National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource

National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Statehouse Convention Center
Little Rock, AR
September 20, 2015 to September 22, 2015

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National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource Overview

The eighth Energy Efficiency as a Resource (EER) conference held in Little Rock, Arkansas lived up to the high standard set in the first conference in 2001 and held biennially since then. In his welcome, Marty Kushler noted (only partially in jest) that the history of EER corresponds closely to the rebirth and dramatic rise of utility energy efficiency activity following the near-collapse during the "deregulation/restructuring" phase in the late 1990s. (See page 6 of Marty's Welcome/Introduction below for the graph showing "The EER Effect"!).

Little Rock was a terrific host site with welcome remarks from the Mayor and two of the three Commissioners of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Over 370 attendees were on hand for the keynote speech by Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation at EPA, on the role of energy efficiency in the proposed Clean Power Plan. Plenary speaker Tom Eckman, director of the power division at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, spoke about how the Pacific Northwest has made energy efficiency the second largest electricity "supply resource" in the region.

The agenda also featured presentations from over 90 professionals active in the utility energy efficiency field in 25 different break-out sessions covering a wide array of related topics. Examples include: key state policies to encourage utility energy efficiency efforts; energy efficiency as a T&D resource; innovative and emerging energy efficiency programs; cost-effectiveness issues and data; and examples of highly successful energy efficiency programs for each customer sector.

Download a retrospective of this year's EER conference here, and view the presentations here.

The overwhelming evidence from this year's EER conference documents that energy efficiency continues to be the lowest-cost (and cleanest) utility system resource across the United States, whether in states with long-standing programs or those that more recently have initiated significant energy efficiency efforts. 

ACEEE expresses a hearty "thank you!" to all who supported and participated in this conference.


EPA Keynote at National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation at EPA, gave the keynote address on September 21.







Monday, September 21 | Tuesday, September 22


Monday, September 21

Welcome & Introductions

Martin Kushler, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Welcome & Introductions


Keynote Address

Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan

Steve Nadel, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, US Environmental Protection Agency


Plenary Session

Regional Round-Up: Utility Energy Efficiency Highlights from Around the United States

Northeast: Jim O’Reilly, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Southeast: Mandy Mahoney, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Midwest: Stacey Paradis, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

South-central: Doug Lewin, The South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Northwest: Susan Stratton, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Southwest: Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

California: Steve Schiller, California Energy Efficiency Industry Council


Poster Presenters

  • Cody Taylor, US Department of Energy, M&V 2.0: Can Automated In-situ Measurement Provide Accurate Savings Numbers?
  • Christopher Craig, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, A Comprehensive Examination of Energy Consumption in the Lower 48 States: A Dual Humanistic and Climate Approach
  • Al Armendariz, Sierra Club, Using Energy Efficiency to Go Beyond Coal
  • Brenda Hunt, CLEAResult, Savings on Aisle 9: How a Market Segment Approach Delivers Comprehensive Savings for Grocers
  • Martin Bond, Community Energy Services Corporation, Your Energy Manager: Long Term Engagement Brings Big Energy Savings
  • Jamie Peters, EnergySavvy, Cars, Not Faster Horses: Savings Measurement Software Enables Energy Efficiency to Measure-as you-go
  • Patricia Stanton, E4theFuture, It’s Time to Embrace Tradable Credits: The Energy Efficiency Registry and EPA’s Clean Power Plan
  • S. Balakrishnan, anb Systems, Insights from 10+ Years of Energy Efficiency Programs
  • Stephen Putnam, Grundfos Pumps, Pumping System Evolution: The Next Generation of Utility Programs
  • Stephen Bickel, D+R International, Unlocking the Residential HVAC Energy Efficiency Resource Base: How a New Sales Data Source Transformed the 2015 DOE Furnace Rulemaking
  • Nikolaas Dietsch, US Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Efficiency in the Clean Power Plan


Session 1A:  Lighting Programs

Elizabeth Murphy, The United Illuminating Company, The Great Light Bulb Exchange

Kristen Funk, Center for Energy and Environment, One-Stop Efficiency Shop®: Hope Is Not a Strategy

Brian Buckley, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Emerging Strategies for LED Street Lighting Conversion

Andre Javier-Barry, D+R International, Transforming the Commercial Lighting Market


Session 1B:  Energy Efficiency as a T&D Resource

Richard Aslin, Pacific Gas and Electric, Targeted Energy Efficiency for Transmission and Distribution Reliability

Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group and Teri VanSumeren, Consumers Energy, Not Your Usual Suspects: How a Michigan Utility and an Environmental Group Collaboratively Developed a Pilot Project to Defer a Distribution System Upgrade with Energy Efficiency

Elizabeth Titus, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Using Geographically Targeted Energy Efficiency to Deter T&D Investment

Michael Harrington, Con Ed, Con Edison’s Integrated Demand Side Management Potential Model


Session 1C:  Regulatory Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency

Seth Nowak, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Beyond Carrots for Utilities: Recent Trends in Performance Incentive Mechanisms for Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

Annie Gilleo, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Valuing Efficiency: A Review of Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanisms

Will Nissen, Fresh Energy and Samantha Williams, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Link between Revenue Decoupling Mechanisms and Increased Utility-Led Energy Efficiency


Session 1D:  Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Methods Issues

Patrick Wallace, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, What’s Under the Hood? Building Transparency in Energy Efficiency Savings and Underlying EM&V Methods through a Standardized, Integrated Reporting Platform

Christine Donovan, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Showing Me the Savings: TRMs, Big Data, and EM&V 2.0 as Catalysts for Energy Efficiency Savings

Isaac Wainstein, ERS,  Defending Energy Efficiency as a Reliable Grid Resource

Lark Lee, Tetra Tech and Amy Martin, Frontier Associates, What’s your kW? Defining Peak Demand in Texas


Session 1E:  Energy Efficiency in the Clean Power Plan

Jeff West, ICF International, Quantifying the Value of Energy Efficiency as a Compliance Mechanism

Robert Neumann, Navigant, Capturing Energy Efficiency Savings and Implementing Common EM&V Practices to Develop a Successful Framework for EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Kate Swayne Wilson, Cadmus, The Potential for Tracking & Trading Energy Efficiency under the Clean Power Plan

Abby Fox, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and Katie Southworth, EMV Energy Solutions, Southeastern Responses to the Clean Power Plan


Session 2A:  Small Business Programs

Edward Musz, ComEd, Small Business Energy Savings: Onward and Upward

Jake Felton, CLEAResult, Small Business Market Engagement: Efficiency, Economy & Equitability

Christina Crowell and Farra Layne Vargas, Puget Sound Energy, The Blitz Is On: An Innovative Customer Approach that Results in Increased Conversion Rates and Cost Effectiveness


Session 2B:  Energy Efficiency as a T&D Resource (Examples)

John Finnigan, Environmental Defense Fund, Using Energy Efficiency for Distribution System Planning

Mohammed W. Aliuddin, Southern California Edison, Energy Efficiency and Reliability: Southern California Edison’s Local Capacity Requirements RFO and Preferred Resources Pilot

Josh Bode, Nexant, Energy Efficiency as a Targeted Transmission and Distribution Resource

William E. Dornbos, Acadia Center, Rhode Island’s System Reliability Pilot


Session 2C:  Moving the Mark: Which State Policies Drive Meaningful Energy Efficiency Savings?

Glenn Blackmon, Washington Department of Commerce, Implementation and Outcome from Washington State’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

Rachel Sholly, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, Policy in Action: How States Drive Large Investments in Energy Efficiency

Nick Dreher, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, EERS vs. IRPs: Why States Should Not Eliminate EERS

Jim Grevatt, Energy Futures Group, EERS Advancements in Maryland: EmPower After 2015


Session 2D:  Best Practices in Potential Studies and Integrated Resource Plan

Kenji Takahashi, Synapse Energy Economics, Searching for Best Practices for Modeling Energy Efficiency in Integrated Resource Planning

Andrew Hudson, Energy Trust of Oregon, Forecasting the Future: Quantifying Uncertainty in Emerging Technologies

Philip Mosenthal, Optimal Energy, Why Potential Studies Can Do More Harm than Good…and What to Do About It


Session 2E:  Energy Efficiency Developments in the South

John Sibley, Southface, Business Models for Utilities of the Future: Emerging Trends in the Southeast

James Linder, Tennessee Valley Authority, Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Wally Nixon, Arkansas Public Service Commission, Energy Efficiency in Arkansas: The 5th Year of Comprehensive Programs

Matt Klucher, Arkansas Public Service Commission, Collaboration: One Key to Arkansas’s Success


Tuesday, September 22

Plenary Session

The Role of Energy Efficiency in the Utility of the Future

Steven Nadel, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Minnesota: Mike Bull, Center for Energy and Environment

Massachusetts: Sue Coakley, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

New York: Frank Murray, Former President of NYSERDA

California: Jan Berman, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Session 4A:  Residential Programs

Danielle Byrnett, US Department of Energy, Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center: Learn from the Highly Effective Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Kelsey Horton, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Statewide Strategies for Localized Savings: The Illinois Home Performance Approach

Jennifer C. Parsons, The United Illuminating Company, Dramatically Increase Residential HVAC Program Participation with an Upstream Approach


Session 4B:  NEBs and Benefit-Cost Test Issues: Valuing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Tim Woolf, Synapse Energy Economics, Promoting Energy Efficiency for What It is Really Worth

Lisa Skumatz, Skumatz Economic Research Associates, NEBs, EULs, and Other Benefit-Cost Issues

Alireza Bozorgi, ICF International, Counting More than Energy: Preparing for Direct Measurement of Non-energy Impacts from Small Residential Energy-Efficiency Programs in New York


Session 4C:  Integrated Resource Planning

Tom Rice, Tennessee Valley Authority, Building the Energy Efficiency Power Plant: TVA’s 2015 IRP

Manish Rukadikar, DTE Energy, DTE Energy’s Long-term Energy Efficiency Study to Support Integrated Resource Planning Efforts

Hossein Haeri, Cadmus, Leveraging Megawatts with Negawatts


Session 4D:  National and Regional Results

Lakin Garth, Cadmus, Collecting, Aggregating, and Analyzing Energy Efficiency Savings at a Regional Level – and Beyond?

Ian Hoffman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, How the Cost of Saving a Kilowatt-Hour Has Changed in Recent Years and How Long Are the Savings Lasting?

Katie Ryder, E Source, How Are DSM Programs Really Performing?


Session 4E:  Natural Gas Energy Efficiency

Patrick Michalkiewicz, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas and Paul Smith, Franklin Energy, Meeting Increasing Gas Energy Efficiency Savings Goals in a Challenging Environment

Dru Jones, Teco Energy New Mexico Gas Company, Breaking Good: How New Mexico Gas Company Consistently Meets Its Residential Energy Reduction Targets

Greg Wassel, GoodCents, Program Design: Best Practices of Multi-Fuel Programs


Lunch Plenary

Factors that Made Energy Efficiency the Northwest’s Second Largest Resource

Keynote Presenter: Tom Eckman, Northwest Power and Conservation Council


Session 5A:  Large C&I Programs

Tim Perrin and Greg Baker, Efficiency Vermont, B2B Success: Large C&I – Shake Hands with Your Energy Management Team

Dan Comperchio, Willdan Energy Solutions and Travis Nelson, ComEd, Leveraging Energy Efficiency in Data Centers: Highly-Effective Program Design for Specialized Large Customers

Neil Beup, United Technologies and Matthew Gibbs, Eversource, Increasing the Value of EE Services for Industrial Customers (and Avoiding Opt Outs)

Evan Bowers, CLEAResult, Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency in Arkansas


Session 5B:  Low-Income: Hard to Reach

Katherine Johnson, Johnson Consulting Group, Duct Hunting: Developing a Comprehensive Statewide Strategy Targeting Hard-to-Reach Customers

Monica Curtis, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation, Reinvigorating Manufactured Home Retrofit Programs

Jamie Howland, Acadia Center, How to Address Weatherization within the Energy Efficiency Resource Acquisition Model


Session 5C:  Aggressive Energy Efficiency Portfolios

Toben Galvin, Navigant, View from the Northeast: Benchmarking the Costs and Savings from the Most Aggressive Energy-Efficiency Programs

Nik Schruder, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), How Ontario, Canada, is Putting Conservation First

Ellen Zuckerman, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Delivering High Levels of Energy Savings for Utility Programs: Strategies from Arizona

George Lawrence, Optimal Energy, When Achievement Exceeds Potential: High Savings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island


Session 5D:  Local Government/Utility Partnership

Catherine Krasner, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, STEP-ing Into Savings: A Self-Install Program Approach Designed to Draw in Hard-to-Reach Facilities

Thomas Quasius, CB&I and Michael Lascola, AEP Ohio, Realizing Energy Efficiency through Direct Collaboration between Utilities and Communities

John Ashe, CLEAResult, SCORE/CitySmart: Lessons from the Institutional Sector

Diana McCarthy-Bercury, Eversource and Marianne Graham, ICF International, Advancing Municipal Energy Efficiency through Technical Support and Guidance


Session 5E:  Lightning Session on Behavior & EE/DR Integration

Steve Nguyen, Bidgely Inc., Proactive Consumer Engagement for Efficiency Gains, Increased Satisfaction, and Transformation

Carrie Harkness, Consumers Energy, Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: Effective Tools for Engaging Customers to Leverage Smart Meter Data Analytics and Energy Efficiency

Ashlie Ossege, Direct Options, Customers Know Best When It Comes to Behavior Change: Are You Listening?

Matthew Tolliver, EcoFactor, Why Bundling Makes Sense: EE, DR and the Smart Grid

Matt O’Keefe, Opower, The Behavioral Layer Cake: How Layering Peak Day Messaging Increases the Value of Behavioral Energy Efficiency

Steve Hambric, Comverge, Increasing the Potential of Energy Efficiency through Integrated Demand Management Programs


Session 6A:  CHP Programs

Anne Hampson, ICF International, From Threat to Asset: How CHP Can Benefit Utilities

Tim Witting, Pepco & Delmarva Power C& I Energy Savings Program, Transforming the Market for CHP: How Maryland Created the Market

Jon Feldman, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), CHP - All Sizes Fit One (Program): Turning the Agony to Ecstasy with Micro CHP as a Conservation Resource


Session 6B:  Multi-Family Programs

Brody Vance, Franklin Energy, Lighting Up Energy Savings in the Multi-Family Market

Annika Brink, National Housing Trust, Energy Efficiency for All: Quantifying and Capturing the Large Efficiency Potential in the Multi-family Affordable Housing Sector

Elizabeth Glynn, Center for Sustainable Energy and Mark Pignatelli, ICF International, Bridging the Gap: Leveraging Energy Efficiency, Financing, and Utility Incentives for Moderate Rehab Projects


Session 6C:  Promising Areas of Utility Energy Efficiency Expansion

Moderator:   Dan York, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Sally Blair, NORESCO, Creating Best Practices for Energy Code Compliance in California

Cody Allen, ICF International and Beau Blankenship, Entergy, From VFDs to LEDs: How the American Farmer Can “Harvest” the Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Roger Baker, ComEd, Energy Efficiency and Capacity Auctions: An Update


Session 6D:  Innovative Approaches

Pace Goodman, Navigant, Don’t Be Fooled Again: Smart Thermostats and Residential Demand Response – Market Review, Design Considerations, and Early Findings of Savings Potential

Craig Owens, Willdan Energy Solutions and Gerard Nesbitt, Southern California Edison, Groundbreaking Healthcare Program Generates Innovative Approach to Accessing Hard-to-Reach Customers


Session 6E:  Public Power

Brendon Baatz, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Energy Efficiency in the Municipal Utility World

Dan Ridings, CLEAResult and Frank Rapley, Tennessee Valley Authority, Lowering Costs and Improving Stakeholder Experiences in Energy Efficiency Programs

Mark Cayce, Ouachita Electric Cooperative, On-Bill Financing and Collection of Energy Efficiency Improvements