At the Crossroads: Increasing the Decentralization, Decarbonization and Democratization of Energy with Microgrids & District Energy

June 30, 2021

6:00 pm



7:30 pm


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The global demand for power is growing exponentially. Whether we are talking about the developing world where +1 Billion people do not have reliable access to power or the developed world where economic and industrial growth coupled with a rise in per capita energy consumption is straining the existing grids - microgrids and district energy present solutions that we can begin implementing today.

The MIT Enterprise Forum NYC has gathered a panel of domain experts to discuss their unique perspectives and the solutions that will make up the coming decentralization, decarbonization and democratization of Energy as well as its digitalization and deregulation.

The panel discussion will include topics such as:

·        The transition from nano to macro grids

·        Smarter microgrids

·        The role of utilities in the transition

·        Operational Technology and Informational Technology aspects

·        The role of district energy and/or renewable’s

Dr. Ravi Kumar G.V.V. - Associate Vice President & Head, Advanced Engineering Group at Infosys

Dr. Ravi Kumar G. V. V. is Associate Vice President and Head Advanced Engineering Group (AEG) of Engineering Services, Infosys. He has led many innovation and applied research projects over the past 25 years. His areas of expertise include mechanical structures and systems, knowledge-based engineering, composites, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems, AR, VR, and Industry 4.0. He is involved in the development of commercial products like AUTOLAY, Nia Knowledge and KRTI 4.0. He contributed to many Industry 4.0 implementation projects and played a key role in the development of Industry 4.0 maturity index under the umbrella of Acatech, Germany. He is involved in grid modernization using advanced technologies and sustainability initiatives.

Dr. Ravi Kumar has published over fifty technical papers and four patents. He has a PhD and an MTech in Applied Mechanics from IIT Delhi, and a BE (Honors) from BITS Pilani, India. He is the chair of G-31 Electronic transactions for aerospace technical committee of SAE International. He won many awards including James M. Crawford Executive Standards Committee Outstanding Achievement award from SAE International and Corporate Excellence Award from American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin.

Emily Kildow - Associate Director of Sustainability at Sidewalk Labs

Emily has spent 15 years in New York City as a pervasive advocate for sustainability, working within real estate as a Designer, Consultant, Operator, Developer, and Innovator. She most recently was involved in the creation of the Toronto Tomorrow Plan a proposal that outlined sustainable innovation strategies for the city of the future and has been active on USGBC local and national boards; worked on New York City’s Zero Waste Design Guidelines; served on the High Line Pneumatic Waste Advisory Board; co-chaired the Energy Metering and Operations working group for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; and won an Energy New York Award (ENYA) from the New York Energy Consumer Council.

Ahmed Mousa - Manager, PSEG (Utility of the Future - Electric & Gas Asset Strategy)

CEO/founder of two (2) consulting companies: Electric Bridge Consulting and 100% Energy Club, consultant, Utility of the Future manager @ PSE&G, adjunct professor @ NJIT, author of four (4) books, active member on five (5) boards, coach & speaker with around 20 years of utility experience across various fields in the generation, transmission, substations and distribution systems at Con Edison, PSE&G, PEPCO, and First Energy. Currently designing the 100% Clean Energy System in New Jersey.

Timothy Unruh (Moderator) - Executive Director at National Association of Energy Service Companies

Dr. Timothy D. Unruh is the Executive Director of the National Association of Energy Service Companies(NAESCO). In this role, he manages the representation of its member Energy Service Companies. NAESCO provides advocacy for the industry at the Federal, State and Local levels, and provides for member company Accreditation.

Prior to this role, Dr. Unruh was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Renewable Power at the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office of the US Department of Energy (DOE). As the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Unruh managed the nation’s renewable power research, while also providing oversight to the Grid Modernization Initiative.

Also while at the DOE EERE, Dr. Unruh Directed the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). As FEMP Director, Dr. Unruh oversaw the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reductions in energy and water use in Federal government operations. Dr. Unruh coordinates with DOE national laboratories and other Federal agencies in this capacity.

Dr. Unruh has doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Niek Veraart – Senior Vice President. National Practice Lead | Planning. Michael Baker International.

Niek works at the intersection of climate, resilience and sustainability with a focus on transportation, energy and water within the context of urban planning and development. He led the development of community and transit microgrid concepts in New York City and on Long Island in response to Superstorm Sandy for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) and NYSERDA’s NY Prize microgrid competition and in Newport, RI as part of a public-private Smart City redevelopment portfolio. He was a co-author of the Navy Climate Adaptation Planning Handbook for Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) and contributor to the National Transit Resiliency Handbook for the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) of the National Academies. Within Michael Baker he is supporting the company’s services to transportation agencies, regional planning organizations and municipalities with their electric vehicle infrastructure planning and integration with renewable energy and Smart Mobility Solutions. Niek received his MSc. in engineering, planning and landscape architecture from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands.


James O’Hagan- VP Business Development, Erda Energy LLC, Program Chair, MITEF NYC

James is a technology entrepreneur and head of business development at Erda Energy where he has championed low carbon solutions for the built environment that utilize the ground as a thermal battery. He is passionate about decarbonizing the built environment and using technology like Erda’s to shift our predominately consumptive society into one of equilibrium and symbiosis.

James received a B.A. from Goddard College

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