Energy Salons

The Philadelphia Energy Authority convenes government agencies, private entities and regional stakeholders quarterly to collaborate on looking forward at our collective energy future.  The goal is to assist in the implementation of well-informed and strategic energy decisions and investments.  Participants are invited to inform the gathering and expand their energy knowledge by promoting collaborative research, sharing lessons learned, vetting big ideas, pondering the possibilities and identifying policy, community, procurement and budgetary opportunities and implications.  As a municipal authority, the PEA provides objective expertise, a neutral ground for candid conversation and the technical resources for complex energy discussions. PEA creates a space for collaborative discussion through Energy Salons, read more here!

November 30, 2016: Bridging the Gap Between Public Health, Energy Efficiency, and Poverty

Philly is the poorest big city in the nation and has one of the highest rates of home ownership, with an extraordinary number of low-income homeowners. Philadelphians also have a very high energy cost burden compared to other cities, increasing rates of chronic childhood asthma and lead poisoning, and are often in serious need of major home repairs or maintenance. This event will spotlight programs and organizations that engage at the intersection of energy and health and highlight specific initiatives that address poverty, healthy homes, housing preservation and household expense reduction. PEA and Wharton’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership hosted this event to discuss ways to leverage home repair and energy interventions that reduce poverty and improve public health. Event presenters included Nan Feyler the Director of the Housing and Child Welfare Initiative for City of Philadelphia, Wes Stewart the Senior Director of Technical Assistance and Legal Services of Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, and Liz Robinson the Executive Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency. This event was sponsored by and hosted at PECO.

March 4, 2015: Energy Efficiency Paralysis – How to Avoid the Audit “Pause” and Get Projects to the Finish Line

Energy efficiency is the most cost effective tool to managing utility expense.  PEA hosted a candid conversation addressing the challenges of implementing performance contracts for municipalities, universities and hospitals (the MUSH sector).  The panel discussion included Adam Agalloco from the Philadelphia Energy Office, Baird Brown from Drinker Biddle & Reath, Don Gilligan from NAESCO, and Roger Clark from The Reinvestment Fund.  Bruce Stultz moderated.  You can view the slides presented at this Energy Salon here.

September 25, 2014: Looking Through Other Lenses: Comparing Opportunities and Challenges in The Private Sector

April 23, 2014: Transforming Energy Consumers to Energy Entrepreneurs

An informal facilitated discussion exploring opportunities and synergies to reduce energy use and green house gas emissions between the Philadelphia Water Department & Philadelphia International Airport.  Topics included: co-generation, wastewater as a heat sink, and food waste to fuel