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Effective Collaboration Strategies for Cities and Utilities 

Presented by:
Gerry Braun, Integrated Resources Network
Effective Collaboration Strategies for Cities and Energy Utilities – Several cities have announced an intention to collectively work toward smarter cities and greater resiliency.  If they do, in most cases they will need to raise the level of their engagement with the energy utilities that serve their families and businesses.  Numerous impediments exist to the level of city/utility collaboration necessary for timely, transformative outcomes.  States will have an essential role in removing the impediments.
In early 2018, the Integrated Resources Network (IRESN, Inc.) launched a project to identify state policies that can encourage and facilitate collaboration.  The City/Utility Collaboration Project’s advisory committee met monthly to help identify common sense strategies that can lead to successful city/utility collaborations, as well as strategies already being used to improve and expand collaboration, both in the US and overseas.  IRESN’s Gerald Braun will summarize the project’s main conclusions and recommendations.
Topics covered:
  •  What is at stake for communities and utilities?– What are the highest priority collaboration opportunities? 
  • Can universities, colleges and other local partners catalyze city/utility collaboration?
  • What is the vision for mature, multi-faceted city/utility collaboration?
  • How can states adapt on-going programs and capacities to encourage and support collaboration?
  • What else must they do?. – – –
 
About the Presenter
Gerry Braun, Integrated Resources Network 
Gerry Braun is a founder and member of the Integrated Resources Network, a growing community of pragmatic innovators working for a smart and clean energy future. He is also a founding and active member of the Solar Circle and recently completed a two year term as Chairman of the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee. Gerry’s knowledge of energy markets, electricity systems and clean energy supply industries is rooted in his work over the years with leading firms and agencies such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Bechtel, Southern California Edison Company, BP Solar, Standard Solar, the US Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission and the UC Davis Energy Institute. He organized and directed major US and California renewable energy R&D programs and held senior executive, marketing and business development roles in global and local solar companies.

 

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