2C : Monday, May 8 : 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Smarter Cities: What Trends are Driving Urban Efficiency and Resilience?
Smart technology is changing the way city governments deliver value to their constituents. Trends such as remote sensing, IoT connectivity, data analytics and real-time automation can enhance efficiency and resilience in buildings, energy systems, transportation systems and municipal infrastructure. What are the key technology trends driving smart city development? What are the most important performance measures? Which applications are attracting the most investment? What policies would drive greater investment in urban efficiency and resiliency? Which organizations can provide resources and technical assistance to cities? What are some global success stories that other cities can learn from?
Jill Anderson
Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, New York Power Authority
Jill Anderson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), overseeing all wholesale and retail operations. Jill is responsible for over $2 billion in annual revenues from NYPA’s 16 power generation assets, supervising trading, fuel operations, hedging, and business development for new transmission and generation activities. She also oversees customer operations that include sales, marketing, new products and the implementation of over $200 million-a-year in energy efficiency and renewable energy project implementation. Previously for NYPA, Jill led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications, and public and regulatory affairs. She joined NYPA in 2009, leading supply acquisition and renewable energy for NYPA, responsible for energy procurement including solar, wind, and biomass. Prior to joining NYPA, Jill was the Project Office Manager for Hess Corporation, leading projects in the areas of refining, offshore oil and gas production, corporate risk, electricity expense reduction, biofuel strategy, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Jill worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) prior to joining Hess. At Con Edison, she held positions of increasing responsibility in field operations and supervision in electric, gas, and steam transmission and distribution. Additionally, Jill has experience in power generation design and construction, working as a field engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Boston, Massachusetts. Jill serves on the Board of Directors of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and also the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), both educational non-profit entities focused on promoting clean and efficient energy. Jill serves on the Board of the New York State Women in Communications and Energy and formerly served as President. Jill received a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. She completed a certificate at Vermont Law School in Legal Essentials for Utility Executives and executive education programs at Harvard University and Columbia University. She holds certifications in engineering, project management, and process improvement. She was selected as New York City & State Rising Stars, “40 under 40 class of 2012” and one of the “2015 Women Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband James and their daughters Vivian and Clara.
Ted Atwood
Chief of Sustainable Energy Office, City of Baltimore
Mr. Atwood has over thirty years of international experience developing clean energy technology projects for both the government and private sector. He currently is head of the Office of Sustainable Energy, in the Department of Public Works. In this position, Mr. Atwood is a leader in forward-thinking energy strategies for commodity purchasing and energy efficiency. He is guiding the City’s energy generation portfolio from zero to more than 10 MW of solar and 2.6 MW of bio-gas fueled Combined Heat and Power by the end of this year. The Office is responsible for purchasing electricity, heating fuels, and transportation fuels for City buildings, vehicle and equipment. OSE also partners with non-profits to bring needed energy retrofits. In previous years, Mr. Atwood focused on projects utilizing clean technologies for energy applications in Italy, Denmark, China and Philippines. He consulted with Italy on biofuel technologies and on transforming municipal waste into transportation fuel. He also provided technical assistance to China concerning biomass stove and gasification technologies, and planning to restructure their fertilizer industry, moving from coal to natural gas. He later created a U.S. China Center for the promotion of Clean Energy and Biomass Technology in China. Mr. Atwood holds Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.
Clay Nesler
Vice President, Global Energy & Sustainability, Johnson Controls
Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for global energy and sustainability strategy, policy and innovation as well as the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency. He also serves on the company’s global environmental sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of senior leadership positions in research, product development, marketing and strategy in both the United States and Europe. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on ten patents.
Dr. Francis Slakey
Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy, Georgetown University
Francis Slakey is the Executive Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a Professor of Physics at Georgetown University, and author of the international best-selling adventure memoir “To The Last Breath”. Dr. Slakey received his PhD in Physics in 1992 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His technical publications on the topic of energy and light-scattering have received more than 500 citations. He has also written on energy policy for the popular press, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. He has served in advisory positions for a diverse set of organizations including the National Geographic, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Creative Coalition, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a MacArthur Scholar, and a Lemelson Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Slakey became the 28th American to summit Mt. Everest in an unguided environmental expedition that was the subject of the movie "Beyond the Summit". He is the first person in history to both summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean. In recognition of his adventures, as part of the 2002 Olympic Games, he carried the Olympic torch from the steps of the US Capitol.
Griffin Thompson
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary For Energy Transformation, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Thompson is responsible for establishing and managing the strategic direction and programmatic implementation of the pillar’s mission in promoting U.S. foreign policy and national security goals through electricity system reforms, development of functioning power markets, and revised policy and regulatory frameworks necessary for investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Work of the Energy Transformation pillar is focused on national and regional electricity system reform and market development. Promotion of advanced energy technologies. Our mandate is driven by the multiple and complementary imperatives of economic growth, security and job creation as these converge with the technological and systems imperatives of revising the manner in which we generate and distribute energy services. Before joining the Bureau of Energy Resources, Dr. Thompson was Senior Climate Change Program Manager within the Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, and Lead Negotiator for the U.S. Government on Technology at the UNFCCC. Previously Mr. Thompson has served as Director of the Office of Energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), President of the International Institute for Energy Conservation, and Senior Policy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr. Thompson is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he teaches courses on renewable energy and politics, and ethics and international development. Dr. Thompson has a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University. a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University.