Forum Agenda

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

10:00am – 12:00pm
Pre-Forum Workshop (for Utility and Government Attendees Only)
Session Co-Chairs: Paul Reid, Azusa Light & Water and Adrianne Rogers, City of Colton Electric Utility  

Candid roundtable discussion on current issues, including these highest-ranked responses to a recent survey of registrants:

  • Transition from Energy Efficiency Programs to Decarbonization Programs
  • Low Income Programs (new ideas/programs)
  • How New Title 24 Requirements will Impact Current Utility Programs

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Buffet - hosted by Brighton Energy

12:45pm – 1:00pm
First-timer Orientation and Welcome

1:00pm – 1:15pm
Welcoming Remarks
Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Opening Keynote

2:15pm – 2:45pm
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

2:45pm – 4:15pm
Strategic/Policy View
Session Co-Chairs: Liz Anderson, Washington Public Utility Districts Association and Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration

4:15pm – 5:15pm
Meet the Exhibitors
Session Co-Chairs:  Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group and Dennis Guido, Staples & Associates

5:15pm
Adjourn

5:15pm – 6:15pm
Reception

6:30pm
Dinner

8:00pm
Networking Campfire
Unwind at a casual gathering around the fire ring to reflect on the day's discussion and look ahead to tomorrow.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet

8:30am – 10:00am
Energy Efficiency and Electrification Load Growth: How to Handle Mixed Messages
Session Chair:  Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power

  • Emily Lemei, Northern California Power Agency, Moderator
  • Steve Starks, LADWP
  • Christine Tam, City of Palo Alto Utilities

    Emily Lemei   Steve Starks   Christine Tam

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break with Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

10:30am – 12:00pm
Customer View
Session Co-Chairs:  Nathan Aronson, Redding Electric Utility and Joanna Lopez, Southern California Public Power Authority

  • Practical Energy Management in the Wine Business
    Hans Michel, Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery

    Hans Michel

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Buffet

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Midpoint Keynote

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Technology View
Session Co-Chairs:  Katie Cort, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Mark Rehley, NEEA

  • Residential Energy Storage Systems:  A Closer Look at Competing Technologies in the Australian and US Markets
    Chris Calwell, Ecos Research
  • Advanced Lighting and Integrated Lighting Controls
    Felipe Leon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Ultrasonic, Heat Pump, and Dryers: Recent Developments and Technology Comparison
    Dr. Kyle Gluesenkamp, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Chris Calwell   Felipe Leon   Dr. Kyle Gluesenkamp

3:30pm – 3:45pm
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

3:45pm – 5:15pm
Utility Program Stand-up Challenge
Session Co-Chairs:  Cheri Davis, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and David Reynolds, ERS
Join us for the craziest round of concurrent sessions ever! Imagine speed dating meets the lightning round of a TV game show! Visit up to 6 storyboards detailing utility-sponsored energy programs or research. Each storyboard presenter has up to 5 minutes (plus up to 7 minutes for Q&A) to share with you the program’s goals, successes and lessons learned. A bell rings, you choose another storyboard, and the 12-minute clock starts again. Due to limited space, we will break this year’s event up into two segments, with a short intermission to set up new storyboards at the midpoint.

  • SMUD Smart Homes: Electrification Successes and Next Steps -- Ray Nalangan, SMUD
    Within a year of operation, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) All-Electric Smart Homes Program exceeded expectations with approximately 40 projects, totaling 1,800 single family and multifamily units, committing to the program. Through the marketing of electrification benefits and cost savings, design assistance and lucrative incentives provided by SMUD, builder interest in all-electric homes grew tremendously. Given the success of the Smart Homes Program, SMUD incorporated incentives for next level technology such as battery energy storage and their Solar Shares program into the Smart Homes program. This offers homeowners a means to take full advantage of their all-electric home and appliances. This discussion will focus on the impact, successes, and lessons learned from the Smart Homes Program and how it can be applied to other utilities, especially publicly owned utilities like SMUD. We will also discuss the funding mechanisms for all-electric programs. Finally, we will look at how the program will be modified to keep builders and homeowners interested in all-electric homes for future Title 24 code cycles.

  • Efficiency for Everyone -- Jennifer Starrh, SMUD
    Traditional utility appliance programs focus on incenting customers to buy the most efficient products available. While this helps drive manufacturers to develop higher efficiency products, it does nothing for the customer who cannot afford even a basic Energy Star appliance. Data show that 50% of appliances sold at retail are basic appliances, purchased by price-sensitive customers who are unwilling or unable to purchase a more expensive Energy Star-certified appliance. Enter the Shift model! Shift is a highly targeted, evidence-based retail mark-down that shifts bargain shoppers away from selected baseline appliances to targeted ENERGY STAR models through a point-of-sale markdown. Visit this poster to learn how a handful of utilities are implementing the Shift program and its proven effectiveness at delivering efficiency to a hard-to-reach market.

  • The Electric Oil-less Hot-Air Fryer: Game Changer or Boat Anchor? -- Richard Young, Food Service Technology Center 
    One of the most prolific pieces of equipment found in commercial kitchens is the gas-fueled deep fat fryer. These appliances represent a versatile cooking platform as well as many restaurants’ primary profit center. The problem is electric fryers typically cost more to operate than gas fryers, which presents a potential barrier to kitchen electrification. A new, oil-less, hot-air fryer technology that has just been introduced to the US market offers an opportunity to surmount this challenge. The hot-air fryer has a higher price tag than a standard deep fat fryer, but it requires no cooking oil – an expensive commodity that costs many times more than either the energy bill or the fryer itself. Similar to induction cooking, the hot-air fryer represents a game-changing approach to kitchen electrification. But how does it function? The engineers at the Food Service Technology Center lab-tested a hot-air fryer. This poster session will present the lab results from the hot-air fryer testing as well as a cost model of how this new technology compares with traditional gas and electric fryers.

  • How Colton Deflated their Balloon Problem -- Adrianne Rogers, City of Colton Electric Utility
    Balloon releases are a nationwide problem, and not just for the environment. All utilities struggle with outages and system issues caused by the accidental and deliberate release of balloons. Colton Electric Utility was successful in building community support to ban the release of mylar and latex balloons in its service territory. This poster will present Colton’s strategic community marketing campaign and the actions taken that ultimately led to the adoption of a city ordinance that banned the mass release of balloons.

  • Energy Rated and Added Comfort: AERC-Certified Window Attachments -- Erika Burns, Attachments Energy Rating Council and Katie Cort, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Inefficient windows can be a huge source of heating and cooling load in the home, but utilities have struggles to find cost-effective measures to address this issue. Window attachments (blinds, shades, storm windows, shutters, and awnings) are an un-tapped energy savings opportunity, and the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC)’s recently-launched residential window attachment energy certification and labeling program offers utilities a path to developing and implementing window attachment measures and programs. Learn more about the savings potential of window attachments, AERC’s new ratings, and how utilities across the U.S. are leveraging AERC to achieve energy savings through innovative measures and programs.

  • Driving Electric Vehicle Engagement with the Web -- Sarah Sweet, Tacoma Power
    Electric Vehicles (EVs) are carbon emission free, cost much less to fuel and maintain than gasoline powered vehicles, are fun to drive and quiet. While the benefits of driving an EV are vast, research shows familiarity among consumers is low. Tacoma Power aims to ensure that our customers’ familiarity with EVs exceeds the norm. As a trusted energy advisor, we provide tools and resources on the benefits and practicalities of EVs. With the introduction of the ChooseEV platform, we have built an engaging web presence for our customers to explore. This web presence, coupled with traditional outreach methods such as educational print materials, EV Ride and Drives, tailgates, and workshops, positions Tacoma Power as an expert in the field. This work aligns with the goals outlined in our transportation electrification strategic plan. This poster session will explore how Tacoma Power leverages the web to support broader EV engagement efforts and transportation electrification strategy.

  • Preparing Low-Income Communities for TOU Rate Changes – How SCE leveraged key learnings from successful programs in Seattle and Nashville --Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison / Julie Hayes, Julie Hayes Consulting, LLC
    Southern California Edison (SCE) has been working in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to implement zero net energy systems on affordable housing properties for almost a decade. SCE needed an education component that would increase awareness of energy management in low-income multifamily buildings to help sustain the effectiveness of these technologies and further reduce the energy burden for residents. With the pending launch of SCE’s Time of Use pricing structure for residential customers in late 2020, there was an opportunity to work with one of California’s leading low-income housing groups to develop an energy education roadmap that would inform property staff on how to manage energy use during peak pricing through behavior strategies and sustainable management practices. This poster will illustrate how SCE and EPRI leveraged key learnings from successful multifamily programs in Seattle and Nashville to educate property management and site staff on energy management strategies for TOU and how that knowledge could be used to educate residents when TOU affects them in Q4 of 2020.

  • Empowering Customers through Over-the-Phone Home Energy Assessments -- Scott Mayfield, Kootenai Electric Cooperative
    Kootenai Electric Cooperative provided in-home energy audits to its customers for years, but found that customers were not engaged in the process and too few read the energy audit report or took action. The utility wanted to make the program more impactful for its customers and found that they could do so through a phone audit that made use of customer-specific usage information and empowered the customer to perform a self-assessment. This poster session will share best practices and lessons learned in transitioning from an in-home energy audit to an even more successful customer-focused phone audit program.

5:15pm – 6:15pm
Reception

6:30pm
Dinner

8:00pm
Wine Tasting & Networking

Friday, April 24, 2020

7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet

8:30am – 10:00am
Behind the Meter Energy Storage
Session Co-Chairs:  Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration and Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break with Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

10:30am – 12:00pm
Utility Programs Snapshot
Session Co-Chairs:  Kapil Kulkarni, California Public Utilities Commission and Dan Kay, Grays Harbor PUD

  • Energy Savings and Demand Shifting – One Year into Time of Day Pricing for all Residential Customers
    John Phelan, Fort Collins Utilities
  • Basalt Vista “Live Learning Lab”: Utility control and optimization of behind-the-meter DERs
    Sam Whelan, Holy Cross Energy
  • Clatskanie PUD “Plug Into Savings” Program
    Brian Fawcett, Clatskanie PUD


    John Phelan   Sam Whelan   Brian Fawcett

12:00pm
Adjourn