Forum Agenda

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

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  

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Buffet

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 – 4:10pm
Strategic/Policy View
Session Co-Chairs: Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration and Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power
This year’s panel discussion will focus on how utilities can ensure equitable benefits and burdens in the transition to a clean energy future.

  • Barry Moline, California Municipal Utilities Association
  • Jake Wise, Portland General Electric

    Barry Moline   Jake Wise

4:10pm – 4:15pm
Quick Break

4:15pm – 5:15pm
Meet the Exhibitors

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 21, 2022

7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet

8:30am – 9:45am
Beneficial Electrification and the Future of Natural Gas Utilities
Session Co-Chairs:  Dan Kay, Wahkiakum County PUD and Scott Mayfield, Evergreen Efficiency

  • Holly Braun, NW Natural
  • Getting the Beneficial Out of Electrification
    Scott Blunk, SMUD

    Holly Braun   Scott Blunk

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking Break with Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

10:15am – 11:00am
Utility Program Stand-up Challenge  Round 1
Session Co-Chairs: Cheri Davis, SMUD and Kamryn Hutson, Redding Electric Utility
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.

  • SMUD Smart Homes: Lessons Learned in SMUD's All-Electric New Homes ProgramMayra Vega, TRC and Ray Nalangan, SMUD
    In just over 2 years of operation, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) All-Electric Smart Homes Program exceeded expectations with approximately 100 developments, totaling 5,600 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 community solar program Neighborhood SolarShares 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 (POUs) like SMUD. Along these lines will be a discussion on funding mechanisms for all-electric programs. In addition, 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.
     
  • Making Heat Pump Water Heaters work in Commercial KitchensRichard Young or David Zabrowski, The Food Service Technology Center
    Water heating poses one of the greatest technical challenges to kitchen electrification. Installing commercially available heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) into typical kitchen hot water systems is a recipe for poor performance. Making HPWHs work in commercial kitchens requires a rethinking of hot water system design, including more efficient and optimized plumbing design, heat recovery, decentralized heating, recirculation controls, and potentially adding extra storage and booster capacity. This poster session will explain the challenges HPWHs face in commercial kitchens and share the basic design strategies that will help to integrate this super-efficient technology into all-electric kitchens.
     

11:00am - 12: 00pm
Joy DittoMidpoint Keynote

  • Joy Ditto, American Public Power Association
    Policy trends and customer expectations are driving change in the electric utility sector. The utility business model presents abundant opportunity by continuing to demonstrate superior performance. Joy Ditto will reflect on our strengths, the challenges ahead, and how utility leaders must act to support continued success.

 

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Buffet

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Utility Program Stand-up Challenge Round 2
Session Co-Chairs: Cheri Davis, SMUD and Kamryn Hutson, Redding Electric Utility
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.

  • We’re Listening! Research Results of Smart Speakers as the New Utility Customer InterfaceMark Martinez, Southern California Edison and Julie Hayes, JHC LLC
    Smart Speakers can provide a “voice-activated” interface for electric utilities and their customers that could dramatically transform the customer relationship model. Utilities across the US have created smart speaker skills to educate customers about utility services and assist them in reducing their home’s energy use. California’s three electric IOUs are all conducting studies to determine the effectiveness of smart speakers to support customer energy management related to rate selection, customer education, demand reduction, and public safety power shut-off notification. This poster session will detail the scope of the projects and review goals, methodologies, and key learnings from each utility pilot, along with final evaluation metrics around energy savings, peak load management, and customer satisfaction.
     

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

  • Integrating Lighting Within Your Buildings – The Opportunities Ahead
    Felipe Leon of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    Felipe Leon

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

4:00pm – 5:15pm
Customer View
Session Co-Chairs: Joanna Ruiz, Southern California Public Power Authority and Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power

  • Energy Connections at Santa Clara University
    Cara Uy-Sega, Santa Clara University

    Cara Uy-Segal

5:15pm – 6:15pm
Reception

6:30pm
Dinner

8:00pm
Wine Tasting & Networking

Friday, April 22, 2022

7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet

8:30am – 10:00am
Incorporating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Utility Programs

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, Wahkiakum PUD

  • California IOUs Taking Actions to Prepare for Potential Extreme Weather in Summers 2022 and 2023
    Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison
  • Reducing Peak, Saving Money
    Lisa Reed, Holy Cross Energy 

    Mark Martinez   Lisa Reed

12:00pm
Adjourn

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch