2019 Sessions

Monday, October 21st

Pre-Conference Sessions

All Pre-Conference sessions on Monday, October 21st will take place at the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. A shuttle will be provided to take participants from the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center to the Kendeda Building. 

Kendeda Living Building Tour

Monday, October 21st, 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
TOUR

Join us on the Georgia Tech campus to visit the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast. Built to support education, research and outreach opportunities, this light-filled building is 66 percent more energy efficient than an average building of the same size and occupancy and includes a 50,000 water cistern, a rooftop apiary, plus a pollinator garden.

On-bill Implementers Meeting

Monday, October 21st, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION

This session will provide a space for implementers of on-bill financing programs to connect, share best practices, and discuss strategies to expand successful program models for the region. This three-hour convening, to be held at the Kendeda Living Building following the building tour, will include a dedicated work session for on-bill professionals to discuss developments in the field, explore opportunities for collaboration, and strategize about expanding access to inclusive financing in 2020.

High-Performance Buildings in the Southeast

Monday, October 21st, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION

What does it take to build beyond the standard? Join us to hear how industry innovators are working to take buildings beyond code and reach new peaks of high performance. During this session you will hear from architects, builders, product manufacturers, and facilities managers who will share their experiences and highlight the opportunities and challenges in going beyond code to create cutting-edge buildings in the Southeast.

Climate Action, Accelerated: How Southeast Cities are Leading the Way

Monday, October 21st, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION

Cities everywhere are ramping up their clean energy efforts and in recent years, we are seeing this ambition and innovation land in the Southeast. Panelists will speak to their efforts to achieve deep building retrofits, drive innovative financing models, support location efficiency and the growth of the EV market, develop an inclusive clean energy workforce as well as their coalition-building and stakeholder engagement efforts that make these high impact strategies feasible.

Tuesday, October 22nd

Conference Sessions

Energy Efficiency Policy: How It Happens, Why It’s Important

Tuesday, October 22nd, 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
TAGS: Cities, Resilience

By popular demand, this session will feature an overview of how energy efficiency policy is made in the Southeast, with an emphasis on regulated utilities. SEEA will share its newly released series of State Guides to Utility Energy Efficiency Planning and participants will also learn about 2019’s major policy highlights, as featured in SEEA’s Quarterly Highlights. Additional policy insights will be discussed in a panel conversation around the role and importance of policy to the energy efficiency sector.

The State of the Southeast: Understanding Utility EV Policy

Tuesday, October 22nd, 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
TAGS: Equity, Built Environment

Join us for a dynamic session in which we discuss the current and future states of utility policy around electric vehicles. What are the different utility approaches in play, and how are they playing out? What are the opportunities for engagement and participation? What are some of the hopeful outcomes and challenging issues ahead? The world of transportation is moving fast! Join us to learn where it’s going.

Big to Small: Electrification for All

Tuesday, October 22nd, 11:40 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
TAGS: Equity, Rural, Health

Big potential cost savings and GHG reductions are one possible outcome of electrifying the fleets of this region’s businesses. From delivery trucks to utility trucks, garbage trucks to buses, taxis and transportation network companies, what’s going on? And, how do we make clean and equitable transportation options available to everyone? Join us to explore how transportation electrification can benefit all communities.

The Never Empty Nest: Everything there is to Know About Home Automation

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
TAGS: Built Environment

Ever been stumped by someone asking your advice on home energy technologies? We get it, and so this session will explain the building blocks of a “smart home” and how various devices can and should interact with one another, with you, and with your power consumption profile and utility. We’ll also hear from utilities about the first smart house neighborhoods – both performance and predictions.

Drive Farther, Charge Faster

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
TAGS: Cities, Equity, Built Environment

In this series of visual presentations, participants will learn about progress that has been made in the development and roll out of the region’s EV charging infrastructure, funding sources, and plans to mainstream the electric vehicle revolution.

Enhancing Diversity by Creating Cultural Competency

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
TAGS: Diversity & Inclusion, Equity, Cities

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across different cultures. In this table conversation which will focus on workplace equity, workforce development, and engaging a base of diverse customers, participants will learn new tools and ways to further their own cultural competencies in order to create more inclusive experiences for their teams and customers.

Local Strategies for Regional Problems: Investments in Innovation through the Southeast Energy Efficiency Fund

Tuesday, October 22nd, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
TAGS: Built Environment, Resilience, Equity, Health

In 2018, through a competitive solicitation process, SEEA awarded over half-a-million dollars in grant support to four projects across the region. These projects are working to address a range of pervasive issues and develop strategies to meaningfully advance energy efficiency gains in their communities and for the Southeast as a whole. During this session project team members will discuss the issues they are trying to solve, the strategies they are pursuing and what they’ve learned so far.
1. Viridiant:
Meeting building energy standards through better industry training.
2. City of Birmingham:
Revitalizing underserved urban communities through investments in energy efficiency.
3. North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center:
Building an infrastructure for the future of electric transportation.
4. Triangle J Council of Governments, North Carolina: Streamlining home energy assistance programs through technology and collaboration.

An Introduction to Cyber Security for Geeks

Tuesday, October 22nd, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

As a dazzling array of new technologies enter the world we live in at warp-speed, the question of security raises concerns at the individual, organizational and infrastructure levels. In this session, we will examine critical new technologies from 5G to LTE, Google to Alexa, and learn about the work that utilities, regulators, and tech companies are doing to prevent serious security threats

Wednesday, October 23rd

Conference Sessions

The 2019 Energy Efficiency Policy Survey

Wednesday, October, 23rd, 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
TAGS: Equity, Resilience

For the third year in a row, SEEA will present the results of its annual Southeast Energy Efficiency Policy Survey. This year, the session will include interactive elements that allow participants to ask questions and share their own policy priorities in real time. A panel of the region’s top policy makers will also provide their perspectives on the survey results and session discussions.

Behind the Curtain: All about Grid Connectivity

Wednesday, October, 23rd, 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
TAGS: Rural

Homes, cars, people, infrastructure, and more! Everyone and everything is getting connected. But what does this evolving world of interconnected IoT solutions mean for our power grid infrastructure, and for the evolving energy and transportation sectors? In this session, we will explore the grid implications of wide-scale connectivity–from security to capacity, priority to distributed energy resources.

An Overlooked Competitive Advantage: The Diverse Supplier Network

Wednesday, October, 23rd, 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
TAGS: Diversity & Inclusion, Equity

Supplier diversity is a best practice for all organizations and can create a unique competitive advantage. In this session, participants will learn about the organizational benefits of a diverse supplier network which can help promote innovation, provide multiple procurement channels, enhance competition and drive prices down. Join us to learn how supplier diversity can address your organization’s needs and help spur economic growth within your community.

Speed Data-ing: Access = Insights

Wednesday, October, 23rd, 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Data applications, especially in the energy sector, are potentially limitless. In this session, participants will explore with our panel the reasons energy data access matters and how it’s being collected, synthesized and used by utilities and other organizations. Join us to find out what energy data can and should help us to do, and how we can and should address its limitations.

Letting the Community Lead: Equitable Strategies for Energy Efficiency

Wednesday, October, 23rd, 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

Many cities support climate action and specifically, energy efficiency in efforts to make their communities stronger, more resilient, and prosperous. But true resilience and economic growth will not be achieved until all residents benefit from the gains that come with a shift towards a clean energy economy like better jobs, more affordable energy, and healthier housing. Panelists will discuss innovative strategies for engaging the community in energy planning. Community-based organizations and local governments will discuss their shared efforts to engage the community, utilities, and other local stakeholders to ensure that the benefits of clean energy are broadly shared.

Enhancing Diversity by Creating Cultural Competency

Wednesday, October, 23rd, 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
TAGS: Diversity & Inclusion, Equity, Cities

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across different cultures. In this table conversation which will focus on workplace equity, workforce development, and engaging a base of diverse customers, participants will learn new tools and ways to further their own cultural competencies in order to create more inclusive experiences for their teams and customers

Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Tour

Wednesday, October, 23rd, 3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

Integrating customer-centric smart home technology and innovative energy-efficient systems into luxury high-quality homes on a community-wide scale, the Smart Neighborhood is the first of its kind in the Atlanta market. With a focus on sustainable living, homes at Altus at the Quarter incorporate enhanced energy-efficient building features including improved insulation, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting and higher efficiency electric heat pump water heaters. Each home will be served by Georgia Power with energy supplemented by individual rooftop solar installations and in-home battery energy storage.

*Tour limited to 60 people. 

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Technology Corner

Check back soon for our list of participating companies!

Technology Corner

The Technology Corner at the 2019 SEEA Conference will feature nine companies (3 in each time block) will discuss trending technologies and innovative ideas that have the potential to revolutionize the energy industry. Attendees are invited to stop by the tables during any of the open time slots to ask questions about new and exciting technology opportunities for the energy sector.

Group 1

Tuesday, October 22nd from 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and Wednesday, October 23rd from 12:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Group 2

Tuesday, October 22nd from 12:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. and Wednesday, October 23rd from 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Group 3

Tuesday, October 22nd from 2:25 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 23rd from 12:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Health & Wellness Activities

Healthy & Wellness Activities

Tuesday, October 22nd, 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. and
Wednesday, October 23rd, 6:15-7:15 a.m.

Active, healthy living is important to us, so we’d like to offer an opportunity for those early risers to get their fitness on before the conference begins! Sign up for a run, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), or meditation.

HEALTH & WELLNESS SIGN UP