WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
IDEA President and CEO Rob Thornton gaveled the proceedings to order
before introducing IDEA Chair Jim Lodge,
Clearway Energy, who welcomed attendees to the conference. He was followed
by remarks from Conference Host John
Peri, Enwave Energy Corp., who offered
his insights on emerging trends, developments and opportunities in our industry.
For the next 90 minutes or so, a blue-
ribbon panel of campus energy and util-
ity managers engaged the audience on
six key issues that are on the minds of
most campus energy professionals today:
decarbonizing, resiliency, awareness,
modernizing, partnering and anticipating
the future. The panel included André Can-
guçu, ENGIE North America; Sam Chatter-
ton, Johnson Controls; Carlyle Coutinho,
Enwave Energy Corp.; Josh Keniston, Dart-
mouth College; Joan Kowal, Emory Uni-
versity; Jim Lodge, Clearway Energy; Bob
Manning, Harvard University; Juan Ontive-
ros, The University of Texas at Austin; and
Meghan Riesterer, Oberlin College. Rob
Thornton moderated the session.
One of the highlights of the event
was the live online polling that was done
throughout the session in response to the
panel’s comments. More than 500 attendees responded on their mobile devices
to signal their opinions about the issues
they deemed most important to their
Following the plenary session, the
two-day, four-track technical program
commenced. It offered presentations
on virtually every issue that might be of
interest to a campus energy professional
One of the six instant audience polls revealed the priorities of the campus leaders who registered
their vote. See all the results at https://tinyurl.com/y5vh7vac.
The Distribution Workshop attracted a record crowd at CampusEnergy2019. Maintaining safety in
distribution networks was one of the major topics at this year’s event.
including combined heat and power, thermal storage, resiliency, monitoring and
controls, cybersecurity, optimization, the
energy-water nexus, carbon reduction,
and electrical distribution. The luncheon
program afforded IDEA an opportunity
to acknowledge two longtime members
on their impending retirement: Lynn
Crawford, Affiliated Engineers; and Aurel
Selezeanu, Duke University. Another highlight of the luncheon program was the
announcement of the top three contenders in the eighth annual IDEA Campus
Video Contest. Honorable mentions went
to the University of California Irvine, University of Oregon and Oberlin College.
The winning video was produced by three
students at the University of Toronto, who
were on hand to accept the award.
After a full day of presentations and
networking, delegates enjoyed a reception
in the exhibit hall before boarding buses
to Mardi Gras World, a creative studio that
designs and builds the colorful floats seen
every year in the city’s parades.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, FEB. 28-MARCH 1
The four-track technical sessions
continued throughout the day Thursday.
On Friday, delegates had the opportunity
to tour the energy plants at Enwave New
Orleans and Tulane University. IDEA is
grateful to the personnel at those plants
who welcomed our members and guided
them through their facilities.
IDEA HOSTS IEA MEETING
On Monday and Tuesday, IDEA
hosted the fourth meeting of the Experts
Working Group for Annex 73 of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy in
The Microgrid Workshop featured more than
20 presentations during the all-day session.