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Webinar: Opportunities for Industrial Energy Efficiency in the Commonwealth

February 28, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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The third webinar in VAEEC’s ongoing webinar series was “Opportunities for Industrial Energy Efficiency in the Commonwealth,” sponsored by the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency. This webinar provided an opportunity to learn about how Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Waste Heat to Power (WHP) can make Virginia manufacturers more competitive, save money for all ratepayers, and lower emissions in the state. A recent study from the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency found that by increasing industrial energy efficiency, including CHP and WHP, Virginia can save businesses $4.1 billion in cumulative cost savings (2016-2030) from avoided electricity purchases and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2.6 million tons in 2030.


This free VAEEC webinar covered:Industrial energy efficiency

  • The benefits of CHP and WHP
  • Technical potential
  • Case studies in Virginia and surrounding states
  • Barriers faced
  • Policies to increase deployment


  • Moderator: David Steiner, D+R International, VAEEC Board Chair
  • Jennifer Kefer, Alliance for Industrial Efficiency
  • Dalia El Tawy, Siemens
  • Charles Miller, WGL Energy

About our Speakers:

Dalia El Tawy, Senior Marketing & Business Development Manager, Siemens

Dalia El Tawy is a Senior Marketing Manager at Siemens Energy in the Power and Gas Division in Orlando, Florida. She is responsible for the marketing strategy of Siemens portfolio of industrial and aeroderivative gas turbines and steam turbines as well as power solutions and services with focus on Distributed Generation (DG) and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) applications.

Dalia has more than 13 years of experience in the power generation and oil and gas fields. Prior to joining Siemens, she was a Program Manager at Power Generation Business Development at Solar Turbines Incorporated in San Diego, California with global responsibility for leading market development and strategic growth efforts. Her time at Solar Turbines included several technical and commercial positions in gas turbine Package and Systems design, 6 Sigma Black Belt assignments leading cross functional teams responsible for new product introductions, leadership of Product Compliance and Configuration Management departments, Oil and Gas Project Management, and Power Generation market development.

Dalia received her Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego and her Master’s of Business Administration from San Diego State University. She is the convenor of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Maintenance Team 60079-13 responsible for pressurization and artificial ventilation protection methods. She is also an advisory board member of several Distributed Generation and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) associations and serves as a subject matter expert on several international and national technical committees, which include IEC, IECEx, ISA, and UL. Dalia’s main topics of interest in the power generation sector include microgrids, CHP, alternative fuels, and waste to energy applications.

Jennifer Kefer, Vice President, David Gardiner & Associates and Executive Director for the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency

Jennifer Kefer has nearly 15 years of experience providing legal and political expertise, strategic analysis, and advice to non-profits, corporations and cities on a range of projects related to climate, energy and other environmental issues. Her expertise in industrial efficiency, EPA regulations and compliance, alliance and partnership-building, and policy engagement guides her work leading DGA’s work for the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency – a coalition of business, labor, and non-profit groups supporting policies to advance Combined Heat and Power.

Jennifer’s previous experience includes grassroots education and outreach, federal advocacy, legal research and analysis, and environmental litigation working on behalf of a range of organizations, including Environmental Defense Fund, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Earthjustice. She earned a B.A. in environmental studies at Brandeis University, a Masters of Environmental Studies at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a J.D. at the Yale Law School.

Charles Miller, Manager, Distributed Generation Asset Development, WGL Energy

Chuck is responsible for origination and development of Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy, Combined Heat and Power and Fuel Cell projects nationwide. Leveraging both construction and development partners as well as self-developing strategic projects, Chuck is responsible for the development of the non-solar distributed generation fleet within the WGL Energy portfolio. Chuck joined WGL Energy in March of this year bringing with him over 25 years of energy industry experience.

Prior to joining WGL Energy, Chuck served as General Manager for the startup UGI Performance Solutions business unit of UGI Incorporated out of Philadelphia PA from 2010 to 2015. Chuck served a dual role as General Manager of Thermmax Scientific and General Manager of UGI Performance Solutions. In addition to UGI, Chuck spent 8 years with a leading Performance Contracting developer, Johnson Controls, in the role of Solution Development Director and Business Development Director for the Industrial and Federal Markets. Chuck also spent time with Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) as their global director of Marketing and Business Process for the ABB Asset Management division bringing his expertise on performance contracting to work on a global scale. He spent two years with Invensys PLC as Director of their Chemicals Business, and spent a period of time in a technology start-up as Director of Global marketing where he built a strong reputation for cultivating customer satisfaction and international brand awareness.

Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America and an MBA from LaSalle University.




February 28, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm