Past Webinars


FREE WEBINAR: EPA's Air Quality Rules for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) and Their Application to Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

When: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Presented by: Combined Heat and Power Partnership


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has issued air quality regulations for reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) that place requirements on manufacturers, owners and operators of a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency stationary engines including CHP systems that have a gas-fired reciprocating engine as the prime mover. Depending on the engine type, CHP system owners and operators may need to meet operating and maintenance requirements, install controls, or conduct a performance test.


The EPA's Combined Heat and Power Partnership is hosting an interactive webinar that will include:

  • An overview of the regulations
  • A discussion of how the regulations apply to CHP systems
  • A summary of compliance issues affecting CHP systems
  • A step-by-step procedure for how to comply
  • A live demonstration of EPA's online compliance resources and tools
  • A question-and-answer period

Featured speakers will include:

  • Melanie King, US EPA Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards
  • Roy Crystal, US EPA Region I
  • Susan Lancey, US EPA Region I


For more information on the EPA's RICE rules: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/icengines/


Microgrid Concepts

Date and time: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 2:00-3:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)


This webinar is an overview of microgrids and whether or not they are right for empowering your campus goals. You will have the opportunity to view case studies and learn how microgrids enable reliability and reduce emissions and cost within your geographical location.


  • Michael Dempsey, PE, Department Manager, Burns & McDonnell—OnSite Energy & Power, Fort Worth, TX
  • Eric Putnam, PE, CEM, Senior Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, KS


Video recording of webinar 

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FREE WEBINAR: "Tools & Resources for Assessing District Energy Opportunities"

WHEN: Monday, March 31, 2014; 12-1:30 p.m. EDT


The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is pleased to announce a new free Partners for Climate Protection webinar, "Tools and Resources for Assessing District Energy Opportunities."

  • Ken Church, Team Leader, Communities, CanmetENERGY Housing, Buildings and Communities, Natural Resources Canada
  • Urban Ziegler, Chief Engineer, RETScreen International, CanmetENERGY Natural Resources Canada
  • Andre Mech, Principal, MECH and ASSOCIATES

More and more local governments are considering district energy systems to manage community energy consumption, reduce GHG emissions and grow local economies. The benefits of district energy are well understood, but many local governments lack the tools to fully assess the potential social, economic and environmental outcomes of building district energy systems in their communities.
Join this webinar to hear about several tools and resources for evaluating the impacts of district energy systems. Learn to forecast GHG reductions, build a business case that, and more.
Register today. You will receive a confirmation within one working day.

Questions? Please email Jon Connor, PCP program officer, or call him at 613-907-6340.



IDEA Mutual Assistance for District Energy (MADE)
Annual Table-Top Exercise Webinar

WHEN: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mutual aid plans have long been used by electric and gas utilities. IDEA has developed this Mutual Assistance for District Energy (MADE) program to provide a voluntary system for sharing trained personnel resources and emergency equipment among IDEA Member Organizations in the event of such disasters. As a component of the MADE program, an annual Table Top Exercise is to be held.

On October 17, 2013, IDEA system Members were invited to attend the first MADE Table Top Exercise. The event, which was presented as an interactive webinar, simulated an actual emergency scenario affecting a major district energy system.

Chris Lieberman and Rich Boscarino (click names for bios) of Con Edison Emergency Management volunteered to present this first MADE Table Top Exercise event. The event ran for one hour, 10 minutes. If this were a real emergency, several such conference calls would be made over the duration of the emergency operation.

IDEA hosted this presentation to introduce and walk participants through a rigorous and dramatic training scenario, which will include active roles by MADE Participating Members. All IDEA member systems were invited and encouraged to attend and learn the ropes.

We encourage your inquiries about the MADE Program, which is voluntary and free to IDEA member systems.

For more information about the MADE program, contact IDEA at 508-366-9339 or idea@districtenergy.org.

Please feel free to invite all colleagues who you feel might benefit to watch the video recording of this free tutorial:

Impacts of Superstorm Sandy–Con Edison of New York, Inc., Steam Operations

Superstorm Sandy's Impact on Steam Distribution in Manhattan, Christina Ho, et al., Consolidated Edison Steam Operations. (This presentation was given as the anchor element of a Webinar presented by remotely from New York City during the 26th IDEA Campus Energy Conference, Distribution Workshop, in San Diego, California, Feb. 19, 2013.)

"Texas CHP Interconnection, Permitting, and Siting Requirements."

Date: April 30, 2013

• Audiovisual recording here.

Archive and calendar of past and upcoming webinars.


Contact: Ross Tomlin, Clean Energy Policy and Outreach, U.S. Department of Energy Gulf Coast Clean Energy Application Center; Research Associate,  Houston Advanced Research Center

281-363-7922 (o)  |  713-385-4408 (c)  |  281-363-7935 (f)

www.GulfCoastCleanEnergy.org | #chpgreengiant

District energy planning & policy measures for BC local governments

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

District energy (DE) systems have excellent potential to help build low carbon and energy secure communities, particularly in areas with higher density development. While some new buildings under construction in BC are already being built with hydronic heating systems, many new buildings, particularly multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), are built with electric resistance heating systems (e.g. baseboards) and are incompatible with future DE systems.

This webinar discusses planning & policy measures that a local government can implement to encourage or mandate DE ready buildings.

Following an introduction from the Community Energy Association (CEA) with an overview of the available policy measures, the webinar will consist of presentations from local governments including the City of Surrey and the City of Fort St John on measures they have implemented, with an opportunity for Q&A.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


IDEA Webinar: "How to Utilize IDEA Membership Resources—A Practical Guide to Services, Industry Information and On-line Tools"

Presented: Wednesday, January 30             Listen to Recording      • Download slides

This webinar, designed especially for our newest IDEA members from Canada, provides an overview of the range of information resources and industry tools available to IDEA members and explains how to leverage these resources to help in growing your district energy business.


"Defining and Implementing Chiller Plant Optimization ," (3rd in a series of 3) December 6, 2012
This webinar is the third and final webinar in the Johnson Controls and IDEA hosted series: Optimizing Your Chiller Plant Room.  This webinar concludes the series by identifying and busting the main myths of central chiller plant optimization. 

If you were unable to attend the first two sessions in this series, it is highly recommended that you listen to the recording of the first session "The Benefits of Using Variable Speed Drives in Central Plants with Multiple Chillers" and the second session "Designing a Chiller Plant Room to Be the Most Efficient."  The final webinar builds upon the concepts that were presented in these first two sessions. The recording and presentations can be found here: http://www.districtenergy.org/webinar-proceedings


  • Dave Klee, Director, Optimized Building Solutions, Johnson Controls. Dave is in his 16th year at Johnson Controls and is currently the Director of Optimized Building Solutions in North America. He started his career as a Sales Engineer with York international and was most recently Director of Channel Marketing and Strategy for HVAC Systems North America. In that role, Dave developed Johnson Controls' Central Plant Optimization (CPO) strategy and is now responsible for the successful growth and general management of those offerings. Dave graduated from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and earned his MBA at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Dave is also a LEED accredited professional. 
  • Ben Erpelding P.E., C.E.M, Chief Technical Officer at Optimum Energy. Ben has more than 15 years of experience in energy efficiency, central plant optimization, and combined heat and power. He has worked on over 1000 chilled water plants throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Ben received his Master of Science, with an emphasis in Combined Heat and Power, a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from San Diego State University. Ben is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California and a member of the HPAC Engineering magazine Editorial Advisory Board.

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IDEA Presentation for Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), Nov. 13, 2012
Presenter: Robert Thornton, IDEA President & CEO, "Community Energy Planning: How to Incorporate Combined Heat and Power and District Energy for Robust Efficiency"
"Designing a Chiller Plant Room to Be the Most Efficient," (2nd in a series of 3) Oct. 11, 2012.
Speakers: Roy Hubbard and Bill Stewart, Johnson Controls Inc.; Moderator: Laxmi Rao, IDEA

"The Benefits of Using Variable Speed Drives in Central Plants with Multiple Chillers," (1st in a series of 3) August 16, 2012.

Presenter: Fred Berry, Johnson Controls Inc.; Moderator: Patti Wilson, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

"Community Energy Planning: How to Incorporate Combined Heat and Power and District Energy for Robust Efficiency," Nov. 13, 2012.

Speaker: Robert Thornton, President & CEO, IDEA

  • Presentation
  • Video recording
  • FREE Download: IDEA Community Energy Development Guide

  • 2011

    "District Energy and CHP–Valuable Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities," Nov. 17, 2011

    In May 2011, the International Energy Agency issued a report in which heat, or thermal energy, was found to be the primary end-use of energy at 37% in OECD countries and  at 47% globally—more than transport and electricity generation combined.  Clearly, to develop more sustainable cities and communities, infrastructure investment in thermal energy is critically important. 

    This free webinar will provide an overview of the emergence of district energy in North America and will discuss two cases in detail:  the award-winning and highly efficient CHP district energy system at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the private/public partnership investment in district heating and cooling for downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  

    Speakers: Robert Thornton - President and CEO, IDEA; Ray DuBose - Director, Energy Services at UNC-Chapel Hill; Harry Ragsdale - President, Thermal Engineering Group, Inc.

    Innovation Insights Webinar: "Large Capacity Water-to-Water Heat Pumps," Aug. 18, 2011

    This webinar provides a brief description of heat pumps, identifies the key benefits of installing a heat pump, explains the most important factors that impact heat pump selections and applications; highlights various system designs and control issues; and presents short case studies of sites with installed large capacity water-to-water heat pumps. IDEA was pleased to offer this free Webinar on an important low-carbon energy technology with applications in industry, healthcare, campus and research facilities.

    Presenters: Joseph Catrambone, Applications Manager, Johnson Controls, Inc.; Christian Paraskevakos, Contract Engineering Manager, Johnson Controls, Inc. .
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    "Streamlining CHP Project Development," April 27, 2011

    Learn how a project developer can simplify and expedite the process of building a small-scale CHP system at a commercial or industrial setting. Topics include feasibility studies, pre-construction design, permitting, construction, and innovative business models.

    Host: Dan Bullock, GC RAC
    Guest speaker: Cliff Braddock, RobustEnergy

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    District Energy and LEED: Guidance on Buildings Connected to District Energy Systems, April 12, 2011

    This Webinar was offered by the International District Energy Association (IDEA), supported by the US Department of Energy Clean Energy Regional Application Centers and sponsored by Con Edison Steam Operations, a prominent IDEA member company. This one-hour webinar covers the new LEED guidelines published in December 2010 for buildings that are connected to district energy networks, receiving steam, hot water and/or chilled water service for heating and cooling. Over the past two years, USGBC and IDEA worked collaboratively to update the treatment of LEED credits to reflect the energy efficiency and environmental benefits related to district energy systems serving buildings in cities, campuses, bases and other settings.

  • Robert Thornton presentation: "District Energy & LEED"
  • Tim Griffin presentation: "LEED and District Energy Guidance"
  • "Con Edison Steam System: Largest Steam System in the World"— Vincent Badali, Section Manager, Con Edison
  • Click here for additional information about LEED.
  • Combined Heat & Power (CHP)—Essential for a Cost-Effective Clean Energy Standard," April 12, 2011

    "District Energy/CHP: Essential to a Cost Effective Clean Energy Standard," April 7, 2011

    This webinar will:

    • Describe combined heat and power (CHP) in the US district energy industry.
    • Discuss considerations for a Clean Energy Standard (CES)
    • Analyze the comparative economics of CES credits based on avoided primary energy consumption and GHG emissions reductions of CHP compared to electricity from a natural gas combined cycle plant and heat from a natural gas boiler.
    • Describe successful cases where CHP has delivered economic and environmental benefits.

    Presenters: Mark Spurr, Legislative Director and Rob Thornton, President and CEO, International District Energy Association

    DOE Gulf Coast Clean Energy Application Center: "Financing CHP Projects," March 30, 2011

    This webinar addressed bond financing options primarily for large projects. It also briefly covered existing policies and incentives available to help fund projects of various sizes. Intended for Architects, engineering firms, and city planners. Knowledge level: Basic to Advanced 

    Host: Ross Tomlin, GC RAC
    Guest speaker: Les Krone, Stern Brothers

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    "District Energy and LEED: Guidance on Buildings Connected to District Energy Systems," March 29, 2011

    Sustainability is today’s buzzword and the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating is the brand building owner’s covet, but what does it mean for District Energy? How do you apply the USGBC’s LEED guidelines to project buildings that receive energy from district systems? IDEA has been working closely with the USGBC to answer these questions. As a result, the USGBC has recently released an updated district energy guide for their new construction and major renovation rating system and a new guide for their existing building rating system. Find out what these guidelines mean for District Energy, what information project designers will need about your systems, and how you can educate your customers on the benefits your system provides relative to the LEED rating system.

    This webinar is sponsored by NRG Energy and RMF Engineering and supported by the US Department of Energy


    An Effective State Policy for Clean, Efficient Energy Massachusetts APS (Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard) for Combined Heat & Power (CHP)," Dec. 17, 2010

    This Webinar was broadcast free-of-charge to nearly 200 attendees by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Regional Application Centers and was designed to inform state policy makers, regulators, utility leaders and clean energy professionals.

    BACKGROUND: On January 1, 2009, Massachusetts established an Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS) under the Green Communities Act of 2008.  APS has been a highly effective incentive for businesses, institutions, and governments installing eligible alternative energy systems which are not renewable. Similar to the RPS, it requires a certain percentage of the state’s electric load to be met by eligible technologies, including Combined Heat and Power (CHP). Combined Heat and Power in conjunction with a District Energy System is a proven, readily available and highly-effective clean energy solution that provides high energy efficiency, enhanced reliability and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

    Refer to the 2009 Results of the Massachusetts APS and learn how to structure a similar policy in other states.


    NARUC International Relations Sub-Committee: "District Energy and Combined Heat & Power: Local Solution, Global Benefits," July 7, 2010.
    IDEA President and CEO Rob Thornton briefed the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners on the fundamentals of district energy, combined heat and power and waste heat recovery and the demonstrated benefits of these processes in the U.S. and abroad.
    Recording: "District Energy and Combined Heat & Power: Local Solution, Global Benefits"

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