Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Combined heat and power (CHP) technology can provide critical facilities (e.g. hospitals, wastewater treatment), businesses, institutions, and communities with more resilient and reliable heat and power, while at the same time reducing energy costs and harmful emissions.  Complimenting CHP technology is methane gas from landfills, which is often overlooked as a viable, cost-effective input for generating power via CHP.  (Landfills are the third largest source of anthropogenic methane gas produced in the United States.)

On December 4, plan to join an insightful and practical discussion on the regional viability of CHP and landfill gas in terms of technology viability, economics and uses.

Marilyn Brown, Professor, Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Marilyn joined Georgia Tech in 2006 after a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At ORNL, she held various leadership positions and led several major energy technology and policy scenario studies. Dr. Brown remains affiliated with ORNL as a Visiting Distinguished Scientist.

Marilyn’s research has included an assessment of the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program, development of a national climate change technology deployment strategy, and an evaluation of the supply- and demand-side electricity resources available in the Southeast. She has authored more than 200 publications including a recently published book on Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths.  Her research interests encompass the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies and issues surrounding the commercialization of new technologies and the evaluation of energy programs and policies.  Marilyn serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Alliance to Save Energy, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.  In addition, she serves on the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.

Marilyn has a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, a M.R.P. from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. from Rutgers University.

Richard Crowther, PE, Manager, Sustainability, Coca-Cola Refreshments

Richard manages Sustainability related activities for Coca-Cola Refreshments across North America and has responsibility for improving the energy efficiency, water efficiency, in-plant recycling rates and net carbon impact of production and warehouse facilities as well as the transportation fleet and vending/cooler equipment.  He has nearly two decades of diverse experience in the energy efficiency / sustainability field and is familiar with all aspects of the industry from supply planning and demand reduction to carbon accounting and clean-tech project developed such as use of bio-fuels, cogeneration, solar power and fuel cells.

His corporate experience includes The Coca-Cola Company, York International, The Southern Company, and Atlanta Gas Light Company.  Richard is a Certified Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Cogeneration Professional.

Richard has a M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.

Isaac Panzarella, PE, Director, U.S. DOE Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership

North Carolina State University

Isaac is the Clean Power & Efficiency project coordinator at the N.C. Solar Center, and provides technical and feasibility assessment services for combined heat and power systems, waste heat recovery and industrial energy efficiency improvements. His mission is to help people to realize that the future is here today when it comes to clean energy and energy efficiency.

Isaac has worked to promote sustainable building systems and energy conservation as a partner with two consulting engineering firms. He has worked on many project commissions in the State of North Carolina, including the North Carolina Botanical Garden Visitor Center, dedicated by Governor Beverly Perdue in the fall of 2009 as the first State owned building with a LEED Platinum rating target. His sustainable building systems design experience includes solar thermal and photovoltaic energy systems, central cooling and heating plants, geothermal heat pump systems, energy recovery and energy management systems.

Isaac has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University.

Richard Sedano, Director, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

Rich advises state commissions and other decision-makers about cost-effective investments in energy efficiency, distributed generation and renewable energy.  Rich served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service (VDPS) for nine years before joining RAP in 2001. Prior to serving as commissioner, he held various engineering staff positions at VDPS, which represents utility consumers in all regulatory matters and is the state’s energy office and consumer advocate. He also worked as an engineer in power generation for Philadelphia Electric Company.

In November 2009, Rich was awarded the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Mary Kilmarx Award. He served as chair of NASEO from 1998-2000. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships.

Rich received a M.S. in engineering management from Drexel University and a B.S. in engineering from Brown University.



Industrial Combined Heat and Power: Why is it Stalled in the U.S.? – Marilyn Brown

Coca-Cola’s Atlanta Landfill Gas Cogeneration Project – Richard Crowther

Combined Heat and Power Increasing Awareness and Action- Isaac Panzarella

CHP Power Sector Policy: How government action enables CHP – Richard Sedano

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