- Rural Pre-Conference Session - Rural Energy Needs and Opportunities in the Southeast
- Pre-Conference Webinar - Trade Allies of the Future: What Will They Need?
- Setting the Stage: A Southeast Policy Survey
- Trade Ally Models: Applying Best Practices
- Midstream and Upstream Approaches
- Utility of the Future: Show Me the Money!
- Valuing Energy Efficiency for Meeting Peak Power Needs
- From Utility Efficiency to Beneficial Electrification
- More than Just a Pretty Face: Efficiency Gets Intelligent
- Disruptive Opportunities for Energy Services in the Age of the Internet of Things
- Energy Data Access: It's More Exciting than You Think
- Improving Health, Education and Social Outcomes through Energy Efficient Housing
- 500001 Ready: Building a Culture of Continuous Energy Improvement
- Electrifying Transportation Across the Southeast: Roles and Opportunities
RURAL | Pre-Conference Session - Rural Energy Needs and Opportunities in the Southeast
Over the past decade, much attention has been paid to energy efficiency initiatives in southeastern cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, New Orleans and Nashville. However, most of the Southeast is comprised of smaller rural and “micro-politan” communities with populations under 50,000. According to Census data, in 10 out SEEA’s 11 states, at least a quarter of the population lives in a rural area. And while the population of most rural towns is smaller, these towns have the same needs and opportunities as bigger population centers for energy efficiency in their public infrastructure, commercial buildings and homes. With fewer resources and the most persistent poverty in the nation, rural communities face distinct challenges that require local solutions and collaborative approaches to meet their energy efficiency needs.
Join the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance for a half-day event that will examine the current landscape of energy use in the rural Southeast, and provide workshop strategies to expand access to energy efficiency resources.
Agenda Topics (Speakers: Coming soon!)
- The Rural Energy Efficiency Landscape: This session will review preliminary data from ACEEE’s analysis of rural energy consumption, housing data, and economic conditions affecting energy expense burdens for rural residents.
- Voices from the Field: This session will feature a cross-section of representatives from rural communities sharing their approaches to meeting consumer needs and offering their perspectives on opportunities to address challenges in the field. Speakers will include co-op utility staff, regulators, local government and community advocates.
- Strategy Workshop: Attendees are invited to participate in a culminating workshop to discuss strategic approaches to advancing energy efficiency in small towns, including partnerships, financing, consumer education and ways to access available resources.
UTILITY PROGRAMS | Webinar - Trade Allies of the Future: What Will They Need?
An exploration of the role of the trade allies in promoting energy efficiency programs, based on the short to medium-term future of the Southeastern energy market. Combining discussion with a Southeast-based utility in the Southeast and DNV GL research of the national trade ally market, this presentation will discuss:
Will the definition of a trade ally (the profile) stay the same or change?
Speakers: Karen Germain, DNV GL
UTILITY PROGRAMS | Setting the Stage: A Southeast Policy Survey
Join us for a session that will level-set and advance our knowledge and understanding of state, local and utility energy efficiency policy, and help us all to better understand the role of policy in advancing energy efficiency and the business opportunities it brings. Our presenters will provide a region-wide policy update and will highlight those policies ripe for advancement while providing ample opportunity for audience discussion.
Speakers: Cyrus Bhedwar, SEEA | Kate Lee, SEEA
UTILITY PROGRAMS | Trade Ally Models: Applying Best Practices
This audience-participation session will present two colleagues vying for a utility trade allies contract. They will represent the trade ally (contractor) model and the energy advisor (program representative) model, and they will debate the pros and cons of each approach as well as the potential scenarios that favor one approach over the other. Our presenters will also outline best practices for addressing EE and DR in various residential, commercial, small business and multifamily programs.
Speakers: Jeromy Cotten, TVA | Jason LaStella, Franklin Group | Brody Vance, Franklin Group
UTILITY PROGRAMS | Midstream and Upstream Approaches
Compared to standard downstream program models, unique program delivery methods that result from midstream and upstream programs can provide strategic engagement, support and even incentives that engage the market and help overcome typical program barriers such as education, outreach and equipment stocking. This session will focus on midstream and upstream approaches and the issues they raise, including challenges and strategies to frame non-standard programs to regulators and how to avoid double dipping as various programs are integrated. The session will feature panelists from Energy Solutions, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and Ecova, who will share lessons learned and best practices from programs implemented across the country.
Speakers: Chris Burmester, Energy Solutions | Howard Merson, VEIC | Dan Olsen, Ecova
UTILITY 2.0 | Utility of the Future: Show Me the Money!
A variety of factors including building and appliance standards, distributed energy resources and changes in the economy have impacted utility revenues. In addition, the increased profile of electric vehicles, beneficial electrification and the smart grid have emerged to present multiple new opportunities for both utilities and their customers. Here from our panel of utility members as they provide an overview of the changes affecting the utility sector and how these changes will ultimately impact the utility business model.
Speakers: Todd H. Berreman, CenterPoint Energy | More coming soon!
UTILITY 2.0 | Valuing Energy Efficiency for Meeting Peak Power Needs
For many, energy efficiency and demand response programs have existed in separate worlds. Increasingly, these two concepts are being integrated with one another and deployed together to achieve greater customer and utility benefit than either one ever could alone. In this session we’ll explore the growing need for demand response in the Southeast, and the ways in which energy efficiency provides both the demand benefits and strategies necessary to satisfy both customers and utilities.
Speakers: Natalie Mims, LBNL | More coming soon!
UTILITY 2.0 | From Utility Efficiency to Beneficial Elecrification
New technologies together with growth in clean energy opportunities have empowered energy customers of every description in recent years. This session will explore the significance of these trends from a customer perspective. Our panel hails from front lines and includes both customers and manufacturers. They will discuss emerging energy trends and opportunities, and debate the ways in which these will affect us all in coming years.
Speakers: Greg Merritt, Cree | More coming soon!
IoT | More than Just a Pretty Face: Efficiency Gets Intelligent
This panel will identify how the evolution of technology is affecting the ways in which energy efficiency is delivered and evaluated at a regional and national level. We will discuss the products and programs currently being offered, and we will identify other opportunities for technology applications across a number of sectors. Finally, the panel will explore the ways in which utilities are leveraging intelligent devices to realize DSM and grid benefits, deliver personalized energy services and enhance customer satisfaction.
Speakers: Will Baker, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) | Vince Faherty, Nest Labs | Mark Milby, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) | Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics | Jeff Smith, Georgia Power Company
IoT | Disruptive Opportunities for Energy Services in the Age of the Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) data, combined with cloud computing plus real-time measurement and control, can connect people to both buildings and energy systems. Today, the energy efficiency sector has a window of opportunity to define, quantify and standardize “high-value energy services.” But this window will not last long, as non-energy benefits will soon outshine energy savings. This session will explore ways in which the energy sector can engage IoT providers in developing a structured framework to ensure high-value energy benefits are embedded into connected devices. Such a framework will be vital to ensuring energy efficiency savings scale with the adoption of IoT technologies in the building sector. Join us as we discuss pathways to achieving large scale efficiency savings.
Speakers: Brian Barnacle, Energy Solutions | Tracy Price, CEO at QMerit | Kelly Sanders, Energy Solutions | More coming soon!
IoT | Energy Data Access: It's More Exciting than You Think
Powerful data tools can enable homeowners, businesses and entire communities to create insights that can be turned into decisions and actions that improve the bottom line. To facilitate the achievement of these benefits and to ensure customer privacy, state regulators, cities and utilities have begun to develop streamlined data access guidelines. In this session, we will explore efforts in Atlanta, Orlando and other city and local governments to enable access to building and unit-level energy data. We will also explore the ways in which service providers are using energy usage data to develop innovative new programs and services.
Speakers: Jairo Garcia, Director of Climate Policies and Renewables, City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Sustainability | Mary Shoemaker, ACEEE (moderator) | More coming soon!
BUILT ENVIRONMENT & LOW INCOME |
Improving Health, Education and Social Outcomes through Energy Efficient Housing
In a reprise of SEEA’s popular summer luncheon in Nashville, Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) will return to the SEEA stage. GHHI’s work is based on the fact that millions of American households live with high energy bills together with moderate to severe home health and safety hazards. Inefficient, lower quality housing places occupants at risk for illnesses and injuries including asthma, lead poisoning and respiratory illnesses. Come and learn how GHHI’s innovative approach to the built environment is improving public health outcomes and the quality of life for low income citizens, and find out how we can achieve comparable gains in the Southeast.
Speakers: Ruth Ann Norton, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
INDUSTRIAL EE | 500001 Ready: Building a Culture of Continuous Energy Improvement
ISO 50001 is a voluntary energy management system that can help advance organizational and technical processes across a variety of facilities and campuses, including manufacturers, munis, multifamily housing, hospitals, universities, waste water treatment centers and more. Offered by the U.S. Department of Energy, “50001 Ready” supports organizations in identifying and quantifying their energy use and savings, while boosting their potential for energy productivity and performance. The 50001 Ready program is a self-attestation and non-certification way to get recognition for conformance to 50001.
In this session, we will explore the value and priority for 500001 Ready, understand the role utilities and implementers can play, and hear from an industrial facility currently benefiting from ISO 50001. We’ll conclude with an audience discussion of potential candidate facilities and opportunities in the Southeast.
Speakers: Coming soon!
Electrifying Transportation Across the Southeast: Roles and Opportunities
This session will take a big picture look at transportation electrification efforts around the Southeast. Our speakers will present their perspectives on the efforts underway to integrate electric vehicles into various fleets and the development of state plans to accommodate a charging infrastructure. They will also help us to explore the roles and opportunities that exist for utilities to participate in this paradigm, and what this all means for our collective electric future! An extended question and answer session will follow the presentations.
Speakers: Peter King, JEA | More coming soon!