2015 ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency Conference

2015 ACEEE Intelligent Efficiency Conference

The Westin Boston Waterfront
Boston, MA
December 06, 2015 to December 08, 2015

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Intelligent Efficiency Conference Overview

Intelligent efficiency holds the promise of substantially reducing energy use while transforming many energy-using markets. Achieving this outcome requires collaboration among the efficiency, technology, and user communities. These communities are largely distinct, and few opportunities have existed to date for the energy efficiency and technology communities to interact. Past interactions have been limited to speakers from one community addressing assemblies of the other.

ACEEE’s second Intelligent Efficiency Conference convened these diverse communities to facilitate the sharing of ideas and forming of partnerships that will advance the adoption of intelligent efficiency in the marketplace. The Intelligent Efficiency Conference provided an opportunity to hear from thought leaders and innovators, learn what is happening in this rapidly evolving world, and served as a crucible for the formation of new policies, program strategies and commercial ventures.

Participants Included: Energy efficiency program developers and administrators, state and local government policymakers, staff, and associations, chief technology officers and chief information officers, service providers, investors, entrepreneurs, hardware and software developers, ICT solution providers, building automation providers, and smart manufacturing, smart transportation, smart buildings, and smart cities leaders.


The 2015 Intelligent Efficiency Conference brought together people from the IT, telecom, energy efficiency, utility, solution provider, policy, and energy consumers sectors to share and learn how information and communications technology (ICT) can improve the use of energy. The conference included featured speakers, plenaries, and almost two dozen breakout sessions. Sessions focused on policies, programs, and practices that are changing and improving as a result of the application of ICT. For the first time, a trading space session was held during which innovators in search of partners, researchers in search of data, and vendors in search of clients described their work, made their pitches and invited participation.

Attendees learned about, and participated in, discussions on smart buildings, smart cities, integrated mobility, energy efficiency program design, customer engagement, project evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V), and the integration and load balancing of distributed energy resources into the electric grid. Plenaries discussed how ICT is going to change the customer-funded energy efficiency program sector and related policies, and how it can facilitate inclusion of energy efficiency in state compliance plans for the EPA's Clean Power Plan.


Intelligent Efficiency Webinar

If you’d like to learn more about the Intelligent Efficiency Conference and intelligent efficiency in general, this webinar, recorded on October 22nd, will get you started. In the webinar, we provide an overview of intelligent efficiency and explain how Boston has become a leader in using intelligent efficiency to improve city management and provide new services. These smart-city practices are one of the reasons Boston scored #1 in our 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and why we chose the city for the conference.

Find a recording of the webinar below, and the webinar presentation here.


The webinar panel was comprised of:

They joined Ethan Rogers, ACEEE's Senior Program Manager, Industry, for an hour-long discussion of intelligent efficiency, smart cities and the 2015 conference, and answering participant's questions.


Monday, December 7 | Tuesday, December 8

Monday, December 7

Welcome and Introductions

Steve Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Ethan Rogers, Senior Manager, Industry Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Penni McLean-Conner, Senior Vice President, Eversource


Plenary Session: Beyond the Horizon

Moderator: Gene Rodrigues, Vice President, ICF International

Penni McLean-Conner, Senior Vice President, Eversource

Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University

Kelly Warner, President, Advanced Microgrid Solutions


Session 1A: Utility Grid Load Integration and Balancing

Moderator: David Dobratz, Eversource

Mark Dyson, Rocky Mountain Institute

Raymond Kaiser, Amzur Technologies

Tim Maurer, Nxegen

Darrel Hollis, Conservation Resource Solutions


Session 1B: Smart Cities – Engaging and Serving Residents

Moderator: Sandra Baer, Personal Cities

Joseph Gaspard, Utiliworks

Jennifer James, Black and Veatch

Seth Federspiel, Cambridge Community Development Department

Ryan Colby, Uber


Session 1C: Residential Program Design

Moderator: Kara Saul-Rinaldi, National Home Performance Coalition

Claire Miziolek, Northeast Energy Efficiency Project

Hannah Bascom, NEST

Mike Bukhin, Aclara


Session 1D: Commercial Program EM&V

Emrah Ozkaya, Southern California Edison

Claude Godin, DNV GL

David Jacot, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power


Session 2A: Dynamic Pricing to Encourage More Energy Efficiency

Nick Payton, Opower

David Littell, Regulatory Assistance Project

William Greene, NEST


Session 2B: Economic Potential and Co-Benefits Studies

Ingrid Malmgren, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Derek McGarry, Abundant Power

Nathan Strong, Eversource


Session 2C: Using ICT to Improve Residential Customer Engagement

Katie Tenbrink, DTE Insight

Susan Norris, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Kristen Pomer, Eversource

Marisa Uchin, Opower


Session 2D: How Intelligent Efficiency Affects Commercial Program Design

Monisha Shah, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Tim Lezgus, Con Edison

Greg Baker, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation


Session 3A: Creating Markets for Programs: What Does It Take to Make Scalable, Investable Markets for Energy Efficiency?

Maria Fields, Joule Assets

Adam Procell, Lime Energy

Eric Winkler, ISO-New England


Session 3B: Smart Cities – Policy

Moderator: Chris Hankin, Information Technology Industry Council

Sandra Baer, Personal Cities

Harvey Michaels, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brad Swing, Energy Policy and Program, City of Boston

Leo Weinek, Co-Founder & CEO, FairCity


Session 3C: Residential Program EM&V

Emily Kemper, CLEAResult

Greg Lovett, Ameren Services

Miriam Goldberg, DNV GL


Session 3D: Applying ICT to Drive Commercial and Industrial Customer Engagement

Jeremy Cappello, DTE Energy

Indy Ratnathicam, FirstFuel

Elizabeth Grobbel, Graham Partners

Shannon Smith, Abundant Power


Tuesday, December 8

Featured Panel: Intelligent Efficiency and Energy Efficiency Program Policies

Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University

Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Bill Kallock, Vice President of Business Development, Integral Analytics, Inc.


Session 4A: The Role of Intelligent Efficiency in Environmental Policy

Jake Oster, EnergySavvy

Stephen Jordan, Global e-Sustainability Initiative

Matt Stanberry, Advanced Energy Economy


Session 4B: Running a Smart City

Michael Donaghy, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Joseph LaRusso, City of Boston, Energy Efficiency & Distributed Generation Finance

Vineet Gupta, City of Boston, Transportation Department


Session 4C: ICT-Enabled Building Control

Lindsay Baker, Building Robotics

Sidharth Haksar, Autodesk

Badri Raghavan, FirstFuel

Rick Stehmeyer, CX Associates, LLC

Jessica Granderson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Session 4D: Industrial Program Design and EM&V

Elizabeth Grobbel, Graham Partners

Rich Jett, ICF International

Steven Mysholowsky, ConEdison

Gary Epstein, ERS


Session 5A: ICT & Microgrids: Making Greater Integration of Distributed Energy Resources Possible

Bradford Swing, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Chris Evanich, S&C Electric Company

Bill Moran, TRC Solutions


Session 5B: Smart Cities – Technology and EM&V

Colin Fraser, EnerNOC

Jessica Granderson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Elliott Cohen, Tendril

Tommy Hayes, Lyft


Session 5C: International Programs and Policies

Jeremy Dommu, US Department of Energy

Rona Newmark, EMC Corporation

Skip Laitner, Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates


Session 5D: Making Big Data Work for You: The Value of Custom Analytics

Matt Gee, Open Meter

Geoff Phillips, Eversource

Sam Borgeson, Convergence Data Analytics

Ethan Goldman, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation


Trading Space