The Power of Partnership EPIcenter inaugural new energy lecture

Lynn Abramson, PhD, President of the Clean Energy Business Network spoke about national trends and local opportunities in the new energy economy last thursday at the geekdom event center. Dr. Abramson is one of EPIcenter’s Global Advisors, a group of new energy thought leaders who advise on EPIcenter’s leadership role within the global new energy community. The Global Advisors work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to advance the mission of EPIcenter as a new energy hub. EPIcenter, located at the The Mission Road Power Plant on the San Antonio river, just south of the lone star brewery and Roosevelt Park, is a place where visionary entrepreneurs, technologists and communities will come together to create a brighter energy future. Founded in 2015 in partnership with CPS energy, Epicenter has yet to open its historical venue to the public, but offers lectures, private tours of the facilities and conferences. “Clean Energy is no longer a liberal San Francisco idea, everyone is now appreciating the movement,” Abramson said.

She explained that there are 3 million jobs in clean energy annually and that number is growing. Most of the data presented in the lecture was extracted from Bloomberg new energy finance, which Abramson recommends as a reliable resource for energy data. She said wind and solar will account for 50 percent of global energy use by 2040 and that idea was echoed by Paula Gold-Williams, CEO of CPS energy who said the same will be true for the city of San Antonio by 2040. “If you would have told me this 10 years ago, I would have been very surprised by these numbers. A lot of that has been driven by the amazing cost reductions we have seen getting the deployment to an economy of scale. An even more surprising driver is that customers and corporations are demanding these options,” Abramson said. Gold-Williams said that even though San Antonio population has grown over the last few years, energy consumption has stayed the same. She said energy innovation comes from stirring up the community and working with good timing where we see growth. CPS energy has facilitated many local focus groups that measure the interest in innovation in order to deliver services with economy. “We do have customers that are not sure about new energy and we want to bring them into the conversation to see the possibilities and help us solve problems and make new energy economical for everyone,” Gold-Williams said, “New energy must be augmented with more curiosity so we can turn our wants into real technology.” Artist, David Blancas, recreated historical photos of the mission reach plant which will be installed under highway 90 near the EpiCenter site.

The plant was built in 1909 to house one of the first steam turbo generator units in town, using water from the San Antonio River to cool its operation. A steel-framed brick building housed the first unit. Over the decades, the generators were updated with more modern equipment, including a turbine room, boiler house and storage warehouses. Abramson is President of the Clean Energy Business Network (www.cebn.org), an association of 3,000+ business leaders of small- to medium-size companies providing technologies and services in energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, or other advanced energy and transportation sectors. Lynn leads the CEBN’s efforts to serve as a collective voice before policymakers empowering small clean energy businesses, and helps these companies navigate funding, networking, and business development opportunities. Abramson previously managed the CEBN at its former home in The Pew Charitable Trusts from 2013 until 2017, when the network transitioned to become an independent, grassroots initiative of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. Before that, she worked as a senior legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate on energy, natural resources, and transportation policy. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University.

The first of the global lecture series serves a complement to its annual summit (launched in June 2017) and the New Energy Incubator and Accelerator (launched in December 2017). The next lecture date is to be determined, but slated near late fall early winter. For more information or to book a private tour please contact Jill Vassar by email at jhvassar@ epicenterus.org or directly at 210- 904-2682. Tours of the decommissioned Mission Road Power Plant, EPIcenter’s future home, are generally conducted on the 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am or 10:00 am. However, the schedule can vary widely. Reservations are required. Upon confirmation Jill will share with you more specific information about how to get there, where to park, what to wear, and what to expect.

El poder de la asociación EPIcenter inaugural nueva conferencia de energía Lynn Abramson, PhD, Presidenta de Clean Energy Business Network habló sobre las tendencias nacionales y las oportunidades locales en la nueva economía energética el jueves pasado en el centro de eventos geekdom. El Dr. Abramson es uno de los asesores globales de EPIcenter, un grupo de nuevos líderes de pensamiento energético que asesoran sobre el papel de liderazgo de EPIcenter dentro de la nueva comunidad energética global. Global Advisors trabaja estrechamente con la Junta Directiva y el personal para avanzar en la misión de EPIcenter como un nuevo centro de energía. EPIcenter, ubicado en The Mission Road Power Plant en el río San Antonio, justo al sur de la cervecería Lone Star y Roosevelt Park, es un lugar donde empresarios visionarios, tecnólogos y comunidades se unirán para crear un futuro energético más brillante. Fundada en 2015 en asociación con CPS Energy, Epicenter aún no ha abierto su sede histórica al público, pero ofrece conferencias, visitas privadas a las instalaciones y conferencias. “Clean Energy ya no es una idea liberal de San Francisco, todos están apreciando el movimiento”, dijo Abramson. Ella explicó que hay 3 millones de empleos en energía limpia anualmente y que esa cifra está creciendo. La mayoría de los datos presentados en la conferencia se extrajeron de las nuevas finanzas de energía de Bloomberg, que Abramson recomienda como un recurso confiable para los datos de energía. Dijo que la energía eólica y solar representarán el 50 por ciento del uso de energía global para 2040 y esa idea fue compartida por Paula Gold-Williams, CEO de CPS Energy, quien dijo que lo mismo ocurrirá con la ciudad de San Antonio para 2040. “Si me hubieras dicho esto hace 10 años, me habría sorprendido mucho con estos números. Mucho de eso ha sido impulsado por las sorprendentes reducciones de costos que hemos visto al llevar el despliegue a una economía de escala. Un controlador aún más sorprendente es que los clientes y las corporaciones exigen estas opciones “, dijo Abramson. Gold-Williams dijo que a pesar de que la población de San Antonio ha crecido en los últimos años, el consumo de energía se ha mantenido igual. Ella dijo que la innovación energética proviene de incitar a la comunidad y trabajar con buen tiempo en donde vemos crecimiento. La energía de CPS ha facilitado muchos grupos focales locales que miden el interés en la innovación para entregar servicios con economía. “Tenemos clientes que no están seguros acerca de la nueva energía y queremos llevarlos a la conversación para ver las posibilidades y ayudarnos a resolver problemas y hacer que la nueva energía sea económica para todos”, dijo Gold- Williams, “la nueva energía debe ser aumentada”. con más curiosidad para que podamos convertir nuestros deseos en tecnología real “.

El artista, David Blancas, recreó fotos históricas de la misión que alcanzará la planta que se instalará debajo de la autopista 90 cerca del sitio EpiCenter. La planta fue construida en 1909 para albergar una de las primeras unidades de turbogeneradores a vapor de la ciudad, que utiliza agua del río San Antonio para refrigerar su operación. Un edificio de ladrillo con armazón de acero albergaba la primera unidad. Durante décadas, los generadores se actualizaron con equipos más modernos, que incluyen una sala de turbinas, una sala de calderas y almacenes de almacenamiento. Abramson es presidente de Clean Energy Business Network (www. cebn.org), una asociación de más de 3.000 líderes empresariales de pequeñas y medianas empresas que ofrecen tecnologías y servicios en eficiencia energética, energía renovable, gas natural u otras energías avanzadas. y sectores de transporte. Lynn lidera los esfuerzos del CEBN para servir como una voz colectiva antes de que los legisladores empoderen a las pequeñas empresas de energía limpia, y ayuda a estas compañías a navegar por las oportunidades de financiación, creación

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