Today, the world of energy is going through a transformation, creating new opportunities and challenges for both commercial building owners and utility providers and redefining how energy supply and demand are managed.

Technology in the built environment is rapidly evolving, helping building owners find new ways to achieve energy savings, lower operating costs and become more sustainable.

These new advancements in technology allow building owners to leverage the electrical load flexibility of their buildings to remove pressure from the grid during usage peaks, while making sure their building's performance is optimized–and adding another potential revenue stream.

During this webinar, experts will explore trends and new research in the energy market; the role of thermal energy storage; and a holistic energy approach to systems and controls that optimizes the energy network. Learn about challenges, drivers and benefits of leveraging thermal energy storage autonomy to create value, raise resiliency and enhance sustainability.

Seminar Objectives
  • Discover the latest energy trends
  • Learn about the market potential for thermal energy storage technologies
  • Explore how to more accurately evaluate the performance and grid impact of various energy storage approaches
  • Learn about novel approaches to combining familiar and proven technologies to optimize performance
Seminar Information
Date Presented:
September 20, 2018 2:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
Registration Fee:
Creating New Opportunities with Thermal Storage


Owen Smith, Director of Utility and Grid Solutions, Trane

Owen Smith is director of utility and grid solutions at Trane, a leading global provider of building energy management solutions, and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. He leads Trane’s building-to-grid programs, which leverage Trane’s strengths in building equipment, controls, and digital solutions to enable buildings and industrial sites to optimize energy use and act as resources to utilities and grid operators to provide energy, capacity, and ancillary services. This includes a range of offerings to building owners and utilities, including demand response, energy storage, load flexibility solutions, and non-wires alternatives to addressing grid challenges. Prior to joining Trane / Ingersoll Rand in 2015, Smith’s background includes a range of leadership roles at Rocky Mountain Institute and Duke Energy spanning 2002-2015, with significant focus on utility strategy and program implementation related to the full range of distributed energy resources and utility scale clean technologies. Smith holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University.

Paul Valenta, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Trane

Paul Valenta is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Trane - CALMAC® Portfolio, a global manufacturer of thermal energy storage products for commercial cooling.  Paul Valenta is a LEED Accredited Professional and is responsible for sales and marketing of ICE BANK® thermal energy storage systems in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Paul is a 32-year veteran of the HVAC industry, the last 21 being with CALMAC. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska and is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.



Keri KJ Taylor, Strategic Market Leader, Commercial Real Estate, Trane

Keri Taylor is the Strategic Market Leader Commercial Real Estate for Trane, a leading global provider of building energy management solutions.  Keri is responsible for guiding the strategic vision to grow, manage, and facilitate sales in the CRE market and develop national partnerships to expand, engage, and promote Trane’s customer focused products and services across North America.  She has been with Ingersoll Rand since 2011 where she also helps guide product development and innovation for the CRE industry.

Keri is also an active member of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) International’s Executive Committee, Chair of the BOMA Indianapolis’ Allied membership, and active industry thought leader, speaker, and participant on many of BOMA’s regional and International committees.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Kentucky’s Business school and is an Alpha Omicron Pi alumni.  

Individual topic purchase: Selected
BOMI International
Continuing Professional Development Credit: 1.00
CMCP: 1.00
BOMA Member Price:$0.00
Non-Member Price:$0.00