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Briefing: "District Energy, CHP, Microgrids: Resilient, Efficient Energy Infrastructure"

Date: Tuesday, December 6
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Room G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE

The International District Energy Association (IDEA), the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC), and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) are pleased to hold this briefing providing policy guidance and showcasing proven technologies and exemplary cases that illuminate the potential for more robust U.S. investment in district energy microgrids.

Cities, communities and campuses throughout the nation are actively seeking more resilient, sustainable energy infrastructure to support economic growth and achieve environmental objectives. District energy microgrids incorporate combined heat and power (CHP) to deliver greater energy efficiency and optimize the use of local resources while strengthening the local and regional power grids.

District energy systems distribute thermal energy (steam, hot water, and/or chilled water) through a network of underground pipes to multiple buildings in an area, such as a downtown district, college or hospital campus. By aggregating the heating and air conditioning supply for multiple buildings, district energy systems optimize thermal energy efficiency. Moreover, they can use surplus heat from power plants, industrial processes and local renewable sources to cut emissions, reduce energy consumption and strengthen local economies.

Combined heat and power (CHP) refers to facilities that simultaneously generate electricity and useful heat, thereby achieving very high efficiencies-more than 80 percent in many cases. Microgrids are robust electricity networks that can be operated in parallel with, or independently of, the utility grid. These three technologies complement each other and can be implemented together, optimizing the whole energy system and creating much greater resilience, which is especially important when extreme weather events occur.

 

SPEAKERS:

  • Ted Borer, Energy Plant Manager, Princeton University @Princeton
  • Jim Lodge, Vice President, NRG Energy @nrgenergy
  • Michael Rooney, Manager of District Energy Initiatives, University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy @Pittengineering
  • Rob Thornton, President and CEO, International District Energy Association @districtenergy

District energy systems distribute thermal energy (steam, hot water, and/or chilled water) through a network of underground pipes to multiple buildings in an area, such as a downtown district, college or hospital campus. By aggregating the heating and air conditioning supply for multiple buildings, district energy systems optimize thermal energy efficiency. Moreover, they can use surplus heat from power plants, industrial processes and local renewable sources to cut emissions, reduce energy consumption and strengthen local economies. Combined heat and power (CHP) refers to facilities that simultaneously generate electricity and useful heat, thereby achieving very high efficiencies-more than 80 percent in many cases. Microgrids are robust electricity networks that can be operated in parallel with, or independently of, the utility grid. These three technologies complement each other and can be implemented together, optimizing the whole energy system and creating much greater resilience, which is especially important when extreme weather events occur.

  • Continental Breakfast will be served
  • Free and open to the public

Learn more with these brief informational videos:

This event was free and open to the public.

 

  • Materials from this briefing will be posted here after the event.
  • Contact: Amaury Laporte at alaporte@eesi.org; tel. (202) 662-1884.
  • @eesionline #eesitalk

• Exhibitors             • Sponsorships

This was a full day conference with panel discussions; table top exhibits, networking and media briefing.


MRC Policy Dialogue Webinar

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2:30-3:30 pm (EDT) (invitation only)

Moderated discussion on the MRC policy and regulatory agenda for 2016/2017; overview of work to date; review of MRC membership options and discussion of emerging priorities and planned events. This will be an important opportunity to voice your priorities for 2017. For information, contact: Cheryl Jacques, 508-366-9339.






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