NYSERDA Announces REV Connect ’17 Event to Advance Partnerships for New Energy Solutions

New York State-sponsored event on October 17 will promote new business models to support clean, distributed energy solutions

July 11, 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced REV Connect ‘17, a one-day state-sponsored event to bring together New York’s electric utilities and technology companies to create new business models and energy solutions to benefit New York electricity consumers. The event will build on the progress of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Attendees will hear from electric utility executives, as well as thought-leaders across multiple industries, on topics such as innovation and building new business models through partnerships between utilities and consumer service providers that can transform the energy landscape. REV Connect ’17 will also encourage new business structures and transformative projects that advance distributed energy resources like solar and energy storage, smart grid innovation and the inclusion of third-party service companies that can deliver added economic value to customers across New York State.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “The transition to clean and distributed energy resources envisioned by Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy will require new and innovative business models. This event brings utility executives and industry thought leaders together to continue the necessary conversations needed to build upon the progress New York has already made under REV.”

John Rhodes, Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission, said, “The rapid development of REV means that customers and utilities need new solutions, and REV Connect ’17 is a critical opportunity to collaborate on the most-promising solutions. REV is building a cleaner, more affordable, and more resilient energy system for all New Yorkers, thanks to forward-thinking partnerships between state policymakers, energy developers, customers and utilities and I expect even more from REV Connect ’17.”

Featured speakers include:

  • Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York State
  • Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA
  • John Rhodes, Chair, New York Public Service Commission
  • Ganesh Bell, Chief Digital Officer, GE Power
  • Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO, ComEd
  • Jan Vrins, Managing Director, Global Energy Practice, Navigant

Some key highlights of the program include:

  • Innovation Inspiration -- Morning sessions will feature a fast-paced lineup of disruptors from a variety of industries—from banking to telecommunications—with parallels to the market disruption happening in the utility industry.
  • Roll up Your Sleeves -- Dive deep and collaborate with industry peers during an afternoon workshop to produce real ideas for business models that advance REV goals.
  • Toward Partnerships -- During the closing panel, utility executives will discuss top ideas from the workshop and share insights into how they approach innovative business opportunities.

For pricing information and to register, visit the REV4NY website. Early bird registration ends August 11, 2017.

About REV Connect

REV Connect brings companies and New York’s electric utilities together to accelerate innovation, adopt new business models and technologies, and advance New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) goals. REV Connect helps companies that offer distributed energy and smart grid solutions connect with utilities to develop high quality REV demonstrations and other innovative projects. REV Connect also shares good practices and convenes market participants to enhance the culture of innovation and collaboration in the energy sector.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and requiring 50 percent of the state's electricity needs to be generated from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven a nearly 800 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, installation and other clean-tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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