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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Pre-Forum Workshop for Utility and Government Attendees Only
Session Co-Chairs: Dave Ashuckian, California Energy Commission and Paul Reid, Azusa Light & Water
Informal discussion on "hot topics" to include:

  •  Title 24-2013 Energy Efficiency Standards
  •  Proposition 39: Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39) throughout California's School
  •  AB 1103: Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program
  • Zero Net Energy Buildings  

12:00 pm � 1:00 pm  Lunch Buffet

1:00 pm � 1:15 pm  Welcoming Remarks
Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power and Utility Energy Forum President

1:15 pm � 2:00 pm  Opening Keynote Presentation
Mark Gabriel Mark A. Gabriel, Administrator, Western Area Power Administration
 
Mark Gabriel was selected to be the Administrator of Western Area Power Administration in April 2013. He is responsible for managing the non-profit federal agency, which delivers power from 57 power plants operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International and Water Commission to the western region of the United States. Gabriel has more than two decades of leadership experience in the electric sector and was most recently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Power Pundits LLC in Conifer, Colo., a management consulting firm specializing in the energy industry.  Previously, Gabriel was the Senior Vice President for Black and Veatch Management Consulting, developing industry solutions in the areas of electricity, water, oil and gas and cyber security. He is a well-known speaker and writer and his book, Visions for a Sustainable Energy Future, won the 2009 Indie Excellence Book Award for Environmental Writing.

2:00 pm � 3:00 pm  Policy/Strategic View
Session Chair: Bruce Ceniceros, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm  Refreshment Break with Energy Quiz hosted by Efficiency Services Group

3:30 pm � 4:30 pm  Policy/Strategic View  (continued)

4:30 pm � 5:30 pm  Expo Snapshots
Session Co-Chairs: Dennis Guido, Staples & Associates and Ed Thomas, Utility Energy Forum
Every organization represented in the Expo area will have up to three minutes for a mini-presentation

5:30 pm � 6:30 pm  Networking Reception

6:30 pm �8:00 pm  Dinner hosted by RHA

8:30 pm  Networking Around the Campfire  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

7:30 am - 8:30 am  Breakfast Buffet

8:30 am � 10:00 am  Customer View
Session Co-Chairs: Vanessa Lara, Merced Irrigation District

10:00 am � 10:30 am  Refreshment Break with Energy Quiz hosted by Efficiency Services Group

10:30 am � 12:00 pm  Customer View (continued)

12:00 pm � 1:00 pm  Lunch

1:00 pm � 2:00 pm  Midpoint Keynote Presentation

Using Data Analytics to Accelerate Energy Efficiency
Dian M. Grueneich, Founder and Principal, Dian Grueneich Consulting
Dian Grueneich will leverage her 30+ years of experience in championing energy efficiency to provide candid insight into the promise and challenges of embracing analytics as the next frontier in driving commercial energy savings. Several leading companies are bringing together capabilities such as advanced data analytics, building science and cloud-based SaaS deployments to create platforms that can rapidly accelerate the way that energy efficiency opportunities are identified, prioritized, and delivered upon. Compared to traditional on-site and manual approaches, such new platforms are already beginning to transform commercial efficiency programs, providing 50-75% percent improvements in technical analysis costs and time-to-action. However, while the breakthroughs in technology and customer delivery are numerous, the new approaches are not yet widely understood.

Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert, with 35 years� experience. Dian served as a Commissioner onDian Grueneich the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, developing the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and overseeing a 40% expansion of California�s energy efficiency funding. Dian�s professional recognitions include the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 30th Anniversary Award for outstanding contribution in the field of energy efficiency, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners� Clean Energy Award, eeGlobal Forum�s first �Visionary Award� for energy leadership, and ACEEE�s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. Dian currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee, the DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the Leadership Council of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Advisory Council of Stanford University�s Precourt Energy Institute, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and the Advanced Energy Economy Advisory Board. Dian also serves as a Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.       

Energy Quiz hosted by Efficiency Services Group

2:00 pm � 3:30 pm   Utility Program Snapshots
Session Chair:  Kevin Palmer, Riverside Public Utilities

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm  "Trashion" Show from Truckee High School Envirolution Club
The �Trashion Show� will feature outfits made of recycled materials and modeled by Truckee High School students; each outfit with a sustainability theme and an accompanying narrative.  The Truckee Donner PUD sponsors these shows and has distributed energy and water saving measures to almost every elementary and middle school child in its territory (2014 Trashion Shows will feature LED A19 lamps as the handout).�  [click below to view the TDPUD promotional video created by students]

4:00 pm � 5:30 pm  Utility Program Stand-Up Challenge with Ice Cream Social Session
Co-Chairs: Bob Hondeville, Modesto Irrigation District and Leif Christiansen, Pacific Gas & Electric
Join us for the craziest round of concurrent sessions ever! Imagine speed dating meets the lightning round of a TV game show! You choose from storyboards detailing utility-sponsored energy program initiatives. Each storyboard presenter has 5 minutes to share with you the program�s goals, successes and lessons learned. A bell rings, you choose another storyboard, and the 5-minute clock starts again.

Topics will include:
- Integrated Residential Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program,
Terry Shire, EcoFactor.  Hear about a case study on the successful deployment of an integrated residential energy efficiency and demand response program.  By combining both DR and EE into a one integrated program, the utility was able to see significant energy savings with greater consumer comfort. Discussion will include key learnings from approach to outcomes.    

- Motivating Homeowners to Complete Home Energy Upgrades, Mark Berman, Davis Energy Group. Motivating homeowners to complete home energy upgrades is particularly challenging. Since 2011, Davis Energy Group has been testing a variety of approaches to program administration, contractor selection, marketing & outreach, sales, and standardized package design � with over 200 retrofits completed. Learn what works, and what doesn�t.              

- Roseville Electric's Right Size HVAC Program, Roy Gillham, City of Roseville Electric. Roseville Electric's Right Size HVAC Program saves energy and money by encouraging the correct-sizing of residential HVAC systems. The program also creates the need for smaller equipment by increasing the attic insulation of the home participating in the program.

- Successes of a Trade Ally Driven Design, Nathan Baer, Staples & Associates. This discussion will highlight key steps taken to help the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Small Business Program exceed expectations. It will also discuss lessons learned in program design, Trade Ally motivators and potential program pitfalls. Caution: this program model is not for all programs, find out why.    

- Potential Effects of Increasing Use of Solid State Lighting with Lighting Controls, Harold Kirkham and  Lindsay M. Steele, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Discover the net effect of types of lighting power loads have on the power system itself, in terms of billing, power quality, and even grid stability. Learn the results of a study of power system impacts of varying penetration levels of lighting and dimming controls are presented. The interest is driven by the growth predicted for solid-state lighting and the concomitant increase in dimming controls relative to the current installed base. Potential effects caused by the rapid switching in the dimmers and the LEDs are examined.  This study was jointly funded by Silicon Valley Power and the American Public Power Association (APPA) DEED Grant program

- Moving beyond Better than Code: New Strategies in Net Zero Program Design for California Residential New Construction Programs, Sophia Hartkopf, TRC Energy Services.  Learn about a Statewide initiative of the the California Investor-Owned Utility's to jointly design an innovative, first in-the-nation single- and multi-family program aligned with the State's ZNE goals. 

- Evaluability Assessment as a Tool to Reduce Evaluation Risk, Douglas Mahone, TRC Energy Services.  Learn about the evaluability assessment performed for a residential program on behalf of Consumers Energy in Michigan, including: early review of program documents to ensure that adequate data is collected to support savings claims and facilitate impact evaluation; early review of program processes and requirements to identify ways to increase attribution; engineering review of software tools and other engineering estimates for accuracy and applicability; reviews of program databases and program prescriptive applications to determine whether estimates have been interpreted and applied reasonably; and early reviews of program custom applications. 

- Platform for Energy Efficiency Schools Program, Jeff Rouser, Planet Ecosystems.  Hear about a case study of a very successful energy efficiency schools program sponsored by Marin Clean Energy, the first community choice aggregator in California that provides affordable clean energy in  Marin County and Richmond.  Learn about how program staff work with grade school staff/teachers to help young students learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy; the students then engage their families and neighbors to reduce their home utility use with the assistance of web based assessment, planning, and social engagement tools.  

- Building Better Lamp Programs: The California Quality LED Lamp Specification, Kelly Cunningham, California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis.  The Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification set a new, higher quality standard for utility-incentivized LED replacement lamps. To support this measure, the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis created a comprehensive testing program for commercially available products and a database for test results, including electrical and photometric characteristics. The LED Performance Database houses all raw and derived data obtained from multiple sources, allowing for comparison of measurements taken in CLTC�s LED lamp testing laboratories, at other research or certified laboratories, and by manufacturers.

5:30 pm � 6:30 pm  Reception

6:45 pm  Dinner

8:30 pm  Kip Yager"Any Port in a Storm� hosted by Resource Action Programs
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 4 years. Previously, he lived in Colorado for 10 years. His repertoire includes: Beatles, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Moody Blues, CSNY, and a little bit of country, blues and originals inspired by the Rocky Mountain's 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.

Friday, May 16, 2014

7:30 am - 8:30 am  Breakfast Buffet

8:30 am � 9:00 am  Grand Prizes with Energy Quiz hosted by Efficiency Services Group

9:00 am � 10:00 am Technology View 
Session Co-Chairs: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Rob Penney, Washington State University- Energy Extension Office

10:00 am - 10:15 am  break

10:15 am � 12 noon  Technology View (continued)

12:00 noon  Adjourn

12:00 pm � 1:00 pm  Lunch Buffet

 


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