The Art of Selling District EnergyAugust 23rd, 2017
Selling the district energy proposition to IBM required a special skill and a special relationship they had with our original team including City Council. Not so much that district energy had operational advantages for customers (IBM already had positive experiences from other locations) but the fact that they would trust a new utility created by the City of Markham to deliver efficient and reliable energy services to a critical IBM facility for 20 years or longer.
Embracing ChangeSeptember 11th, 2015
The International District Energy Association’s (IDEA’s) 106th Annual Conference and Trade Show wrapped up on July 1st, and what a few days it was. I was honoured to begin my term as chair of IDEA at the conference. As chair I have the unique opportunity of selecting a theme for the upcoming year. Building on recent IDEA conference platforms, I have introduced the theme “Embracing Change.”
District Energy in CitiesMarch 10th, 2015
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) launched its most recent report, District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on February 26, 2015. The Report discusses how local authorities can develop energy efficient and climate-resistant district energy systems as one of the most cost-effective solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Inspiring the Millennial GenerationJune 23rd, 2014
I have just returned from a major district energy conference in Seattle, the 105th Annual Conference of the International District Energy Association (IDEA). Every year, the incoming IDEA Chair is charged with the task of presenting a relevant theme for the coming year. Ken Smith, this year’s IDEA Chair and CEO of District Energy St. Paul (MN), has presented his theme, Inspiring the Next Generation. There could not be a more relevant topic at this time.
What Defines a Smart Energy City?May 5th, 2014
On April 11, 2014 the City of Markham hosted its first Smart City Forum. This inspiring event brought together a diverse group of participants from sectors that included health care, energy, government, information technology, and more. As panelists addressed Smart City innovations, the Forum’s agenda essentially addressed the question “what makes a Smart City?”
Welcome to the MDE BlogMarch 24th, 2014
As the first Blog posting on our new website, I would simply like to welcome our followers that may, from time to time, be interested in what we are thinking, planning or doing.