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Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:40pm to 1:30pmVirtual Event
Why innovation in cleantech is so important to a transitioning energy economy and sustainable infrastructure
Utility monopolies were created to bring cost effective electricity and other resources to communities at “the last mile.” Yet, since the turn of the century, this integrated supply to distribution business model with geographically drawn territories has been restructured and continues to be disrupted with new energy solutions such as renewable resources, distributed energy at customer sites, and proliferation of data and information. Many new technologies and solutions are being introduced to customers for cleaner and more flexible energy usage. However, much of the grid and policies governing it are struggling to align and integrate the new demands of customer solutions without innovation.
Cleantech solutions have great hope to meet these clean energy and sustainability goals but investment in them has had a rocky road. Installing new energy solutions into buildings, cars, and other infrastructure is thought of as more invasive and riskier than owners tend to want, and policies and markets are slow to adapt to multidirectional transmission and buying of energy. Enter the cleantech revolution of new innovations in energy, markets, and investing!
BIO: With 25 years in energy and sustainability, Kristin Barbato has served in executive roles spanning utilities, government, energy services, and consulting. Previously the Chief Energy Management Officer of NYC, Vice President of New York Power Authority, Strategic Planning at Con Edison, and other executive roles in energy and utilities, she is now a dual entrepreneur as a founder of Build Edison and co-founder of Dynamo Energy Hub.
Ms. Barbato graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008. For the last five years, she has been a Professor of energy management for international graduate policy schools at Columbia and NYU. Among other endeavors, she is an avid squash player and serves on several non-profit Advisory Boards such as The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to support families of children with cancer.
Meeting ID: 961 0980 2380