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Climate Leadership Change Act - Balancing Environmental and Economic Sustainability

September 21, 2020
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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Larkin Square (outside, under covered pavillion)
745 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY 14210


Monday, September 21, 2020 @ Larkin Square

9:30 - 10:00 am

10:00 - 11:00 am

Pre registration is required.  Due to the capacity limitations, Members with current paid dues will receive first opportunity to register with one guest.  Any additional guests will be added to a wait list.  No shows will be billed.  Substitutions welcome.
Please register by September 16, 2020

Parking: Street parking is available in addition to the Schaefer Building lot located on Seneca St., or the lot behind the Swan Street Diner, off Hagerman St.

This meeting will be held outside under the covered pavillion.
- The maximim capacity for this meeting is 45 guests
- 2020 Members with current paid dues and one guest will receive first opportunity to register. 
- Additional g
uests will be added to a wait list and notified after Sept. 17th.
- Masks are required while on the property and until you are seated. 
- 4 persons per table, tables will be setup according to CDC social distancing guidelines
- No food and beverge will be provided, however, you may bring your own coffee or beverage

“Balancing Environmental and Economic Sustainability within the
Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act”

Learn about the basics of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), it’s objectives and the role of the Climate Action Council.  Also covered will be a deeper understanding of how traditional green energy programs/incentives are generated and collected with respect to meeting the energy goals captured within the Act, as well as, a discussion involving how we may transition from top down to more market driven incentive models.   

New York’s goal to be carbon free by 2050 should be of particular interest to BOMA Members as new building codes and initiatives aimed at fossil fuel reduction in commercial heating use will impact the manner in which we budget for energy, as well as, the type of service upgrades that may be needed to accommodate unintended growth in electrical demand.  It is key that the market gain a voice in the Climate Action Council as we have an opportunity to balance economic and environmental sustainability to ensure long term commitment to Climate Change.


Dennis Elsenbeck

President, Virdi Parente, Inc. and
Head of Energy and Sustainability; Phillips Lytle Energy Consulting Services

Mr. Elsenbeck joined Virdi Parente, Inc. and the management team earlier this year to focus on the development and production of renewable energy technologies for industrial applications.  Viridi Parente, in its East Buffalo facility, develops lithium Ion based battery storage systems that replace diesel engines in off road vehicles such as backhoes and excavators, as well as, battery systems that are used for residential and commercial applications that reduce demand and allow off versus on peak electric pricing arbitrage.  Installation of Viridi Parente’s patented storage system will be the first lithium Ion based system placed within a commercial structure at Hauptmann Woodward Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

At Phillips Lytle, Mr. Elsenbeck provides consulting services on a broad range of energy-related opportunities encompassing a forward view of supply, distribution and demand options. In his leadership role with a major U.S. utility for nearly 30 years, he brings to Phillips Lytle insight, analytics and business perspectives on long-term policies and the economic landscape. He assists clients with due diligence and regulatory compliance on energy transactions; regulatory counseling involving Public Service Commission proceedings; energy procurement and utility negotiations involving government entities and municipalities; procurement consulting regarding the reduction of energy costs and review of economic incentives; market driven integrated resource planning, and identifying commercial and technical issues associated with energy-related opportunities. Mr. Elsenbeck helps clients move critical energy projects forward by providing creative solutions and overcoming project challenges. He works to develop the voice of the consumer in energy policy and bill impacts as sustainability becomes a focus of energy policy. Mr. Elsenbeck collaborates with clients in shaping the “utility of the future.”

Mr. Elsenbeck has an Associate’s Degree in Air Conditioning, a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Engineering Degree.  He is a Board Member of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Chairman of the Northland Workforce Training Center, Member of the Dean’s Council of the University at Buffalo School of Engineering, Member of the Board for the SUNY ERIE Foundation and is a a representative of the Climate Action Council for New York State.










$15.00 BOMA Member - No food or beverage will be provided. However, you may bring your own coffee or beverage.

$15.00 Guest ticket

$0.00 Please add me to the wait list and notify me by Sept. 17.