The passage of Local Law 97 in 2019 promises to make New York City far more reliant on renewable energy than ever before. While the importance of this legislative accomplishment is difficult to overstate, it does have wider implications. As New York City is the largest city in the United States and has often taken the lead in setting the agenda for progressives nationwide, the city’s ability to successfully transform theory into practice (praxis) could influence how similar programs are implemented in other jurisdictions throughout the country.
However, many questions about implementation still remain answered. Where will this electricity be generated? When will it be available to New York City buildings? What policies will support this transformation?
For the Passive House community, as well as the green building community in general, the answers to these questions could shape the industry for years to come.
To shed light on this matter, the Urban Green Council will be hosting an online conference, Unlocking the Grid: Getting Renewables to NYC, June 17 from 9 am to 1 pm. Regulators, renewable energy developers, and industry experts will share how they are overcoming existing barriers and paving the path for a cleaner grid.
To register, follow the link here.
KEYNOTE PANEL: THE POLICY LANDSCAPE
The leaders of the three agencies responsible for the direction of New York’s energy policy will discuss the future of renewable energy in the state.
Alicia Barton | CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Gil Quiniones | CEO, New York Power Authority
John Rhodes | Chair, New York Public Service Commission and CEO, Department of Public Service
Moderator: John Mandyck | CEO, Urban Green Council
SESSION 1: REAL PROJECTS, REAL TIMELINES
Developers with active offshore wind and other renewable energy projects will share updates and insight into the ongoing process of bringing new utility-scale generation to New York City.
Julia Bovey | Director of External Affairs, Equinor
Hugues Girardin | Vice President of Development, Boralex
Christopher Hart | President, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind
Moderator: Doreen Harris | Vice President of Large-Scale Renewables, NYSERDA
SESSION 2: HOW WILL GREEN POWER FLOW?
New transmission capacity is needed to transport renewable power to New York City. This panel will address the current and future state of transmission projects and policies, and what it’ll take to bring low-carbon electrons to the city.
Donald Jessome | CEO, Transmission Developers Inc.
Richard Dewey | President and CEO, NYISO
Moderator: Julie Tighe | President, New York League of Conservation Voters
SESSION 3: WHERE BUILDINGS MEET GRID
New battery technologies are essential for building electrification to advance. Panelists will examine how this will impact buildings and on what timeline.
John Gilbert | COO, Rudin Management Company
Dan Steingart | Co-Director, Columbia University Electrochemical Energy Center
Damien Sciano | Director of Distribution Planning, ConEdison
Moderator: Charlotte Matthews | Director of Sustainability, Sidewalk Labs
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