August 27


12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Registration, Check-In, and Exhibitor Booth Set-up
  1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Concurrent Topical Workshops

A. R&D Connector: Buildings as Grid Assets (NEEP)

Drivers, Status & Needs: Buildings as Grid Assets in the Northeast
  • David Lis, Director of Technology and Market Solutions, NEEP
  • Scott Johnstone, President, Packetized Energy
  • David Nemtzow, Director, US DOE Building Technologies Office
  • Guy Sliker, Director of Grid Integration, NYPA
  • Dr. Steve Letendre, Principal Associate, Synapse Energy Economics
Regional Opportunities to Advance Buildings as Grid Assets
  • Giselle Procaccianti, NEEP Commercial & Industrial Manager
  • Zach Sussman, Senior Specialist, Pilots & Emerging Technologies, Con Edison
  • Dr. Steve Letendre, Principal Associate, Synapse Energy Economics
  • Paulomi Nandy, Senior Building Pilot Associate, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

B. Technology Innovations for Building Decarbonization (EPRI)

Buildings are becoming cornerstones for energy transformation located at the intersection of energy use, data, and energy generation. This session will focus on low- and mid-rise residential and office buildings, along with high-rise commercial buildings, to identify new technologies, opportunities, and gaps to address, to further this transformation. This session will weave in the concepts from EPRI’s Grid-Ready Energy Analytics Training (GREAT) with Data program to enable training of the future workforce, who are immersed in data analysis, to be able to effectively incorporate these new technologies. The goal of this session is to arm participants with information about opportunities for new technologies for building decarbonization, and to enable an understanding of how the emerging world of data and analytics will impact, and can develop, the workforce of the future.

Session Lead: Ram Narayanamurthy, Advanced Buildings Program Manager and Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Sean Armstrong, Zero Net Energy Designer and Managing Principal, Redwood Energy
  • Steven Coley, GREAT with Data Program Manager, EPRI
  • Ron Domitrovic, Customer Solutions Program Manager, EPRI
  • Donovan Gordon, Director of Clean Heating & Cooling, NYSERDA
  • Alisa Kreynes, Chief Development Officer, SolarSkyrise, Inc.

C. State Air Regulators Private Meeting (NESCAUM)

  4:30 PM - TBD
Speaker Orientation in Main Ballroom
Green Living, EPRI & NEEP
  • Review the Agenda
  • Tour the Space
  • Answer Any Questions
  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Opening Reception at the Exhibits

August 28


  7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast at the Exhibits
Student Mentoring Program Kick-off
  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Our Intergenerational Calling: Why and How We Must Dramatically Reduce Northeast State GHG Emissions by 2030

Why are building and transportation GHG emissions now the most urgent economic, environmental and social justice problem for the Northeast to solve? What’s possible now and what is still needed?

  • Opening and welcome from EPRI, NEEP and NESCAUM
    • Salvador A. Casente, Jr., Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Secretary, EPRI
    • Sue Coakley, Executive Director, NEEP
    • Paul Miller, Executive Director, NESCAUM
  • Symposium Co-Chairs Welcome
    • Alicia Barton, President & CEO, NYSERDA
    • Gil Quiniones, President & CEO, NYPA
  • Welcome
    Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

  • Keynote
    Dale Bryk, Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment, New York Governor's Office

  • Public Policy Leadership Panel
    Moderator: Sue Coakley, Executive Director, NEEP
    • Panelists:
    • Alicia Barton, President & CEO, NYSERDA
    • Victoria Hackett, Deputy Commissioner, CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
    • Upendra Chivukula, Commissioner, NJ BPU
    • David Nemtzow, Director US DOE Building Technologies Office
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning Break at Exhibits
Decarbonization Roundtables - Round 1
Topics open to event participants to propose and facilitate
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Breakout Session #1:
Our Biggest Decarbonization Challenges


Decarbonizing Large Affordable Multifamily Housing

Recent solicitations for affordable housing in the northeast are making passive house design for new affordable multifamily buildings cost-effective. The next big challenge is to improve existing, large, affordable multifamily housing with deep efficiency and electrification while preserving affordability and improving occupant health, safety and comfort. This session will explore leading programs, policies and initiatives to achieve this.

Moderator: Ram Narayanamurthy, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

  • Sadie McKeown, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Community Preservation Corp.
  • Christina McPike, Energy and Sustainability Director, WinnCompanies
  • Ed Connelly, President, New Ecology


Accelerating Infrastructure Buildout Ahead of the Coming Boom in EV Adoption

The EV tipping point is fast approaching. Panelists will address the challenge of scaling up public and private sector infrastructure investment to keep pace with the growth in EV adoption, meet evolving charging needs and achieve the right balance between the desire for fast charging and the need for managed charging to ensure grid benefits.

Moderator: Doug McMahon, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, New York Power Authority

  • Wayne Killen, Director, Infrastructure Planning and Business Development, Electrify America
  • Michael Replogle, Deputy Commisioner for Policy, New York City Department of Transportation
  • Terrence Sobolewski, Rhode Island President and U.S. Chief Customer Officer, National Grid
  • John Halliwell, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Luncheon with Utility Executive Panel: The Decarbonized Utility of the Future
  • Moderator: Rich Sedano, President & CEO, Regulatory Assistance Project
    • Matt Ketschke, Senior Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, ConEdison
    • Sarah Orban Salati, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer, NYPA
    • Marcy L. Reed, Massachusetts President and Executive VP of US Policy and Social Impact, National Grid
    • Val Jensen, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy, Exelon
  1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Breakout Session #2:
Disruptors Bringing Solutions to Scale


Smart, Efficient, Clean Heat at Scale

Advanced heat pumps, thermal retrofits, and smart controls are key to economically reducing building sector GHG gas emission in cold climates like New England and New York. With the oldest building stock and the highest use of heating oil in the nation, the northeast is a prime target for accelerated adoption of these technologies. This session will explore scalable, market-ready products and solutions to decarbonize the region’s existing homes and buildings.

Moderator: Dave Lis, Director of Technology & Market Solutions, NEEP

  • Eric Dubin, Sr. Director Utilities and Performance Construction, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC
  • Ronald Domitrovic, EPRI Staff
  • Donovan Gordon, Director of Clean Heat, NYSERDA
  • Michael Stoddard, Executive Director, Efficiency Maine
  • Greg Hale, NYSERDA Senior Advisor for Energy Efficiency & Finance for Retrofit New York & EnergieSprong


Electric Mobility in the New Smart City

Well-integrated networks of clean mobility services – including electric transit, zero-emission ride hailing, and scooters and bikes – will be key to achieving steep reductions in vehicle emissions while decreasing urban gridlock and improving transportation equity. This session will explore strategies for accelerating this revolution in urban transportation, with a focus on ways to expand access to clean and affordable services in underserved areas, advance electrification of ride hailing fleets and build connectivity across services using transportation data and strategic infrastructure investments.

Moderator: Kit Kennedy, Senior Director, Climate and Clean Energy Program

  • Britta Gross, Director, Mobility Transformation Program
  • Nick Sifuentes, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
  • Joseph Chow, Deputy Director, C2Smart University Transportation Center, NYU
  • Chris Snyder, Sr. Vice President of Expansion/CEO of ViaVan, Via Transportation
  3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break at the Exhibits
Decarbonization Roundtables - Round 2
Ad Hoc Topical Roundtables in the Exhibit Area open to event participants to propose and facilitate
  3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Breakout Session #3:
Decarbonization Deep Dive Sessions
Facilitated Deep Dive Sessions on Electrification and Decarbonization Issues

1. State and Local Building Decarbonization Roadmaps

State and local communities are responding to climate stabilization goals by developing policy and program roadmaps to reduce the direct use of fossil fuels in buildings and transport. This session will explore the state of the art in developing decarbonization roadmaps with a focus on recent plans for several Northeast cities.

Session Facilitator: Neil Veilleux

Topical Experts:
  • Asa Hopkins, Synapse Energy Economics
  • Jenna Tatum, Building Electrification

2. Ramping-up Electrification to Address Gas Pipeline Constraints

The northeast region is in the midst of a major energy transition. New York and other localities have established goals to decarbonize the economy at an unprecedented level. Building electrification is one solution to do that. At the same time, the existing fossil fuel infrastructure in the region is strained, with pockets of demand for natural gas exceeding projected supplies. Limitations on new natural gas customer connections and opposition to siting of new natural gas pipelines is part of the public discourse in the region. This situation creates an imperative for the rapid scaling of heat pump solutions—in particular in areas facing natural gas supply constraints. The session will explore approaches to support rapid scaling of heat pump solutions in targeted geographical areas—covering topics of new scalable business models/services, successful partnerships, workforce needs, targeted consumer awareness, and policy adjustments.

Session Facilitator: Eleanor Stein, Professor, Mediator, Administrative Law Judge at Albany Law School
  • David Logsdon, ConEd, Manager of Non-Pipeline Alternatives
  • Tim Weber, President, Diverso Energy
  • Tim Banasch, Sr Vice President, GI Energy
  • Mick Schwedler, Ingersoll Rand/Trane
  • Owen Brady, Manager, Future of Heat, National Grid

3. Democratizing Big and Little Data: The Challenge of Balancing Competing Interests

The trend toward democratization of transportation data has the potential to accelerate innovation and provide transportation planners and mobility services and charging providers with information to make informed business and public policy decisions that could lead to a more efficient, sustainable, and equitable urban transportation system. At the same time, requiring broad access to these data raises challenging public policy questions about what’s required to protect competitive business, innovation, and privacy interests. What can we learn from these data and how should government policymakers balance these competing interests?

Session Facilitator: Nick Nigro, Founder, Atlas Public Policy

Topical Experts:
  • Rodney Stiles, Assistant Commissioner, Data and Technology, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

4. Building Workforce Capacities to Install Heat Pumps

A growing range of advanced cold climate heat pump makes and models are increasingly available to provide reliable air conditioning and space heating with a remarkable level of energy efficiency, e.g., a co-efficient of performance (COP) of 1.5 to 4.0 or better even in very cold weather. However, this new generation of HVAC equipment requires trained, knowledgeable specifiers, installers and inspectors to appropriately match and install equipment to meet specific homes and building conditions—a particular challenge for existing homes and buildings. This session will discuss the needs, initiatives and collaborations of industry, utilities and state and local government to build the workforce capacities needed to install advanced heat pumps at scale.

Session Facilitator: Adele Ferranti, NYSERDA

Topical Experts:
  • Eleanor Kahn, NYC Mayors Office of Sustainability
  • Adam Romano, Steve Winter Associates
  • Jake Marin, VEIC

5. Improving Equity in Clean Transportation

Improving equitable access to mobility services as we decarbonize transportation is a growing priority among government agencies, utilities, mobility service providers, leading climate and energy non-profit organizations and others. This session will explore approaches to assessing how equitable transportation systems are, and lessons learned from efforts to expand affordable electrified mobility services in historically underserved areas.

Session Facilitator: Nick Sifuentes, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Topical Experts:
  • Jamie Love, Senior Program Officer, Institute for Sustainable Communities

6. Utility Regulatory Solutions for Electrification

Efficient Electrification to displace the inefficient use of fossil fuels in transportation and buildings presents several challenges (and opportunities) for utility regulation. What is the role of regulators and utilities to promote efficient electrification? When and how should utilities be compensated? What benefits and challenges does increased use of electricity present to ratepayers? Who should pay for grid and other infrastructure upgrades to support increased electrification? What is the role of time-of-use rates? This session will explore these issues with lessons learned from states that have begun to address electrification.

Session Facilitator: Nancy Seidman

Topical Experts:
  • Paul Allen, MJ Bradley & Associates
  • Rebecca Tepper, MA Attorney General Office
  • France Lampron, Director of Transportation Electrification, Hydro Quebec

7. Northeast Trends in Advanced Building Energy Codes & Standards

Advanced building energy codes and standards are a key element of state and local plans to achieve climate stabilization goals. This session will explore leading trends and developments in building energy codes including building energy rating, labeling and benchmarking to support efficient building electrification and the integration of EV charging, customer integrated PV and battery storage, and smart controls for new, renovated and existing buildings.

Session Facilitator: Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite, Director of Building and Community Solutions, NEEP

Topical Experts:
  • Emily Hoffman, PE, CEM, LEED AP

8. Hydrogen as a Transportation Decarbonization Solution

This session will explore the role of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in light-, medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications, what is needed to support early market development and achieve a self-sustaining FCEV market in the Northeast, and the use of hydrogen to enable generation of more renewable energy across the grid.

Session Facilitator: Dave Edwards, Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide

Topical Experts:
  • Michael Lord, Executive Engineer, Product Regulatory Affairs, Toyota Motor North America
  • Kira Dunn, Grant Manager, Hydrogen Product Development Center, Shell

9. Building An Informed and Positive Public Narrative

Building and transportation electrification and decarbonization change how people use energy in their everyday lives. While it can provide multiple benefits, the what, why, and how of these changes are not widely understood. This session will explore how to build a positive public narrative that motivates people to action. It will include how to develop key messages and how to inform and engage media influencers and spokespeople to build public knowledge and understanding of electrification and address concerns as well as misunderstandings.

Session Facilitator: Clay Perry, Senior Media Relations Manager, EPRI

Topical Experts:
  • Cat Lazaroff, Managing Director, Resource Media
  • Ben Jervey, Desmog
  5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Organized Networking Dinner Clubs

August 29


  7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast at the Exhibits
  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Millennial Leaders: The Future is Theirs

How are young political leaders, professionals and activists in the Northeast leading the way to a sustainable, equitable, low-carbon future in buildings and transportation? This session will feature presentations from young leaders on strategies to accelerate electrification and decarbonization solutions.

Moderator: Ben Hellerstein, Director of Environment Massachusetts
  • Chris Dempsey, Director, Transportation for Massachusetts
  • Naza Shelley, Attorney Advisor, OGC, The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia
  • Nikki Joseph, New York Mayors Office of Sustainability, Clean Energy Communities Coordinator
  • Samantha Caputo, Senior Public Policy Associate, NEEP
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning Break at Exhibits
Decarbonization Roundtables - Round 3
Ad Hoc Topical Roundtables open to event participants to propose and facilitate
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Breakout Session #4:
Making Electrification Real


Getting Buy-in from Consumers, Businesses and Investors

Converting existing homes and buildings to become low- or zero emission requires significant investment. This session will explore the health, safety and comfort benefits of such improvements beyond carbon and energy savings, and how to effectively engage consumers and lenders to drive investment at scale.

Moderator: Jim Madej, President & CEO, Vermont Energy Investment Corp.

  • Larry Chretien, Green Energy Consumer Alliance
  • Matthias Kurwig, Co-Founder & CEO, Enervee
  • Ellen Tohn, Tohn Environmental Strategies, LLC
  • Veronique Bugnion, Co-Founder, Clearly Energy


Driving Electrified Fleets into the Fast Lane

Electrifying high-mileage commercial fleets is crucial to achieve large scale emission reductions, long-term business cost savings, and substantial grid benefits. What conditions and public policies need to be in place to accelerate fleet electrification in the Northeast? Leaders in public and private sector fleet electrification will share their experiences and insights on overcoming barriers to mainstreaming clean fleets.

Moderator: Ben Mandel, Northeast Regional Director, CALSTART

  • Hilary Leifsen, Sustainability Developer, Transport and Logistics Services Americas, IKEA Purchasing
  • Christine Weydig, Director, Office of Environmental and Energy Programs, NY/NJ Port Authority
  • John Walsh, Senior Vice President of Sales, Proterra Inc.
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Luncheon Closing: Participant Commitments to Realize a Decarbonized Future
  • NEEP – Sue Coakley, Executive Director
  • NESCAUM – Paul Miller, Executive Director
  • Music by Bill Shontz
  1:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Electrifying Tours: See the Future Now
Buildings and Transportation
Energy Futures Lab: Happy Hour Tour

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