2017 ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource

2017 ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource

The Wigwam Arizona
Litchfield Park, AZ
October 30, 2017 to November 01, 2017

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  • Keynote speakers announced! Read more below.

National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource Overview

Join us in exploring innovative approaches for designing and delivering energy efficiency programs. At the premier utility-focused event, held every other year by ACEEE since 2001, we’ll address how utilities can best integrate energy efficiency into planning and operations. And we’ll do so in sunny Arizona, a leading state for efficiency programs that serve utility customers.

The energy landscape is quickly shifting, and efficiency is emerging as a least-cost way to address mounting concerns about system reliability, volatile fuel prices, power plant construction costs, and environmental compliance. Moreover, energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, and industries saves money, creates jobs, and improves the environment.

We're convening industry leaders to discuss the latest developments in using energy efficiency to meet new challenges as well as existing customer and utility needs.

Thank you to the State of Arizona for being a Host State Supporter of EER17!

For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Marty Kushler or Maggie Molina. Find out which organizations participated in the 2015 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource here.




Tuesday Keynote Speaker

Pat Vincent-Collawn is Chairman, President and CEO of PNM Resources, the parent company for utilities PNM in New Mexico and TNMP in Texas. She was recently elected as Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute. Read more about Pat's experience here.

Wednesday Lunch Keynote Speaker

Chris Benjamin is the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and leads a team responsible for PG&E’s sustainability efforts and engagement, including working to integrate and align PG&E’s sustainability strategy with its business strategy. Read more about Chris' experience here.

Plenary Panel:  Energy Efficiency and the Utility of the Future

Marion Gold was appointed to the Commission in June 2016. Commissioner Gold had previously served as Commissioner of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER). Read more about Marion's experience here.

Val Jenson is Senior Vice President, Customer Operations, ComEd where he is responsible for managing development and delivery of the Company’s customer-facing products and services. Read more about Val's experience here.

Nancy Lange was appointed Commissioner to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton, effective March 4, 2013, and appointed Chair, January 23, 2017. Read more about Nancy's experience here.

Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in May 2012, and re-appointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career. Read more about Andrew's experience here.


Highlighted topics include:

  • Latest news on state policies for utility energy efficiency

  • Leading energy efficiency program examples for all customer sectors

  • Regulatory mechanisms to encourage utility energy efficiency programs

  • Assessing energy efficiency potential

  • Emerging technologies and innovative programs for energy efficiency

  • Key EM&V issues and recent regional and national results

  • Methods and approaches for assessing cost-effectiveness

  • Integrated resource planning and energy efficiency

  • Energy efficiency effects on T&D and system reliability

  • Environmental and health effects of energy efficiency

  • Integrating energy efficiency and demand response

  • The role of energy efficiency in the utility of the future

  • Sessions on CHP, low-income and multifamily housing, water and EE, etc.


2017 Advisory Committee

Andrew Bevington, Pacific Gas and Electric Company      Manesh Rukadikar, DTE Energy
Daniel Dreiling, Salt River Project Lisa Shea, Eversource
Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project Teri VanSumeren, Consumers Energy
Debbie Lindeman, Tucson Electric Power Shawn White, Xcel Energy
Momoka Nakamura, EnergySavvy Jim Wontor, Arizona Public Service
David Nemtzow, US Department of Energy Ken Woolcutt, Ameren Illinois



Late rate now in effect through November 1.

Register online here:

Please find a PDF version of the registration form here. Return completed form to jseas@aceee.org.

Student Registrations: To be confirmed at the student rate, please send a copy of your student ID and transcript showing enrollment in at least 12 credit hours per semester to jseas@aceee.org.

Funder/Ally Waivers: Contact lpyle@aceee.org to check on the availability of registration waivers if you are a 2017 EER funder or ACEEE Ally member.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: The cancellation deadline is October 9, 2017. A $100 processing fee will be charged. Any cancellations after this date will not be refunded. Use your confirmation code to modify your registration or cancel through the online registration system. This code can be found in your confirmation email. Please email aceeeconf@aceee.org with any questions.



The Wigwam Arizona
300 East Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park, Arizona

The deadline for booking rooms through the ACEEE hotel block has passed. The Wigwam will continue taking reservations based on availability. To reserve a room, call their reservations line directly at 623-935-3811.  Be sure to tell them you are attending the ACEEE conference.

Find a list of hotel options within driving distance of Wigwam Arizona here.



The Wigwam Resort is located approximately 25 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) with 30 minutes of travel time in normal traffic conditions. Find transportation options below, and visit the PHX airport transportation page to learn more about getting around the Phoenix area.

EER17 attendee 10% discount from SuperShuttle!

Book a discounted SuperShuttle ride to/from PHX airport to The Wigwam Resort as a conference attendee. Valid between October 27 and November 4. Reserve online here.


Estimated taxi fare from the PHX airport to The Wigwam Resort is approximately $70, plus tip. Find a list of taxi companies servicing the PHX airport online here.


Estimated UberX fare from PHX airport to The Wigwam Resort is $32-42, plus tip. Find out how to get picked up by Uber at the PHX airport here.

Estimated Lyft fare from PHX airport to The Wigwam Resort is approximately $32, plus tip. Learn how to request a Lyft ride at PHX airport here.