Systems vs. Silos: ESG, Net Zero Roadmaps and Making Climate Action Plans Reality
Presented on 5/12/2021
Whether your organization has just announced a net-zero target or is on an advanced climate action path, there is always more to do. For Duke Energy, one of the U.S.’ largest energy holding companies, the path includes managing the nation’s largest coal transition, addressing materiality and reporting to meet evolving requirements, and assuring affordable and reliable energy for all of its 7.9 million residential, small business and large corporate customers. Join a candid discussion on the ESG opportunities – and challenges – and the various ways companies can meet their net-zero goals.
The Power of Now: Top reasons to add onsite solar and storage to your portfolio
Presented on 3/16/2021
As solar and energy storage costs decline and use cases expand, investing in energy storage for your site brings more and more benefits as storage technology advances. Energy storage systems sizes are increasing, providing an opportunity to drive greater savings and meaningfully influence customer energy procurement decisions. Backup power and other resiliency solutions are creating opportunities for solar and storage systems to do more than just reduce your energy bill. Attend this webinar to explore how the emergence of grid services markets creates opportunities for customers to earn utility and market revenue from their projects, along with the trends creating a need for customers to focus on the benefit of onsite solar and storage.
Applying AI to Commercial HVAC Systems
Presented on 2/24/2021
In most buildings, HVAC systems consume between 20% and 50% of total building energy. To reduce the environmental impact of heating, cooling, and ventilating buildings, regulators and organizations have created increasingly aggressive efficiency standards for the operation of these systems. California Title 24 and ASHRAE Guideline 36 are two such efforts. While saving energy, these standards drive complexity and cost. At the same time, air quality and public health issues such as COVID-19 introduce new demands on safe and responsible operation of HVAC systems outside of efficiency or comfort demands.
Cloud-enabled Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning can help solve these problems through the use of dynamic models. These methods unlock ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create dynamic flexibility as priorities change. This seminar will discuss methods, best practices, and pros and cons of using these approaches to controlling HVAC systems in modern buildings.
2021 State of Energy Management
Presented on 1/21/2021
The COVID-19 pandemic left a lasting mark on the work of energy, facility, and sustainability leaders. Across organizations and around the country, teams adjusted system schedules, enacted shutdown protocols, and even began discussions on the future of their building utilization and portfolio makeup. Whatever comes next, it is fair to say the future of energy management looks remarkably different.
In this webinar, we’ll review the findings from our State of Energy Management report, in which more than 240 professionals representing multiple industries provided their insights and perspectives on several key topics including:
- The impact of COVID-19 on building occupancy and usage
- Top priorities for energy and sustainability programs
- Why time and money are still big barriers to implementing an EMIS
2020 Energy Industry Review and 2021 Forecast
Presented on 12/9/20
2020 has been a year riddled with challenges. As the world emerges from collective lockdown and slowly fights its way back to normalcy, US electric markets stand at a crossroads. As we look forward to 2021, the path to recovery and further progress will be shaped by the events of 2020. Governments will continue to prioritize public health and economic stabilization, but must also help utilities manage the consequences of significantly reduced electric consumption stemming from lockdowns.
Simultaneously, all stakeholders will grapple with the question of how to prepare for a seemingly new level of intensity for natural disasters. Finally, states that have been driving increasingly aggressive renewable energy targets may be joined by a renewed federal effort in the wake of the 2020 election.
In this webinar, our expert analysts will discuss the trends they are watching after a year of unprecedented crises, and the steps businesses can take to prepare for the challenges ahead:
- The impacts of COVID-19 on utilities, and the potential impact to their customers
- Wildfires, storms, and the entwined crises of climate change and resiliency
- State-level action on renewable targets, and the prospect of new federal goals
Opportunities for Energy Cost Savings & Independence with DERs
Presented on 12/2/20
Distributed Energy Resources are helping large power users reduce energy costs, improve resiliency, and achieve sustainability goals. But an exclusive Smart Energy Decisions survey reveals that a significant percentage see DERs as out of reach because of capital costs. Others simply don’t know how to choose from among the proliferation of DER choices.
Attend this important webinar to learn how to overcome these obstacles and realize the benefits of DERs. Webinar attendees will learn:
- Why large capital investments are not required to secure DERs
- How you can achieve energy cost savings with DERs
- Real-life DER experiences from Mohawk Industries and NRG
- Why DER buyers experience ‘choice paralysis’ and how to overcome it
During the webinar, Scott Bargerstock, Senior Manager, Global Energy -Demand at Mohawk Industries, and Doug Sansom, Managing Director, Distributed Energy Resources at NRG Energy will share their direct experience with DERs and answer questions from the audience.
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
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
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
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:
- Executive access
- Ambition of sustainability strategy
- Decarbonization activities
- Supply chain engagement
- Sustainable financing
- Investor perception
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
Come Back with Confidence: A Holistic View of Building Performance
Presented on 07/15/20
As more states across the country begin to reopen after the COVID-19 lockdown, companies, and employees continue to express their concerns about returning to work. On the one hand, the pressure to restart the economy is increasing, while on the other hand there is an evident fear of spreading the virus.
Join this webinar to learn how you can take a holistic view of building performance and leverage smart building solutions to increase the protection of building occupants during the ongoing fight of COVID-19. During this webinar, we will explore adaptive, innovative technologies to:
- reduce the spread of airborne and surface contaminants
- improve air quality through new HVAC strategies and advanced filtration
- manage energy performance
- enable social distancing
- provide real-time updates to occupants regarding space utilization and emergency notifications
sustain health and safe environments with on-going remote monitoring and on-site service strategies
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?
Business Resiliency in the Face of Crises, with John Chambers, CEO, JC2 Ventures
Presented On 5/12/20
John Chambers, Founder and CEO, JC2 Ventures and former Chairman and CEO of Cisco will join Bloom Energy’s EVP & Chief Sales Officer, Chris White, to discuss the evolving threats across today’s global business landscape and explore the ways business and technology leaders can stimulate progress in times of uncertainty.
Over the course of this session, John will call on his own past experiences and offer guidance on how resilient companies successfully navigate uncertain times, benefit from shared challenges, and create enduring value for their businesses, communities, and society at large. They will also explore the importance of reliable power during times of emergency.
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.
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
The Future of IoT and Smart Buildings
Presented on 04/8/20
Looking at drivers of the energy transition, decarbonization and decentralization are getting attention – but what about digitalization? As more buildings, factories and facilities become connected and controlled through the Internet, the intersection between energy efficiency and IoT is creating new opportunities.
In fact, Smart building IoT platforms add a layer of intelligence to analyze data and through actionable insights, enable digital services and applications to achieve business goals. Are you ready?
This webinar offers a first look at the results of exclusive research conducted by Smart Energy Decisions for Siemens on The Future of IoT and Smart Buildings. Results from energy, sustainability, and facilities executives will explore the current level of experience with IoT for building applications; IoT applications being used and considered, drivers and barriers to implementation, and measuring ROI.
Attendees will learn approaches for IoT and smart buildings as a way to optimize cost savings, efficiency, real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, and energy use with these four key takeaways:
- Unexpected ROI