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[Private Event] Renewable Thermal Alliance Meeting

[Private Event] Renewable Thermal Alliance Meeting

[Attendance to this event is by invitation only]

The potential role that Renewable Thermal Technologies (RTTs) can play in achieving states’ climate ambition is gaining focus across the US. Thermal end uses accounted for respectively 70% and 44% of energy delivered to residential and commercial customers in 2013 (EIA AEO 2015).  Renewable thermal can replace existing thermal end uses based on fossil fuels and electricity, and thus provide an essential contribution to achieving states climate ambitions.

Based on the notion that the thermal market is regional rather than state bound, that viable business models can add value, that standardization and harmonization will drive volume and that financing models are central to leverage private capital, a partnership across states has been established.   

The Renewable Thermal Alliance (RTA) is a private – public partnership established to develop the infrastructure for large-scale deployment of Renewable Thermal Technologies. 

The RTA is a vehicle for open discussions across RTTs and stakeholders.


8:30 – 9:00 am                 

Arrival and networking


9:00 – 9:40 am                

Alliance and organizational issues

  • Participant Introductions
  • Welcome by John Joshi, NYSERDA
  • Introduction to the Alliance by Bryan Garcia, CT Green Bank
  • Alliance update, Business Plan and funding needs by Helle Gronli, Yale


9:40 – 11:00 am                 

Minus 80 by 50 – The role of renewable thermal technologies.  New York

  • Cathy Passion, City of New York
  • Janet Joseph, NYSERDA - NYSERDA – RTT & Innovations (Invited TBD)
  • Greg Hale, Governor’s office (Invited TBD)
  • Bob Wyman, Consultant – Views on Heat Pumps
  • Arturo Garcia-Costas with New York Community Trust - Solar Thermal


11:00 – 11:10                      

Coffee and fresh air


11:10 – 12:00 am            

Business structures to scale the market for renewable thermal

  • ITC tax issues, financing models, metering, solutions, pre-requisites for standardized contracts, cost reduction strategies
  • Heather Anderson, Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.
  • Joe Cefaly and Eric Dubin, Mitsubishi
  • John Ciovacco - New construction developments and GSHP application
  • New York Green Bank - Financing


12:00 – 1:00 pm                

Lunch and talks

  • Invited speaker, utility with innovative financing of RTTs
  • Chris Corcoran, NYSERDA – NYSERDA overview ASHP initiatives
  • Elliot Stoller, NYSERDA – NYSERDA work on cost assessment


1:00 – 2:30 pm                   

Working group session

  • Update from technology group, led by Dave Hermantin
  • Update from context and policy group, led by Bob Wyman


2:00 – 2:15 pm                    

Q&A with Richard Kauffman, New York State Energy Czar


2:30 – 2:45 pm                   

Stretch legs and get fresh air


2:45 – 3:45 pm                   

  • Data and EM&V working group, led by Matt Davis and Bryan Garcia
  • Dr. Liu – Recent research on technical potential for heat pumps
  • Discussion


3:45 – 4:45 pm                   

Standardization, led by John Joshi and Neil Veilleux


4:45 – 5:00 pm                   

Summarizing the day 

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Fairuz Loutfi

Climate Change Manager at WRI Mexico
Master of Environmental Management 2016