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Future of Heat

Abstract

Society has accepted that we must transition to a sustainable energy system. The question now becomes what is the path forward that allows us to arrive at that future as quickly and with as little disruption as possible. My belief is that a solution that leverages existing systems, both to make it easy for people to participate and to reduce the cost of the change, is likely to be the optimal. The Future of Heat team at National Grid are exploring innovative technologies to evolve our gas business so that it can continue to support lowering carbon emissions and can serve as an integral component of our sustainable energy future.

Speaker

Owen Brady - Traczyk, MBA, PMP
Manager, Future of Heat
National Grid

Owen Brady is the Manager of the Future of Heat team in National Grid’s Customer
group. He and his team work to bring together companies, customers, and
communities to create shared value while solving complex energy challenges. Owen
has always believed in the power of uniting stakeholders around common goals and
is confident doing so is the only way we will solve the energy dilemma facing our
species.


In his time at National Grid, Owen created the industry’s first commercial gas
demand response program, which was awarded the inaugural Utility Industry
Innovation in Gas award by the National Association of Regulatory Utility
Commissioners in 2017. He also served as the business lead for the Future of Heat
portfolio in National Grid’s downstate NY rate case, which proposed $90M worth of
new initiatives, including integrating geothermal loops into the gas utility portfolio.
Before moving to New York City and joining National Grid, Owen was the Key
Accounts Representative for Vermont Gas Systems in Burlington, VT, where he
helped to establish the first Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) tariff in the contiguous
United States and brought the first “virtual pipeline” company in the United States,
NG Advantage, onto the gas system.


Owen holds an EMBA from Columbia University, an EMBA from London Busines
School, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the
University of Vermont. In addition, he earned his Project Management Professional
(PMP) certification in 2014.