Grid Modernization in Massachusetts Speaker Series


Fraunhofer CSE is hosting a series of Roundtable Speaker Sessions on Grid Modernization in Massachusetts.

More info on the next event is coming soon!

Driving Energy Efficiency Through Residential Scorecards

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Event Press Release

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Where: Fraunhofer CSE, 5 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA

When: June 12, 2018, 4:00-6:00 PM

Massachusetts’ Baker-Polito Administration recently announced their intention on becoming the first state in the nation to require residential energy scores. The ‘scorecards’ would be made available to potential homebuyers after January 1, 2021 for any 1 to 4 unit homes publicly listed for sale in the state.

Fraunhofer CSE is hosting a Grid Modernization speaker series, with its second event entitled Driving Energy Efficiency through Residential Scorecards, taking place on June 12, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00pm at 5 Channel Center Street in Boston.

The event kicks off with a presentation by Hans Erhorn, Head of the Department of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate at Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (Fraunhofer IBP) in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Erhorn worked on the addition of ‘energy performance certificates’ in 2007 to the existing German ‘Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV)’ implemented in 2002. He currently works with the European Union to develop the next generation of Energy Passes (Cards) for residential and commercial buildings.

After the presentation, an in-depth panel discussion will follow. Panelists will include energy scorecards authorities from international, state, municipal, and leading non-profit organizations.

The topics we want to discuss are:

  • What challenges and concerns have been raised about home energy scorecards at the city and state level in the U.S.?
  • What has been the German experience with energy score cards? What are the major lessons learned?
  • How can lessons learned in the U.S. and Germany be applied to help make the Massachusetts initiative successful?

Featured speakers:

  • Hans Erhorn, Head of Department of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (Fraunhofer IBP), Stuttgart, Germany


  • Alison Brizius, Director of Climate and Environmental Planning at the City of Boston
  • Samantha Caputo, Policy and Research Associate, Public Policy Outreach and HELIX project at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
  • Ian Finlayson, Deputy Director, Energy Efficiency Division of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources



The event included light refreshments.

International Insights to Meet 2050 Carbon Goals

Event Press Release

Click here to download a PDF of Katie Theoharides' presentation

Where: Fraunhofer CSE, 5 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA

When: April 25, 2018, 3:30-5:30 PM

The April 25th event featured two speakers and a roundtable discussion, focused on pathways to 2050 which are currently being considered in Massachusetts and in Germany—two leaders in research and energy innovation.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Germany, and other state and federal governments around the world, have committed to cutting their carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. It is a massive undertaking to accomplish this goal and yet, there is no agreement as to how to accomplish it. 

  • What are the pathways to 80 percent carbon reduction?
  • What are the phases of the transition? 
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of interaction between the electricity, heat and mobility sectors?
  • What do our efforts for reduction of carbon emissions mean for our economy?

Featured Speakers:

  • Katie Theoharides, Assistant Secretary of Climate Change, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
  • Prof. Hans-Martin Henning, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE), Freiburg, Germany


  • Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer & SVP Customer Care Organization, Eversource Energy
  • Patrick Haswell, Director of Business Development and Public Affairs, Veolia North America (updated speaker)
  • Kayte O'Neill, Vice President, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid USA
  • Stephen Pike, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)



The event included light refreshments.


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