May 25th, 2011

Energy Bar is Open (Boston) + Value of a Negawatt (NYC)

BOSTON -

There are two great events happening tomorrow in Boston and NYC.

In Boston, Green Light Distrikt will be hosting the inaugural of our new bi-monthly gathering, Energy Bar, in conjunction with Venture Cafe in Kendell Square.

In New York City, Clean Energy Connections along with NYC ACRE will be hosting the “Value of a Negawatt: Startups & The Energy Efficiency Boom”. Tickets can be on the Clean Energy Connections homepage.

More details on both events below.

More on Energy Bar

I’m very excited to start Energy Bar. Why? I love Venture Cafe’s credo of place-based social networking. Friendships are the key to innovation and trust, part of something we also believe at Green Light Distrikt. We will not have any speakers at Energy Bar but do plan to have a theme for every gathering so that we can focus the audience.

Also, Venture Cafe has tended to attract the IT folks and the cleantech industry has a lot of overlaps with the IT world.

More on the Value of a Negawatt.

Clean Energy Connections has put together an amazing panel on a very meaningful issue, specifically for NYC.

This event is titled “Value of a Negawatt: Startups & the Energy Efficiency Boom”. Doors open at 6:30pm. Panel discussion begins at 7pm. Audience Q&A, and networking reception to follow. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $10 for students (must show ID at the door). You may purchase tickets at www.cleanecnyc.org

Experts estimate that at least 85% of New York City’s buildings will still be in use in 20 years. Our offices and homes, which for the most part consume huge amounts of electricity, are poorly insulated and have little incentive to change. The fastest, cheapest, and most effective way for New York to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions is by reducing the amount of energy that we consume. Innovation in technology and financing can help get us to scale, and with the hard work of the City’s green codes task force and the support of the Greater, Greener Buildings Laws, real changes are taking place.

Please join successful entrepreneurs, utility representatives, venture capitalists, and policymakers to explore the business case behind the implementation of new technologies, and drill down into the intricacies of the energy efficiency market and opportunities for growth in this sector.

Moderator:
Katherine Tweed, Reporter, Greentech Media

Panelists:
Zack Schildhorn, Associate, Lux Capital Management
Mei Shibata, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, ThinkEco
Michael Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Joule Assets
David Pospisil, Manager, Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, Consolidated Edison Company of New York

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About Chris Williams

Chris Williams is the editor of Green Light Distrikt and Chief Marketing Officer at HeatSpring . He has experience in business development, prototyping and new venture research with a focus on geothermal heat pumps, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies. Chris is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer and NABCEP certified solar installer. Chris is focused on solving customer facing issues in the creation and adoption of clean energy technologies and products. Chris has installed over 300kW of solar and tens of geothermal systems. He's invented the PV Pal , developed many trainings at HeatSpring, publishes the NABCEP Study Guide , the Hitchhikers Guide to Cleantech and has done due diligence research for Urgent VC . Feel free to connect with him @topherwiliams , on Linkedin , or through email about new ventures, collaborating, writing, research or whatever is on your mind.