Additional Informal Sessions may be organized on-site during the Summer Study if rooms are available.
Monday, August 13 - Informal Session Descriptions 2:00 - 4:00
Session Title: Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium (CBC) Stakeholder Meeting
Description of Session: The Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium (CBC) was created in 2009 to address the need for a coordinated, broad-based industry/ government effort to move the entire commercial sector over time, both new buildings and existing stock, to “net-zero” levels of energy performance. The CBC Steering Committee includes representation from a wide range of industry stakeholders, including builders, architects, net-zero advocates, non-profit organizations, state energy offices, trade associations, and government agencies. In this session, CBC leaders will host a discussion of the Consortium’s activity over the last several years and priorities moving forward, including continuing research on strategies to achieve zero-energy buildings, contributing data to national building performance database initiatives, and facilitating deployment of energy-efficient building technologies. CBC members and other interested organizations are invited to attend. For more information, visit: http://zeroenergycbc.org/.
For more information, contact: Christopher Wagner, Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium
Description of Session: The California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) Energy Division's (ED) first annual aggregate report, published in July 2012, is a progress report on the current energy efficiency portfolio (2010-2012). For the first time, ED is synthesizing evaluation findings as they become available, creating the CPUC's first vehicle for interim portfolio assessment. Historically, there has been a significant gap--sometime as much as two years--between commission guidance on savings and policy goals, program development by California's investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and application of results from EM&V studies.This information session will describe the process ED is using to transform this cycle and facilitate more "real-time" application of EM&V to current and future program cycles. This session will also address ED's effort to reach a broader range of stakeholders, expand understanding and use of EM&V information, and improve the overall portfolio planning process.
For more information, contact: Carmen Best, California Public Utilities Commission
Description of Session: Energy efficiency program sponsors continue to search for ways to involve contractors and engage homeowners in residential energy efficiency upgrade programs. This session will present a roadmap for program administrators to establish (or enhance) an engaged and qualified contractor network that will help homeowners install energy efficiency improvements consistent with national guidelines. Contractor involvement is the first step to homeowner engagement. The success and failure of numerous programs has led to this development of a predictable chronology for engagement with action steps, opportunities to adjust, and ways to ensure momentum isn't lost. Also addressed are how utility and/or government incentives awarded to homeowners differ from incentives paid to contractors and how to leverage those dollars to ensure the free-market will continue to drive results should funding end.By attending this session, participants will 1. Take away a detailed roadmap that an energy efficiency program sponsor may follow for the establishment (or enhancement) of an engaged and qualified contractor network 2. Understand how to leverage the contractor network to engage homeowners and market installation of energy efficiency improvements in a manner consistent with national guidelines and 3. Understand how utility and/or government incentives awarded to homeowners differ from incentives given to contractors.
For more information, contact: Tiger Adolf, Building Performance Institute, Inc. and Ed Thomas, EGIA
Session Title: Getting to 2 million homes per year in North America: Innovating the Home Energy Retrofit Industry
Description of Session: Traditional home energy upgrade programs have seen some measure of success, but a sizable gap remains between audit and implementation. New generation projects are drawing from community-based social marketing approaches and ambassador and contractor-centric models to place customer needs and expectations at the forefront of program design. One Change is working with ACEEE Behavior & Human Dimensions Program to compile best practices and lessons learned into a framework that seeks to close the gap. Chris Granda will present on the project's progress to-date and share about potential piloting opportunities. Discussion will invite feedback on the project and seek new perspectives on home energy retrofit programming.
For more information, contact: Chris Granda, One Change Foundation
Description of Session: A short update on BC Hydro’s residential intensity trends research, (by month, by dwelling type, by heating type, by year of build) and the clues we have uncovered as to why the intensities are changing. One of our information sources is our 13 home end-use metering project, where all end-uses are metered. Our progress with this end-use metering project will also be summarized. All utilities working in these areas are invited to attend, present brief summaries of their learnings, and launch discussions.
For more information, contact: Dennis Nelson, BC Hydro
Session Title: The Future of Appliance Standards
Description of Session: Over 25+ years, standards have proven to be a hugely successful tool for decreasing energy use nationwide. The list of appliances, equipment, and lighting that have achieved efficiency gains is long and wide. Equally long is the list of new and improved products that are introduced to the market constantly. How can we both achieve efficiency gains in products already under standards coverage and promote efficiency gains for the ever-increasing list of new or ‘improved’ products? As we approach 2013 and beyond, do we need to look at varying our approach to standards? For example, “Have we reached the point of diminishing returns with white goods?" "Do electronics and EE standards mix well?” "Can standards address systems opportunities?" “Do we need to rethink the conventional view of appliance efficiency (metrics, testing, etc.) to account for benefits of smart-grid interaction?” These and other questions will be addressed as we gaze into the crystal ball of future standards. Please join us.
For more information, contact: Marianne DiMascio, Appliance Standards Awareness Project
Session Title: Strategic, Role-Based Approaches to Creating Training and Certification Programs
Description of Session: Working with CA IOUs, CABEC (California Building Energy Consultants) is completely revamping its approach to certifying energy consultants. The process involved (a) a detailed examination of the roles, responsibilities and competencies required of a Certified Energy Analyst, (b) subject matter experts (SMEs) creating a “blueprint” for an exam that ties the number and difficulty of questions to the weighted importance of each competency, (c) a multi-stage process for SMEs to create and vet questions, and (d) alpha and beta testing of the exam. Insights gained in this process could help others creating certification programs, and a group discussion could lead to an even more refined strategic approach.
For more information, contact: Jill Marver, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Session Title: Efficiency Opportunities in Apartments and Condos
Description of Session: Apartments and Condos are (generally) more energy-intensive than SF homes, but generally get FAR less attention from EE programs. One reason is that EE program design is difficult. Another is the dearth of good information about what measures actually save energy. This informal session is intended to foster a better and more robust discussion about what works, what doesn’t, and what we don’t yet know. The session requester will start the discussion with data from Wisconsin’s recent effort to complete weatherization in 6,000 low-income units in buildings of 20+ units. Preliminary data indicates that hard costs of $2,800/unit (all-in costs of $3,400/unit) garnered an average 29% MMBtu reduction in energy consumption. Also, plan for discussion regarding a 2013 Multifamily Buildings Conference.
For more information, contact: Don Hynek, Wisconsin Division of Energy Services
Session Title: EE Workforce Development: Where Are We Two Years Later?
Description of Session: During the ACEEE Panel 10 sessions on EE workforce development in 2010, participants agreed that "we are only at 10% of where we need to be". During those sessions, participants came up with 13 potential solutions. This discussion will focus on answering: Where are we now? How do we move forward?
For more information, contact: Larry Holmes, NV Energy
Session Title: Implementing Data Center Energy Efficiency Programs
Description of Session: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a data center utility guide to facilitate the development of data center energy efficiency programs. The presentation will provide utility program managers and implementers with an overview of the data center marketplace and information about how to successfully launch and run an energy efficiency program targeted toward data centers.
For more information, contact: Allison Bard, The Cadmus Group, Inc.
Session Title: The International Building Energy Exchange: Facilitating International Collaboration through Better Information
Description of Session: The largest energy challenges facing the U.S. today, such as developing and deploying clean energy technologies, addressing climate change and increasing energy security, are global in nature. Moreover, the climate benefits resulting from any technology the U.S. develops will likely have the greatest impact outside of the country. Collaboration on energy efficiency (EE) projects offers one potential vehicle by which the U.S. can leverage its resources and expand its reach internationally. The International Building Energy eXchange (IBEX), an online database that houses information on international buildings EE activities led by U.S. government, NGOs and development banks, represents one approach for facilitating this engagement. By sorting information based on country of focus, technology, project size and type, IBEX can be used to learn about the distribution and trends in projects. The discussion will center on how communication and coordination on EE international collaboration using IBEX can be improved to better serve the needs of its potential users: researchers, federal agencies, private companies and other organizations working on buildings EE projects. The open forum will also provide the opportunity to learn about and discuss current international engagement on EE RD&D. IBEX was developed for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program.
For more information, contact: Alison Delgado, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Monday, August 13 - Informal Session Descriptions 4:00 - 6:00
Description of Session: Several members of the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) Planning Committee are interested in hearing from non-evaluators about how evaluation can better serve them. We want to generate a discussion of ways people use evaluation, issues you have encountered in trying to use evaluation, and ways that the evaluation community can better serve program administrators, implementers, and regulators.
Beer, wine and food will be served.
For more information, contact: Robert Wirtshafter, Wirtshafter Associates, Inc.
Description of Session: Substantial cuts in building energy use, pushed by ambitious policies to improve energy security and cut carbon emissions, are driving a shift from “fuel” energy spend toward a slow but steadily growing annual spend on energy efficiency product technologies and services. As the cost of energy increases, so will the interest in extending the solutions being sought to contain cost and increase asset value. The current global buildings “energy spend” for electricity and fossil fuels is nearly $2 trillion per year, and energy cost reduction is pushing strong growth in business for product and energy services companies. The market is presently seeking efficiency technologies that offer certain quick payback, such as lighting and HVAC upgrades and building controls. Investment managers and venture capitalists have noted this opportunity, and are beginning to pay more attention.
In order to attract greater interest and investment at increased scale, can we better quantify the size and growth prospects of this EE product technology and services industry to attract greater attention from the global community? Will greater market characterization lead to increased interest in supportive business policies and attract new entrants into this space? How will risk and certainty factor into the investment and financing considerations? This session will discuss currently available research efforts and gaps, and foster an open discussion to identify what will be most productive to help grow and transform the energy efficiency and buildings industry.
Session Title: Shed Those Unwanted kWh with FLEXLAB!
Description of Session: LBNL’s FLEXLAB (Facility for Low Energy eXperiments in Buildings) is a new series of testbeds, both occupied and unoccupied, designed to allow for accurate, controlled development, testing and analysis of equipment, system components and integrated building systems. The first occupied plug loads and lighting testbed will be operational in Oct 2012. How can utilities and industry make use of this wealth of data to improve deployment programs and have a greater impact on energy savings? How can this facility be used to improve the accuracy and increase usage of simulation, operations and auditing tools? How can this research support an industry shift to outcome-based codes? How can we support technology development towards greater energy savings that encourages integrated design? How can we leverage these capabilities to simulate and control whole-building demand response strategies that combine plug loads, lighting, and HVAC? A brief overview of this facility will be presented, with a focused discussion following on the role of testing, data and technology development to support greater adoption of energy efficiency throughout industry. Learn how you can get engaged!
For more information, contact: Cindy Regnier, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Session Title: Making Thermostats More Efficient to Save Heating and Cooling Energy
Description of Session: This informal session discusses how to make thermostats more efficient to save heating and cooling energy. Evaluation study results are provided of an Efficient Fan Controller (EFC) technology installed on HVAC thermostats at homes in California and Nevada. The EFC improves on conventional time or temperature delay relay (TDR) controllers which operate the blower fan after the furnace or compressor turns off. Study participants indicated that the EFC provided more comfortable heating and cooling with an overall rating of 7.5 out of 10 points and high satisfaction with an overall rating of 10 out of 10 points. Participants indicated that the EFC saved energy and reduced their utility bills. In heating mode, the EFC micro-computer monitors gas valve activation time and maximizes heating efficiency by increasing fan speed four minutes after the furnace is turned on and maximizes heat recovery from the heat exchanger after the furnace is turned off with an extended fan-off time delay of 2 to 4 minutes depending on how long the furnace gas valve signal is on during the heating cycle. Field measurements showed that the EFC improved heating efficiency by 7 to 10% above standard temperature delay and 6 to 8% above standard 90-second delay. For systems with degraded temperature sensors the EFC saved 7 to 23% depending on furnace run time and ambient conditions. Standard furnace fans operate at lower speed delivering less heating capacity to the conditioned space at lower efficiency compared to operating the fan at high speed. Furnace manufacturers provide a 1.5 to 3 minute fan time delay or a temperature delay that extends fan operation until the supply air drops to a value of 40F above the inlet air temperature (i.e., supply air temperature less than 110F). Most furnaces operate at low fan speed with a time or temperature delay relay that stops the fan with heat left in the heat exchanger at temperatures between 110F and 200F. The standard furnace TDR improves AFUE by 0.4 to 2%. In cooling mode, the EFC maximizes recovery of latent cooling from the evaporator after the compressor is turned off with an extended fan delay of 1.5 to 5 minutes depending on how long the air conditioner compressor is on during the cooling cycle. Field measurements showed that the EFC improved average cooling efficiency by 14.5% compared to no time delay and 9.5% compared to the 90-second delay. Air conditioning equipment manufacturers provide an optional 1.5 minute TDR kit to improve SEER by 2 to 3%. Many new air conditioning systems are installed without the standard TDR and most air conditioners do not have a fan time delay. Therefore, the EFC is applicable to all existing and new HVAC systems.
For more information, contact: Robert Mowris, Verified®, Inc.
Session Title: WAP Multifamily Energy Upgrade Continuum of Resources
Description of Session: The Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is currently developing a suite of resources to facilitate the implementation of energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily housing. These resources trace a continuum for multifamily energy upgrades and include: • Technical Guidelines for Multifamily Building Energy Audits • Multifamily Tool for Energy Audits (MulTEA) • Standard Work Specifications for Multifamily Energy Upgrades Please join us for this interactive session during which participants will receive updates on the current status of these Weatherization Assistance Program tools and resources and participate in a dialogue with the project leads about how to further enhance the products to meet the needs of the weatherization and home performance industry.
For more information, contact: Jennifer Somers and Josh Olsen, U.S. Department of Energy
Session Title: Get to Know the DOE U.S. Residential Lighting End-Use Consumption Study
Description of Session: This informal session is intended to introduce the residential lighting efficiency community to the DOE U.S. Residential Lighting End-Use Consumption Study, and discuss potential usage of the estimates with attendees. National residential lighting usage estimates are produced in this study, with a focus on geographical variation in installed lamps, their associated wattage, hours of use and energy use, with further breakdowns by residence type, room type, luminaire type, and control type.
For more information, contact: Michael Poplawski, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Session Title: Inside The Black Box: How Can Technology Can Advance California’s Upcoming Standards?
Description of Session: Semiconductors and other technologies can be a key leverage point to energy efficiency gains across a wide range of applications such as ac to dc conversion, standby modes, and lighting. How can California’s upcoming standards account for these continued technology advances?
For more information, contact: Daryl Hatano, ON Semiconductor
Session Title: Code Compliance Insights from Practitioners (Not Just Policy Wonks)
Description of Session: The California Investor Owned Utilities are facilitating a Compliance Improvement Advisory Group (a) that includes building department staff, an energy consultant, a HERS Raters, Energy Commission building standards staff, contractors, an architect, a home builder, and others, and (b) that is examining compliance issues and crafting suggested solutions from a wide range of professional perspectives. We would like to see what is being done in other states. After a short introduction to the CIAG process, we are looking for a discussion with broad geographic representation.
For more information, contact: Nehemiah Stone, Benningfield Group
Session Title: Bi-Level Lighting: Paving the Way to Energy Savings in Parking Garages
Description of Session: This presentation will review the results of light level monitoring studies conducted in dozens of garages equipped with bi-level fixtures and discusses the potential to reduce energy use and peak demand by lowering light levels during vacant periods, as well as the impact on lighting quality. Currently a modest 15% reduction in operating hours credited by California IOU’s when installing occupancy sensors in parking garages. However, a California state-wide program that focuses on re-designing parking garage lighting has shown that bi-level fixtures with occupancy-based controls will typically enable a 50-80% reduction in operating hours at full power, with additional savings potential found in daylight harvesting and scheduling. Energy use savings are frequently 70% or more. Monitoring results also show significant demand reductions during peak demand periods.
For more information, contact: Joseph Lande, Energy Solutions
Session Title: Air Sealing in Multifamily Building Retrofit Programs, and IAQ Impacts
Description of Session: Multifamily buildings are finally receiving more attention in energy efficiency programs. However, there are unique indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in multifamily programs that could be affected as we begin to tighten the building envelope or make other energy efficiency upgrades. Compared with single family homes, multifamily buildings have a higher density of residents, reduced leakage area (i.e., less building envelope per square foot) for providing natural ventilation, and greater potential for areas of negative pressure (due to stack effect). All of these can introduce IAQ problems in retrofitted multifamily buildings, such as inadequate ventilation or combustion equipment backdrafting. At the same time, there is great potential for energy savings through air sealing, window replacement, and other upgrades. This session will present findings from a recent multifamily air leakage testing study. We will also present key findings and next steps from a Multifamily Practitioners Roundtable, a recently formed group that shares ideas and data on multifamily central ventilation system retrofits. The bulk of the session will provide a forum to discuss how IAQ and IAQ testing should fit in with multifamily retrofit programs, including what programs are currently allowing in terms of air sealing, what testing (if any) should be required, and who should pay for testing and (if needed) addressing any problems found.
For more information, contact: Marian Goebes, Heschong Mahone Group and Andy Brooks, Association for Energy Affordability
Session Title: Better Buildings Neighborhood Program - Lessons Learned in Residential Energy Upgrade Program Design & Implementation
Description of Session: The DOE Better Buildings Neighborhood Program represents a three-year, $500 million ARRA investment in testing new combinations of approaches to marketing, sales, efficiency services, incentive and loan offerings, contractor relationships, customer interactions, and more. After two years, recipients have completed tens of thousands of retrofits and learned a lot about what to do - and what not to do - to run a program that moves homeowners from interested to upgraded. DOE has been capturing this information and will soon start building a searchable, interactive, online tool and 'how to' guide to share these insights with state and local governments, utilities, program implementers, and others who design, implement, and evaluate market-rate residential energy upgrade programs. In this session, DOE will start the conversation with an overview of lessons learned and successful examples compiled to date around driving demand, financing and incentives, workforce and contractor relationships, data and evaluation, and program administration. Most of the session will be spent in dialogue around additional lessons, examples, resources, and lingering questions for the market - all of which will feed into DOE's online tool development. If you have answers or questions, now's the time to share them!
For more information, contact: Danielle Sass Byrnett, U.S. Department of Energy
Tuesday, August 14 - Informal Session Descriptions 2:00 - 4:00
Session Title: Performing In-Depth Analysis of Household Energy Consumption Using Residential Energy Consumption Survey Data
Description of Session: This session will provide guidance and a tutorial on how to use the public use microdata files for the RECS. Much of our data are released in table form but the remainder can be accessed through the microdata files. More specific analysis can be performed using these files.
For more information, contact: Bill McNary, Energy Information Administration
Session Title: National Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Evaluation Results
Description of Session: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has just completed major components of the PY 2008 WAP Evaluation. In this session, study team members will discuss both the methods for and findings from research on a number of important study components, including: Energy Impacts, Nonenergy Benefits, Cost-Effectiveness, Case Studies, and the results from surveys with Clients and Weatherization Staff. The session will be designed to maximize interaction with attendees by prioritizing discussion topics according to attendee preferences and completing each discussion topic before moving on to the next topic.
For more information, contact: Dr. Bruce Tonn, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Session Title:Industry Perspectives on the Future of Energy Efficiency in California
Description of Session:The energy efficiency landscape in California and the nation is rapidly changing while the industry's success has become increasingly necessary for the state to meet its ambitious energy and climate goals. This roundtable discussion will provide industry perspectives on the next steps for energy efficiency in the Golden State. The discussion will cover a variety of the most important issues and trends facing the industry in the next decade with a focus on codes and standards; existing residential and commercial building retrofits; financing; policy changes; and the CPUC perspective on industry's role in evaluation and implementation.
For more information, contact: Matt O'Keefe, California Energy Efficiency Industry Council
Session Title: Beyond Usability - What's next for programmable thermostats?
Description of Session: Research around programmable thermostats emphasizes the need to improve consumer usability interface to achieve potential energy savings. A recent test at Faunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems shows that improving usability may not have the anticipated impact on energy savings as originally thought. This session will summarize these latest findings and open discussion on "where to go from here" and other factors that affect achieving energy savings from programmable thermostats.
For more information, contact: Olga Sachs, Fraunhofer CSE and Alan Meier, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Session Title: The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative: Transforming the Global Market for Efficient Equipment and Appliances
Description of Session: The SEAD initiative is an international effort that engages governments and the private sector to accelerate market transformation for energy-efficient equipment and appliances. A global scale-up of energy-efficient equipment and appliances would cost about 2 to 5 cents per kilowatt-hour saved—a fraction of the cost of clean energy from other sources. This session will provide an overview of how the SEAD initiative is accelerating the reduction in energy demand and carbon emissions while lowering energy costs for consumers, businesses, and institutions. SEAD participants work together in voluntary activities to pull super-efficient appliances into the market through measures such as financial incentives, awards, and procurement. Participants also engage in international technical collaborations and information exchange to bolster energy efficiency standards and labeling programs.
For more information, contact: Gabrielle Dreyfus, US Department of Energy and Stephen Pantano, CLASP
Session Title: Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities
Description of Session: This session will cover the latest in data center efficiency programs, including current utility program offerings, effective program design and implementation, energy efficient technologies, and available resources.
For more information, contact: Alan Rose, Intel Corporation
Session Title: Energy Efficiency Finance and the Financial Regulatory Environment
Description of Session: Numerous strategies and mechanisms for reducing upfront cost barriers to energy are emerging and experiencing increased popularity and adoption. Such mechanisms include on-bill financing, property assessed financing (PACE), energy services agreements, and performance contracting. Many of these mechanisms have tremendous potential to provide financing to traditionally underserved markets including low and moderate income, multifamily, and small business sectors. Yet, as these programs increase in visibility there is a risk that those leveraging non-traditional lending and underwriting practices may become subject to scrutiny from financial regulators. In the case of PACE, FHFA action has stalled progress in the residential market. On-bill programs in states such as California are facing challenges in penetrating residential markets for fear of running afoul of stringent consumer protection laws. The purpose of this session is to brainstorm avenues for pro-actively engaging regulators and the consumer protection community in the conversation surrounding energy efficiency financing. We will spend some time delving into three specific areas of focus:
1.Opportunities to leverage the regulatory process to nudge conventional loan products toward efficiency. E.g. Energy efficiency mortgages, fair lending, and incorporating the costs of efficiency in underwriting practices.
2.Potential regulatory challenges to loan products. E.g. PACE, Residential On-bill tariffs (or OBF products that stay with the meter, ESA’s ‘off balance sheet’
3. Measures that could reduce the regulatory compliance burden for a utility or other program administrator. E.g. Compliance with TILA and state consumer protection laws, licensing requirements for OBF, and recording a lien.
Session Title: Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Tools
Description of Session: The Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is currently developing a comprehensive set of tools and resources aimed at enhancing the training and work quality standards to be utilized throughout the home energy upgrade industry. These efforts are supported by the WAP National Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Plan. As these projects move towards completion, the Weatherization Assistance Program is seeking input from the professionals in the field to ensure that these resources are finalized and disseminated in a way that is useful to the technicians, the field and program managers on the ground. Please join us for this interactive session during which participants will receive updates on the current status of the tools and resources and participate in a dialogue with the project leads about how to further enhance the products to meet the needs of the weatherization and home performance industry. Topics for discussion will include: • The Standard Work Specifications for Home Energy Upgrades • The Accreditation of Energy Efficiency Training Programs • The Four New Home Energy Professional Certifications of Energy Efficiency Technicians • Weatherization Training Centers, Training Network and Resources
For more information, contact: Josh Olsen and Jennifer Somers, U.S. Department of Energy
Session Title: Commercial Building Energy Ratings – Managing the Upcoming Paradigm Shift
Description of Session: Energy use ratings such as ENERGY STAR are well established in the commercial buildings market. Asset ratings, based on building design and installed equipment, are coming soon. What can we do to help the marketplace make the most of these two options? How will asset ratings affect efficiency programs and policies? This informal session provides an opportunity to discuss the future of commercial building energy ratings in follow-up to the Benchmarking Panel (no. 4) on Tuesday morning.
For more information, contact: Eliot Crowe, PECI
Session Title: Building Energy Code Implementation: Strategies for Pursuing Savings Opportunities through Greater Utility Involvement
Description of Session: A number of regional efforts are underway to develop procedures to add building energy code opportunities to utility energy efficiency program portfolios. While there are limited instances of successful involvement by utilities in basic energy code issues, emerging efforts are underway to tackle the policy and regulatory barriers that stand in the way of more widespread utility involvement in energy code implementation. This informal session will convene stakeholders and interested parties in this process to review the status of current efforts and to discuss strategies to promote the concept among program administrators more broadly. Towards this end, the organizers envision an informal working group to be established that will coordinate strategic efforts nationwide to enlist program administrators to offer these types of energy code-related programs.
For more information, contact: Harry Misuriello, American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy
Session Title: Designing Programs for Maturing Residential Markets
Description of Session: Utility sponsored energy efficiency programs have been in operation in some jurisdictions for over 25 years. Residential lighting, furnace or air conditioning, and white goods have been the mainstay technologies in these markets over time. As energy efficient products become common place in more markets, innovation in four areas – technology, marketing, program design and program funding – are needed to continue to drive higher energy savings and broader program participation. The energy efficiency industry has traditionally benefited from collaborative efforts where organizations build on one another’s experience to foster and develop innovations. WECC, the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) and the Vermont Energy Investment Corp (VEIC) will host a discussion sharing new approaches each are currently exploring and seeking other interested organization to share their efforts. The expectation is to identify opportunities for formal and informal collaboration to further our shared goals of reduced energy use, increased cost effectiveness and positive environmental impact.
For more information, contact: Monica Curtis and Shannon Montgomery, WECC
Description of Session: As the energy code approaches zero net energy, the pool of potential energy savings is shrinking fast for above code programs. This session will address how programs can innovate and adapt to meet the challenge. Drawing from program implementation experience, we will discuss the merits/challenges of; real and modeled savings hybrid programs, design assistance based programs, marketing/sales support programs, consumer behavior impact programs, bill guarantee programs as well as other formats.
For more information, contact: Matthew Christie, Heschong Mahone Group
Description of Session: Published in 2008, the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (the Strategic Plan or the Plan) is a statewide roadmap of actions needed to achieve all cost-effective energy efficiency potential in the state. While initial success has demonstrated potential for a market transformation “movement” across California, more must be done to achieve the magnitude of change necessary to realize AB 32 goals and energy savings identified in the Plan. This session will review and discuss the key ideas presented in The Future of the Strategic Plan: Opportunities to Advance California’s Path to Zero (including a new approach to organization, funding and sustained leadership). Results of this session’s facilitated conversation will be considered in determining the best next steps for the Strategic Plan.
For more information, contact: Kristina Skierka, Energy Initiatives
Description of Session: Research conducted by McKinsey, the Rockefeller Foundation, McGraw Hill and others estimate a large potential for commercial building retrofits that improve efficiency and yield net negative costs within 10 years with attractive return on investment. However, this investment potential remains largely untapped. One market barrier that has been identified is informational. Investors neither understand nor trust the methods used to predict and measure energy cost savings. Methods and existing protocols do not address investor informational needs. Engineers do not translate their findings to provide financiers with an understanding of the potential risks and returns related to efficiency improvements. This session will review key project stages that provide findings important to investors, including: a) auditing for opportunity assessment, b) energy modeling for estimated cost savings, c) measuring for verified savings and commissioning/on-going commissioning for ensuring savings potential/persistence. For each of the four project stages, the following will be discussed: 1) business-as-usual methods 2) ability for business-as-usual methods to meet investor information needs for identifying and managing performance risk 3) approaches for better meeting needs 4) key considerations for removing informational market barriers The session will conclude by summarizing the key considerations identified and a discussing current and future work to support meeting investor information needs.
For more information, contact: Ellen Franconi, Rocky Mountain Institute
Thursday, August 16 - Informal Session Descriptions 2:00 - 4:00
Session Title: Appliance Efficiency through Standards & Labels: Research from CLASP’s Global and Country Programs
Description of Session: CLASP conducts original research and analysis that enables appliance energy efficiency standards and labeling (S&L) programs to quickly realize more energy savings. These investigations are conducted on a global scale and in specific economies, and the findings often have implications for many economies.The research and analysis CLASP undertakes on appliance efficiency falls into four main themes:
(1) Harmonization of test methods, metrics, and efficiency thresholds;
(2) Benchmarking the efficiency of products and stringency of standards around the world;
(3) Improving monitoring, verification, and enforcement (MV&E) of S&L policies; and
(4) Pulling technical innovations into specific markets.
Recent findings will be presented and discussed from several research and analysis projects, including:
· Findings from benchmarking room air conditioner efficiency and performance requirement stringency around the world;
· Results from a survey on monitoring, verification, and enforcement in EU Member States;
· The Super Efficient Dryer Initiative, which aims to introduce heat pump clothes dryers into the North American market;
· Results on background lighting levels during television viewing in US homes, and how that affects television test procedures;
· Preliminary lab testing results on the energy consumption of desktop computer graphics cards;
For more information, contact: My Ton, CLASP
Session Title: : Higher Market Penetration Results: Applying Upstream Program Model to Water Cooled Chillers and Variable Refrigerant Flow Air-Conditioners and Heat Pumps
Description of Session: This presentation discusses a new program approach from Southern California Edison’s Upstream HVAC Program that has succeeded in dramatically increasing sales of high efficiency water cooled chillers (WCC) and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) units. The presentation explores key program features, including modeling savings, tiered rebate structures, targeted outreach, and online application processing. For WCCs, these design features led to 600% greater participation compared to customized rebates and a 30% energy reduction compared to code. For VRFs, the Upstream program led to increased sales by manufacturers for this newly rebated measure and is helping accelerate the adoption of this technology.
For more information, contact: Jim Hanna, Energy Solutions
Session Title: New Paradigms for Determining Gross Efficiency Savings: Your Turn
Description of Session: A follow-on to "New Paradigms in Determining Gross Energy Efficiency Savings" the discussion will invite participants to share their own views on how rapidly advancing technology and opportunities for new market participants will transform the landscape of gross savings "measurement". The outcome is expected to be an expanding awareness of the rapidity of change and indications of how to speed movement through research, demonstrations, or agreement on the validity of new approaches.
For more information, contact: William (Bill) Miller, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Session Title: Will More Stringent Codes and Standards Signal the End of the Line for Energy Efficiency?
Description of Session: As codes and standards become more stringent, energy efficiency, as we know it today will become mainstream and commoditized. Consequently, does this mean that code and standards are threat to energy efficiency? Will energy efficiency be able to continue to evolve as we get closer to zero net energy buildings? Will research and innovation become overly burdensome and non-cost-effective? Will we be able to still turn the crank of market transformation? And perhaps most importantly, who should be getting credit for the achievement of more stringent codes and standards that are made possible by the market transformation caused by energy efficiency activities?
For more information, contact: Randall Higa, Southern California Edison
Session Title: What’s next for Natural Gas Efficiency Programs and Policies? Getting to 95% efficient and beyond…
Description of Session: How low can we go? Will traditional approaches to natural gas efficiency programs and policies deliver overall resource savings and efficiency gains for homes and buildings? Consider that, today:
· Natural gas appliances provide heating, hot water and clothes drying in the majority of US households;
· Natural gas utilities have experienced steady net load reductions over the past three decades;
· In terms of full-fuel cycle energy productivity, cost, and emissions, gas appliances are more efficient than comparable electric appliances in most applications, and far less efficient electric resistance appliances are routinely installed where gas is available; at the same time, increasingly efficient electric heat pumps products are beginning to come on to the market and natural gas products must continue to improve in efficiency in order to compete.
· New Federal efficiency standards for gas furnaces will rise to 90% in the Northern U.S.;
· Some homeowners, particularly in older, high-density and often in low-income areas, will experience installation difficulties, high costs and possible code violation to comply with this standard;
· New requirements and goals for net-zero energy buildings may be defined to preclude direct gas use which could result in less efficient use of energy and fiscal resources
· Natural gas is the primary energy source for economic, highly efficient CHP systems; however these systems continue to struggle to gain a meaningful share of the energy portfolio despite their ability to save energy and consumer dollars.
Description of Session: A robust discussion from stakeholders of best practices and what is needed in both professional training and certification as well was consumer knowledge.
Session Title: Super Efficient Clothes Dryers for the North American Market
Description of Session: Chris Wold and other SEDI team member will discuss the scope of work for the next phase of SEDI's market development efforts. We will report on new prospects for new product introductions, ongoing research and opportunities for helping to realize this energy savings opportunity.
For more information, contact: Christopher Wold, CLASP
Description of Session: Energy information software has advanced in recent years to help streamline and automate steps in commercial whole building programs. Software can assist in program screening, measure identification, customer engagement, integrated M&V, and improving savings persistence. These tools are widely available in the market – yet their use is rare. How can utilities capitalize on energy information software in commercial programs? What new opportunities for savings does software bring? What are the challenges to implementing whole building program designs that leverage these tools, and how do we overcome them? Join the discussion with utilities, software vendors, and consultants that are developing these approaches.
For more information, contact: Hannah Kramer, PECI
Description of Session: HVAC Maintenance Measures have been a central part of utility HVAC energy efficiency efforts in recent years, yet the savings reported using different metrics vary widely and are subject to a wide range of factors. HVAC installation and maintenance faults, weather dependency, refrigerant charge method, system characteristics such as metering device, line length, unit location, individual vs. combined measures, and a host of other variables affect the outcome of maintenance efforts. Utility programs, contractors and researchers have spent considerable effort trying to understand the key elements and to determine the most successful approach to achieving savings. EM&V efforts have been limited and challenging. This session will provide perspectives to broaden our understanding of this complex problem, including analysis of the sources of uncertainty in delivering and measuring these programs, and laboratory test results of the impacts of installation and maintenance faults on system efficiency.
For more information, contact: Kristin Heinemeier, UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center and Robert Mowris, Verified®, Inc.
Description of Session: Primary energy consumption in U.S. residences grew faster than population between 1990 and 2010 (US DOE Buildings Energy Data Book 2012). During those 20 years, thousands of energy efficiency and conservation programs were conducted, often yielding incremental savings over baseline assumptions. If various governmental “stretch” goals for GHG emissions reductions, etc., are to come close to being met, more fundamental changes are required. Rather than pursuing more efficiency in more places as organized by the familiar arguments, could a transition to lower demand for energy services be supported by a broader set of mutually reinforcing practices and policies that make lower consumption normal, non-threatening, and even appealing -- without resorting to idyllic imaginaries and moral transformation?
For more information, contact: Mithra Moezzi, Portland State University
Description of Session: The multifamily sector is traditionally underserved by energy efficiency programs. What are the best strategies for reaching this sector? We will exchange lessons learned from current and past programs, with an emphasis on achieving comprehensive retrofits. Questions to discuss include: should the contractor or an auditor facilitate the upgrade process (or both)? What kind of incentives or free services are needed to motivate this sector? How can we effectively leverage and coordinate multiple programs (i.e. weatherization, ratepayer, and renewable programs), or is this even appropriate? Is building simulation the best approach to estimate energy savings potential? What kind of workforce, building owner, or tenant training is needed?
For more information, contact: Sophia Hartkopf, Heschong Mahone Group
Description of Session: Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has over two dozen pilot programs underway, designed to help them understand the structure and uses of hardware, software, tariffs, and programs for making the smart meter a tool to deliver energy efficiency. Benningfield Group, through a CEC research grant, is working with SMUD on applications to multifamily buildings. Discussion in this session will focus partly on the overall smart grid research palette and partly on the specific energy efficiency potential from information portals and controls linked to smart meters.
For more information, contact: Garth Torvestad, Benningfield Group
Description of Session: Recent research commissioned by the GBPN showed that the building sector could deliver energy savings of more than 80% by 2050 if state of the art policies and practices become standard practice in the next decade. How do we achieve this potential? To prime the discussion GBPN will briefly present the key findings of research conducted in collaboration with KPMG, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Central European University and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs that identify best-practices, the mitigation potential of the building sector and the perspectives of business leaders from the real-estate sector on investment drivers.
For more information, contact: Peter Graham and Jens Laustsen, Global Buildings Network Performance
Description of Session: The current competitive economic environment and the growing environmental movement towards sustainability combined with the global need for more energy is creating a nexus of awareness and activity around energy efficiency. At the same time, utility resource acquisition program goals are increasing while many of the most cost effective measures (e.g. lighting) are being phased out due to efficiency standards. Strategic energy management planning (SEMP) appears to be a solution many are gravitating too (both end-users and utility program managers.) But is it the panacea needed? In order to develop a broader understanding of SEMP and its potential effectiveness, can we define the successful elements of a SEMP utility program and SEMP for an end-user? How are they the same and how are they different? What types of results are being achieved and what types of results are needed? This informal session will discuss Strategic Energy Management Planning and engage in a discussion about what SEMP is, how it can be structured from a sponsor's and a participant's perspective, does it appear to be effective in increasing persistence of savings, and where should we go from here?
For more information, contact: Jim Volkman, Strategic Energy Group
Description of Session: Discussion of current research in this area and key issues, including state, regional and national updates and current projects underway and research on savings potential from increased compliance.
For more information, contact: Julie Michals, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
Description of Session: Energy Performance Contracting has shown to be successful globally in improving energy efficiency in existing buildings. This is because Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) can leverage significant money for energy efficiency investments, particularly in government buildings where investment capital can be scarce. Globally, ESCOs are eager to expand to new markets given the potential energy savings and profits. Potential ESCO clients have also shown a growing interest in the concept for similar reasons. However, in practice, ESCOs have often run into difficulties when working in new markets. In particular, government clients often worry that ESCOs will not treat them fairly, given the new contract structure. As a result, they tend to impose terms that make it very difficult for ESCOs. The discussion will center on the challenges and barriers for ESCOs and how several countries and cities are working diligently to resolve these issues by drawing from hand on experience in the field. This session will provide examples from Russia and other countries.
For more information, contact: Sha Yu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Description of Session: The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) is exploring combined system efficiency metrics as a potential cost effective basis for energy efficiency programs to meet increased savings targets. The initial focus is to understand the program design opportunity and associated program potential for one specific system combination, energy recovery ventilation (ERV) and unitary air conditioners and heat pumps (a.k.a. rooftop units). This system combination is being targeted for several reasons: it can provide significant gas and electric HVAC savings across many climate zones; it can enable unitary HVAC system downsizing and thereby create demand savings; and the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) maintains product certification programs for RTUs and ERVs and a standard industry methodology (AHRI Guideline V) for calculating the combined efficiency of ERV and rooftop unit combinations. In this session, CEE staff will lead participants in a discussion of the possibilities for combined RTU plus ERV efficiency based equipment specifications and the necessary conditions for such specifications to support ratepayer funded energy efficiency programs. Participant feedback will inform the CEE effort to develop resources that enable program administrators to base programs on combined system efficiency metrics.
For more information, contact: Bjorn Jensen, Consortium for Energy Efficiency
Description of Session: Should we be thinking about a national agenda for energy workforce training? What would such an agenda look like? What benefits? Who should be involved? How do energy and buildings become a more significant part of STEM education? Some steps have already been taken, so where do things stand now? This session will aim at developing a roadmap for next steps.
For more information, contact: Michael Bobker, CUNY Building Performance Lab