Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,  

 

The MIT Energy Hackathon was an extraordinary success, drawing participants from many schools including students that traveled from China, and challenges from around the world! We want to congratulate all of the teams as well as extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors and organizing team for making this event possible!

 

On Friday 11/18, Schneider Electric is hosting up to 30 MIT Energy Club students on a tour of its North American headquarters to see first-hand the future of energy technology. If energy management, electrical equipment and IoT interest you, join us as we're guided through a LEED Certified building with 40+ labs, focusing on the Building Management Systems lab, Datacenter Infrastructure lab, Ergonomics lab, and Industrial Automation lab. RSVP here.

 

We hope you can join us!

 

Libby DeLucia & Ben Magolan

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club

(New) additions and events This Week are identified below


 
MIT Energy Club Events

(1) Seminar Series: US Natural Gas Markets Overview by Robert Trinnear from TEA (Nov 15)
(2) Climate Challenges / Clean Energy Solutions Panel Discussion (Nov 16)
(3) See the Future of Energy Technology: A tour of Schneider Electric's North American Headquarters (Nov 18)
(4) MIT Energy Career Fair - Resume Submission and Member Survey
 
MIT Events

(1) 2016 MIT WATER SUMMIT (New)
(2) Climate Change: Ethics in Action (Nov 17)
(3) McKinsey Energy and Sustainability presentation (Nov 21)
(4) Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (Nov 28) (New)
 
Non-MIT Events

(1) 2016 NEWIEE Annual Meeting and Fall Fête (Nov 15)
(2) EBC Evening Program: Implementation of Governor Baker’s New Climate Change Strategy Executive Order (Nov 15) (New)
(3) Get Out in Front of the Mob and Call it a Parade: What Electric Utility Executives and Those Who Regulate Them Can Do To Accelerate Adoption of Clean Energy (Nov 16) (New)
(4) MassCEC DeployMass Expo 2016 (Nov 17)
(5) BC Energy Resources Program: Energy Storage Comes to Massachusetts (Nov 29) (New)
(6) 2016 Renewable Energy Case Competition at Ross (Dec 1)
(7) MassCEC Student Clean Energy Symposium (Dec 2)
(8) US Energy Storage Summit - Student Discount (Dec 7)
(9) New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable: The Arrival of Energy Storage (Dec 9)
(10) Bright Minds Challenge: Renewable Energy Revolution (Jan 16)
 
Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

(1) REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities
(2) Energy Modeler, Union of Concerned Scientists
(3) Apply now for research and travel fun at TUM in Munich, Germany next summer (Dec 1)
(4) Advanced Microgrid Solutions: Energy and Engineering Positions
(5) Smart Electric Power Alliance: Research Analyst
(6) New Energy Capital: Analyst/Associate
(7) MIT Museum: Exhibition Opportunity
(8) Doosan GridTech: Multiple Positions
(9) National Grid Internship & Full-time Opportunities (New)
(10) Solstice: Technical Lead and Communications/Development Associate (New)
(11) SmartFlower: Technical Director (New)
(12) Harvard Environmental Fellows Program

 

MIT Energy Club Events

(1) Seminar Series: US Natural Gas Markets Overview by Robert Trinnear from TEA
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3-333 | Website

Mr. Trinnear will provide an overview of US natural gas markets and give both a short and long-term outlook for demand and pricing. This includes a detailed outline of the major demand drivers, including LNG infrastructure capacity, the rise in industrial demand, and exports to Mexico. The presentation will also examine the role of major supply basins, the cost of marginal supply moving forward, and long term pricing implications for the crude oil market.

(2) Climate Challenges / Clean Energy Solutions Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
MIT Stata Center, Building 32, Room 123 | Website

Two-Part Event: PRESENTATION BY THE TOP-TO-TOP GLOBAL CLIMATE EXPEDITION: The Top-to-Top Global Climate Expedition, a family of climate explorers, is arriving in Boston after having sailed through the Northwest Passage on their 50-foot sailboat, the S/V Pachama. Dario and Sabine Schwörer and their five children have spent 16 years sailing all of the world’s seven seas, setting foot on seven continents, and climbing six of the world’s highest mountains, in an effort to witness, document, and report on climate change and its solutions. CLEAN ENERGY CEO PANEL DISCUSSION: Peter Rothstein, President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council, will lead a panel of local clean energy CEOs who are delivering solutions that address climate change. The panel of entrepreneurs will discuss how the development of innovative clean energy technologies and services contribute to positive climate progress. Hosted by: MIT Energy Club and Northeast Clean Energy Council/ Co-hosted and generously supported by: swissnex Boston. With the support of: MIT Office of Sustainability, MIT Sailing Club, Clean Water Action

(3) See the Future of Energy Technology: A tour of Schneider Electric's North American Headquarters
Friday, Nov 18, 2016 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Andover, MA | Website

Energy management? Electrical Equipment? IoT? Industrial Automation? If any of these interest you, join the MIT Energy Club in a visit to Schneider Electric’s North America Headquarters in Andover, MA. We will be guided through a LEED Certified building, with 40+ labs, where Schneider engineers are working on cutting edge technology. The tour will focus on the Building Management Systems lab, Datacenter Infrastructure lab, Ergonomics lab, and Industrial Automation lab. Come see first-hand why Schneider Electric is the world leader in Energy Management and Automation! Register today, only 30 spots will be guaranteed. Transportation will be provided.

(4) MIT Energy Career Fair - Resume Submission and Member Survey
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The MIT Energy Career Fair features a diverse range of industries within the energy sectors and provides an intimate environment for passionate students and companies to connect. If you are interested in attending the Energy Career Fair and considering working in the energy industry, we invite you to drop off your resume at the energy career fair website http://energycf.mit.edu/students/new so that we can forward it along to companies. Also, please be sure to fill out our survey to provide us with a better idea of people's interest and what companies to invite: https://goo.gl/hN5Jqr. Thank you so much and looking forward to a great year!

 

MIT Events

(1) 2016 MIT WATER SUMMIT (New)
Wong Auditorium (E51-115) | Website

The MIT Water Club and its sponsors are thrilled to announce the fifth edition of the MIT Water Summit, a gathering of not only students and faculty from MIT and the greater Boston area, but also leaders from industry, finance, government, and academia to explore current problems and potential solutions surrounding water resources. This year the Summit will focus on political, financial, and technological issues surrounding the future of water utilities around the globe. In addition to panels, the program also includes a Poster Session, Working Groups, and a Technology Showcase.

(2) Climate Change: Ethics in Action
Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 5:15 pm to 8:30 pm
50-140 (Morse Hall, Walker Memorial) | Website

From record temperatures to extreme weather events, the impacts of climate change are evident around the globe. Yet while the climate threat becomes increasingly clear, the collective nature of its causes and the seeming remoteness of its impacts challenge many of our ethical intuitions. What is our ethical responsibility to take action against climate change, as individuals and as a university? As we grapple with different points of view, what are the distinctions between healthy skepticism and dangerous denial, and what is our responsibility to defend science against disinformation? With massive societal shifts necessary to limit global temperature rise below dangerous levels, what level of action against climate change is "enough"? Join other members of the MIT community in a conversation about the ethical implications of climate change and our collective responsibility for action. See complete agenda here: https://climateaction.mit.edu/ethics-forum. Free dinner to follow!

(3) McKinsey Energy and Sustainability presentation
Monday, Nov 21, 2016 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
E62-276 | Website

Please join McKinsey & Company’s Senior Partner Scott Nyquist for a discussion on climate change, recent progress in policy and technology, and implications for energy companies. Scott Nyquist is a Senior Partner in the Houston Office and a leader in the McKinsey Sustainability and Resource Productivity Network as well as a leader in the McKinsey's Energy Practice. Scott is also on the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends. McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity (SRP) network helps the world’s leading institutions make sustainability and resource productivity a core driver of economic performance. SRP’s mission is to be the best place to work for people with ambition to make a positive and lasting impact on both clients and environment.

(4) Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (New)
Monday, Nov 28, 2016 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
NW12 (138 Albany Street) | http://nrl.mit.edu | Website

Did you know that MIT has an awesome research reactor on campus? The MIT Nuclear Research Reactor is now offering monthly tours available to the MIT community! Participants must register for the tour in advance by filling out this Google Form at least 24 hours before the start of the tour: http://bit.ly/MITReactorTour. The tours will be limited to 15 participants on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to sign up early! Open to MIT ID holders only -- participants will receive more details about the tour in a confirmation email after they register. The tours are about an hour to an hour and a half long and start promptly at the listed time; please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and make sure you'll be able to stay for at least an hour.

 

Non-MIT Events

(1) 2016 NEWIEE Annual Meeting and Fall Fête
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The Algonquin Club of Boston 217 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02116 | Website

Please join NEWIEE for two exciting events on November 15, its 2016 Annual Meeting and its Fall Fête! It will be a night of fun and a chance to meet the NEWIEE Board of Directors and Advisory Board. The Annual Meeting is free but only open to Contributing Members and the Fall Fête is open to everyone (members, non-members, women, men, etc.).

(2) EBC Evening Program: Implementation of Governor Baker’s New Climate Change Strategy Executive Order (New)
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center, 155 Seaport Boulevard Boston , MA 02210 | Website

Building on the Baker-Polito Administration’s strong leadership to mitigate and adapt to climate change, on September 16, 2016, Governor Baker signed an Executive Order which lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities, and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth. For this EBC Climate Change program, EOEEA Undersecretary Ned Bartlett will review key aspects of the Governor’s executive order and discuss major implementation issues. Undersecretary Bartlett will also take this opportunity to introduce Kathleen Theoharides, the new Director of Climate and Global Warming Solutions for the Commonwealth.

(3) Get Out in Front of the Mob and Call it a Parade: What Electric Utility Executives and Those Who Regulate Them Can Do To Accelerate Adoption of Clean Energy (New)
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Harvard Kennedy School’s Rubenstein Building (Center for International Development’s, 4th Floor, Perkins Conference Room) – 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138 | Website

Our study group sessions are focused on electric utility governance and regulation and the transition to a cleaner energy future, hence the organizing title: Get Out in Front of the Mob and Call it a Parade: What Electric Utility Executives and Those Who Regulate Them Can Do To Accelerate Adoption of Clean Energy. In our first session we heard the perspectives of two experienced, progressive, and visionary regulators and policymakers. We would be delighted to have you join us for Session 2: The Utility’s Perspective where we will discuss the challenges and opportunities with the leader of National Grid's Utility of the Future visioning exercise. Information on the study group is available online (https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/students/sg/devillars.2016.fall).

(4) MassCEC DeployMass Expo 2016
Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 63 Franklin St Floor 3, Boston, MA 02110 | Website

Join MassCEC and leading Massachusetts clean energy innovation companies for an interactive expo highlighting technologies aimed at cutting energy use and costs. GOAL: To connect public entities with energy challenges to Massachusetts-based clean energy and water innovation technologies. Eligible projects could receive thousands of dollars in funding to offset project costs and save taxpayer dollars via MassCEC’s DeployMass program. TECHNOLOGIES: Third-party validated, commercial ready and approved providers including HVAC, energy management and monitoring, renewably energy generation, energy efficiency and water technologies. AUDIENCE: State agencies, authorities, municipalities, public colleges and universities. Sign up for MassCEC updates here: http://www.masscec.com/email-updates.

(5) BC Energy Resources Program: Energy Storage Comes to Massachusetts (New)
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 7:30 am to 12:00 pm
rown Rudnick LLP 1 Financial Center Boston, MA 02111 | Website

With support from the Baker Administration, Massachusetts is poised to elevate itself into a leadership positon in energy storage. Energy storage provides a linchpin for renewables integration, grid modernization, resiliency and more efficient use of generation, transmission and distribution assets. This EBC Energy Resources Program will illuminate the developing programs and policies of the administration to kick-start the storage sector, what has been learned from recent energy storage pilots, and look to future market needs to sustain and mainstream storage deployment.

(6) 2016 Renewable Energy Case Competition at Ross
Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 to Friday, Dec 2, 2016
Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, Michigan | Website

The Energy Club at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business is pleased to host its eighth annual Renewable Energy Case Competition (RECC) on Thursday and Friday, December 1st and 2nd, 2016. One of the premier energy case competitions in the United States, The RECC is a traditional style case competition that takes place at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Michigan each year. MBA teams from national and international top business schools competed to solve one of the many significant challenges facing the renewable energy industry today. A sound understanding of finance, business strategy, and the energy industry was required to effectively analyze the case and devise a successful solution.

(7) MassCEC Student Clean Energy Symposium
Friday, Dec 2, 2016 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Boston University Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Hariri Building Boston, MA 02215 | Website

A free event for Massachusetts students to hear from clean energy industry experts and learn about paid internships. Morning sessions: Attend panel discussions and learn about solar photovoltaic (PV), water innovation, and energy storage. Afternoon Internship Fair: Connect with 20 Massachusetts clean energy employers to get a paid spring or summer 2017 internship. Sign up for MassCEC updates here: http://www.masscec.com/email-updates.

(8) US Energy Storage Summit - Student Discount
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 to Thursday, Dec 8, 2016
San Francisco, CA | Website

This year, we’re offering a significantly discounted student ticket to the U.S. Energy Storage Summit in San Francisco, California, December 7-8, 2016 to the first 50 students who register. For a limited time, students can get a full conference pass for $495, a $1,795 value! To get this rate, apply discount code “ACADEMIC” at checkout when you sign up today here: http://www.cvent.com/d/jfq64w/4W. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from and network with the top industry executives and thought leaders.

(9) New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable: The Arrival of Energy Storage
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
155 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210 | Website

Please join us at our 152nd New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable: The Arrival of Energy Storage: Studies, Policies, Programs, & Real Projects." Registration is required. Speakers for our first panel, "Energy Storage: Studies, Policies, & Programs," are Commissioner Judith Judson, MA DOER; Commissioner Carla Peterman, CA PUC; and MIT Energy Initiative Researcher, Jesse Jenkins. Speakers on our second panel, "Energy Storage: Real (and Diverse) Projects" include Roger Lin, Senior Director of Product Marketing, NEC Energy Solutions; Vic Shao, Founder and CEO, Green Charge (an ENGIE company); Josh Castonguay, Chief Innovation Executive, Green Mountain Power; Clint Plummer, VP of Development, Deepwater Wind; and Fouad Dagher, Director of New Energy Solutions, National Grid

(10) Bright Minds Challenge: Renewable Energy Revolution
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
| Website

The Bright Minds Challenge is an international competition designed to help accelerate the scaling of solutions for 100% renewable energy in the solar and energy storage sectors. The challenge is designed to support scientists and researchers around the world overcome barriers they face in scaling up their ideas and solutions. The top three solutions will all receive commercial, technical and mentoring support, with the winner receiving a $100,000 equivalency of 500 hours of tailored help to fast-forward their solution.

 

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

(1) REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities
Boston, MA | Website

REsurety, a venture-backed FinTech startup that is eliminating the challenge of resource intermittency for the wind power industry, is seeking to hire for several positions. It is revenue-positive, has active customers, and works in partnership with some of the world’s leading risk market players. Its team keeps an informal office with open lines of communication, little hierarchy, and a rapid pace. If putting your skills to work to drive down the cost of renewable energy by solving the challenge of resource intermittency sounds exciting, then REsurety would love to receive your application. Specifically they are seeking: Vice President of Finance and Compliance (Lee Taylor: ltaylor@resurety.com) Intern and Analyst, Commercial Operations (Adam Reeve: areeve@resurety.com) Intern, Engineering team(Christian Rivero: crivero@resurety.com), Quality Assurance Engineer (Karl Critz: kcritz@resurety.com). Email the person listed for more information and to apply.

(2) Energy Modeler, Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA | Website

The Union of Concerned Scientists, the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks a skilled energy analyst to join our top-notch, multi-disciplinary Climate & Energy team. As Energy Modeler, you will conduct analysis and modeling of effective and equitable clean energy and climate policies at the state, regional, and national levels. You will also write cutting-edge reports and deliver presentations that show how the U.S. can transition to a cleaner, low-carbon energy future.

(3) Apply now for research and travel fun at TUM in Munich, Germany next summer
Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 to
Munich, Germany | Website

Do you want to research during your summer break? But also travel? How about doing both in Germany next summer? The Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany's #1 University, offers 11-week research programs for excellent students during the summer break. Available projects are, for example, on EnergyTech, digital innovation in the energy market, smart grids, and wireless sensoring of wind turbines. Needless to say, it's paid and entails a great program to maximize your fun in Munich (sightseeing, networking, parties, hikes, etc.) Check the details and apply until December 1, 2016: https://www.international.tum.de/en/coming-to-tum/tum-prep/

(4) Advanced Microgrid Solutions: Energy and Engineering Positions
25 Stillman Street San Francisco, CA | Website

Advanced Microgrid Solutions is a new-age clean technology company re-architecting today's fossil-fuel heavy electricity grid into one built on distributed renewable technologies and energy storage. AMS uses advanced energy storage, load control technologies and state-of-the-art data analytics to design, build and operate customized fleets of energy storage for large commercial and industrial users and utilities. AMS is currently recruiting for the following positions: Manager, Business Development; Director, Market Design; Energy Analyst; Engineer, Grid Services; Project Manager, Grid Services; Field Engineer; Engineer, Building Management Systems; Full-Stack Software Engineer; Salesforce Administrator; DER Project Developer; Field Applications Engineer. See details at http://advmicrogrid.com/careers.html

(5) Smart Electric Power Alliance: Research Analyst
| Website

As the part of the Research Department, the Research Analyst/ Senior Analyst will be a key member of a five-person team researching, synthesizing, development, and disseminating key insights to our membership and other thought leaders and stakeholders through the electric power industry. This position will provide the incumbent the opportunity to develop subject matter expertise and build a reputation across the industry commensurate with that expertise.

(6) New Energy Capital: Analyst/Associate
Boston, MA | Website

Founded in 2003, New Energy Capital was one of the first investors to focus on clean energy and infrastructure assets. NEC has delivered a decade long track record of superior performance on behalf of its investors by focusing on real assets which generate stable cash flows. NEC is is looking for a full-time Analyst/Associate for our Boston, MA office. We’re looking for somebody with 1-2 years of energy, consulting, or finance experience.

(7) MIT Museum: Exhibition Opportunity
| Website

The MIT Museum invites proposals from MIT students for projects to be exhibited in Projects and Prototypes: MIT Student Work. In celebration of MIT’s problem-solving ethos and willingness to tackle humanity’s greatest challenges, we seek to exhibit projects that have the potential to make the world a better place.

(8) Doosan GridTech: Multiple Positions
| Website

Doosan GridTech, a company that builds a smarter energy world by delivering solutions that provide automatic management and optimization of distributed energy resources, is hiring for several positions, including a Software Development Engineer, a Technical Product Manager, and a Power System Engineer. See http://www.doosangridtech.com/careers/job/ for more information.

(9) National Grid Internship & Full-time Opportunities (New)
Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island | Website

National Grid has internship and full-time opportunities available for undergrads and Mechanical Engineering grad students. The full-time position is designed to expose recent grads to the full range of business activities across the enterprise, and the internship is designed to provide meaningful and educational experiences to the students in the energy/utility industry. National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world - covering Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and the UK. It is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society—delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future. Every day National Grid works with stakeholders to promote the development and implementation of sustainable, innovative and affordable energy solutions. Full-time position descriptions are available here: https://careers.nationalgridus.com/search-jobs/graduate%20development%20program/793/1. Internship position descriptions are available here: https://careers.nationalgridus.com/search-jobs/internship/793/1. Email Mike Donahue at Michael.Donohue@nationalgrid.com with your resume for more information.

(10) Solstice: Technical Lead and Communications/Development Associate (New)
| Website

80% of America is locked out of the solar market because they cannot install solar on their roof. Solstice is an MIT startup that radically expands access to clean energy by providing community-based solar power to American households. Their model enables any resident to enjoy clean energy at no upfront cost and save money on their electric bill every month. This award-winning clean energy startup is hiring a Technical Lead to oversee the creation of a digital platform that will seamlessly manage all of the customer-facing activities in the community solar space: customer outreach and onboarding, utility integration, account management, and consumer engagement. The company also seeks an enterprising individual with a knack for the written word and visual storytelling to manage our growing brand and communications efforts as a Communications/Development Associate.

(11) SmartFlower: Technical Director (New)
| Website

SmartFlower's all-in-one solar system was first launched in Europe in 2014. Since then over 1,000 units have been installed at homes and businesses in 20 European countries. Its emotive design and movement inspires consumers: it wakes up at sunrise, fans out its solar panels to 18 m² (194 ft²) and automatically cleans itself in preparation for capturing the sun's rays. SmartFlower North America is seeking a Technical Director to work with its COO as the company grows.

(12) Harvard Environmental Fellows Program
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The Harvard University Center for the Environment awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding young scholars in any environment-related discipline. The goal of the program is to create a community of interdisciplinary researchers—working alongside Harvard faculty hosts—to tackle our most compelling environmental challenges. Program alumni are currently working at universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. Other former Fellows are working at research institutes around the world and in new energy start-ups. The Center will award approximately six two-year postdoctoral fellowships this coming spring for an award to start in September 2017. The application deadline is January 18, 2017. The Center asks applicants to propose a research program and to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to host their work. Hosts provide office or lab space as well as mentoring, and the Center will handle the rest of the administrative responsibilities.