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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pre-Forum Workshop for Utility and Government Attendees Only: Public-Private Utilities: Common Challenges
Session Co-Chairs: Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power; Paul Reid, Azusa Light and Water; and Kate Schulenberg, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Candid "roundtable" discussion (rather than presentation) on topics to include:

  • Home performance and home ratings deployment
  • Evaluation, measurement and verification
  • Integrating low and moderate income programs, Maril Pitcock, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch Buffet

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Welcoming Remarks
Joyce Kinnear, President, Utility Energy Forum, Inc. and Utility Marketing Services Manager, City of Palo Alto Utilities

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Welcome Keynote Presentation
Ed Pollock, Team Leader, Residential Building Research, U.S. Department of Energy

Edward Pollock has over forty years of experience researching energy use in buildings. He currently is the Team Leader for the Residential Buildings Research Team in the Office of Building Technologies (OBT).  The research focuses on improving the energy performance of individual building components including walls, windows, lighting, heating and cooling systems and the other equipment use in buildings as well as the integration of these components so as to produce the most efficient residential and commercial buildings and the effective use of renewable energy systems to supplement the building the energy needs.

The residential research program, known as Building America, applies a systems engineering approach to select the most cost effective combination of energy savings strategies for homes in each climate zone in the U.S.  The ultimate goal is to develop homes that produce as much energy as they use at a cost point where the incremental cost of financing the energy efficiency improvements will be equal to or less than the cost of the energy saved

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Policy/Strategic View
Session Chairs: Dave Maul, Maul Energy Advisors, and Randy Manion, Western Area Power Administration

  • Dave Hawkins, California Independent System Operator
  • Dave Modisette, Executive Director, California Municipal Utilities Association 
  • Paul Bony, Climatemaster
  • Dave Hurlbut, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Maril Pitcock, Pacific Gas and Electric Company on Stimulus-related activities
  • Jim Parks, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, on Smart Grid
  • Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration on Energy Planning in the Next Decade

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Policy/Strategic View continues

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Meet the Sponsors and Exhibitors

5:00 pm

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cinco de Mayo Reception hosted by Climatemaster water source heat pumps

6:30 pm
Dinner with Entertainment hosted by RHA, Inc.
A full-course dinner followed by light musical entertainment from a piano with sax/flute/clarinet duo led by Tom Delaney

Tom Delaney's career began in and around New York City, playing clubs and concerts with the likes of the Platters, the Temptations and the Coasters while still a teenager. He later graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in music arranging/composition. Tom has also played with Stevie Wonder, David Clayton Thomas, Hoyt Axton and Toots Thielmans, among others, and was a featured soloist with the Buddy Rich big band. As a member of various Reno-Tahoe hotel-casino house orchestras, Tom has played with stars such as Linda Rondstadt, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis and Mel Torme. Tom was chairman of the music department at Sierra Nevada College, and his own big band was the house orchestra in the Headliner Room of the North Tahoe Cal-Neva hotel-casino.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast Buffet

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Meet the Sponsors and Exhibitors

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Customer View
Session Chairs: Janis Erickson, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Sandee Peebles, Western Area Power Administration

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break

10:30 am – 12 noon
Customer View continues

12 noon – 1:00 pm
Lunch Buffet

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Keynote - California Statewide Appliance Rebate Program
Lorraine White, Senior Energy Specialist, California Energy Commission

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Utility Program Snapshots
Session Chairs: Dave Reynolds, Northern California Power Agency, and Joyce Kinnear, City of Pal Alto Utilities

  • Paul Reid, Azusa Light and Water on LED backlit televisions and computer monitors
  • Jennifer Eskil, Bonneville Power Administration
  • John Hargrove, NV Energy on new/innovative Nevada Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs
  • Martin Bailey, Roseville (Calif.) Electric on AB811 Efficiency Loan Programs — pros and cons of Roseville’s loan program, how the county-wide program will work, and what Roseville has had to do to meet the county’s criteria

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Utility Program Poster Session with Ice Cream Social
Session Chair: Scott Terrell, Truckee Donner Public Utility District
Discover innovative utility-sponsored energy efficiency or renewable energy programs described by the individual who designed and implemented them.

  • Video Game Consoles: An Energy Heist?
    Brady Fronk, Western Area Power Administration
    Video game consoles are in more than 40 percent of all homes in the United States, and they consume an estimated 16 billion kilowatt-hours annually. This investigation looks at how these little Energy Hogs drive up residential electric bills, and how to keep the cost of playing under control.
  • Super Lamp Initiative
    Kelly Cunningham, California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis
    The Super Lamp initiative is a collaborative effort among California utilities, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and California Lighting Technology Center to meet California's goal of reducing residential lighting consumption to 50% of 2007 levels by 2018. The strategy is to develop high-efficacy light sources that achieve interchangeability with incandescent lighting. The draft of the performance specification of what could be the next generation of medium screw-based lamps. 
  • Customer-Sited Generation in California: Markets and Lessons Learned
    Jennifer Barnes, Navigant Consulting
    Key findings from a market characterization study on customer-sited wind and fuel cell systems for California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program. The market characterization includes a review of market potential and barriers, and federal, state and local policies that affect the market for and availability of customer-sited generation including feed-in tariffs and city and county zoning ordinances. The characterization also explores successful and unsuccessful project characteristics.
  • Addressing the Multifamily Buildings Market through Whole-Building Programs
    Julieann Summerford, Heschong Mahone Group
    Whole-building multifamily programs continue to fall through program portfolio cracks.  One-third of Californian’s live in multifamily buildings (which house most low-income tenants), but funds focus on single-family homeowners. This presentation will report on market demand, a successful third-party program model (Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison), and case studies of a whole-building multifamily program.
  • NV Energy's RenewableGenerations: Solar, Wind and Hydro Incentive Program
    Larry Burton, NV Energy RenewableGenerations
    Learn how RenewableGenerations started quietly in 2004 as a solar PV demonstration program. With participation hitting record levels, the solar program was made a permanent program and demonstration small wind and water power incentive programs were added. With participation reaching record levels in 2009, the marriage of incentive, stimulus funds along with approval of third party ownership will sharply increase participate in the public building and school sectors across the State.
  • Integrated Data Management for Utility DSM and Renewables Programs
    P. S. (Vish) Vishwanath, Paragon Consulting Services
    Learn how implementing an integrated approach to managing the DSM and renewables program data will provide a powerful platform for utilities to not only get full value for their investment, but also enable them to cost effectively manage their complete portfolio of programs. This paper will discuss how this approach can be implemented to achieve the above benefits and will present data from a real case with NV Energy highlighting the significant results delivered by such a strategy. 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Energy Watch Small Business Program
    Kate Schulenberg, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
    Nathan Baer, Staples Energy Marketing & Services
    This poster will address the challenges of an evolving successful efficiency program. Staples Energy has been an implementer to Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s  Energy Watch Small Business program since its inception. Over the years, pressure to increase the current no-cost program's cost effectiveness has led to the need for the customer to participate financially in the process. Learn how the program was redesigned to implement simple, easy to understand messages combined with an informed savings process to drive customer participation.
  • SMUD's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program
    Janis Erickson, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    Discover how a California municipal utilities is transforming its existing home energy efficiency programs to take a more comprehensive, performance-based "whole house" approach. The program leverages the experiences of home performance programs sponsored by utilities and other organizations in over 23 states nationwide.
  • What the new Energy Management Standard will mean for You and Your Customer’s Facilities
    Rich Lauman, Ecos 
    Properly implemented, Energy Management and the new ISO standard will address organizational barriers by creating the system that enables the organization to get on the same page and then make continual progress to a more energy efficient facility. Implementing ISO 50001 has the potential to achieve major, long-term increases in energy efficiency – 20% or more in industrial facilities.
  • Southern California Gas Company’s On-Demand Efficiency Program
    Lynn Benningfield, Benningfield Group
    Southern California Gas's On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) proves that single-measure focused programs are a productive part of utility portfolios. ODE facilitates installation of demand control pumps in multifamily buildings with central boilers and will deliver more than 1.2 million therms and 240,000 kWh by 2012. The program level benefit cost ratio is over 2.0 using California’s TRC test.

  • How Do Projected Energy Savings in New Communities Mesh with Reality?
    David Springer & Christine Backman, Davis Energy Group
    Performance-based incentives rely on reasonably accurate modeling of energy savings.  Are homes earning Tier 2 incentives realizing the projected savings?  Under work co-sponsored by PG&E and the Building America program, computer modeling results for a near zero energy community in Rocklin are compared to billing data.  This poster addresses the challenges associated with identifying actual savings and the effects of customer behavior on whole house energy use.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Kip Yager6:30 pm
Dinner with “Any Port in a Storm” hosted by Staples Energy Marketing & Services
A full-course dinner followed by port wine tasting and the classic rock acoustic guitar stylings and singing of Kip Yager

Kip Yager, originally from upstate New York, has been playing solo on his 6 & 12 string acoustic guitars in the Tahoe Basin for the last 2 years. Previously, he lived in Colorado for 10 years, playing venues along the Front Range and the Western slopes at many of the ski resorts. His repertoire includes: Beatles, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Moody Blues, CSNY, and a little bit of country, blues and originals inspired by the Rocky Mountains laidback life style. Kip's passion for music is his way of connecting with the ones who grew up in the 60's & 70's. Kip has touched many souls through his music and hopes you will enjoy it also. Peace & Love.

Friday, May 7, 2010

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast Buffet

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Emerging Technologies
Session Chair:  Elaine Hebert, California Energy Commission, and Rob Penney, WSU Extension Energy Program

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break

10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Emerging Technologies continues

11:30 pm
Late-Breaking News
This spot on the agenda is reserved for emerging issues related to federal initiatives such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

12:30 pm

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch Buffet


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