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Efficiency and electrification in buildings – what are the best practices by type of facility or by type of technology?
What renewable technologies will enable a low-carbon future, and how will storage be integrated into the solution?
What thermal fuel innovations will lead to scaled deployments that reduce greenhouse gases while remaining reliable and affordable?
How is digitization best applied to grid assets, customers and utility field operations? What are best practices for information technology and analytics?
How are clean transportation innovations at a component, unit and system level changing the game?
What clean technologies are investors most bullish about? How are emerging technology companies securing funding today?
What methods, processes and technologies are improving system resiliency? How do they impact prevention, diagnosis and recovery?
How is customer sentiment and behavior impacting efficiency and electrification in building systems?
How do we assess the social and grid impact of offshore wind? Relative to other renewables and thermal fuel innovations?
What are the projections for siting and integration today and tomorrow? Will market saturation or NIMBY concerns interrupt ongoing adoption?
What are the points of integration to other smart systems (e.g., smart cities)? Who owns customer energy data and who accepts responsibility/liability for outcomes?
To quickly meet carbon reduction targets, how should top-down vs. bottom-up market adoption be negotiated?
How do we decide how much reliability and resiliency is enough when energy users have different acceptable outage and power quality rates?
What is the relative role of regulation vs. business model innovation to spur efficiency and electrification in building systems?
How can regulation, permitting and business models work together to help siting and delivery?
Who owns what percent of renewables in ten years and why? What are the pros and cons of various models of ownership?
Carbon pricing/carbon-to-value: Will it actually happen in the absence of political will?
To what extent do traditional utility structures make sense in a distributed generation alternative future? Is there one optimal business model or many?
What regulations will stimulate businesses to drive toward an optimal clean transportation future? Who should impose these?
What’s the investor perspective on who should own clean energy assets and how the utility business model should evolve?
In a future that involves significant distributed generation, who pays for resiliency and how? Who is penalized for lower reliability and resiliency scores?
Batteries vs. gas to fuel vs. alternatives — which technology will make the difference in the long run?
Do people care enough to change? Despite lots of noise around sustainability, what data demonstrates that people’s behavior or global energy consumption is changing?
Electrification, renewables, reliability, resiliency: Can we make it win-win-win-win, or will there inevitably be a hard trade-off?
What’s the right organizational framework? Who owns what, from smart objects to smart infrastructure?
Can we innovate our way out of this, or is that not enough to meet climate goals? When is the right time to invest in specific technologies?
What pricing signals support decarbonization by being understandable enough to drive consumer behavior while allowing for company profit?
How would startup disruptors from different subsectors reinvent the grid if it were to be built from scratch today?
How do our AEC 2021 attendees define an integrated grid? What are the challenges and opportunities as we get there?
How does New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act illuminate similar efforts throughout the U.S.?