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Managing Energy Efficiency: Translating Policy into Action in the Real World


Mar 13, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Columbia University, Low Library Rotunda

One of the greatest challenges facing the world is providing clean, affordable and reliable electricity. While the proliferation of energy efficient products has helped damper the energy consumption per capita in the U.S., global energy consumption continues to increase. Utilities are challenged with meeting our energy needs in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way. Yet every year, much of the energy produced is lost through inefficient processes and technologies, increasing residential and businesses costs and carbon pollution.

While businesses benefit from lower costs and producing their goods more efficiently, it is not always easy for the state program administrators and utilities to get business customers to participate in energy efficiency programs. This panel brings together leaders in this space to discuss how they design programs in the Northeast to motivate to business customers and drive energy efficiency in the commercial space.

Facilitated by Steven Cohen, Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, and Executive Director of The Earth Institute, Ron Araujo, Manager, Conservation & Load Management for Northeast Utilities Service Company, and Frank Evans, Regional Vice President, Northeast for Willdan Energy Solutions, will discuss how energy analytics and intelligent systems are enabling efficiency expansion to new customers and markets.

A cocktail reception at 7:15 p.m. will follow the formal panel at 6:00 p.m.


Steven Cohen, Ron Araujo, Frank Evans