Energy Event Seeks to Create a Greener NYC By Uniting VCs and Cleantech Startups

6/20/11Follow @arleneweintraub

Tomorrow the New York Academy of Sciences will be home to New York’s first ever Energy Infotech Forum—a full-day event for entrepreneurs who are developing cleantech applications and the investors who want to support them. The day will feature expert speakers, as well as presentations from nine New York-based cleantech startups.

For the event’s host, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the conference marks a full-scale effort to close a gap in New York’s cleantech economy. “We have one of the largest IT industry clusters in the U.S.,” says Michael Shimazu, senior project manager for NYSERDA. “We have significant challenges that create a market for renewable energy, smart grid applications, and a broad range of other energy products. And we have financial resources. But we need to convene those communities to pull it all together.”

The Energy Infotech Forum will feature some of the city’s best-known cleantech executives. Speakers include Jane Snowdon, a senior manager at IBM’s Industry Solutions and Emerging Business department, Seth Frader-Thompson, CEO of Brooklyn-based cleantech startup Energy Hub, and several Con Edison executives.

The centerpiece of the event will be the presentations by the cleantech entrepreneurs. Shimazu says each company will be given two minutes to give its “elevator pitch,” in sessions that will be moderated by Micah Kotch, operations director of the NYC-based incubator Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (ACRE). “We want these entrepreneurs to come to the attention of VCs and also to illustrate the variety of startups NYC has,” Shimazu says.

Shimazu reports that about 200 people have registered to attend the Energy Infotech Forum. “We were targeting 150, so we’re pleased,” he says.

Here’s a list of the startups that will be presenting at the event:

Efficiency 2.0
This company developed Consumer First, a program utilities providers can use to provide their customers with personalized conservation measures.

CALM Energy
This startup’s software and consulting services are geared towards helping utility providers cut costs and monetize underutilized energy resources.

ThinkEco
ThinkEco’s product is a wireless “modlet” that people can plug into any outlet and then use to monitor and control their electricity consumption.

Callida Energy
Callida, named after a flowering plant that grows in granite crevices, applies smart analytics to helping facilities managers optimize their energy use.

Green Pangia
This company’s software allows building managers to monitor, analyze, and control their energy consumption.

US Energy Group
This startup develops Web-based energy-management tools for managers of large residential and commercial properties.

Locus Energy
Locus provides software that enables manager of renewable energy projects to monitor and analyze the performance of their systems.

Skystream Markets
Skystream combines technology and traditional brokerage services to provide a trading platform for renewable power producers, utilities, and investment banks.

EZ-Park
This startup, debuting at Energy Infotech Forum, offers a smart-parking platform that can message drivers to notify them of open spaces.

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