Smart Energy Decisions Webinars

Previous Webinars

No Capital Needed: A Guide to No-Cost Energy Projects

   Presented on 10/28/20


Distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar panels, battery storage systems and backup generators offer major benefits to large commercial and industrial energy consumers. They can help businesses reduce energy costs and earn more revenue through market programs, incentive payments, and more.  

Many organizations lack the capital to invest in DERs upfront—but that does not mean they cannot pursue a successful, revenue-generating project.

This webinar will show the wide variety of no-cost energy projects available, and will discuss:

  • The business case for distributed energy resources
  • Financing opportunities for solutions like energy storage and solar
  • How new automation maximized the ROI of these assets

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Safety First! Disinfectant UV Lighting Solutions for Healthy Environments

   Presented on 09/30/20



There’s no denying the major impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on nearly every aspect of our lives. To mitigate the rapid spread of the virus, businesses are turning to the use of ultraviolet lighting for safer environments. Unlike chemical sprays administered by employees or cleaning crews, disinfectant UV lighting technologies offer an effective, convenient and consistent approach to inactivating COVID-19 and other pathogens upwards of 99.9%.

A proven germicidal technology used for decades in HVAC and hospital disinfection solutions, new UV applications, and products are being rapidly developed to address the public health issues presented by the current pandemic.

In this webinar from EMC, you’ll learn about:

  • The types of UV, their properties, and how they work
  • UVGI technology available today and in the future

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What's the Total Cost of Ownership? 

          Presented  on 09/10/20

It is critical for energy executives to understand and derive the true Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for their energy infrastructure before making investment decisions. Even as the impact of COVID-19 and shrinking business margins could discourage investment, innovation will create more value through developing new products and services – but what’s the best financial model for your company to access these products and services?

In this webinar, Duke Energy One explores the key factors you need to know in order to make an informed decision about your company’s energy future.

The webinar will explore:

  • The Capital Project Approval Journey
  • Key concepts to understanding TCO including financial decision tools, financing alternatives, the cost of doing nothing, and overall financial impact
  • IRR (internal rate of return) vs. ROI (return on investment)
  • Self-performing analysis of infrastructure projects vs. outsourcing analysis

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EXCLUSIVE RESEARCH: COVID-19's Impact on Sustainability Programs

          Presented on 09/02/20

As the energy industry faces the continuing shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s becoming clear that organizations want to hold firm to their sustainability strategies – but will budget uncertainty and competing priorities get in the way?

Smart Energy Decisions, in partnership with BloombergNEF, fielded the “Pulse Survey: COVID-19's Impact of Sustainability Programs,” among energy executives to measure the influence of COVID-19 on a series of sustainability practice areas as well as what they anticipate the impact to be as we move through re-openings and economic recovery.

Join Smart Energy Decisions and BNEF as we review insights uncovered in the “Pulse Survey: COVID-19's Impact of Sustainability Programs,” including the following areas:

  • Budget
  • Executive access
  • Ambition of sustainability strategy
  • Decarbonization activities
  • Supply chain engagement
  • Sustainable financing
  • Investor perception

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Critical Facilities, Critical Energy - Achieving Resilient Operations While Saving & Earning

          Presented on 08/06/20

Do you oversee energy management at a critical facility like a hospital, data center, school or university, or critical manufacturing? This webinar is designed just for you.

CPower’s certified energy engineers have decades of experience in critical and resilient operations and will teach you how to increase operational resilience while leveraging your energy assets to decrease costs and generate revenue streams.

Five topics will be covered in detail:

  • The challenges critical facilities face and the impact of COVID-19
  • How to effectively use back-up generation for non-emergency revenue generation
  • Energy Efficiency projects that earn revenue in addition to lowering costs
  • A whole-facility analysis and plan for resilience, lower risk, and revenue
  • Case study - A critical facility that minimized risk & disruption and increased revenue

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Batteries Included. The Impact of 2020 on Energy Storage and Energy Markets

          Presented on 06/10/20

As the country peeks ahead at returning to relative normalcy, the energy industry and organizations like yours are wondering what the future holds for energy storage in 2020 and beyond. Join CPower for this 60-minute webinar to help gain expert insights into the following and more:

  • What regulatory issues concerning energy storage are attention-worthy?
  • Will the appetite for clean generation assets, like battery storage, return? How fast?
  • Are there new drivers for energy storage resulting from a 3-month national shutdown?
  • Should you still consider energy storage as a viable option for your organization? How can you pay for it?
  • How are energy storage developers looking to provide more value to customers?
  • When is the right time to get my projects back on track?

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How much energy resiliency do you really need? (or more accurately, how much resiliency must you afford?)

Presented on 05/06/20

Reliable electrical service tops many lists as a critical infrastructure required in these extraordinary times. Yet many don’t understand how to quantify the cost of downtime, which will help in sizing just what is needed as well as helping justify investments.

There is also plenty of confusion around just how much new infrastructure is required. Will it work with existing generation or resiliency assets? 

How can it be financed? How complex does it need to be? And how are various industries approaching resiliency to fit their business models?

Join us in this webinar focused on the financials of resiliency and microgrids, hosted by SED’s John Failla. 

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Navigating Investor Pressure on Sustainability, Emissions, and Energy

    Presented on 04/15/20

As organizations face increasing investor and competitive pressures, tracking and reporting portfolio-wide emissions and resource usage is vital to demonstrating strong ESG performance. Many companies struggle to calculate accurate global emissions across their portfolio and disclose progress against their sustainability goals.

This webinar from Enel X is focused on solving reporting challenges and hear from Brunswick on their path to publishing their first sustainability report. The discussion includes:

  • How investors are prioritizing sustainability
  • Best practices and tools for calculating global GHG emissions
  • Leadership in energy and sustainability reporting

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The State of Energy Management 2019

Presented on 12/17/19

Smart Energy Decisions conducted the 2019 State of Energy Management survey and collected 209 responses in order to understand:

  • The key drivers for energy management programs
  • The major barriers to successful energy management
  • Tools, processes, and best practices utilized by the industry
  • Opportunities to continue to modernize energy management

Join our expert panel discussion that will interpret the major takeaways to better prepare you for 2020 and beyond.  Nate Nilles, Vice President of BuildingOS will introduce the idea of “modern energy management” and we'll hear case studies on specific Modern Energy Management stories.

Tune in to this webinar as we review the results and discuss current trends, industry best practices, and the opportunities for driving the industry towards modern energy management as we head into 2020.

All attendees will receive a FREE copy of this exclusive report.

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A new framework to quantify PPA risk and value: What corporate power buyers need to know

Presented on 11/14/19

In this new world awash in low-priced renewables and ever-expanding corporate clean energy targets, it's increasingly important that power buyers understand how to evaluate offsite PPA contract economics.

To date, PPA value assessment methodologies have largely fallen into two categories. One approach, where a buyer places faith in a vendor’s forward power curve, is overly simplistic; these curves have historically overstated value, leading buyers to ignore underlying market drivers and to under-appreciate the range of potential PPA outcomes. Conversely, the second approach is overly complex. Here, a vendor builds a large “black box” production cost model, long on precision but likely short on accuracy and insights. 

Both models lead buyers to select PPAs without fully appreciating which factors drive value, where the risk truly resides, and how to compare risk and value to identify the best available transaction. 

Fortunately, assessing value and risk isn’t rocket science. In this webinar, hear experts from LevelTen Energy and Energy GPS set the record straight about how to quantify market risk embedded in every PPA. You’ll learn about a comprehensive, state-of-the-art valuation framework that accounts for the interplay between three simple, but important, wholesale market concepts:

  • Natural gas price
  • Heat rate
  • Renewable shape risk

How do you find the best PPA in the market and improve your odds of procuring renewable energy safely? Join us and find out.

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Why Reliability, Sustainability, and Resiliency are changing the way we think about Demand Response

Presented on 11/14/19

Demand Response has evolved dramatically in just the last few years from a mechanism of simply “turning things off” to being an integrated component of grid design and customer-centric controls over energy costs and supply needs. Integrated management of demand is becoming a more accurate perspective in today’s energy landscape.

Today, demand response and demand management are key components of the three pillars that make up the foundation of the modern energy grid: Reliability, Resiliency, and Sustainability.  

This webinar will discuss the importance demand-side energy management has in the rationale, design, and execution associated with these three components and how your organization can create not only benefit from financial opportunities, but realize stronger corporate citizenship, better grid reliability, and sustainable practices for future generations.

Topics will include:

  • Reliability issues of today and the future
  • Increased need and desire to be resilient
  • Driving toward a sustainable energy grid

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EXCLUSIVE RESEARCH: 2019 State of Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing

Presented on 11/07/19

Smart Energy Decisions’ 3rd annual Renewable Energy Sourcing Study defines the evolving market for corporate renewable energy sourcing. 

A total of 110 organizations are included in the survey results, providing data from a cross-section of large electric power users from commercial, industrial, institutional and government organizations.

Exemplifying the evolution of the market Walmart’s Senior Manager of Renewable Energy, Matt Dodson will share his insights on Walmart’s renewable energy journey and details on their recent deals.

Topics explored in the webinar from this exclusive research include:

  • Plans of first-time buyers entering the market
  • The growing importance of sustainability targets as a driver
  • Expanding procurement options
  • Current obstacles to getting started

Wherever your company is on the RE journey – from new buyers entering the market to experienced early adopters expanding their renewable energy portfolio – you’ll gain useful insights from this important webinar.

Webinar attendees will be able to:

  • Identify what stage they are at in their journey and benchmark their progress
  • Understand key drivers and barriers to renewable energy sourcing
  • Explore new methods of procurement
  • Learn from Walmart’s experience in renewable energy sourcing
  • Ask questions of the presenters

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 The Three Energy Tradeoffs and How to Have it All

Presented on 10/30/19

Today businesses depend on energy more than ever.  There are more energy choices available to organizations, ranging from the electric grid to a variety of onsite generation sources. These options come with trade-offs between sustainability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness that will impact how it will ultimately deliver value to a business.

Bloom Energy has created a new paradigm by which delivered power can be clean, reliable, and cost-effective with onsite, combustion-less fuel cell technology. These solutions have been employed in more than 600 installations around the globe.

Join Bloom Energy in a conversation with the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks on how they navigated different energy options and found a way to power the iconic SAP Center while producing a cleaner environment for the community. 

In this session,  you will learn:

  • Energy-driven risks faced by businesses today
  • The current technology options available
  • How a fuel cell works and provides clean, reliable, cost-effective power
  • In-depth understanding of how the San Jose Sharks evaluated power needs for the SAP Center

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 Delivering Sustainable Energy through Sustainable Partnerships  

Presented on 10/17/19

As a growing number of commercial and industrial companies are setting sustainability goals and committing to renewable energy, having like-minded partners is increasingly important when navigating this journey. More than a power purchase contract, the right partner can support and co-create sustainability initiatives well beyond contract execution and throughout the life of the partnership. 

For more than 50 years, Enel has brought progress to people around the world, from the introduction of the first smart meter to becoming the world's largest producer of renewable energy. Included in Fortune’s prestigious “Change the World” list, Enel continues to create shared value in the communities where it operates and often alongside its customers.

Wynn Resorts, one of Enel Green Power’s 13 commercial and industrial partners in North America and over 20 worldwide, puts sustainability at the forefront of their business and Enel is happy to support them in their journey.

Join Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Wynn Resorts, Marcus Krembs, Director of Sustainability at Enel North America, and Greg Rizzo from Enel Green Power’s Commercial Office to learn more about:

  • How Enel Green Power incorporates sustainability into all areas of its business.
  • How establishing long term partnerships can benefit commercial and industrial companies on their sustainability journeys.
  • A successful sustainability project example with Wynn Resorts.

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Why Finance Should Lead Sustainability Efforts 

Presented on 09/05/19

The role of CFOs and Finance Leadership in energy and sustainability decisions has been changing in recent years, as new stakeholders and solutions opportunities emerge.

ENGIE North America has confirmed this with a recent market research survey of over 100 C-Level Executives of Fortune 1000 companies. Tune in to Smart Energy Decisions and ENGIE’s webinar to find out the results of our market research study.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How the role of CFOs and finance leadership is changing with energy decisions
  • Which new stakeholders have emerged to influence sustainability strategies
  • How green finance and sustainability affects corporate finance departments
  • Explore how new contracting mechanisms can reduce risk in energy operations

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Energy and Manufacturing Productivity — Ideas for sustaining balance in the US industrial sector in 2019 and beyond 

Presented on 08/22/19

 2019 marks the tenth straight year of growth in the US economy. The US industrial manufacturing sector is expected to produce hefty performance numbers in line with those it has posted during its successful run in recent years.

While times are currently good for US manufacturing, the sector’s current and projected energy spends over the coming decade are cause for concern.

In this webinar, CPower’s experts discuss the energy-related issues affecting the US manufacturing industrial sector and explore demand-side energy management options aimed to help manufacturers offset soon-to-be rising energy costs without sacrificing their productivity.

You will learn:

  • How changes to energy prices and economic factors may impact revenues in the manufacturing sector in the future
  • Case studies of manufacturing facilities creating revenue stream without disrupting production output
  • How Energy Efficiency projects can create cost savings and generate revenue
  • How process manufacturers should consider their energy assets as risk management assets

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Power Impacts Profit: Using Baseball Lessons to Build a Winning Energy Strategy

Presented on 08/08/19

Simple but strategic changes in your approach to energy management can equate to a 20% improvement in price. This fun and unique presentation will use baseball as an analogy to define how buyers should think about energy management, including a strategic approach with company goals and market conditions in mind.

Through a series of case studies and examples, webinar attendees will learn about the following topics:

  • How to narrow the focus and constrain risk
  • Optimizing your portfolio within and across regions
  • Tracking and communicating the value or savings
  • Adapting to a changing landscape

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Drive Savings and Results with Modern Energy Management

Presented on 07/25/19 

The most innovative energy, sustainability, and facilities teams in the country are utilizing software to modernize their approach to energy management. Yet, the vast majority of leaders in the space are still manually collecting utility data in spreadsheets.

Join this important webinar to learn how Juniper Networks is leveraging energy data with modern energy management practices. You'll hear first hand from Layla Monajemi, Senior Energy Manager, at Juniper Networks and Karen Becker, VP of Marketing at Lucid who will explain how leading companies are overcoming the trouble with manual utility bill data collection tactics.

Listeners will learn how automating utility bill data saves time, money, and helps you achieve your targets sooner. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions of both presenters.

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Integration Innovation: The benefits of distributed energy resources for your business

Presented on 07/11/19 

Distributed energy has evolved. No longer restricted to on-site solar panels or backup generators, it has been elevated by software intelligence, multi-faceted systems, and expanded capabilities. All this creates opportunities for businesses to find their own distributed energy solution.

 A solution that leverages electricity markets, brings greater control over energy cost and assures electric supply even in an era of more powerful and more frequent storms.

 Listen to our panel of energy experts discuss the evolution that is bringing customers greater control of their energy supply.

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Corporate Renewables 2.0: How the Evolving Energy Market Affects Your Business

Presented on 05/13/19

The market for corporate renewable energy is maturing.  As it does, it introduces new considerations for companies to weigh as part of their overall energy procurement strategy. New providers, new products, and new opportunities mean more complexity and potential risk—even for experienced buyers.

In this webinar, we’ll examine how this evolution has the potential to impact your business. What do you need to consider when evaluating your renewable energy and clean technology choices in a 2.0 world?

Topics will include:

  • How price parity in green and brown power is resulting in market convergence
  • What product structures are emerging – and the considerations for each
  • Why simple solutions are attractive – but not always the best for the buyer

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Keys to building a solid business case for an energy management system

Presented on 04/11/19 

Still on the fence about purchasing an Energy Management Information System to manage resource data? The time to act is now. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an organization will see on average 4% reduction in energy use one year after installing an EMIS and an average of 19% in savings after 4 years.

You’ll walk away with a free ROI calculator to find your potential savings and creative ideas for getting budget for your next energy reduction project.

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 Solving the 5 Biggest Challenges in Carbon and Energy Reporting

Presented on 03/14/19

Facing rising scrutiny from regulators and investors to demonstrate strong ESG performance, today’s businesses need access to reliable, comprehensive data on their portfolio-wide sustainability performance. However, capturing and reporting the data needed to satisfy these requirements is often easier said than done. Many organizations rely on a variety of independent standards and surveys and struggle to connect the dots and paint an accurate picture of their portfolio’s performance. Join us for a live webinar that will discuss the five biggest challenges in carbon and energy reporting—and how to solve them. During the session, we’ll review:

  • The business case for increasing sustainability investments
  • The five biggest challenges for reporting accurate sustainability performance
  • Successful approaches that have solved those challenges even with limited resources

Speakers include Peter Perrault, SMCP, Sustainability Practice Lead, Global Customer Solutions,
Enel X

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Improving Profitability and Reducing Emissions with Energy Infrastructure-as-a-Service Programs

Presented on 02/28/19

Leading businesses have focused on energy efficiency for years as a method to reduce costs and maintain a competitive advantage.  Many are now learning they can partner with others who will own, operate, and maintain their energy infrastructure enabling them to make valuable investments in core operations.  Sound interesting?

Attend this webinar to learn what is driving leading companies to consider long-term energy infrastructure-as-a-service agreements to improve their profitability while reducing their carbon footprints.  We’ll explore how they plan to utilize this new frontier for outsourcing to improve reliability, modernize systems, reduce costs, and meet their sustainability commitments.

The webinar will cover:

  • Improving your infrastructure by removing single points of failure, replacing aged and inefficient equipment, and re-designing your systems to meet current needs.
  • Moving the traditional point of service boundary from the “utility meter” to “inside the plant” including energy conversion and delivery assets such as boilers, chillers, air compressors, and electrical switchgear.

Speakers include George Plattenburg, strategic business development, Duke Energy One and Brian Walser, managing director, Walser Solutions Group.

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Dispatchable Dollars: How Demand Response Creates Revenue Opportunities for DER

Presented on 02/14/19

Distributed Energy Resources (DER), including storage, are proliferating the world of energy management in a big way. Today, these assets are primarily implemented to provide operational resilience and demand management; however, additional opportunities are rapidly evolving. As intelligent application of DER assets increases for commercial and government sectors, the opportunity to leverage these same assets into revenue generating channels also increases.

Through programs like demand response, your DER assets become vehicles for saving and earning, which increases ROI, shortens project payback periods or helps fund other energy projects, all while providing greater support for grid reliability.

Join DER and storage experts from CPower Energy Management and Stem to learn about:

  • The evolution of DER as a mainstream asset
  • Market drivers for DER growth and opportunity
  • Planning intelligent DER and Demand Response integration
  • How commercial orgs. have added 30-50% to the value of DER projects by using flexible infrastructure, such as storage, to participate in DR programs like DRAM in California

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The Evolving State of the 3Ds: Digitization, Decentralization, and Decarbonization

Presented on 11/14/18

The energy and sustainability landscape is rapidly evolving, and it’s important for businesses to adapt in order to be successful and competitive. This webinar, sponsored by ENGIE, provides an understanding of three main underlying forces, how they’ve impacted business over the last several years, and how businesses can leverage them to improve operations over the next two-to-five years. 

  • Digitization is access to more data than ever through IoT, connected buildings and more. 
  • Decentralization is the integration of renewables into the traditional energy portfolio. 
  • Decarbonization is about measuring, tracking, reducing and disclosing the impact of business on our planet, and how it is being woven into the fabric of business. 

Speakers for this special video panel discussion include:

  • Sara Law, vice president and head of global initiatives, CDP
  • Vikram Kulkarni, vice president of sustainability solutions, ENGIE Resources
  • Mike Kaplan, vice president of marketing, ENGIE Insight
  • John Failla, founder & editorial director, Smart Energy Decisions
  • Exclusive Research: The State of Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing

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The State of Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing

Presented on 11/08/18

Renewable energy sourcing is a complex process that takes time, stakeholder alignment and much planning. The second annual Smart Energy DecisionsRenewable Energy Sourcing Survey featuring responses from 113 billion-dollar organizations helps decouple all stages of the sourcing journey. Whether you're considering your first purchase or already have a diversified renewable energy portfolio, you'll gain useful insights from this important this webinar.

Webinar attendees will:

  • Identify what stage they are at in the journey and benchmark their progress
  • Understand the key drivers behind renewable energy sourcing
  • Identify the key barriers that must be overcome to succeed
  • Learn what partner groups are most active in working with corporate buyers

 Speakers include:

  • Ken Cowan, vice president, solutions sales and marketing, ENGIE North America
  • John Failla, founder & editorial director, Smart Energy Decisions

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 Buyer Aggregation – An Emerging Path for Renewable Energy Purchasers

Presented on 10/30/2018

 This webinar, sponsored by EDF Renewables, will provide an overview of the emerging trend of buyer aggregation. Not every major energy buyer is able to take down a significant volume of renewable energy to secure the lowest pricing. Enter the aggregation model - where buyers combine their individual renewable energy goals to increase their overall buying power and tap into the price advantages of a large renewable energy purchase.

 Attend this webinar to learn how leading buyers of renewables and utilities are creating opportunities for more buyers to source renewables. You’ll also learn how you can pursue an aggregated renewable energy purchase and gain an understanding of the challenges and keys to a successful collaboration.

Featured speakers include:

  • Joby Carlson, director, global sustainability at Walmart
  • Pete Nettles, renewable energy planning manager at Georgia Power.
  • Caroline Mead, associate director of origination, EDF Renewables

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 Keys to Selling Large Electric Power Customers

Presented on 10/14/18

How do you reach and influence large electric power customers - including commercial and industrial companies, cities and higher education - when they are looking for energy management solutions?

Successfully answering that question is the key to your success in 2019. Join Smart Energy Decisions for a webinar addressing what it takes to succeed on this critical issue.

Attendees to the webinar will learn:

  • The 4 key questions large customers are wrestling with
  • How to position your company as a trusted energy advisor
  • Details on Smart Energy Decisions' supplier success programs

Trends in Community Solar w/an Update on Illinois

Presented on 10/04/2018

This webinar, sponsored by Clearway Energy Group, presents a discussion of community solar, one of the fastest-growing segments of the industry.  The concept of subscribing to a neighborhood solar farm is appealing to both public and private entities where traditional behind-the-meter solar development is a challenge, especially with the strong economic value proposition that community solar generally presents. Attend this informative webinar to hear industry experts discuss the rapid growth in community solar and specific trends in active community solar markets, including:

  • Differences across active community solar markets (Minnesota and Massachusetts)
  • Evolution of the Massachusetts community solar market, currently in its 2nd iteration (SREC II -> SMART)
  • An update on Illinois, a developing community solar market

For renewable energy buyers, community solar is an important opportunity that should be considered in creating your optimal energy portfolio.

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Managing Energy Data from End-to-End

Presented on 09/19/2018

This webinar, sponsored by Urjanet, discusses how corporate energy managers can measure the overarching impact of enterprise-level energy management programs and drive continued value for the future.

Listen to this webinar to learn:

  • How Arconic, a manufacturing company, centralized utility invoice data, whole building interval data, and real-time submeter data across 157 global locations to manage energy data from end-to-end
  • What insights the combined power of invoice,  interval, and submeter data has enabled, and the results they have realized
  • Why invoice and interval data each serve distinct use cases and how they work together

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Go Green, Save Green, Earn Green

Presented on 08/28/2018

While environmental sustainability continues to grow as a central component of the commitment to addressing global climate change by universities and colleges, energy managers at these institutions face significant challenges.

In this webinar, CPower experts Leigh Anne Ratliff and Phil Ciulla reveal programs that empower campus energy and sustainability managers to "go green, save green, and earn green." Case studies explore how campus-wide energy efficiency programs can achieve cost-cutting and generate additional revenue. 

Listen to this webinar to show the steps that universities and colleges can take now to help ensure a bright "green" future:

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Walmart's Project Gigaton - Driving RE in the supply chain

Presented on 07/11/2018

Walmart's Project Gigaton is a bold global initiative that best exemplifies the emerging dynamic of supply chain initiatives as an important growth engine for renewable energy sourcing.

This exclusive webinar features Joby Carlson, Walmart's global director of sustainable energy and operations, and Steve W. Chriss, director, energy and strategy analysis, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in a discussion of Project Gigaton initiative, which has an objective to engage its suppliers in targeting the elimination of 1 gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from operations and supply chain activities.

The webinar also offers an overview of how this important topic will be a part of the upcoming Smart Energy Decisions Renewable Energy Sourcing Forum taking place, October 1-3 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Attend this webinar to gain insights on how industry leaders are expanding adoption of renewable energy sourcing in their supply chains:

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Leverage Your Generator Assets to Generate Revenue

Presented on 06/27/2018

This webinar, sponsored by CPower, shows how your emergency generation—EG—is both a reliability asset and a revenue generator. EG provides a great opportunity to earn revenue and save on energy costs through demand response (DR) and demand management programs.

The path from emergency generation to revenue generation, though, may seem like a complex, confusing, and occasionally contradictory thicket of state and local environmental regulations. Few organizations fully understand the scope and intricacies of EG regulation, which often results in misinformation, missteps, and missed revenue opportunities.

Attend this webinar to learn best practices in monetizing EG assets based on the experience of hundreds of organizations. The webinar will cover everything today’s energy managers and engineers need to to know to maximize the benefits of their EG portfolio. 

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Reducing Costs and Generating Revenue with Energy Storage

Presented on 05/15/2018

This webinar, sponsored by EDF Renewables, explores a new side of batteries, turning what was once the uncontrollable and perpetually increasing expense of utility bills into a competitive operational advantage and revenue generating asset. 

The dramatic decreases in battery prices combined with sophisticated predictive software have made energy storage a powerful tool in allowing facility managers to manage, forecast, and reduce energy costs, which has become a corporate level priority for many fortune 500 companies.

Learn how facility managers can now leverage battery’s hardware and software in combination with third-party financing to turn what was an expense into an asset.

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The Future of Energy Management at The Ohio State University

Presented on 04/25/2018

This webinar, sponsored by ENGIE, discusses integrated energy solutions at The Ohio State University. OSU's quest to advance visionary sustainability objects has provided a first-of-its-kind energy solution, enhancing the university’s academic mission while reducing energy costs, furthering environmental commitments, and ensuring reliable supply. 

This one- hour session sheds light on this unique $1.165 billion public-private partnership contracted under a 50-year integrated solutions agreement for the following services: utility system management, supply procurement assistance, development and implementation of sustainability programs, and investment in academic collaboration. 

Learn about key challenges and opportunities as well as how businesses in other industries can benefit from this pioneering model for sustainability in a similar regard. 

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A Buyer's Guide to the Renewable Energy Landscape in 2018

Presented on 03/14/2018

With the dust settled on the fast and furious renewable energy policy agenda that began in late 2017, corporate buyers should take stock of the changes that will guide the industry and impact their opportunities in 2018.

This webinar, sponsored by NRG, discusses the implications of tax reform, including changes that could impact existing and future project returns, as well as an overview of the latest trends in the wholesale market with an eye towards regulatory, economic, and contractual structures that are driving growth in large-scale wind and solar PPAs, despite the headwinds.

Whether you are considering your first renewable energy purchase, have recently signed contracts, or are in the midst of procurement, you will find this conversation valuable and timely.

Participants include:

  • John Marciano of Akin Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP on tax reform & renewable energy project economics
  • John Woody, VP of business development at NRG Renewables
  • John Failla (moderator), founder and editorial director of Smart Energy Decisions

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Changing the Energy Management Landscape of Commercial Real Estate

Presented on 02/21/2018

This webinar, sponsored by CPower, starts with the idea that managing energy demand for commercial real estate properties is a blend of art and science. The science has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, resulting in a dramatically expanding palette of tools that facility and energy manager can use to practice their artistry.

Michael Mindell, National Account Executive with CPower Energy Management, and Gregg Fischer, P.E., Director of Energy Systems at Tishman Speyer, join Smart Energy Decisions moderator John Failla to explore the following topics related to the dramatic changes taking place:

  • How energy-savvy customers are driving changes in transparency in charges and billing
  • How the Internet of Things is changing how energy and facility managers talk about energy efficiency
  • How AI solutions like predictive analytics can support--but will never replace--the human experience

While the core business objectives of reducing energy demand and costs remain the same, the strategies and tools for achieving these objectives and rapidly changing. Listen to this webinar to gain actionable insights on the changing energy landscape of commercial real estate.

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Microgrid-as-a-Service: A New Approach to Solve Resiliency, Efficiency, Sustainability Challenges

Presented on 01/24/2018

This webinar, sponsored by Schneider Electric, discusses how large commercial, industrial, campus, municipal, district, and institutional players can benefit from a “Microgrid-as-a-Service” business model approach to stabilize their long-term energy costs and upgrade critical energy infrastructure without up-front capital.

Schneider Electric along with Duke Energy Renewables developed a unique “Microgrid-as-a-Service” approach for Montgomery County, Maryland, to finance multiple Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), build two advanced microgrids, and support critical infrastructure upgrades, with no up-front capital. 

Among the issues faced by Montgomery County (and many other large facilities):

  • Critical public safety facilities need 24/7 resilient power to ensure operational integrity
  • The cost of Infrastructure Modernization is a concern for any organization
  • The cost of electrical energy and heat needs to be stable over the long term for fiscal budget
  • Some organizations are credit-worthy, but Charter requirements limit the amount of debt
  • Non-profit organizations may require third-party ownership to realize Tax Incentives

This industry-leading approach allows the partnership to focus on solving the issues faced by many large facilities: Energy resiliency, infrastructure modernization, long-term stable energy cost, and third-party ownership, operation, maintenance, and financing.

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Knocking on the utilities' door – a closer look at green tariffs

Presented on 11/02/2017

As commercial and industrial companies increasingly commit to corporate sustainability goals, the executives responsible for energy and sustainability management are faced with a variety of alternatives for increasing their use of renewable energy. One of the most appealing choices is to continue to procure energy from their incumbent utility through a green tariff. But this isn’t always cut and dried. In most markets, green tariffs are still not available. In those markets where they are, the value proposition may not be compelling or the terms could be a challenge.

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