2010 BCEA Speaker Videos and Powerpoints
Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alaska Project
Senior Policy Advisor, In-State Energy, Alaska
Panel 1 – Retrofitting Buildings for Energy Efficiency
Moderator: Michael Barber
Partner, Continuum Industries
Dune Ives, Ph.D.
Founder, Milepost Consulting
Building the Business Case for Strategic Energy Management in the Built Environment
In the U.S., buildings consume approximately 40% of the total energy and account for roughly 38% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Rising utility rates, the impact of the economic downturn, and state level building performance disclosure regulations are putting pressure on building owners and managers to understand and manage building performance. Dune articulates the business case for energy efficiency retrofits in the built environment and an integrated focus on strategic energy management as a business imperative.
President, Clanton & Associates, Inc
Alaska’s Lighting Energy…Let’s Save 50% More!
Alaska summers produce an abundance of daylight, yet winter months crave it. Learn how effective lighting design complete with layers of light, efficient equipment, and intelligent controls can easily reduce energy use by 50%. Nancy’s presentation underscores the importance of daylighting, effective design, control systems, smart grid integration, and developing energy codes and incentives.
Director of Operations, Ameresco, Inc.
Energy Services Performance Contracting (ESPC) for Alaska
This presentation offers an overview of ESPC, comparing common contracting vehicles and how it can benefit continued energy efficiency in Alaska.
Retrofitting Buildings for Energy Efficiency: Question and Answer
Panel 2 – Designing Smart Buildings
Moderator: Lina Contrantinovici
Sustainability Strategy Consultant, Adaptive Edge
Partner, mayer sattler-smith
Working with Climate, Culture, and Technology
The Alaska Design Forum has been hosting international designers and architects since 1992. Klaus highlights case studies of houses in Anchorage and Eagle River and what sustainability can mean for architecture in Alaska.
Karl T. Schmid
Architect, Architekturbüro Schmid
Living in a Power Plant.
Karl’s presentation details how political conditions in Germany have created changes in building design that support decentralized power supply and self-sufficient homes and buildings.
President & CEO, Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Indigenous Wisdom, 21st Century Technology
The arctic, perhaps the most severe climate in the world, has been home to distinctive indigenous people for millennia. Today, despite its remoteness, the region is undergoing a rapid transformation – climate change, accelerated resource development, and a dramatic increase in energy prices are all challenging the environmental and cultural sustainability of northern communities and cultures. Jack explains how the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) is addressing the challenge of designing sustainable shelter for remote areas of the Far North and how what we are learning through this process can be applied to other locations.
Designing Smart Buildings: Question and Answer
Keynote – The New World of Green
Managing Director, Regenerative Ventures
David Gottfried shares insight, stories, experience and inspiration from his personal “greening” journey — as he progressed from a real estate developer in the booming 1980’s to founder of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils and pioneering visionary of one of the fastest growing green organizations in the world.
Panel 3 – Efficient Power Generation and Transmission
Moderator: Jim Posey
General Manager, Municipal Light and Power
President, T2 & Associates
Distributed Generation: Unique Opportunities for Alaska
Distributed generation and combined heat and power promise energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities to Alaska. The opportunities will likely not be realized without broad understanding of the technologies and economics as well as the necessary policies. Tom describes the technologies capable of 50-100% improvements in energy efficiency while taking advantage of locally sourced renewables and simultaneously avoiding costly infrastructure expansions. Associated facilitating policies were also discussed.
Tom Tanton: Distributed Generation: Unique Opportunities for Alaska PPT
Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
Is It Smart if It’s Not Clean? State Policies for Smart Grid Investments
Smart grid technologies can help minimize energy losses on utility distribution systems and reap energy savings for end-use customers. Lisa details how states can tap the smart grid’s potential for clean energy resources through smarter policies, regulatory support, targeted programs and customer engagement.
Lisa Schwartz: State Policies for Smart Grid Investments PPT
Bryan Hannegan, Ph.D.
Vice President, Environment & Renewables, Electric Power Research Institute
Dance Partners: Renewables and the Smart Grid
Increasing deployment of variable wind energy brings challenges to existing local and grid-connected power systems. Bryan highlights some of the Electric Power Research institute’s (EPRI) recent work in bringing together distributed renewables and a smarter grid as “dance partners” that can provide reliable, low-cost and environmentally sustainable sources of energy.
Efficient Power Generation and Transmission: Question and Answer
Discussion of Renewable Energy in Alaska
Facilitator: Cady Lister
Day Two: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alaska Project.
Panel 4 – The State of Renewable Energy in Alaska Today
Moderator: Meera Kohler
President & CEO, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
Vice Chairman, Kodiak Electric Association
Toward Energy Independence in Kodiak
Kodiak Electric Association, Inc. (KEA) completed a 4.5-megawatt wind project on Pillar Mountain in July 2009 that earned KEA the 2009 Wind Cooperative of the Year award from the U.S. Department of Energy. These turbines represent Alaska’s first megawatt-scale wind project. Ron highlights how the integration of wind power has been received by the Kodiak business community.
Jim St. George
President, STG Incorporated
Economics of Energy Systems in Rural Alaska
Jim focuses on the lessons learned from over three decades of heavy industry construction experience garnered through the execution of projects across Alaska. Drawing on his experience leading STG incorporated, he discusses the economic and social impacts that have been experienced through the community wind installations his firm has constructed. He also offers his perspective on the role renewable energy can play in developing more sustainable rural Alaska energy systems over the long term.
Jim St. George: Economics of Energy Systems in Rural Alaska PPT
Director, Iowa Office of Energy Independence
Iowa: Energy Independence, Economic Prosperity and the Map We’re Charting to Get There
Iowa is rich in renewable energy assets, leading the nation in the production of ethanol and in wind generation as a percentage of total power output. While Iowa’s resources are plentiful, the policy map to go from bold ideas to production has been long in the making. Roya details the landmarks (and the struggles) of Iowa’s renewable energy policy, from being the first state with a renewable energy portfolio standard in 1983 to the creation of the Iowa Power Fund in 2007 to the state’s vision for the future.
The State of Renewable Energy in Alaska Today: Question and Answer
Panel 5 – Opportunities for Growing Alaska’s Renewable Sector
Moderator: Bill Popp
President & CEO, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
Dr. Árni Ragnarsson
Executive Director, International Geothermal Association
Using Stranded Renewables for Value Added Manufacturing and Processing
Renewables play a key role in Iceland’s economy, both for industry and tourism. Arni covers the development of geothermal and hydropower resources in Iceland for heat and electricity generation. He also explains how Iceland has capitalized on its renewable resources and provides insight into how Alaska could do the same.
President & General Manager, Alaska Electric Light & Power Company
Water to Fuel: Hydro-Powered Electric Vehicles in Southeast Alaska
There is a potential opportunity to switch to electric vehicles in Juneau, where the road system is relatively small and the potential to harness more stably priced hydroelectricity exists. Tim discusses how electric vehicles would work in SEalaska, what the first steps toward such a shift are, and what Alaska Electric Light and Power Company (AELP) and others are doing right now to promote electric vehicles in Alaska’s capital city.
Director of Energy Programs, Energy Trust of Oregon
The Energy Trust of Oregon: A Focused Structure to Promote Efficiency and Renewable Energy
in 1999, the Oregon legislature established the Energy Trust of Oregon as an independent, non-profit organization to provide incentives, information and services to help consumers in the state make energy efficiency improvements and generate clean, renewable power. Oregon also established a stable, consistent mechanism to fund the trust’s programs. Peter discusses how the trust works through a network of more than 1,200 private contractors, installers and developers to provide a structure that has helped Oregon complete over 60,000 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects per year.
Opportunities for Growing Alaska’s Renewable Sector: Question and Answer
Keynote: Seizing the Energy Opportunity
Vice President for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress
Seizing the Energy Opportunity: Building Blocks of Federal Clean Energy Action in the 111th Congress
Panel 6 – Emerging Technologies: Diversifying Alaska’s Economy
Moderator: Katherine Keith
WiDAC Coordinator, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
Director, The Leighty Foundation
Making Ammonia Fuel From Alaska’s Vast Stranded Renewable Energy Resources
Much of Alaska’s abundant renewable energy is stranded in remote areas of the state, with no feasible way to transmit it to the state’s population centers. Bill discusses the possibility of converting these resources to anhydrous ammonia (nh3) fuel that can be stored in ordinary steel tanks and either used by local remote communities, or exported with existing storage and transportation technologies. The discussion will include a brief comparison of the technologies.
President, Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition
Alaska: The Ocean Renewable State
Since July 2005, when ocean renewable technologies were first re-introduced into the federal definition of renewable energy, Alaska has taken a leadership role in promoting marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies. Sean reviews Alaska’s efforts to promote MHK, as well as the market potential, environmental and financial resources and the tremendous ocean resources that are attracting the best and brightest of the MHK industry to Alaskan waters.
Director, British Columbia Innovative Clean Energy Fund
British Columbia’s Clean Energy Vision – Funding Innovative Technologies and Green Energy Solutions
The British Columbia (B.C.) energy plan is a vision for clean energy leadership that focuses on making B.C. energy self-sufficient in an environmentally responsible way. Out of that plan, the innovative clean energy (ICE) fund was created. The fund supports over 40 clean energy projects, which will provide economic and environmental benefits to the province. These projects demonstrate technologies such as solar, ocean/tidal, bioenergy, smart grid management and geothermal. Liz explains how Alaska’s neighbor is promoting renewables growth to set the foundation for a future of clean energy investments, energy conservation, strengthened environmental protection, regional job creation and first nations’ involvement in clean electricity development.
Emerging Technologies: Question and Answer
Discussion of Renewable Energy in Alaska
Faciliatator: Cady Lister