Shell Foundation COO Pradeep Pursnani will present a keynote address at the 4th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference to be held at Columbia University, New York City, November 7 and 8. Pursnani joins other distinguished industry leaders participating in the conference, including Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York Public Service Commission, Richenda Van Leeuwen, former head of Energy Access for the United Nations Foundation, and Ke Wei, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency.
The combination of the Shell Foundation and United Nations Foundation with top energy policy makers from New York state and city demonstrates the conference goal — to pull together the knowledge of two worlds with a similar interest — how to use microgrids to solve electricity delivery issues. For New York and other northeastern U.S. states, the problem is stability and resiliency of electrical systems in the face of changing climate and other threats to the grid. For developing countries in much of the world, microgrids are a solution for basic electrification in rural areas or grid backup in cities and villages, where businesses and some households must provide their own stable backup for an unstable grid. The conference tagline, “Microgrid Lessons from Global Markets,” represents the recognition that the developing world is on the forefront in this case, out of necessity.
The Shell Foundation is a UK-based charity established by Shell Group to create and scale sustainable business-based solutions to the most challenging global development issues, with access to energy one of their major foci. Pursnani has worked for the Foundation since 2010. He has served as its deputy Director (COO) for the past 4 years, with responsibility for operational management of all programs and strategy development for Shell Foundation’s future investments. Pursnani’s addition to the conference brings another impactful voice to it.
World Bank Joins as Conference Partner
Also this week, the World Bank, which financed $6.5 billion in energy-efficiency/renewable energy projects in 2015 alone, has signed on as a conference partner. The World Bank Group, established in 1944, is committed to reducing poverty and supporting development loans for capital programs. The organization is committed to reducing poverty and supporting development. Its energy financing has topped $49 billion since 2010, of which more than $21 billion was for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Other speakers represent a broad base of industry and government and come from across the globe. Mauricio Solano-Peralta, Infratec, Ltd.(Trama TecnoAmbiental) and HOMER Energy’s John Glassmire will present the findings of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) just released report Renewable Mini-grids Technology Innovation Outlook, to which they both contributed.
Complete information and registration details for the conference are available on the conference website.