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

Overview | Program | Presentations | Past EER Conferences

National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource Overview

The ninth Energy Efficiency as a Resource (EER) conference was held near Phoenix, Arizona, and lived up to the high standard set in the first conference in 2001 and those held biennially since then. In his welcome, Marty Kushler reminded attendees (only partially in jest) that the history of EER corresponds closely to the rebirth and dramatic rise of utility energy efficiency activity following its near collapse during the "deregulation/restructuring" phase in the late 1990s. (See page 10 of Marty's Welcome/Introduction presentation for the graph showing "The EER Effect"!).

Arizona was a terrific host state. Welcome remarks were provided by a representative of the Governor’s Office as well as by the chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Over 325 attendees were on hand for the keynote speech by Pat Vincent-Collawn, president and CEO of PNM Resources and recently-elected chairman of the board of Edison Electric Institute, who shared her perspective as a key industry executive and head of the primary electric industry trade association. Attendees also enjoyed the second day luncheon keynote by Chris Benjamin, chief sustainability officer of Pacific Gas & Electric. His topic, The Utility Sector as a Climate Solutions Provider: Harnessing Energy Efficiency, seemed particularly timely in a year that saw multiple unprecedented weather disasters in the United States.  

The agenda also featured presentations from more than 90 professionals in the utility energy efficiency field, who covered a wide away of topics during 25 breakout sessions. 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.

This year's EER conference has once again documented 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 in those that have more recently initiated significant energy efficiency efforts. 

ACEEE expresses a hearty "thank you!" to the 37 companies and organizations that sponsored the 2017 EER, and to all others who supported and participated in this conference.

Please contact aceeeconf@aceee.org with any questions about your participation.


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



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Tuesday Presentations | Wednesday Presentations

Tuesday, October 31

Welcome, Introductions, and Keynote

Marty Kushler and Dan York, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Hunter Moore, Policy Advisor on Energy and Natural Resources, Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Tom Forese, Chairman, Arizona Corporation Commission

Introduction:  Steve Nadel, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Keynote Presenter:    

Pat Vincent-Collawn, Chairman, President and CEO of PNM Resources and recently elected Chairman of the Board of Edison Electric Institute


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

Moderator: Maggie Molina, American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy


Midwest: Will Baker, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Northeast: Sue Coakley, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Northwest: Susan Stratton, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

California: Michelle Vigen, California Efficiency and Demand Management Council                           

Southwest: Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

South-Central: Chris Herbert, South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Southeast: Cyrus Bhedwar, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance


Poster Presentations

Multifamily New Construction: A Market Divided by the Energy Code - Eric Bruckbauer, New Buildings Institute

Net Zero + Low Income + Innovative Thinking = A New Residential Energy Efficiency Resource - Christine Donovan, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Seeing the Light: Partnering with Local Government to Achieve Significant Savings - Paul Geary, DNV GL

Air Abatement: Necessary Evil or Cost Reduction Opportunity? - Ray Hawksley, Energy Trust of Oregon

Driving Engagement and Savings by Rethinking How to Incentivize Efficient Products - Alex Katzman, Enervee

Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool - Krystal Laymon and Pam Mendelson, US Department of Energy

System Vision Affordable Housing Program - Maria Mauceri, Advanced Energy

Entergy New Orleans, Energy Smart Demand Side Management Program - Tom Quasius, APTIM

The Features and Benefits of a National On-line Marketplace for Energy Efficiency Programs - Ethan Rogers, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Leveraging Energy Efficiency to Save Water in Industrial Facilities - Mohammed Shahini, DNV GL

Energy Usage Data Access: The Role of State Regulators - Mary Shoemaker, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

The First National Survey on Energy Literacy: Insights for Energy Efficiency - Gary Swan, National Energy Foundation

Consumers Energy Industrial Energy Management (IEM) Program - Jerry Zolkowski, DNV GL

Exploring Opportunities for Energy Generation and Efficiency within Wastewater Services: Perspective from a Developing Country - John Zvimba, South African Water Research Commission


Session 1A: IRP Key Concepts and Examples

Moderator: Manish Rukadikar, DTE Energy

Modeling DSM Resources in the Southwest: Evolution of the “Bottom-Up” Approach

Jeff Schlegel, Southwest Energy Efficiency Partnership

Energy Efficiency as a Supply-Side Resource in Electricity Modeling

Etan Gumerman, Duke University

Integrated Resource Planning: Giving a Fair Shake to the Lowest Cost Resource

Nick Dreher, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance


Session 1B: Strategies for Large Industrial

Moderator: Toben Galvin, Navigant

Putting Large Energy Users in the Driver’s Seat: Giving Customers More Control with Self-Direct Programs

R. Neal Elliott, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Addressing Customer Energy Concerns through Strategic Utility Engagement

Cole Granrath, Franklin Energy Services

Should Large Customers Stay or Should They Go? A Solution to the Opt-Out Dilemma

Sean McCoy and Crystal DeCocker, DNV GL


Session 1C: Key Issues for Utilities of the Future

Moderator: David Nemtzow, US Department of Energy

The Role of Energy Efficiency in the Utility of the Future: Getting Los Angeles to 100% Renewable and Zero Carbon by 2025!

Ted Flanigan, EcoMotion

Integrating Power Markets and Public Policy, and the Case for Considering Energy Efficiency in the Discussion

Cheryl Jenkins, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Energy Efficiency: Cornerstone Resource in the Utility of the Future

Leslie Malone, Dunsky Energy Consulting


Session 1D: Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Key Issues and Examples

Moderator: Sharyn Barata, Opinion Dynamics

Review and Categorization of TRMs in the Midwest

Greg Ehrendreich, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

From Gross to Net: The True Impact of Energy Efficiency Resources

Erin Malone, Synapse Energy Economics

Turning Locational Value to Real Dollars

Haider Khan, ICF


Session 1E: Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Programs

Moderator: Ed Carroll, Franklin Energy

Natural Gas DSM – Harder Sell But Can Be Done

Michael Pascucci, Xcel Energy

Using Demand-Side Resources to End a Moratorium on New Customers for a Local Natural Gas Company in Massachusetts

Kenji Takahashi, Synapse Energy Economics

Integrated Resource Planning: The Role of Climate Change Policy and Energy Efficiency on Natural Gas Distribution System Design

Suzette Mills, Enbridge Gas Distribution


Session 2A: Energy Efficiency Potential

Moderator: Dick Spellman, GDS Associates, Inc.

New National Estimates of State-by-State Energy Efficiency Potential

Danielle Sass Byrnett, US Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency Resource Planning Tools for the 21st Century

Eric Wilson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Potential Studies: Don’t Maximize…Optimize!

Philippe Dunsky, Dunsky Energy Consulting

Raising the Bar: At What Cost? A 20 State Review of Savings and Spending on EE Programs versus Potential

Toben Galvin, Navigant


Session 2B: Lightning Session: Residential and Commercial Programs

Moderator: Teresa Davies, DNV GL

Smart Thermostats for the Small Business Gap

Charlie Richardson, Consumers Energy

Tariff-Based Utility Financing of Energy Efficiency Measures behind the Meter

Walter Nixon, Arkansas Public Service Commission

Tuning Programs, Tracking Contractors, and Targeting Inspections with Near Real-Time Data

Sarah Norris, EnergySavvy

Optimizing ENERGY STAR® Retail Products Platform through Field Services

Alice Liddell, ICF

Residential Energy Efficiency: New Technologies and Data to Enable Value-Added Savings

Steve Dunn, US Department of Energy

Geo-Blitzing Direct Install Program: Engaging Underserved Rural and Urban Small Business Customers

Jason Berry, Willdan Energy Solutions

Keeping Ahead of the Code: Innovation in Commercial New Construction Programs

Claire Cowan, Seventhwave

Beyond Incentives: Using ENERGY STAR® to Support the Utility as Trusted Energy Advisor

Erin Zayko, Lockheed Martin Energy

A Customer Portfolio Approach Overcomes Lack of Resources and Drives Results

Maged Kafafy, DNV GL

From Crickets to Cash Crops: How to Grow Customer Satisfaction and Savings in the Agriculture Market

Duane Watson, Franklin Energy


Session 2C:  Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Integration

Moderator: Susan Stratton, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Using the Whole Toolbox: Integrating Demand-Side Potential Studies

John Agan, US Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency Lighting the Way for New DER

Patty Cook, ICF

Timing is Everything: Understanding the Future of EE Capability for Utility Operations

Mark Bielecki, Navigant

Tom Hines, APS

ComEd Sets the Foundation for the Utility of the Future with Smart Thermostat Program

Jacob Stoll, ComEd


Session 2D: Environmental and Health Effects of Energy Efficiency

Moderator: Julie Michals, E4TheFuture

Championing Energy Efficiency to Improve Air Quality

Nancy Seidman, Regulatory Assistance Project

Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Robyn DeYoung, US Environmental Protection Agency

Exemplary Programs that Benefit the Health of Energy Efficiency Program Participants

J.R. Denson, American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy


Session 2E: Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Programs

Moderator: Carl Nelson, Center for Energy and Environment

“Three Times a Combi” — Unique Approaches to Natural Gas Combination Systems

Aaron Winer, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Holistic Natural Gas Programs: How New Mexico Gas Company is Positively Affecting Its Residential Customers

Steve Ellison, ICF

Dru Jones, New Mexico Gas Company

More Bang for Their Buck: Massachusetts’ Natural Gas Customer-Wide Advantages

Elyse Doyle, DNV GL

Energy Advantage Program: Creating Small Medium Business Market Lift

Patsy Dugger, APTIM



Wednesday, November 1


Plenary Panel:  Energy Efficiency and the Utility of the Future

Moderator: Steve Nadel, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy


Marion Gold, Commissioner, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

Val Jensen, Senior Vice President, Customer Operations, ComEd

Nancy Lange, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission


Session 3A:  Meeting Aggressive Energy Efficiency Goals

Moderator: John Mayernik, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Successful Strategies for Meeting Aggressive Goals Year after Year: The Solution Lies within the Next Generation of Energy Efficiency Programs

Christine Donovan, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Next Generation Energy Efficiency: Identifying Highly Successful Programs and Strategies for Cost-Effective Energy Efficiency Resource Acquisition

Kevin Andrews, E Source

Trends in Utility Energy Efficiency Program Design and Performance in the Southwest

Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Partnership


Session 3B:  Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Moderator: Patsy Dugger, APTIM

CHP as an Effective EE Resource for Utilities and States

Neeharika Naik-Dhungel, US Environmental Protection Agency

Utility Packaged CHP Programs

Gita Subramony, ERS

CHP as a Grid Resource: How CHP Can Support the Transition to a Modern Electric Grid

Meegan Kelly, ICF


Session 3C:  Market Transformation

Moderator: Derek Okada, Southern California Edison

The Many Benefits of Upstream Programs

Lisa Sarubbi, United Illuminating Company

Utility Energy Efficiency Program Administration in a Statewide Model

Erin Palermo Brooks, Southern California Gas Company

Market Effects of Commercial Upstream Programs

Hector Lefbad, Energy Solutions


Session 3D:  Cost-Effectiveness 

Moderator: Andrew Hudson, Energy Trust of Oregon

Including Non-Energy Benefits in the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs—Where to Start?

Alireza Bozorgi, ICF

Reforming Energy Efficiency Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: An Overview of the National Standard Practice Manual

Tim Woolf, Synapse Energy Economics


Session 3E:  Public Power

Moderator: Lakin Garth, Cadmus

The Whole-House Approach to Energy Savings

Jonathan Coulter, Advanced Energy

Mike Smith, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

An Integrated Strategic Planning Tool for a Municipal Electric Utility

Jeffrey Loiter, Optimal Energy

E Planning for Municipal Utility IRP: Lessons and Outcomes

Gabe Caunt, Colorado Springs Utilities


Keynote Presentation: The Utility Sector as a Climate Solutions Provider: Harnessing Energy Efficiency

Chris Benjamin, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Session 4A:  Time Value of Energy Efficiency

Moderator: Jenny Edwards, Center for Energy and Environment

Comparing the Time-Varying Value of Energy Efficiency in Four Regions

Natalie Mims, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Aiming for the Bulls-Eye: Time-Sensitive Valuation of Energy Efficiency

David Nemtzow, US Department of Energy

Capacity: The Hidden Treasure in Energy Efficiency

Jennifer Light, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Lakin Garth, Cadmus

Time to Look beyond the “Hour”

Hossein Haeri, Cadmus


Session 4B:  Low Income Energy Efficiency Programs

Moderator: Mary Shoemaker, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Low Income Best Practices

Annie Gilleo, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

It Takes a Village: Energy Efficiency as a Resource for Low-Income Customers

Elizabeth Parsons, TVA EnergyRight® Solutions

Scott Harrell, TVA EnergyRight® Solutions

Developing a Stakeholder Synergy to Develop and Maintain Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Customers

Maida Coleman, Missouri Public Service Commission

Helping Home Fund: Weatherization and Health

Maria Mauceri, Advanced Energy

Lorrie Maggio, Duke Energy


Session 4C:  State Energy Efficiency Policies  

Moderator: Audrey Bragg, E4TheFuture

A Transformational Opportunity: Putting Clean Energy First

Mike Bull, Center for Energy and Environment

Unleashing New York’s Energy Efficiency Market Once and for All

Arjun Saroya, Lime Energy

A Top Three State from the Midwest? Illinois’ Innovative New Business Model for Acquiring Efficiency Resources Makes State a National Leader

Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group

Delivering High Levels of Energy Savings for Utility Programs: Strategies from Arizona

Weston Berg, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy


Session 4D:  EM&V 2.0

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

Expanding Efficiency Services and Advancing Utility Program Strategies with M&V 2.0

Ellen Franconi, Rocky Mountain Institute

Judgement Day: Advances in Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification and the Big Questions Hanging in the Balance

Julia Friedman, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

How Do We Measure Something that Doesn’t Exist and Call It a Resource? Tales from the Counterfactual Number Crunchers

John Backus Mayes, EnergySavvy


Session 4E:  Local Government/Utility Partnership

Moderator: Christine Donovan, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Advancing to Smart and Sustainable Communities

Sheri Borrelli, The United Illuminating Company (Energize CT)

Filling the Pipeline with Savings in Public Buildings

Cathy Higgins, New Buildings Institute

Realizing Energy Efficiency through Direct Collaboration between Utilities and Communities

Courtney Weber, APTIM

Integrating Local Policies with Voluntary Programs to Drive Zero Carbon Communities

Nate Dewart, Energy Solutions


Session 5A:  Future of Lighting Energy Efficiency

Moderator: Nick Minderman, Xcel Energy

Turning Off T12 Lighting…For Good!

Joe Plummer, Franklin Energy

From Market to Meter: Effects of Lighting Market Dynamics on Residential Energy Consumption

Laura Tabor, Navigant

Jessica Aiona, Bonneville Power Administration (co-contributor)

What’s Next after Lighting?

Jeff Schlegel, Southwest Energy Efficiency Partnership


Session 5B:  Multifamily Programs

Moderator: Ariel Drehobl, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy                                                                       

Build It and They Will Come: Hitting an Energy-Efficiency Home Run in the Multifamily Market

Ken Owens Jr., Franklin Energy

Ken Robertson, Franklin Energy

Do Energy Efficiency Rebates Help Drive Property Managers in Low-Income Areas to Do Energy Efficiency Projects?

Crescent Romero, DNV GL

A Decade of Results: A Retrospective of NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program

Mark Lorentzen, TRC Energy Services


Session 5C:  Other Policy Approaches for Energy Efficiency

Moderator: Jenah Zweig, US Department of Energy

Rate Design Matters: The Intersection of Residential Rate Design and Energy Efficiency

Brendon Baatz, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Energy Efficiency in Capacity Auctions

Grace Relf, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

All Source Solicitation in Utility Procurement – A How To Guide

Philip Henderson, Natural Resources Defense Council


Session 5D:  Intelligent Efficiency

Moderator: Ethan Rogers, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Intelligent Efficiency and Utility Programs: Reports from the Midwest

Mark Milby, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

SoCal Gas Engaging Connected Home Customers with a Single Click

Yeye Zhang, Nest Labs

A National Initiative to Advance Intelligent Efficiency in Energy Efficiency Programs

Geoff Wickes, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance         


Session 5E:  Energy Efficiency and Water/Wastewater

Moderator: Weston Berg, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Moving Toward More Effective Energy and Water Programs

Kate Robertson Zerrenner, Environmental Defense Fund

Come Together: Turning Utility Partnership Collaboration into a Strategic Energy and Water Efficiency Resource

Mugi Lukito, Southern California Gas Company

Achieving Energy Efficiency in Water Utilities: A Model for Speed and Scale

Pranesh Venugopal, The Energy Coalition

Fiela Vu, Lincus, Inc.