We have an accomplished and traveled team of public speakers here at EcoMotion. Both inspirational and informational there is something for everyone in our presentations.
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Financing Climate Solutions - Guest Lecture at Harvard Law School, March 2017
On March 1st Ted Flanigan was a guest lecturer at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Part of a new, interdisciplinary course called the “Climate Solutions Living Lab,” Ted presented EcoMotion’s work in “Crafting and Financing Carbon-Free Microgrids.” The two-hour presentation and workshop engaged Harvard students from the Law School, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, Engineering, Urban Planning, and the School of Public Health.” The vision of Harvard Professor Jack Spengler, teams of students from these disciplines are working to develop on- and off- site climate solutions for the Harvard campus, which is itself a microgrid. Students are also catalyzing projects in Rhode Island and Alaska using environmental market mechanisms, including renewable energy certificates, efficiency and renewable projects, and carbon offsets. Students were especially interested in EcoMotion’s case studies with microgrid development at Santa Rita Union School District in Salinas, California, and the Campbell Union High School District in San Jose.
Professor Wendy Jacobs, Director of the Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic noted the next day that, “Thank you again for coming to speak at our Climate Solutions Living Lab course! Everyone enjoyed your presentation and learned a lot.” According to Program Fellow Debra Stump, “Your presentation gave the students lots of great insights into what actually goes into making these projects work.”
Microgrids and Smart Grids, May 2015
San Bernardino, Inland Empire Economic Partnership: Third workshop in Green Energy Entrepreneur Series. Overview of grids… from macro to micro and smart. Genesis of power systems, local hydro plants and municipal utilities followed by 1 GW+ power plants and bulk transfers of power over long distances. Now microgrids to maximize renewables, for local control and resiliency. Smart grids to digitize information and enable markets and two-way energy flows.
Eight Forms of Renewable Energy Storage, April 2015
University of California at Riverside, CE-CERT, Presentation in second workshop of Green Energy Entrepreneur Series. Overview of the brave new world of energy storage, and notably on eight forms of renewable energy storage. While batteries have stolen the show, flywheels, compressed air, hydrogen and other storage media and mechanisms may also be viable.
Prop 39 Update on Garden Grove USD, CASBO, San Diego, April 2015
San Diego Convention Center. Presented on the strategic approach and current status of smart energy management at Garden Grove Unified School District. Using Prop 39 funds, EcoMotion is helping to maximize the value of comprehensive retrofits on 12 – 15 campuses. Concurrently, EcoMotion is looking for additional funds and technologies and services to save energy, save money, and protect the environment.
E Source Forum September 2013 "Tailoring the Message"
Ted Flanigan led a session on the power of messaging and utility partnerships at the 26th E Source Annual Forum in Denver, Colorado. “Tailoring the Message” presentation focused on three utility partnership programs in California and their results, tapping the power and synergy of creative program design and targeted communications, for groups of customers from facility operators in San Francisco to parishioners, tribal elders, and elected officials in the Coachella Valley. Flanigan and E Source session host Katie Ruiz then divided the audience into five customer types, seniors, students, chambers, “sinks and dinks”, and recent immigrants. They then sequentially presented five scenarios from nuclear calamity to excess capacity for which each group developed effective energy efficiency program marketing language for that specific market segment.
"The Path to Carbon Neutrality" January 2013
Four presentations on a New York prep school’s path to carbon neutrality, including offsets by maximizing energy efficiency on campus, installing geothermal systems, investing in solar power, and exploring biofuels, while continuing to promote behavioral gains through conservation.
"Cost-Effective Climate Protection"
Study sessions, council briefings, one-on-one education/awareness raising in the Coachella Valley about the state of carbon science and climate action planning, impending regulations, and cost-effective, rationale strategies for carbon mitigation. (2011 – 2013)
"Options for Financing Solar Distributed Generation"
Rahus Institute Solar Forum, Pasadena, California. (2010)
South Korea "Sustainability Best Practices from the United States and Europe"
Five municipal presentations in South Korea. Live broadcast in Seoul at the Hope Institute. (2009)
"Screaming Past Total Dependence to Net Zero and Surplus Production"
Southwestern Law School, Summit on Clean Tech Law and New Energy Policy, Keynote Presentation. (2009)
"Asia 2008 Clean Energy Forum, ‘The Power of the Increment!’"
Keynote speaker for the Third Annual Asia Clean Energy Forum in the Philippines. Insights from Iceland, Germany, and at home, on a commuter rail line. Forum hosted by the Asian Development Bank and U.S. AID.
Commencement: "The World is at Your Fingertips"
Opportunities in the Booming Clean Tech Industry. Millbrook School, Commencement Speaker 2005: Millbrook, New York.
"Efficiency Potentials for Mitigating Carbon Emissions in American and European Cities"
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, Urban CO2 Reduction Project, Helsinki, Finland (1992)
"Earth Day 1990 - Chicago"
Earth Day in Lincoln Park, downtown Chicago. Center stage between Senator Paul Simon and Mayor Daly. Fifteen-minute address before a ~20,000 person audience. Subsequent workshop on “The End-Use Approach to Energy Planning.”
"Massachusetts Institute of Technology Environmental Colloquium"
Keynote speaker with Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature. Also conducted a two-hour career seminar on socially-responsible energy and environmental career opportunities. Cambridge, Massachusetts. (1990)
"Competitive Energy Services and Strategies"
A lecture series developed for and produced by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association presented to utility managers in Atlanta, Georgia; North Carolina; Arkansas; Missouri; and Colorado. (1996 – 1997)
"Models for Financing and Implementing Municipal Energy Efficiency"
Third Municipal Leaders’ Summit on Climate Change in Saitama, Japan: Retained as an international expert for this six-day municipal leaders’ summit. (1995)
Toronto Design Charrette: "Maximizing Energy Efficiency in the City of Toronto"
Keynote Speaker for 1994 Design Charrette in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Three-day meeting of key stakeholders to launch a comprehensive, city-wide building energy and water efficiency initiative. Charrette was successful in creating North American prototype for municipal efficiency and carbon mitigation.
"U.S. Utilities’ Experiences with Least-Cost Planning and Energy Efficiency"
First European Conference on Least-Cost Planning. Hosted by the German Ministry of the Environment and the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development, Saarbrücken, Germany. (1993)
"The Technical Potentials for Energy Efficiency"
French Energy Management Agency, Lectured and participated in the First European Conference on Energy Management in Sophia Antipolis, France. (1988)
"The Value of Energy Efficiency in Alaska and Least-Cost Planning"
Alaskan Conference on Affordable Housing and Energy Efficiency: Keynote Speaker, Energy Efficiency, the Environment, and Sustainable Economic Development. Juneau, Alaska. (1990)
"The Benefit of Community Solar Plants"
Presentations at utilities throughout California on community solar plants, documenting their genesis and state of the art. Delivered at PG&E, SDG&E, Anaheim Public Utilities, Riverside Public Utilities, Pasadena Water and Power, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and at other venues including California Center for Sustainable Energy, Solar Santa Monica, and the Walt Disney Company. (2012 – 2013)
"The Solar Sweet Spots"
Presentations on the finances of solar systems and finding the nexus of “roof real estate” and rate offset. Lectures in Irvine provided solar companies and other advocates a practical view of the financial analysis of solar systems and rate structures with the key “take-away” that there are “sweet spots” where cost-effective solar investments make sense. (2012)
"Southern California Edison’s Solar-Friendly Option R Rate"
A technical presentation for solar developers and property owners providing the details on Option R, Southern California Edison’s “solar friendly” rate. Presentation provides a clear breakdown of rate option rules and opportunities for solar developers and customers. Presented in Santa Monica and Irvine, California. (2011 – 2012)