SPARK*: Energy & Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
SPARK* events encourage learning and networking in an intimate setting of 50 professionals. This series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialog & connections around a specific green-related topic chosen for the evening.
Our speaker, Mike Gordon, will tell stories about critical moments in two energy start-ups and what those moments meant: resilience, thinking about new angles, willingness to simply get out and do things, riks that may be better not taken, integrity, pushing the envelope to survive etc. He will then involve the attendees by finding out about your experiences and ideas.
Come to network with your peers and hear from our featured speaker.
$25 in advance. $35 at the door.
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Mike is currently Chief Executive Officer at Joule Assets Inc., is a Legal Studies Professor at The Wharton School, of The University of Pennsylvania, and serves or has served on several boards and Executive Committees, including The Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium, The Demand Response Coordinating Committee, Europe’s Smart Energy Demand Coalition, and The Energy Improvement Corporation, a financing corporation for energy efficiency.
Mike regularly facilitates at conferences and panel discussions on business strategies and regulatory policies related to “Energy Reduction Asset” markets. Mike has been on agendas to present or facilitate for numerous companies’ conferences, including Microsoft and General Electric, as well as for government agencies, including The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, The European Commission, The United Nations’ Conference of Parties on Climate Change, and at many other city, state and national conferences.
Mike founded ConsumerPowerline in 2000, generally recognized as the United States’ first demand response aggregator. Specializing in serving end users in deregulated wholesale electricity markets, ConsumerPowerline (later “CPower”) built 1,000 MWs of demand response internationally, and until its sale to Constellation Energy Group (NYS:CEG), CPower remained the largest provider of short notice (defined as shed load within ten minutes of call) demand response in the world.
It was not Mike’s first foray into the energy field. In 1981, Mike took a job as the sole employee of a 127-home heating oil buying collective, that had negotiated an advantageous “collective buying” contract with a heating oil supplier in New York City, modeled after a similar collective in Ottawa, Canada. Fueled by the energy crisis, consumer advocacy, and media attention, within three years the collective served 3,000 homes and seven heating oil suppliers. Over the next year Mike negotiated “first of their kind” collective buying contracts for consumers inWashingtonDC,Maryland,New Jersey,New York andMassachusetts. Today, heating oil collectives serve a major portion of the Eastern residential market, saving consumers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Mike holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Masters in Business Administration from the WhartonSchool at the University ofPennsylvania. Mike also holds a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
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