Sponsored by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and
the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
with support from the US EPA/DOE ENERGY STAR® Programs.
The 2010 Market Transformation Symposium brought together a diverse audience of over 325 efficiency experts, program administrators, policymakers, manufacturers, and consultants, as well as some new faces in the efficiency field that wanted to learn more about imminent energy saving opportunities (see the final registration list attached). This year’s theme, “Opportunity Knocks,” reverberated throughout the presentations and discussion both during, and between sessions. Chris James (Cree, Inc.) and Duane Desaderio (The Real Estate Roundtable) set the stage with plenary session presentations on the technological achievements, and political, environmental, and economic opportunities on the horizon. Over lunch, Paul Torcellini (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) discussed ongoing research and programs at the Department of Energy to yield significant improvements in energy performance throughout the U.S.building stock. Thanks to unprecedented political attention, and public and private investments in efficiency, there was a great sense of optimism and possibility for the field of energy efficiency, despite current economic concerns.
Concurrent sessions delved deeper into topics ranging from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to building energy ratings and codes, new partners and program strategies, program evaluation, and our popular Regional Roundup session, an annual survey of regional programs and updates from across the country. Gil Sperling of the U.S. Department of Energy led a rousing discussion about successful models for state and local efficiency program implementation, featuring presentations from David Terry (National Association of State Energy Officials), Malcolm Woolf (Maryland Energy Administration), and Kevin McCarty (U.S. Conference of Mayors). In twenty working sessions, attendees engaged in open dialogue with efficiency experts in fields such as commercial and industrial programs, new technologies, evaluation, transportation, and a timely track on residential retrofits.