Lakeside can build an innovative neighborhood utility approach to serve as a resource-efficient and cost-effective way to deliver clean energy for the community. By using a variety of alternative and renewable fuel sources, including sewage heat, biogas, biomass, solar energy and natural gas, Lakeside can develop a flexible way to generate heat and electricity. Easily available on-site sources, including rooftop PV, wind turbines and cogeneration from waste heat, would generate clean power, and lakewater and groundwater would be utilized for district cooling. By developing a green code, Lakeside can construct energy-efficient, smart and comfortable buildings.

Lakeside will facilitate the deployment of new technologies and renewable energy sources as they become more cost competitive. Through this utility model, all utility activity will be transacted, brokered and delivered to the development and the community. With smart meters and advanced data infrastructure, the model will measure and validate utility performance, and it will align rate structures to include energy efficiency incentives.

To unleash Lakeside’s potential to achieve global interest and investment, the site will establish energy innovation centers, which will be positioned as a “living laboratory.” By utilizing infrastructure investment, Lakeside’s living laboratory will attract and invite research and development opportunities from prominent research and institutional anchors from around the world. With visions for a multi-purpose testing facility, the living laboratory will facilitate direct application of research to new technologies and leverage technology that supports improved efficiencies, reduces risk and expedites approvals.