BOSTON — At IDEA2015: Inspiring the Next Generation, hosted by the International District Energy Association (IDEA), energy experts from around the world gathered to explore the latest innovations and trends in district heating and cooling, combined heat and power (CHP), and microgrids for cities, communities, and campuses. Marking its 106th annual conference, this year’s event featured more than 100 speakers and over 950 attendees — representing 21 countries, 39 U.S. states, and five Canadian provinces.
“After decades of business-as-usual, the utility and energy industries are quickly transforming the way we generate, distribute, and value energy, particularly as it relates to more sustainable and resilient cities and communities,” said Rob Thornton, president and CEO of IDEA. “Bringing together the public and private sectors at our 106th annual conference will help drive more investment and dedication to build a more reliable and sustainable energy system. In addition, it is noteworthy that we held this year’s conference in Boston, which is leading the way in urban sustainability as evidenced by the recognition of the city by the UN’s Environment Program and why IDEA honored Veolia’s Boston-Cambridge network with our 2015 System of the Year award.”