WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP 1: Thermal Distribution

Monday, February 8, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 9, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This extensive and in-depth workshop enables utilities directors, system designers, operators and safety professionals to develop an in-depth knowledge of the technology, operations and maintenance of district heating and cooling systems on campuses, in communities and in downtown district energy systems.

Industry best practices, practical solutions and technical tools that enable a healthy thermal distribution piping network will be presented. The workshop will involve active participant dialogue and explore strategies to create reliable service and customer satisfaction and focus on approaches for dealing with emergency preparedness and response.

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WORKSHOP 2: Intelligent Energy and Water Data Management for a Smart, Resilient & Sustainable Campus

Tuesday, February 9, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sustainability and smart growth objectives require utilities, energy management and sustainability staff to collaborate on data management to optimize operations and achieve desired outcomes. Energy and water data management is an important activity that impacts and adds value to both operational and strategic decision-making on campuses.

This “how-to” workshop will underscore the benefits of measuring and collecting data and will explore ways of extracting value for decision making, including dashboards and behavioral signals.

Presentations on components of the energy and water data infrastructure and approaches to planning, designing and deploying infrastructure will be supplemented with best practices, solutions and lessons learned through campus case studies. The workshop will also include a panel discussion on technology solutions.

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WORKSHOP 3: A Deeper Dive into EPA Clean Power Plan: What Does it Really Mean for IDEA Members? 

Tuesday, February 9, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The EPA Clean Power Plan (CPP) proposes new emissions guidelines for each state to follow in developing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGU’s). Specifically, the EPA is proposing state-specific rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, as well as a model rule and guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to achieve state-specific reduction targets. This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in the United States, but what does it mean for a typical IDEA campus energy system? How will the rules in YOUR state impact YOUR central plant operations? Does your system represent a potential compliance opportunity? This workshop will provide a detailed analysis of the rule and enable engaged discussion on potential impacts on campus energy systems from both a compliance and a value stream perspective.

IDEA regulatory counsel Van Ness Feldman will prepare and present a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the CPP and will be supported by Mark Spurr, IDEA Legislative Director, particularly as it relates to IDEA member district energy/CHP systems. Ample time will be allowed for audience Q&A.

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