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Workshop to discuss energy future

Published July 31, 2014

“Shaping Our Energy Future: A Conversation with Energy Leaders and You” is the title of a program being presented Aug. 12 in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The program will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in Agrusa Auditorium in Davis Hall, North Campus.

It will examine energy issues in Western New York, across the state and internationally, including trends in energy regulation, efforts to shape a new energy future and opportunities for economic development and job creation in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a meet and greet with National Grid CEO Steve Holliday will begin at 9 a.m. The presentation and question-and-answer session will be held from 9:30-11:30. Participants also can register online.

In addition to Holliday, who will talk about international energy issues, trends in business development and energy regulation, and their impact on U.S. markets, speakers will include:

  • Ken Daly, president of National Grid New York, who is leading the company's participation in New York State’s ongoing collaborative to examine and reshape energy policies, strategies and regulation.
  • Alexander Cartwright, UB vice president for research and economic development, who will discuss the critical relationship between research and economic development, describe UB’s commitment to sustainable energy and introduce UB RENEW, the university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute that is focusing on the most difficult and complex environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are intertwined.
  • Matt Enstice, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The BNMC, through a partnership with National Grid, is serving as a living laboratory for the energy future — activities, from integrated resource planning to the latest technologies, are designed to help facilitate the growth of the campus by anticipating its energy needs.