Global Energy Leaders to Gather in Boston for IDEA2015

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Global energy leaders from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East will come together in Boston in June for the International District Energy Association’s 106th annual conference and trade show.

Scheduled for June 28-July 1, the international forum will focus on shaping the next generation of energy for cities, as the utility industry transforms to an increasingly distributed grid.

IDEA2015 will explore best practices to develop, own and operate district energy, combined heat and power, and microgrids in cities. The event will draw upon the Boston area’s rich portfolio of distributed energy and CHP projects at campuses, pharmaceutical and biomedical facilities, and medical institutions.

The six-day event will include tours of facilities that employ distributed energy, as well workshops and sessions led by respected industry leaders and policymakers. The program includes several networking opportunities.

Participants will have the choice of more than 50 panel discussions led by U.S. and international energy experts.

Discussions will focus on vibrant markets for district energy, CHP and microgrids, financing and incentives, best practices, market transformation, project design, policy, community energy planning, resiliency, energy storage, workforce development and recruitment, urban and industrial projects and a range of other distributed energy topics.

Attendees also will have an opportunity to learn about how district energy, CHP and microgrids can help communities achieve carbon reductions under the U.S. Clean Power Plan. The conference is timely in that the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release the plan’s final rule this summer.

In addition, all-day workshops will be held on:

  • Sustainable, Resilient Microgrids & the Town-Gown Relationship — colleges and universities will have the opportunity to learn how their microgrids can help support local economic, environmental and resiliency efforts.
  • District Energy /CHP: Community Energy Policies for Deployment – International Energy Agency (IEA) Structured for Success
  • Special Workshop for Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN by invitation only)

Most IDEA2015 events will be held at the John P. Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Program details and registration information are available here.

More details about the conference, including tours, speakers and workshops will be published in the coming weeks on Check back for new information.

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