2019 Sessions

2019 Conference Presentations


Monday, October 21

Pre-Conference Sessions

All pre-conference sessions on Monday, October 21 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 Building for Innovative Sustainable Design Tour

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

Don’t miss this opportunity to tour the newly finished Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech, 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 aims to produce more energy than it uses and includes a 50,000 water cistern, a rooftop apiary, plus a pollinator garden.

On-Bill Implementer Meeting

Monday, October 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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 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 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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.

Welcome Celebration

Monday, October 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

SEEA and Huntsville Utilities invite you to jump start the conference at City Tap with drinks, snacks, and games. City Tap is a short, three-block walk from the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Before sessions begin on Tuesday morning, connect with friends and colleagues at this don’t miss event!

Tuesday, October 22

Conference Sessions

Conference Welcome and Transportation Keynote: Cox Automotive

Tuesday, October 22, 8:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Speaker: Lea Malloy, Associate Vice President of Emerging Technology, Cox Automotive

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Diversity and Inclusion Invocation

Tuesday, October 22, 10 am. – 10:15 a.m.

Speaker: Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President for Northwest Region, Georgia Power Company

Learn more about Bentina

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

Tuesday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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 22, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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 22, 11:40 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

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: Understanding Home Automation

Tuesday, October 22, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

This session will explain the building blocks for home automation as well as existing and projected technologies. Panelists will discuss the potential challenges and opportunities that these technologies bring to consumers and energy companies.

Drive Farther, Charge Faster

Tuesday, October 22, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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 22, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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

Tuesday, October 22, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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 futuer of electric transporation.
4. Triangle J Council of Governments, North Carolina: Streamling home energy assistance programs through technology and collaboration.

Cybersecurity in Energy 101

Tuesday, October 22, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

As new technologies alter the energy landscape, security concerns at the individual, organizational, and infrastructure levels are growing. In this session, we will examine critical new technologies and learn about he work that utilities, regulators, and technology companies are doing in response to security threats.

Conference Reception

Tuesday, October 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Continue the conference camaraderie with games, a DJ, and karaoke hosted by SEEA and Walker-Miller Energy Services. Mouth-watering barbecue will be provided by Thompson Brothers BBQ. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Garage at Tech Square just a couple of blocks from the Georgia Tech Learning Center. Starting at 5:30 p.m., our friends at the EV Club of the South will be hosting an electric vehicle Ride and Drive event.

Wednesday, October 23

Conference Sessions

The 2019 Energy Efficiency Policy Survey

Wednesday, October 23, 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

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.

Grid Connectivity: Connecting People, Devices, and Systems

Wednesday, October 23, 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

What does this evolving world of interconnected IoT solutions mean for our power grid and for the evolving energy and transporation sectors? In this session, we will explore connected devices and systems that are transforming the communities in which we live.

An Overlooked Competitive Advantage: The Diverse Supplier Network

Wednesday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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 23, 10 a.m. – 11 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 learn about the benefits of energy data access and what might be needed to fully harness its potential.

Utility Keynote: Southern Company Gas

Wednesday, October 23, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Speaker: Kim Greene, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Company Gas

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Letting the Community Lead: Equitable Strategies for Energy Efficiency

Wednesday, October 23, 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 23, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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 23, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The first of its kind in the Atlanta market, the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood integrates customer-centric smart home technology and innovative energy-efficient systems into luxury high-quality homess on a community-wide scale. 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. Complimentary transportation will be provided, sponsored by AO Smith. Buses will begin loading at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center entrance on Spring Street and will depart at 3 p.m. Buses will return to the GCL following completion of the tour at 5 p.m.

Technology Corner

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 (Ecoer, Energy Blockchain Consortium, and Schneider Electric)

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

Group 2 (The Ray, Slipstream, and Enervee)

Tuesday, October 22 from 12:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. & Wednesday, October 23 from 9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Group 3 (EFI, Accenture, and City of Chamblee)

Tuesday, October 22 from 2:25 p.m. – 4 p.m. &
Wednesday, October 23 from 12:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Health & Wellness

LA Fitness Guest Passes

Pick up a complimentary three day guest pass to LA Fitness (75 Fifth Street, Suite E, Atlanta, GA 30308) to use during your stay in Atlanta at Registration at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center.

Professional Services Corner

Professional Services Corner

Tuesday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by the Professional Services Corner where where you can take a professional headshot with Alex Jones and get social media tips from Monica McCoy of Monica Motivates, LLC, an exceptional professional speaker, branding specialist, and executive coach.

Learn more about Alex

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