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WCTA Lunch Seminar: The Role of Distributed Thermal Energy in a Carbon Constrained World
Puget Sound Regional Council
Seattle, WA
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WCTA Lunch Seminar: The Role of Distributed Thermal Energy in a Carbon Constrained World
Washington Clean Technology Alliance Lunch Seminar:

The Role of Distributed Thermal Energy in a Carbon Constrained World
Speaker: Stan Gent, P.E - President & CEO, Seattle Steam  

Federal, state and local governments are all struggling with a new paradigm, the need to reduce greenhouse gases. It's on everyone's agenda. Does an older, well-proven technology offer large opportunities for communities to lower their carbon footprint?  Seattle Steam thinks so. By installing a wood-fueled combustion process at one of its existing facilities, Seattle Steam hopes to switch up to 60% of its fuel needs to a renewable resource with a corresponding 60% reduction in its emissions of CO2.  By using today's best available control technology, Seattle Steam's plan will also lead to the reduction in other emissions, such as NOx a contributor to low level smog.

Seattle Steam has been generating and distributing thermal energy to downtown Seattle buildings for more than 115 years.  It currently serves 175 customers and heats approximately 60% of the downtown real estate. Mr. Gent, President & CEO of Seattle Steam since 2004 will present a brief history of the company followed by a discussion on the use of thermal energy and the role it plays in a carbon constrained world.  

Mr. Gent has had an extensive career in the energy business with the development of many energy-related projects across North America. Prior to Seattle Steam, he was President of Comfort Link, a district cooling company in Baltimore, Maryland.  During his tenure there, the company grew to become one of the largest district cooling systems in North America. Mr. Gent, a native of Ireland, graduated from Queens University in Belfast with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Puget Sound Regional Council
1011 Western Ave, 5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
United States



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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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