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The Value of Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Workplace

Businesses that operate from a single, group-think perspective tend to approach problems in the same way. Unconscious biases and stereotypes about certain groups of people that we can form without conscious awareness can play a role in hiring, promotions and the creations of equitable business practices, much to everyone’s detriment. Left unchecked, unconscious biases can turn into discrimination. On the other hand, employees with diverse backgrounds have unique experiences and perceptions that can strengthen productivity, ignite innovation and enhance relationships with customers and stakeholders.


Navigating our Shared Energy Future: Understanding What Matters Most

In preparation for last year’s conference, SEEA invited a cohort of energy stakeholders to participate in the first-ever SEEA Policy Survey. This survey was designed to identify your top energy efficiency concerns and to understand the questions and issues you faced in working to address these. In 2018, SEEA is kicking it up a notch! We’ve partnered with Shelton Group to analyze key policy insights from our regional survey, which was taken this summer by you and your colleagues. We are fortunate to have Suzanne Shelton, president of Shelton Group, present the survey results as they fit in to the national energy landscape. Join us for a thoughtful and engaging overview of what we collectively believe truly matters and how the Southeast stacks up against national trends.


The New Utility Business Model

At the heart of the conversation about the new utility business model, the question of revenue looms large. How do future utilities generate the revenue they need to maintain viability, while also meeting the expectations of their customers and integrating new and quickly evolving technologies? How does energy efficiency fare in this environment? This session will explore answers to these questions, looking to specific examples including Arkansas’ successful energy efficiency resource standard, as well as emerging product and service models and wholesale reinvention processes like New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.


Rebuilding for Resilience

Following any disaster that impacts the built environment, such as the 2017 hurricanes that damaged and destroyed numerous buildings in the Southeast, there is an opportunity to integrate energy efficiency into the rebuilding process. Unfortunately, a variety of barriers currently hinders this integration, including gaps in information, regulations, planning, logistics and time management processes. This session will discuss potential interventions that can be made to rebuilding process so that we significantly increase the number and scope of energy efficiency improvements included. These range from working with utilities to target their energy efficiency programs toward customers rebuilding homes to working with businesses and agencies who administer disaster recovery funding, such as FEMA. Join us for a dynamic conversation about disaster planning and rebuilding.


The Role of Energy Efficiency in Addressing Public Health Challenges

We all know energy efficiency upgrades bring numerous benefits beyond just monetary savings. Now there is a body of research that shows a causal connection between energy efficiency in the home and better public health outcomes. However, EE represents a very different way of thinking about public health, and this means there are both opportunities and challenges ahead as these industries collaborate to incorporate energy efficiency audits and measures into treatment plans. Join us and some new voices to the conference as we unpack this complex subject.


The VW Settlement Deployment and Impacts in the South

As a result of the settlement that followed Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal in 2015, VW will spend $14.7 billion over the next ten years to fund clean vehicle technologies and electric transportation infrastructure across the U.S. These investments will afford southeastern states a unique opportunity to jumpstart the development of our fledgling alternative transportation infrastructure and provide cleaner transportation options for our communities. This conference session will discuss the implementation plans developed by states that have prioritized electric vehicle infrastructure and will include a dialog on the ways in which states and utilities can develop comprehensive infrastructure opportunities that enable the growth of clean transportation in the Southeast.


Electric Transportation: A Utility Industry Roundtable

The growth of electric vehicles will undoubtedly shape the future of the utility industry, but how? What role(s) can and should our utilities play in spurring the growth of this new vehicle future? Across the country, utilities are working to answer these questions and develop plans for capitalizing on the EV opportunity. This session will offer a roundtable discussion with utility leaders on the ways in which they are navigating the road ahead and how they are going about identifying the potholes they’ll need to avoid.


On the Technology Horizon: What’s Coming Up?

In 1900, the streets of New York were full of horses pulling carriages. A mere 14 years later, the horses had all been replaced by early models of automobiles. Over a hundred years later, technology has continued its blistering pace, with intriguing, perplexing and sometimes confusing new concepts and inventions always on the horizon, poised to become mainstream. In this session, we will have an opportunity to meet the experts who can help us crack the code on some concepts worth understanding for their energy connections. You’ll learn from three mini-TEDTalks about each of Artificial Intelligence, Device Interconnectivity and Block Chain.


Electrifying Southern Cities: The Push to Transform Transportation

Electric transportation is a prime opportunity for cities looking to curb their greenhouse gas emissions and build new paths to economic growth. Within the Southeast, Orlando, Chattanooga, Greenville and Atlanta lead the pack with policies and programs designed to launch metro-wide hubs of innovative transportation technology. In this session, attendees will hear from leading cities and their partners on their visions and the approaches they are taking to realize the multi-modal infrastructure of the future.


The Best of Both Worlds – Gas Plus Electric

All too often the conversation about gas and electric is framed as an “either-or” – a win-lose proposition. Yet both energy sources have an important role to play in our evolving energy landscape, as well as in the specific applications they are each well-suited to. For this session, we have invited two industry experts to the stage – one to represent gas, one to provide an electric perspective. They will join SEEA President Mandy Mahoney for a conversation about the opportunities we have to create a collaborative approach to addressing the energy market using both fuel sources.


GIS Training Workshop: Pictures (Maps) are Worth A Thousand Words!

Do your eyes glaze over when viewing yet another PowerPoint or report that contains endless tables of data? Or even worse, there are nearly no visualizations and just text with numbers trying to explain what everything means? These two geographers are here to tell you there’s a better way!

This 2.5-hour training workshop will explore the use of mapping software, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other geospatial analysis tools to up your game in designing, implementing, evaluating, and communicating your energy services programs’ impacts. Topics will include:

  • Geography 101 – The basics about mapping tools and data structure, GIS and other tools, which is which, what they can and can’t do
  • Utilities 101 – Quickie history of the use of GIS in the energy industry
  • How utilities are applying these tools today
  • Survey of geospatial analysis tools commonly used
  • Demonstration – Walking you through a practical application
  • Case study applications
  • What the future looks like – advanced applications

You can expect to learn about today’s best GIS applications, which tools are readily available, and which ones require licenses, where you can find out more and train-up to become one of the most valuable members of your team! If you already are a geospatial guru, bring your examples to this course so we can exchange ideas!


Planning Your Future: Capitalizing on Disruptive Energy Opportunities

In 2018, multiple factors are driving speculation about change and evolution within the energy efficiency sector. As new ideas, approaches, technologies and people find connections, synergies and opportunities within energy efficiency, there are valuable lessons and wisdom to be shared between the industry’s pioneers and the aspiring leaders of tomorrow. If you are new (or relatively new) to energy and energy efficiency, you may be wondering, where do I focus my skills and interests? What do I need to learn and understand? Can I build a future in energy efficiency? And, how do I engage in this dynamic sector in a meaningful way?

Join us for an extended interactive discussion around current and future energy efficiency opportunities. You’ll hear from respected industry leaders who helped create today’s successful energy efficiency products and programs, and from some futurists who are thinking about what’s next for this sector.

Interactive Panel One: Learn from Energy Efficiency Leaders

Table Discussion: Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation “The era of centralized, command-and-control, extraction-resource-based energy sources (oil, gas, coal and nuclear) will not end because we run out of petroleum, natural gas, coal, or uranium. It will end because these energy sources, the business models they employ, and the products that sustain them will be disrupted by superior technologies, product architectures, and business models.” Tony Seba, author

Interactive Panel Two: What Might be Next for Energy Efficiency?