The Energy Wise City-Agenda

The 2014 event featured a distinguished roster of speakers and panelists.

8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

9:15–9:50 a.m.

John Bradley
Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Energy, and Technical Services, New York University

Stephen Flynn
Professor of Political Science and Founding Director, Center for Resilience Studies, Northeastern University; Director, Master in Security and Resilience Studies Program, Northeastern University; Co-Director, George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

10:00–11:00 a.m.

Cities are capitals of economic activity and power consumption. How can Big Data inform our policies for creating more sustainable urban areas? How will access to information transform urban planning and the real estate sectors?


Constantine Kontokosta
Deputy Director, NYU Center for Urban Science + Progress; Director, NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment; Research Associate Professor, Civil and Urban Engineering, New York University


David Gilford
Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Director, Center for Economic Transformation

Jurij Paraszczak
Former Director, IBM Research Industry Solutions and leader of the Research Smarter Cities program

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Innovations in the transportation sector have made fuel alternatives such as natural gas and electricity a reality. What are the personal and mass transit vehicle opportunities? How can these fuels be integrated into distribution systems within urban environments?


Peter Gardett
Founding Editor, Breaking Energy


Patrick Hyndman
Director of Communications, Public Affairs, and Government Relations, Québec Government Office in New York

John Markowitz
Lead Engineer, Clean Energy Technology Group, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Matthew Tomich
Vice President, Energy Vision

12:15–1:45 p.m.

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Exciting ideas for urban sustainability are being cultivated globally—technologies for urban wind and solar farms, compost to fuel processes, urban natural gas electric plants. What technologies will shape the future of energy in our cities? How do we overcome the obstacles to scaling up these innovative efforts?


Kristin Barbato
Deputy Commissioner and Chief Energy Management Officer, City of New York


Donnel Baird
Founder, BlocPower

Cameron Bard
Special Assistant to the Chairman of Energy and Finance, New York State Governor's Office

Jackson Lehr
Director, Customer & Business Strategy, National Grid

3:00–4:00 p.m.

The electric utility industry is looking more and more at the decline of the fixed-line telecommunications business and seeing parallels between wireless telephony and the rise of distributed generation, especially solar photovoltaics. As customers use less and switch to self-generation, what are the implications for the utility business model? When will a utility "tipping point" likely occur? What should the response be of utilities to adapt to this new reality? Do policy makers and regulators need to act to smooth this transition?


Jonathan McClelland
Energy Economist; Director, M.J. Beck Consulting


Bob Currie
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Smarter Grid Solutions

Robert Curry, Jr.
Commissioner Emeritus, New York State Public Service Commission; Senior Advisor, Charles River Associates International

4:15–5:00 p.m.

Jigar Shah
Founder, Jigar Shah Consulting; Former CEO, Carbon War Room; Founder and Former CEO, SunEdison

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Energy Policy International Club (EPIC), CGA's student group.