2013 Midwest Energy Solutions Recap
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2013 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference
January 16-18, 2013
Fairmont Hotel Chicago
1:00 - 1:15pm: General Session
Welcome & Opening Remarks: Emmett Romine, DTE Energy & MEEA Board Chair
1:15 - 2:00pm:
Keynote: Anne Pramaggiore, Commonwealth Edison Company
Plenary Session: Are Energy Efficiency Goals Achievable?
Energy efficiency programs have been meeting early targets but are utilities at risk to not meet increasing goals? What is the impact from lower energy prices, pressure from standards, codes and market transformation?
3:30 - 4:00pm: Break – sponsored by JACO Environmental, Inc.
4:00 - 5:15pm:
Breakout Session A #1
Topic: Will Smart Grid Promote Energy Efficiency?
The deployment of “smart grid” technologies will have a tremendous impact on utility operations, but how will a smart grid lead to greater customer energy savings from energy efficiency, and not just demand shifting?
Josh Milberg, Willdan Group, Inc.
Moderator: Timothy Melloch, Commonwealth Edison Company
Breakout Session A #2
Topic: What is the Next CFL for Electric Efficiency Programs?
With lighting standards expected to reduce the electric claimed savings for utilities, what emerging technologies can be expected to step up to provide the electric savings needed to meet efficiency goals?
Moderator: Mark Kuntz, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating Solutions
5:30 - 7:30pm: Opening Reception – sponsored by Commonwealth Edison
MEEA Members only from 5:30-6:00pm
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
8:00 - 9:00am: Breakfast – Sponsored by Duke Energy
9:00 - 9:15am: Opening Remarks – Jay Wrobel, MEEA Executive Director
9:15 - 9:45am: Opening Keynote – Kathleen Hogan, U.S. Department of Energy
Plenary Session: Should there be a Change to the Cost Effectiveness Test?
Cost effectiveness tests are evolving as energy efficiency portfolios mature in the Midwest. Given changes in the energy sector and an increasing focus on innovation to move beyond the ”low-hanging fruit”, should these tests be refined to better capture the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency and better support emerging programs?
Moderator: Randy Gunn, Navigant Consulting
11:15 - 12:45pm: Exhibitor Showcase & Networking Raffle
12:45 - 2:00pm: Lunch – Sponsored by AEP Ohio
Breakout Session B #1
Topic: How Can Utilities Engage Industrials for Greater Savings?
The Midwest is a patchwork of opt out and opt in with regard to industrials yet industrials, through efficiency and CHP, hold huge potential in meeting efficiency targets? What are the strategies for getting industrials willing to participate in utility programs?
Moderator: Tom Giorgio, Gexpro
Breakout Session B #2
Topic: What is the Impact of Behavior Change on Efficiency?
A large number of utilities are counting savings from established behavior change programs but how long do these savings last and should more be done to impact consumer behavior?
Dr. Jennifer Benz, NORC at the University of Chicago
Moderator: Carrie Koenig, Tetra Tech
3:15-3:45pm: Break – Sponsored by Alliant Energy Imperial Ballroom
Breakout Session C #1
Topic: What Will Gas Efficiency Programs Look Like in the Future?
With lower gas prices, impending furnace and other appliance standards, and the complexity of natural gas programs, how will natural gas utilities be able to meet increasing natural gas efficiency targets?
Tim Hanes, Energy Stewards International
Moderator: Lauren Casentini, Resource Solutions Group
Breakout Session C #2
Topic: Will Increased Data for Buildings Lead to Savings?
To reduce energy, public and commercial building owners need to be able to manage their energy consumption. Will energy use data through benchmarking, labeling, energy ratings, or other methods lead to reduced energy use through better management strategies? What results and rewards can and have come from this work?
Tom McDougall, The Weidt Group, Inc.
Mark Bettin, Merchandise Mart Properties
Moderator: Jeanine Penticoff, Alliant Energy
5:30 – 6:45pm: MEEA Member Only Reception
7:00 – 9:00pm: 2013 Inspiring Efficiency Awards Dinner & Gala – Sponsored by DTE Energy
Friday, January 18th, 2013
7:30 - 8:40am: Breakfast – Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy
8:40 – 8:50am: Opening Remarks and 2013 Inspiring Efficiency Awards Review – Stacey Paradis, MEEA Deputy Director
8:50 – 9:00am: Conference Recap and MEEA – Charley Budd, DMV KEMA Inc. & MEEA Vice Chair
9:00 - 10:15am:
Plenary Session: What is the future of efficiency policy in the Midwest?
Considering the current political climate in the Midwest, is there support for new mandated efficiency policies? What are the voluntary programs and policies that are generating energy savings through efficiency?
John Freitag, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
Moderator: Marty Kushler, ACEEE
10:15 – 10:45am: Break – Sponsored by Xcel Energy
10:45 – 12:00pm:
Breakout Session D #1
Topic: How Much Energy Savings can come from Building Energy Codes?
Energy codes are increasing across the Midwest and states need to demonstrate higher levels of compliance. How can utilities support building codes and how will the savings be calculated?
Moderator: Karen Rhodes, Xcel Energy
Break-Out Session D #2
Topic: How Can Effective Financing and Marketing Drive Demand for Energy Efficiency?
Since energy efficiency requires customer uptake, how can financing and marketing campaigns designed to promote energy efficiency increase awareness and demand?
Scott Kleeb, Energy Pioneer Solutions
Moderator: Rick Morgan, Morgan Marketing Partners
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