construction Programs, GSA

Renewing a Landmark: The Empire State Building’s Efficiency Makeover - Joe Brillhart, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Moderator: Cliff Braddock, TAS

Campus Energy Systems Invest in Efficiency to Cut Carbon Footprint

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Fuel Flexible Solutions for a Growing Campus - Ray DuBose, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University Texas at Austin – Improving Efficiency Cuts Carbon and Costs - Juan Ontiveros &Ryan Reid, University of Texas at Austin

Princeton University – Optimizing Performance, Supporting the Grid - Tom Nyquist, Princeton University

Moderator: Lynn Crawford, Jacobs

Innovative and Sustainable District Energy Solutions

Using Seawater to for Sustainable Cooling in Honolulu – Anders Rydaker, Ever-Green Energy

Supplementing Natural Gas with Sustainable Wood Residue - Stan Gent, Seattle Steam

Oak Ridge National Lab Investment in Biomass Gasification - Phil Beaty , Nexterra & Jimmy Stone , Oak Ridge National Lab

Moderator: Bob Smith, RMF Engineering

10:50 am – 12:00 pm

Optimizing District Energy and End Use Energy Intensity

BREEAM – Analysis and Findings on Building Energy Intensity - Robin Wiltshire, Building Research Establishment Limited, UK

Optimizing Hydraulic Performance, Energy Efficiency, Reducing Costs & Emissions at University of Texas using Termis - Thomas Lund Hansen, 7-Technologies & Kevin Kuretich, University of Texas at Austin

Moderator: Mark Spurr, FVB Energy, Inc.

District Cooling : A Smart Grid Solution

Night Ice -Thermal Energy Storage Advantages to Electricity Grid - Mike Perfette, Northwind Phoenix

Enhancing CHP/Cogeneration with Thermal Ice Storage - Steve Benz, EVAPCO

Chilled Water Plant Control Strategies - Lee Cline, Trane

Moderator: John Andrepont, Cool Solutions Company

Innovative and Sustainable District Energy Solutions (contd.)

Enwave Deep Lake Cooling Innovation & Sustainability: Developing the Habit - Graham Harding, Enwave Energy Corporation

Critical Cooling for Data Centers – Ron Johanning, Affiliated Engineers

Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) CHP Expansion for Efficiency and Reliability - Ed Mardiat, Burns & McDonnell

Moderator: Kurt Liebendorfer, Stellar

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

IDEA Annual Business Meeting, Awards and Recognition Luncheon
U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Award to EVAPCO – Presented by the Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Full video of Secretary Locke's remarks about district energy:

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

IDEA How -To Symposiums – In Depth Training Workshops

District Energy and LEED

How to Support Customer LEED Applications

Overview of the LEED Program and its Impact

New Guidelines for District Energy, CHP & TES

LEED Requirements for Modeling District Energy

Investing In Your System To Attract Customers

Marketing your System to Building Owners and Architects & Engineers

Developing Winning Strategies

Session will include building and plant energy modeling demonstrations from an expert modeler.

Presenters: Tim Griffin & Seth Spangler, RMF Engineering; Mike Opitz, Vice President, LEED Implementation, US Green Buildings Council

Guide to District Energy - Community Development:
How to Evaluate, Master Plan and Develop Community Based District Energy Systems:

Guide to District Energy Community Development

Heat Planning

Hydraulic Balance in a District Heating System

Lifetime Cost Analysis with Focus on Pipes and CO2 Reductions

Life Cycle Costs and energy Efficiency Solutions for District Energy Networks

Innovative Solutions for Biomass-Based Energy Plants

Project Implementation Business Development & Promotion

Real Time Modeling and Simulation Software

You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure

Moderator: Jes Christensen, Danish Board of District Heating.

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

IDEA Centennial Gala Dinner at the National Building Museum (Black Tie optional. Buses depart main lobby)
An Evening of Recognition, Achievement and Celebration - IDEA Public Leadership Awards.

Wednesday, July 1

8:00 am – 9:00 am

District Energy Technical Tours Preview Breakfast – An Overview Of Technical Tour Locations and Facilities

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

International Energy Agency District Heating and Cooling Programme Executive Committee Meeting – Invitation only.

9:15 am Departure
12:15 pm Return

Tour – General Services Administration (GSA) Heating Operation and Transmission District (HOTD) and Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, July 2

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: International Energy Agendy District Heating and Cooling Programme Executive Committee Meeting--Invitation only.
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: IEA ExCo Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: IEA ExCo Special Tour of GSA Heating Opeatoin and Transmission District (HOTD) Facility

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