The opening panel offered a wide-ranging discussion of current issues including decarbonizing, resiliency, system modernization and partnering.
Conference photos Laurie De Witt, Pure Light Images.
Maybe it was the allure of the four-track technical session with over 100 presenters. Maybe it was the 70-degree weather. Or maybe it was the enticement of experiencing Carnival in the city that embodies the spirit of Mardi Gras. Whatever the reasons, they were suffi- ciently strong to attract 1,080 people to New Orleans for CampusEnergy2019, another new
conference record for this event, now in its 32nd year.
seasoned industry professionals: Pat Davin,
Veolia North America; and James Rosner,
University of Denver. IDEA is truly grateful
for the time and expertise they devoted to
making the workshop such a great success.
TUESDAY, FEB. 26
While the Thermal Distribution
Workshop continued throughout the
day, another group of members partici-
CampusEnergy2019 brought together
a wide array of professionals from college,
university, military and medical campuses;
utility operators; consultants; and manu-
facturers. They hailed from 14 countries.
And they were never at a loss for words
when talking about recent projects, asking
each other for advice on a technical issue
or explaining a new piece of equipment.
Anybody walking into the exhibit hall or
one of the presentation rooms could feel
the positive vibes created by the lively
peer exchange and networking that contin-
ued throughout the event.
MONDAY, FEB. 25
The first activity of the week was the
Thermal Distribution Workshop, which
began Monday afternoon and continued
through the end of the day Tuesday. A
record 200 people signed up for this workshop that has become a must-attend event
for anyone who is responsible for maintaining the reliability and safety of a ther-
pated in the all-day Microgrid Workshop,
expertly guided by Ted Borer, Princeton
University; and David Musto, Thermo Systems. By the end of the day, our hotel
block was filled with additional delegates
who had arrived in time for an opening
reception in the exhibit hall, where 120
business partners were on hand to visit
with attendees and showcase their latest
products and services.
IDEA Chair Jim Lodge, Clearway Energy, offered a warm greeting to members assembled for the
general session as IDEA President and CEO Rob Thornton looked on.