Lecture Dec. 6 on preparing for the electric utility of the future

Jeff Grout

Jeff Grout, a senior energy consultant and project manager, will speak on future proofing and preparing for the electric utility of the future at the 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, installment of the Green Building Lecture Series.

It will be in the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, on the northwest corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Scottsdale Green Building Program. The lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

Mr. Grout has been working on energy-efficiency projects with large commercial and industrial customers in Arizona for more than 10 years, according to a release.

His experience includes many energy-efficiency projects, energy audits and working on demand response and demand-side management programs with major utilities from coast to coast, according to the release.

“Since electric lights first appeared in buildings, the electrical grid and buildings have had an important relationship. To date, the relationship has been one-sided — the grid provides electricity and buildings have been passive consumers,” according to the release.

Renewable energy coupled with energy efficiency provides multiple benefits including distributed (decentralized) energy, lower energy costs and reducing the need to build more electric power plants.

Energy-efficiency alone is among the most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions, making it a part of fighting climate change, according to the release.

“Hear about the role you can play in this transformation to reduce environmental impacts and improve the prospects for a bright future with the buildings we live and work in,” according to the release.

The lecture is one in a series that includes:

  • Feb. 7 – Living an edible landscape life.
  • April 4 – Radiant cooling and other alternatives to conventional air conditioning.
  • June 6 – Cutting edge residential and commercial green high-performance buildings.

For more information, contact Anthony Floyd, green building program manager for the city of Scottsdale, at afloyd@ScottsdaleAZ.gov or 480-312-4202.

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