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Efficiency Exchange is the premier networking and learning conference for energy efficiency professionals from across the Northwest. Attendees from public and private utilities, consulting and research firms, government and non-profit organizations will come together to learn and connect to help the region more effectively achieve its energy efficiency goals.

 
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Efficiency Exchange is the premier networking and learning conference for energy efficiency professionals from across the Northwest. Attendees from public and private utilities, consulting and research firms, government and non-profit organizations will come together to learn and connect to help the region more effectively achieve its energy efficiency goals.  

 
Our 2019 keynotes
 

May 14

May 14

May 15

Elliot Mainzer
Administrator
Bonneville Power
Administration

Heather Rosentrater
Vice President of
Energy Delivery
Avista Corp.

Leroy Chiao
Astronaut,
Performance Specialist,
Innovation/Technology
Futurist

EFX Sponsorships

 Sponsorships make Efficiency Exchange possible! Sponsorship opportunities for EFX20 in Portland, OR  on May 12-13, 2020 are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please reach out to Kaylan Dorsch at kdorsch@neea.org for more details.

All 2020 sponsorships include first right of refusal, which means that each sponsor will have three months after the event ends - until August 31, 2020 – to renew their sponsorship. After that date, it’s open for any interested organization to sponsor.

The 2020 Sponsorships are:

Reception Sponsorship: $6,000 - AVAILABLE

Visibility includes 2 complimentary registrations, poster recognizing sponsorship at event, thank you in conference program, poster outside of reception entry, banner placement outside reception entry (provided by sponsor), speaker mention during general session, promotions in the interstitial slide show that runs during meals, introduction and speaking/announcement opportunity at the reception. Includes first right of refusal through August 31, 2020.

 App Sponsorship: $6,000 - *PENDING*

Visibility includes secondary opening splash screen which shows every time the app is opened or refreshed, My Schedule watermark that shows on the app schedule, 2 complimentary registrations, Exhibitor highlighting on the app exhibitor directory (if the company is an exhibitor), poster recognizing sponsorship at event, thank you in conference program, speaker mention during general session, promotions in the interstitial slide show that runs during meals. Includes first right of refusal through August 31, 2020.

EFX Lounge Sponsorship: $6,000 - AVAILABLE

New Opportunity for 2020! Visibility includes a double exhibit space centrally located across from event registration for the duration of the event. It also includes 2 complimentary registrations, thank you in conference program, banner/signage placement within Lounge (provided by sponsor), speaker mention during the general session, and promotions in the interstitial slide show that runs during meals. Lounge furniture and custom branded giveaways provided by the sponsor. Includes first right of refusal through August 31, 2020.

Special thanks to this year’s supporting sponsor, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Please note: Exhibit booths are reserved on a first come basis and will open in February with registration. Please contact Maggie Bagan for more information.

2019 Presentations and Videos

The sessions in Coeur d'Alene covered a myriad of topics spanning all sectors. Click on the links below to see presentations, blogs and videos from EFX19.

May 14


May 15

2019 Program


 

  • Registration and Breakfast Buffet

    7:00 am - 9:00 am

    Lobby
  • General Session: Welcome and Guest Speakers

    9:00 am - 10:30 am

    Bays 4-5-6
    Presenters:
    Tom Lienhard, Avista
    Elliot Mainzer, BPA
    Heather Rosentrater, Avista
    Susan Stratton, NEEA

  • Networking Break

    10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Bays 1-2-3
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 1

    11:00 am - 12:15 pm

  • Tuning Your Marketing and Communications for Meaningful Engagement
    Bay 4
    Presenters:
    Marisa Hobbs, Cadmus
    Andrés Rodríguez, C+C
    Mana Haeri, Energy Trust of Oregon


    Moderators:
    Susan Gillin, Chelan County Public Utility District

    Understanding consumer perspectives, context and preferences is critical to creating effective outreach. This session explores strategies to drive program participation based on audience insights. It introduces the value of transcreation -- adapting a message from one language to another while maintaining its intent, style, tone and context -- to reach multicultural audiences. In this session, you’ll learn why marketing communications should start from understanding the audience, approaches for gathering customer insights, and tactics for applying customer insights to narrow your focus on the audience most likely to benefit from your program. And you’ll walk away with a better understanding of the role of culture and context in increasing diversity and inclusion. Strategy/Policy; Residential, Commercial

  • Putting Buildings on a Low-Carb Diet: How can Whole Building Programs meet Decarbonization Goals at Scale?
    Bay 5
    Presenters:
    Jessica Iplikci, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Colm Otten, Seattle City Light
    Jessica Raker, Puget Sound Energy
    Deborah Reynolds, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
    Blake Shelide, Oregon Department of Energy
    Kevin Smit, Northwest Power and Conservation Council


    Moderators:
    Faith Debolt, SBW Consulting
    Poppy Storm, 2050 Institute

    Whole building programs have the potential to deliver deep energy and carbon reductions, but can they be taken to scale in a way that benefits both utilities and society? This panel will explore how whole building programs fit in with larger carbon policy trends at the state and local level and how they can evolve to meet decarbonization goals. Panelists will provide an overview of the changing policy and regulatory context, alternative financing strategies, and opportunities and barriers for complementary programs such as pay-for-performance, energy efficiency as a service, and outcome-based performance standards. Time travelers from the year 2050 will then lead a discussion with panelists and the audience to explore how we accelerated large-scale penetration of whole building programs by 2030. Strategy/Policy; Commercial

  • Springing Forward with the Latest on Smart Thermostats: Collaborated Research on their NW Energy Savings Potential
    Shore
    Presenters:
    Jim Perich-Anderson, Puget Sound Energy
    Phillip Kelsven, BPA
    Keshmira McVey, BPA
    Dan Rubado, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Clint Stewart, Puget Sound Energy


    Moderators:
    Jim Perich-Anderson, Puget Sound Energy

    Like a meadow in spring, the region’s Smart Thermostat (Smart Tstats) field is beginning to blossom and bear fruit. Research work is multifaceted and fast-moving; introducing Smart Tstats in single-family residences and communicating Line Voltage Control Thermostats in the multifamily sector. Research has focused on energy-use reduction, communication capabilities, delivery methods, and acceptance by installers, property managers and residents. While each research project is unique, our panelists cross-pollinated their findings to support informed decisions on the future of Smart TStats in the region. Panelists will highlight activities under way to assess technical, economic, market, and potential of—and barriers to—these devices. We’ll also cover the benefits and challenges of working together in this fertile and unharvested field. Strategy/Policy; Residential
  • All About Ag
    Casco/ Kidd/ N. Cape
    Presenters:
    Tom Osborn, BPA
    Troy Peters, Washington State University
    Paul Warila, Cascade Energy


    Moderators:
    Quentin Nesbitt , Idaho Power

    Utilities with agricultural customers should come to learn about opportunities and strategies to engage those customers to implement energy efficiency and demand response. This session explores the agricultural sector at large, including irrigation, dairy farms and more. Panelists will discuss existing energy-efficiency measures and barriers/opportunities to getting them installed, as well as what's next in the "field" of emerging technologies. This session will also explore the potential for demand response with farmers. Nuts & Bolts; Agricultural
  • Lunch Buffet

    12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

    Bays 4-5-6
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 2

    1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Wait, How is This Defined? Two Approaches to Defining & Measuring Equity
    Shore
    Presenters:
    Jennifer Finnigan, Seattle City Light
    Alex Novie, Energy Trust of Oregon


    Moderators:
    Jennifer Finnigan, Seattle City Light
    Alex Novie, Energy Trust of Oregon

    Energy Trust of Oregon and Seattle City Light each recently launched equity initiatives with specific definitions and metrics around equity in energy-efficiency programs. This session explores the similarities and differences, the barriers and opportunities – and encourages participants to define equity what equity means to them, and their organizations. Strategy/Policy; Non-sector Specific
  • The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Utilities Team Up to Stamp Out Inefficiency in Municipal Water Systems
    Bay 5
    Presenters:
    Hallie Gallinger, Pacific Power
    Chellie Jensen, Idaho Power
    David Richards, City of Idaho Falls


    Moderators:
    Layne McWilliams, Cascade Energy

    This session will feature the experiences and lessons learned from a unique strategic energy management (SEM) collaboration between BPA, Pacific Power, Idaho Power, and Idaho Falls Power. These utilities joined forces to offer SEM to municipal wastewater facilities in eastern Idaho, overcoming the cost-effectiveness barrier that makes SEM delivery in rural areas a challenge. Nuts & Bolts; Commercial, Industrial 
  • The Road Ahead: A Look Into Utility Electric Vehicle Strategies
    Bay 4
    Presenters:
    Rob Currier, Emerald PUD
    Paul Dockery, Clatskanie PUD
    Lindsey Hobbs, Inland Power and Light
    Francesca Wahl, Tesla


    Moderators:
    John Morris, D+R International

    As utilities begin to look at developing a strategy for electric vehicles (EVs), this session will review what current utilities strategies are or what they are looking to implement in the future. The panelists will discuss funding efforts and investment justification, promoting adoption through incentives and codes ("carrot & the stick"), and rate design for EV promotion. Nuts & Bolts; Residential, Commercial
  • Energy Efficiency: New Tools, New Techniques
    Casco/ Kidd/ N. Cape
    Presenters:
    Shaun Barnes, Ravalli County Electric Cooperative
    Nick Dominguez, Lassen Municipal Utility District


    Moderators:
    Jim Maunder, Ravalli County Electric Cooperative

    Are you or your utility looking for that next new cool tool or technique to help your energy-efficiency program shine? During this session, you'll get firsthand information on a new energy monitoring system for residential use. Nick Dominguez, IT manager at Lassen Municipal Utility District, and Shaun Barnes, IT specialist at Ravalli Electric Co-op, will present their experiences and data they've collected using the new Sense home-monitoring system. Both Nick and Shaun installed a Sense monitor in their own homes. Learn what they discovered about the amount of electricity their homes, individual appliances and home electronics use. Nuts & Bolts; Residential
  • Networking Break

    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

    Bays 1-2-3
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 3

    3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Seeking the Measure List Unicorn – Myth or Reality?
    Bay 4
    Presenters:
    Steven Schiller, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Jennifer Light, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
    Tim Melloch, Future Energy Enterprises, LLLC


    Moderators:
    Lauren Gage, Apex Analytics

    Lots of us complain about the Regional Technical Forum (RTF), so how about we search for the Measure List Unicorn by learning about how it’s done elsewhere in the country? Almost every state has a way to develop and update measure lists. This session will provide national perspective on key aspects of measure lists [aka Technical Reference Manual (TRM)], such as:How are their measures developed, updated and approved? What are the strengths and challenges they face? The audience will be able to search for the unicorn by asking tough questions to find out what’s really going on with those TRMs and whether the Northwest could find where to improve its process. Nuts & Bolts; Non-sector Specific
  • Emerging Technologies Lightning Round
    Bay 5
    Presenters:
    Christopher Dymond, NEEA
    Jay Stein, E Source
    Keshmira McVey, BPA
    Armando Berdiel, Lighting Design Lab
    Tony Koch, BPA
    Mark Rehley, NEEA
    John Jennings, NEEA


    Moderators:
    Lynn Stein, E Source

    Audience members will learn about some exciting new technologies that utilities may want to consider including in their programs. Technologies presented include: emerging heat pump technology, new lighting controls, legionella resistant recirculation systems, thin triple-pane windows, carbon dioxide charged heat pumps, low-e window film, very high efficiency dedicated outdoor air systems (VHE DOAS), grid-interactive water heaters, and switched reluctance motors. Strategy/Policy; Residential, Commercial
  • Time is on my Side: Research and Case Studies on the Time-Sensitive Value of Efficiency
    Shore
    Presenters:
    Rich Arneson, Tacoma Power
    Natalie Mims Frick, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Angela Long, Pacific Power


    Moderators:
    Rachel Clark, Tacoma Power

    As demand (capacity) becomes critical in the Northwest, energy efficiency needs to be positioned as a solution to transmission, distribution and generation constraints through demand response, locational investment, etc. This session will discuss how capacity impacts the value of energy efficiency measures in the region and present examples of how the time value of energy efficiency is taken into account by planners. Strategy/Policy; Non-sector Specific
  • Nailed it/Failed it: Turning Energy Benchmarking into Action
    Casco/ Kidd/ N. Cape
    Presenters:
    Alex Novie, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute
    Sharon Grant, Eco Edge
    Jim White, Chelan County PUD


    Moderators:
    Amanda Showers, NEEA

    Cities throughout the region conduct commercial building energy-benchmarking programs. These are great for getting an energy-use baseline, but are only a starting point. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of what energy benchmarking is and why it's important to them, how cities and utilities are using the data to promote energy efficiency, successes (nailed it) and challenges (failed it) while designing and implementing energy-benchmarking programs. You’ll learn how utilities serving cities without programs can advocate for these programs, and how to use data from other cities to advance your own programs. This engaging session shows how you can use publicly available information to drive efficiency in commercial programs. Nuts & Bolts; Commercial
  • Reception

    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Hagadone Center

    Please join us for this complimentary evening reception on May 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Hagadone Event Center, 900 S Floating Green Dr. in Coeur d'Alene.

    You'll enjoy delicious appetizers, a no-host bar and the opportunity to mingle with your colleagues with a stunning view of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the famous Floating Green, the world's first and only floating, movable golf green.

    The reception would not be possible without our sponsor, D+R International.


    Getting there

    Complimentary cruise boats will leave the resort docks to take guests to the Hagadone Event Center at 5:15 and 5:30 p.m., with return trips at 7:45 and 8 p.m. For those who are unable to make the scenic cruise, van shuttles will be available beginning at 6 p.m. at the resort entrance, will the last shuttle leaving the Hagadone Center at 7:15 p.m.

    EV Ride Along

    A special bonus at this year's reception is the addition of an EV Ride-Along event. This is a great opportunity to take a ride in an EV, and ask questions and learn about them from those who know them best, their owners. Thanks to our EV Ride-Along event sponsors, Forth.

  • Breakfast Buffet and Roundtables

    7:30 am - 9:00 am

    Bays 4-5-6
    Roundtable Topics:
    • Showerhead and Aerator Savings
    • BPA Residential Weatherization
    • DR and DER and T&D Deferrals
    • 2021 Power Plan
    • Gas Heat Pump Technologies
    • Role of Natural Gas in Decarbonization 
    • The Utility Role in the EV Market
    • EV Dialogue
    • Strategic Energy Management (SEM)
  • General Session and Keynote

    9:00 am - 10:30 am

    Bays 3-4-5
    Presenters:
    Kim Thompson, BPA
    Leroy Chiao
    Michelle Ehrlich, Cowlitz PUD
    Brandy Neff, PNGC Power

  • Networking Break

    10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Bays 1-2-3
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 4

    11:00 am - 12:15 pm

  • What Does "Cost Effective" Really Mean Anyway?
    Bay 4
    Presenters:
    Charles R. Grist, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
    Jennifer Snyder, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
    Alyn Spector, Cascade Natural Gas


    Moderators:
    Ryan Brown, NEEA

    Cost-effectiveness is a core tenant of efficiency efforts, but approaches vary by jurisdiction and results can look wildly different depending on the assumptions used. If we can minimize strict “yes or no” decision-making based on one-size-fits-all calculations, it can help remove barriers to delivering equitable energy-efficiency benefits. In this session we will dig in to the intention, application, unintended consequences and opportunities associated with cost-effectiveness frameworks in the region. Attendees should come away with a greater understanding of current thinking on cost-effectiveness frameworks and be encouraged that there are opportunities to shift the paradigm so that we as an industry do not leave societally valuable efficiency opportunities on the table. Strategy/Policy; Non-sector Specific
  • Multifamily Shark Tank: Innovative Multifamily EE Programs
    Bay 5
    Presenters:
    Tom Lienhard, Avista
    Alex Novie, Energy Trust of Oregon
    McGregor Snow, Puget Sound Energy


    Moderators:
    Joseph Fernandi, Seattle City Light

    Multifamily housing is thought to be a difficult target for energy-efficiency programs. A 2018 study conducted by regional utilities to investigate potential underserved energy-efficiency markets in the Northwest reconfirmed this hypothesis. One reason for this is that renters and low-income households make up a significant portion of multifamily housing and thus suffer from the “split incentive” problem, where the person paying the energy bill (the renter) is not the one paying for improvements (the building owner). What can we do to effectively reach multifamily residents? This session will explore success stories and lessons learned from regional utilities in reaching these constituents.

  • Small but Mighty: Uncovering and Leveraging the Unique Strengths of Small and Rural Utilities
    Shore
    Presenters:
    Spencer Egbert, Wells Rural Electric Company
    Jim Maunder, Ravalli County Electric Cooperative
    Carrie Nelson, BPA
    Tiffany Allgood, CDA Tribe


    Moderators:
    Megan Stratman, Northwest Requirements Utilities

    Small utilities in the Northwest face unique circumstances, and being a small, rural, residential (SRR) utility can often be seen as a barrier or obstacle to success. But what if we flipped this idea on its head?! Instead of barriers, this session will focus on identifying the characteristics of being small or rural utility that offer opportunities and benefits to running successful energy-efficiency programs. Panelists will share the beneficial qualities of being a small utility and how they turned these opportunities into success. We’ll also explore new opportunities small utilities can leverage to make their energy-efficiency programs even greater. Nuts & Bolts; Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
  • Demand Response Potential: Why it Matters to You
    Casco/ Kidd/ N. Cape
    Presenters:
    Frank Brown, BPA
    Tina Jayaweera, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
    Kate Von Reis Baron, Portland General Electric


    Moderators:
    Lakin Garth, Cadmus

    The session explores recent studies to quantify demand response potential among Northwest utilities and discusses how they have used and can use this information to inform demand-side management (DSM) program decisions. Studies include BPA’s 2018 Demand Response (DR) Potential Study, which quantified achievable DR and the associated costs in areas served with BPA firm power and energy. This study answer questions such as "How much does agricultural DR cost?" and "How much air conditioning DR is available?" The original study, and a follow-on analysis focused on bundling programs and segmenting certain types of industrial and agricultural DR, can be useful resources for utilities in their resource planning and DR program considerations. Utility panelists will discuss efforts to assess DR potential, reasons for doing so and possible future plans and implications of their research. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council will discuss implications from the regional planning perspective. Strategy/Policy; Non-sector Specific
  • Lunch Buffet

    12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

    Bays 4-5-6
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 5

    1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Does Data Support Different Baselines for Diverse Population Groups?
    Bay 4
    Presenters:
    Alex Novie, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Dan Rubado, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Ryan Brown, NEEA
    Jennifer Light, Northwest Power and Conservation Council


    Moderators:
    Kenji Spielman, Energy Trust of Oregon

    As we expand the available data on market shares and stock data tied to geographic and demographic awareness, combined with improved analytical techniques within the energy-efficiency community, can we make the case for different baselines and savings for well-targeted program action? What do we know now? What do we need to know? In what circumstances is this worth the extra effort? During this session we will contextualize the need for more granular savings estimates, present some of the research and analysis Energy Trust has done so far and facilitate a group discussion on further opportunities in the region to more accurately quantify savings when a program targets underserved markets. Strategy/Policy; Non-sector Specific
  • Demanding More: Water Heaters and Beyond
    Bay 5
    Presenters:
    Conrad Eustis, Portland General Electric
    Tony Koch, BPA
    Teri Rayome-Kelly, Flathead Electric Cooperative
    Bill Hosken, A. O. Smith Corporation


    Moderators:
    Amy Wheeless, NW Energy Coalition

    Water heaters give us warm showers and clean dishes, but they can also help the grid by reducing peak loads and balancing variable renewables. Direct load control (DLC) with water heaters has been used to manage demand around the country for years, but not as much in the Northwest. In this session, we'll hear from a regional utility that’s deploying the technology. We’ll also learn about a new pilot study that shows how grid-integrated water heaters can cut electricity demand during peak periods while making sure customers have hot water when they need it. We’ll discuss the possibilities of this technology with the study leaders and a water heater manufacturer. Strategy/Policy; Residential

  • Failure to Launch: A Critical Look at Networked Lighting Controls (NLC)
    Casco/ Kidd/ N. Cape
    Presenters:
    John Wilson, Lighting Design Lab
    Armando Berdiel, Lighting Design Lab
    Sheri Miller, Snohomish County PUD


    Moderators:
    John Wilson, Lighting Design Lab

    Quality lighting with integrated controls is an investment that utilities can hang their hat on. Why then, after more than a decade of implementing effective lighting programs are we struggling to find traction with this new technology? This dynamic session will help demystify modern NLCs and debunk thinking that these systems are too complicated and expensive. Panelists will identify the three most critical components for any NLC project and will make recommendations for how these elements can be pragmatically incorporated into programs leveraging existing customer relationships to increase user side demand. A live system programing demo on a Luminaire Level Lighting Control (LLLC) product will let participants see first-hand how user-friendly and powerful the latest generation of NLCs are. Nuts & Bolts; Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural
  • Networking Break

    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

    Bays 1-2-3
  • CONFERENCE ENDS

    3:15 pm - 3:15 pm

 Download a PDF of the Agenda 


Hotel and Event Venue


Efficiency Exchange 2020 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center,  located at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97232.

Reserving Rooms at the Hyatt Regency

Room blocks will be offered through April 20, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Portland, located at 375 NE Holladay St, Portland, Oregon 97232. The hotel is located directly across the street from the Convention Center.

To make your reservations, please click the links below:

Room Block Rate: $219/night https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/PDXRP/G-EFXP
Government Room Rate: $157/night - https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/PDXRP/G-EFXP/GOV
*Note: Government-issued ID is required to qualify for Government per diem rate.

If you need additional assistance, please call 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by region. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.


Driving directions

Directions to the OCC map
Directions to the OCC

Just 8 miles from Portland International Airport (PDX), visitors can access the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) via Interstate 5 North from Exit 302A–Rose Quarter, or from Interstate 84 West Exit 1–Lloyd Boulevard.

Street address: 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232

Parking

Hyatt Regency:
Both valet and self-parking for hotel guests are available. Self-Parking Rates are $4/hour or up to $28 per 24 hour period (this will also be the overnight rate charged to hotel guests who self-park). Valet charges run from $15-$36/day.

Oregon Convention Center:
The building’s underground garage provides onsite parking. Enter the garage through either the NE 1st Ave. (P2) or Lloyd Blvd. (P1) entrance. The maximum daily rate to park is $12. Overnight parking is prohibited.

Oregon Convention Center Floor Plan

 

Our special room rate at the Hyatt Regency has been extended until the group block is sold out.

Efficiency Exchange will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon on May 12-13, 2020.

Efficiency Exchange has room blocks at the Hyatt Regency. Book early to ensure that the room block is still available. Mention that you are with the Efficiency Exchange Conference. Conference rates are not guaranteed once a block is filled. 

Hyatt Regency Portland :
Overnight parking for hotel guests is available on-site for in-and-out privileges for $xxx/night. Day parking for conference attendees is $xxxx/day. 

HYATT REGENCY PORTLAND
at the Oregon Convention Center
375 NE HOLLADAY ST
PORTLAND, OR 97232
Cutoff date: Until group block is sold out

Government Room Block:

  • $xxx/night, per diem rate, plus charges and taxes, (Government-issued ID required, when calling hotel you must ask for “Efficiency Exchange Government Room Block”), includes complimentary wireless. The special room rate will be available until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Guestroom Block:

  • $219/night, plus charges and taxes, when calling hotel you must ask for “Efficiency Exchange Guest Room Block”),  includes complimentary wireless. The special room rate will be available until April 7th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Previous Conferences

2019 Conference
May 14-15, 2019 | Coeur d'Alene, ID

View all EFX19 Presentations and Videos on Conduit

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2018 Conference
May 15-16, 2018 | Tacoma, Washington

View all EFX18 Presentations and Videos on Conduit

View EFX18 Photo Gallery

 View EFX18 Presentation Videos on Vimeo

2017 Conference
May 9-10, 2017 | Portland, Oregon

View all EFX17 Presentations and Videos on Conduit

View EFX17 Presentation Videos on Vimeo

 

2016 Conference
April 26-28, 2016 | Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

View All EFX16 Presentations and Videos on Conduit

View EFX16 Photo Gallery

 

2015 Conference

April 21-22, 2015 | Portland, Oregon

Search Conduit for EFX15 Presentations and Videos

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2014 Conference

May 6-8, 2014 | Kennewick, Washington

See EFX14 Presentations and Videos

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Registration

Registration

Register Now >
We ask that any consultants working on behalf of utilities and
non-profit consultancy firms please register as contractors/consultants.

Utility Staff, Government & Non-Profits, Feb 18 - April 17, 2020 – $245 Early Bird Rate

After April 17, 2020  the Utility Staff, Government & Non-Profits rate
is $295.

Contractor/Consultant – Limited slots are available at $995.  Contact Maggie Bagan if you are a Contractor/Consultant who is moderator or panelist who has not yet registered.

Exhibitor – Limited spaces now available at $2,000.  Contact Maggie Bagan on availability and/or to be added to the waitlist.

We also have several great sponsorships available - click here for details

Registration Questions?
Maggie Bagan has answers.

General Questions?
Contact Veronica Marzilli

Reception (May 14)

Reception

Please join us for this complimentary evening reception on May 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Hagadone Event Center, 900 S Floating Green Dr. in Coeur d'Alene.

You'll enjoy delicious appetizers, a no-host bar and the opportunity to mingle with your colleagues with a stunning view of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the famous Floating Green, the world's first and only floating, movable golf green.

The reception would not be possible without our sponsor, D+R International.

EV Ride-Along Event

A special bonus at this year's reception is the addition of an EV Ride-Along event. This is a great opportunity to take a ride in an electric vehicle, ask questions, and learn about EVs from those who know them best ... their owners. Thanks to our EV Ride-Along Event sponsor, Forth.


Getting there

Complimentary cruise boats will leave the resort docks to take guests to the Hagadone Event Center at 5:15 and 5:30 p.m., with return trips at 7:45 and 8 p.m. For those who are unable to make the scenic cruise, van shuttles will be available beginning at 6 p.m. at the resort entrance, with the last shuttle leaving the Hagadone Center at 7:15 p.m.

 
Questions? Contact Maggie Bagan.

Workshops on Day 2 (May 16)

Day 2 Workshops: 2:45-4 pm on May 16
Now FREE for for all Regional Energy Efficiency Professionals

Pre Registration for Workshops is closed but you can still sign up at the registration desk!!!

Get outside the usual conference session format and learn with us in an interactive workshop format, where you can connect with your counterparts at other utilities and get practical insights and ideas to take home with you. And now, you don't have to be registered for Efficiency Exchange in order to attend the workshops!

Workshop registration is closed, but registered conference attendees can stop by the Registration Desk to sign up during the conference.

MARKETING WORKSHOP: IDENTIFYING AND CONNECTING WITH UNDERREPRESENTED AUDIENCES

In today’s increasingly fractured marketing world, the need to reach your audience at the right time, in the right place and with right message is fundamental to effective marketing efforts. But how do you know whom to target and with what message? And what mediums resonate the most with different audiences? In this workshop, participants will learn trends and best practices in digital marketing, and how and when to utilize it. Also, how to use research and data analytics to glean audience insights from which to build targeted marketing plans. Marketing professionals from regional utilities, energy efficiency organization and NEEA will share their experiences and lessons learned in identifying and connecting with underrepresented audiences – and provide actionable takeaways to address real-world marketing problems.

 

REALIZING THE VALUE IN EVALUATION

Ask not what evaluation is doing TO your programs; ask what evaluation can do FOR your programs. Gone are the days when hundreds of pages worth of evaluation reports sit unread on forgotten server locations! Rapid feedback, infographics, and continuous performance monitoring are here and now! In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to combine forces with similar functions to save time, frustration, and effort for everyone – all while maximizing the usefulness of results. This workshop will examine recent experiences of energy efficiency evaluation efforts that strive toward maximizing the value for program design and implementation by leveraging innovative data collection techniques, advanced data analytics, and user-friendly graphical presentations.

 

GET SMART ABOUT CONNECTED WORKSHOP

Utilities and customers are using more and more game changing equipment that is electronic, controllable, and changing constantly. Not all of us can be electrical engineers and IT experts, but we need to be able to understand choices and implications of these changes. During this round-robin session you’ll meet the experts who can make the complex understandable. Multiple topic tables will be set up and you can rotate to the topics most useful to you. When possible, demos and hands on opportunities will be available. They’ll describe the topic area, and then answer your questions and facilitate conversations. Topics will likely include things such as communication methods and protocols (WiFi, radio signal, AMI networks, Autogrid), smart connected devices and controls (thermostats, water heaters, luminaire level lighting control), demand response control technologies, metering methods (whole building, end uses, devices), and utility strategy choices relating to these issues.

 

HOT WATER FORUM-411: The Latest and Greatest Hot Water Updates from the Front Lines

Join 2018 Hot Water Forum presenters and attendees to discuss everything from Demand Response to innovative water heating technologies (electric and gas).

Questions on workshops? See Carol Lindstrom.

 

 

 

Pre-conference Social and Meetings (May 13)

Get Social! Special Event at the Taphouse Unchained
5-7 pm, May 13, 2019
Please note –
this event  is no-host and is exclusively for utility, government, and non-profit staff.
If you are in Coeur d'Alene the night before EFX, please join us at the pre-conference social at the Taphouse Unchained. Join your peers for a casual gathering at this uniquely situated cycling-themed bar, located near the famous Centennial Bike Trail in downtown Coeur d'Alene. 

Location: Taphouse Unchained - 210 Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, in the Resort Plaza Shops next to the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Market Transformation 101: An Introduction to Moving Markets
2:30-4:30 pm, May 13, 2019
Market transformation is more than a buzz word. It’s a strategic process of intervening in a market to create lasting change.  Over the course of his career in energy efficiency, NEEA’s Chief Transformation Officer Jeff Harris has been involved in emerging technologies, research and evaluation, integrated resource planning, as well as codes and standards. In this session, Jeff distills over 30 years of market transformation experience into a lively and entertaining presentation covering everything you need to know to design, implement, and measure a successful market transformation program. No cost to attend; just RSVP for this class to Veronica Marzilli.

Learn more about the class and Jeff Harris' thoughts on market transformation.








HVAC Best Practices for Utility Representatives
1:30-4:30 pm, May 13, 2019
This session will focus on what every utility representative needs to know in order to assist their customers on HVAC opportunities. We will cover best practices when reviewing HVAC systems and offer tools and tips to facilitate the process. Join us for a dive into HVAC and how to better engage your customers! No charge to attend - Register here

Regional Technical Forum Small/Rural Subcommittee
1-2:30 pm, May 13, 2019
In person meeting of the RTF's Small/Rural Subcommittee. This will be an opportunity to review the applicability of recent measure updates to SRR utilities and discuss potential measures of interest. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jennifer Light.

2018 Program

 

  • Registration and Breakfast Buffet

    7:30 am - 9:00 am

    Lobby
  • Welcome and Opening Comments

    9:00 am - 9:30 am

    Ballrooms A-B-C
    Presenters:
    Chris Robinson, Tacoma Power
    Susan Stratton, NEEA
    Kim Thompson, BPA

  • Keynote Address: Energy Efficiency in the Utility of the Future

    9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Ballrooms A-B-C
  • Networking Break

    10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Lobby
  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1

    11:00 am - 12:15 pm

  • The Key to Success: Low-Income Residential Programs That Really Work
    315-316
    Presenters:
    Allison Spector, Cascade Natural Gas
    Kathy Grey, Eugene Water & Electric Board
    Jess Kincaid, BPA
    Lis Saunders, Tacoma Power
    Todd Blackman, Franklin PUD


    Moderators:
    Carrie Nelson, BPA

    There is plenty of opportunity for efficiency improvements in low-income and working-poor housing markets. During this peer-to-peer session, you’ll hear how utilities have created successful low-income programs using their energy-efficiency budgets to fund upgrades. Key program design and implementation strategies will be covered. Nuts & Bolts; Residential
  • I Scream. You Scream. We all Scream for Midstream!
    317
    Presenters:
    Jeff Mitchell, NEEA
    Sheri Miller, Snohomish County PUD
    Ryan Crews, Energy Trust of Oregon


    Moderators:
    Jennifer Light, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

    Over the last several years, efficiency programs are shifting towards more midstream approaches—focusing incentive dollars on retailers or distributors rather than the end-use customers—as a means to capture greater savings. These approaches look beyond traditional midstream measure sets, such as residential lighting, to include other markets like water heating. In this session, we will explore what it means to move midstream with programs. Through case studies we will explore the benefits and challenges of a midstream approach, identify the characteristics that make a market ripe for this approach, and expose the potential risks of moving in this direction. Strategy/Policy; Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agriculture
  • Green Load Building: The Role of Electrification in Local and Regional Decarbonization Strategies
    318
    Presenters:
    Jeff Allen, Forth
    Brendan O’Donnell, Seattle City Light
    Juan Serpa Muñoz , Eugene Water & Electric Board


    Moderators:
    Joel Swisher, Western Washington University

    Electrification is a key CO2 mitigation strategy, but some proponents of utility-funded energy efficiency still assume that all efficiency means utility load reduction, overlooking the energy efficiency and environmental advantages of electrification. We will examine the future effects on energy efficiency, emissions, utility costs and rates, and grid flexibility of electrification of vehicles and building end-uses, and its potential role in decarbonizing the energy system as electricity generation becomes cleaner. Strategy/Policy; Non-sector Specific
  • EE102: Basics of Energy Efficiency in the Pacific Northwest
    Ballroom D
    Presenters:
    Shelly Carlton, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Mark Rehley, NEEA
    Michael Li, Department of Energy
    John Morris, D+R International
    Jeff Harris, NEEA
    Chad Gilless, Stillwater Energy
    Kerry Meade, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
    Kevin Smit, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
    John Walkowiak, Tacoma Power
    Tom Lienhard, Avista


    Moderators:
    Dulane Moran, NEEA

    Attendees new to energy efficiency or anyone looking for an overview of the constellation of organizations involved in delivering energy efficiency throughout the region. This session will cover some elements from last year’s EE 101 session, but will include new topics as well including the basics of strategic energy management, emerging technology and more. Attendees will benefit from an overarching review of the connections between efficiency organizations, what each is responsible for and how they might affect your work. Roundtables hosted by all of the major organizations allow for direct connection, conversation, networking, and Q&A. Nuts & Bolts; Non-sector Specific
  • Lunch Buffet

    12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

    Lobby
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 2

    1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Achieving Efficiency, Cost-Effectively, at Small Utilities
    315-316
    Presenters:
    Teresa Hummer, Mason PUD No. 1
    Ryan Davies, Central Electric Cooperative
    Tony Koch, BPA
    Rod Siring, Vigilante Electric Cooperative


    Moderators:
    Amy Wheeless, NW Energy Coalition
    Dan Villalobos, BPA

    Small utilities are often limited by capacity and may also serve rural populations—which can make designing and implementing traditional energy efficiency programs more difficult and costly. Participants in this session will share successes they have had in achieving cost-effective efficiency to help customers and the overall system. Session topics will be participant-driven, but could include discussing distribution system improvements, batch lighting projects, and collaboration with other utilities to implement residential efficiency programs. Nuts & Bolts; Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agriculture
  • Indoor Agriculture 2018 Breakout Year: Why the Northwest is Leading the Country on Energy and Cannabis
    317
    Presenters:
    Katie Wallace, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Laura Polk, Green Choice Farms
    John Morris, D+R International


    Moderators:
    John Wilson, Lighting Design Lab

    This session will formally introduce the Resource Innovation Institute to the Northwest. We will cover the Cannabis Power Score, share data that has been collected on buildings that are used to grow cannabis, provide a utility perspective and share the grower perspective on why energy efficiency is so important to this grower class. Nuts & Bolts, Agriculture
  • Mistaken for Strangers: Planning and Program Innovations For Reducing Peak Demand with Energy Efficiency
    318
    Presenters:
    Lakin Garth, Cadmus
    Angela Long, Pacific Power
    Alex Reedin, Portland General Electric
    Danielle Walker, BPA


    Moderators:
    Andy Eiden, Energy Trust of Oregon

    As noted in the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Seventh Power Plan, the Pacific Northwest can rely almost entirely on energy efficiency to meet the region-wide need for additional capacity. While the region has a long, storied history of acquiring cost-effective resources for energy efficiency, more recent efforts have focused on the ability of energy efficiency to meet these capacity needs. This session will highlight regional planning and program efforts to develop a deeper understanding of the capacity contributions of energy efficiency from multiple perspectives, including:
    • For a region-wide vs. a single utility’s perspective
    • Re-orienting the goals of a Conservation Potential Assessment to address transmission and distribution
    • Bridging the gap between planning baselines and implementation needs
    Strategy/Policy; Non-sector Specific
  • Time to Get Attached: Enhancing Window Performance with Energy-Efficient Attachments
    Ballroom D
    Presenters:
    Katie Cort, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Rob Curry, NEEA
    Natalie Fish, NEEA


    Moderators:
    Emily Phan-Gruber, Attachments Energy Rating Council

    Efficiency programs have long sought a cost-effective measure for the most visible hole in the building envelope: windows. Windows make up about 30% of a home’s heating and cooling energy. Participants in this session will learn about an emerging efficiency measure that is currently installed in most homes in the United States. Window attachments—including blinds, shades, shutters and storm windows—offer a cost-effective alternative to window replacement and can enhance the energy performance of any window. Session participants will learn about Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s research on energy savings from multiple window attachment products, compelling insights from NEEA’s customer perceptions research on storm windows, results from secondary-glazing projects in commercial buildings, how window attachments are an energy-efficient solution for low-income housing, and results from storm window retail pilots in Wisconsin and Vermont. The Attachments Energy Rating Council will also cover its recently launched window attachment rating and certification program, providing details on how utilities can use the ratings for incentive programs. Nuts & Bolts; Residential, Commercial
  • Networking Break

    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

    Lobby
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 3

    3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Are There Hard to Reach Markets? Diving into the Equity Issue in Northwest Energy Efficiency Programs
    315-316
    Presenters:
    Phillip Kelsven, BPA
    Cory Read, Idaho Power
    Rachel Clark, Tacoma Power
    Kiley Faherty, Puget Sound Energy
    Laura McCrae, Snohomish County PUD


    Moderators:
    Kevin Smit, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
    Marti Frank, Efficiency for Everyone

    The Northwest has had great success in setting, and meeting, energy-efficiency goals over the last two decades. As the region works to acquire the cost-effective savings identified in the Seventh Power Plan, we need to ask ourselves if we are achieving these goals evenly and equitably. And if not, what should we do about it? The Seventh Plan calls out possible underserved segments—those segments of people (e.g., middle income) or building types (e.g., manufactured homes)—with savings potential that may be going unrealized by our current programs. One of the plan’s action items directs the region to use data to identify and address underserved population segments. In 2016, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council staff initiated a working group of regional utilities to begin this work. Several utilities, including BPA, have developed a systematic approach and conducted analyses on their own program and population data. Utilities have assessed how their portfolios and individual measures are distributed in their territories by household income, housing type, language, geography and other demographic characteristics. This session will introduce this group's findings, documenting where there are, and are not, participation gaps in the region’s efficiency programs. Strategy/Policy; Residential, Commercial
  • Breathing Creativity and Innovation into Utility Energy Efficiency Programs
    318
    Presenters:
    Jessica Iplikci, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Kevin Watier, Snohomish County PUD
    David Bopp, Flathead Electric


    Moderators:
    Jennifer Finnigan, Seattle City Light

    Traditional utility culture has a “fixed mindset” that frequently values tried-and-true, risk-averse approaches that do not always invite easy conversations about unexpected outcomes. However, the energy efficiency industry and customer expectations are changing quickly. “Growth mindset” embraces challenges, persists in the face of setbacks, learns from mistakes, and finds lessons and inspiration in the success of others. It is being embraced from Silicon Valley boardrooms to elementary schools. Utility representatives will discuss program designs that didn’t go as planned, what they learned, and how the programs were adapted. The panel will explore both fixed and growth mindsets, and the ties between continuous improvement, experimentation, innovation and creativity. Nuts & Bolts; Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agriculture
  • Tips from the Field: Installer Insights
    Ballroom D
    Presenters:
    Francois LeBrasseur, A. O. Smith
    Mike Kirk, Fast Water Heater


    Moderators:
    Geoff Wickes, NEEA

    Get the real scoop on contractors and manufacturers. What is the most effective way to provide incentive? What goes into their decision to participate or not participate in a program? What drives their business, and how can utilities help them succeed? This session provides a real opportunity for utilities to get the tools they need to drive program participation and forge valuable trade ally relationships. Nuts & Bolts; Residential, Commercial
  • Reception

    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    LeMay Car Museum

    Please join us for this complimentary evening reception on May 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the LeMay Car Museum, 2702 East D St. in Tacoma.

    You'll enjoy delicious appetizers, a no-host bar and the opportunity to mingle with your colleagues amidst one of America’s finest collections of classic cars. The reception would not be possible without our sponsor, D+R International.

    Getting there

    A complimentary shuttle will run from the convention center to the museum at 5:15 and 5:30, and Lyft and Uber are also both available.

    For those of you who prefer to drive, parking is available onsite at $5 per car. Find interactive directions here.

  • Roundtables and Breakfast Buffet

    7:30 am - 8:45 am

    Lobby
  • General Session With Featured Speaker Steve Brown

    8:45 am - 10:00 am

    Ballroom A-B-C
    Presenters:
    Steve Brown, The Bald Futurist

  • Networking Break

    10:00 am - 10:30 am

    Lobby
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 4

    10:30 am - 11:45 am

  • Seize the Data! Knowing How to Develop a Simple Dashboard Can Transform How You Do Business
    315-316
    Presenters:
    Josh Pelham, NEEA
    Harvey Mathews, NEEA
    Holly Lucht, Tacoma Power
    Julie Jensen, Tacoma Power


    Moderators:
    Stacy Blumberg, NEEA

    You’ve been diligently collecting information about your program’s tactics, but now what? How do you choose the key pieces to focus on, and have a real-time, easy-to-use system for monitoring and reacting to the information? Enter data visualization and dashboards! This session will introduce you to data visualization and digital dashboards that can be used to monitor, analyze, and act upon performance information from digital and offline tactics. The presenters will walk you through examples from programs and marketing, and discuss ways the data can be used to impact performance in the market. Nuts & Bolts; Non-sector Specific
  • State of the Lighting Industry
    317
    Presenters:
    Marcia Wright, GE
    Irina Rasputnis, Lighting Design Lab
    Lisa McLeer, GE
    Art Christianson, The Home Depot


    Moderators:
    Doug Dickson, Snohomish County PUD

    During Efficiency Exchange 2016 we discussed the “state of the lighting industry," and now it’s time for an update. Is the lighting market transformed? What would happen if utilities stop providing rebates for efficient lighting? What is the trend since the end of 100-watt incandescents? Are there parallel examples? What do NEEA and BPA think? Can manufacturers cast light on the answers to these questions? Come hear what all stakeholders have to say. Strategy/Policy; Residential, Commercial
  • The Next Wave of Efficiency in Commercial HVAC
    318
    Presenters:
    Alex Cimino-Hurt, Puget Sound Energy
    Maria Murphy, NEEA
    Christine Riegler, NEEA


    Moderators:
    Alexis Allan, Brio

    Commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is getting a dual-fuel efficiency makeover. This session will cover gas and electric technologies and their impacts on the HVAC market and barriers to adoption. We’ll examine condensing rooftop units as an efficient option for gas customers, high-efficiency dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) for electric customers and advanced rooftop controls (ARC) for a dual-fuel, multi-utility case study. We’ll dive into the characteristics of each technology and the buildings and markets in which they work best. Learn what is being done to advance these products in the market and make them viable for utility programs. Nuts & Bolts; Commercial
  • Smarty Pants! How to Get the Most out of Smart Thermostats
    Ballroom D
    Presenters:
    Bill Prillaman, Pelican Wireless Systems
    Scot Davidson, Enhabit
    Phillip Kelsven, BPA
    Roch Naleway, Portland General Electric


    Moderators:
    Tina Jayaweera, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

    Web-connected, or “smart,” thermostats represent big savings opportunities (both energy and demand) and huge customer satisfaction. As with many measures, there are challenges to ensuring customers install the units and, once they are installed, having confidence in the savings. Smart thermostats also offer unique benefits, such as near real-time data on how the units operate in the home. This session will discuss the data needs and data benefits from these thermostats, opportunities in demand-response programs, and how to increase installation rates, including some lessons from the field on barriers to self-installation. Nuts & Bolts; Residential, Commercial
  • Lunch Buffet

    11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    Lobby
  • BREAKOUT SESSION 5

    1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

  • The Future of Weatherization
    315-316
    Presenters:
    Jill Eikenhorst, Spark Northwest
    Jeremy Stewart, Tacoma Power
    Jennifer Light, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
    Robert Weber, BPA


    Moderators:
    Jess Kincaid, BPA

    Residential weatherization provides a valuable customer service in addition to cost-effective resource acquisition. These benefits have made it a cornerstone of many utility energy-efficiency programs since the late 1970s. But as installed costs increase, weatherization measures are becoming less cost effective. This session will include a brief 101 on weatherization cost effectiveness, brief presentations on potential innovative opportunities and focus on a facilitated discussion on the future of weatherization. Areas of discussion include solutions to target customers with the greatest energy-savings potential, implementation solutions that improve cost effectiveness, and policy solutions to maintain cost effectiveness. Strategy/Policy; Residential
  • Cost-Effective Market Development for Utilities to Promote Electric Vehicles
    317
    Presenters:
    Treena Colby, Tacoma Power
    John Morris, D+R International
    Aaron Milano, Portland General Electric
    Deborah Reynolds, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission


    Moderators:
    John Morris, D+R International

    This session will provide utilities with a detailed path forward on electric vehicle (EV) promotion in their service territory. We will start with basic education and outreach tools and strategies. We will then work through the mechanics of how to effectively engage local stakeholders—including EV dealers, charger installers, charger retail partners and others—to holistically increase the sales of EVs. Perspectives on the best way to introduce and implement EV programs will be provided by regional public and investor-owned utilities. Nuts & Bolts; Residential
  • It's So Hard to Say Goodbye
    318
    Presenters:
    Frank Rapley, Tennessee Valley Authority
    Julie Hayes, Milepost Consulting
    John Jacobs, CLEAResult


    Moderators:
    Allie Mace, BPA

    The nature of the energy efficiency model is to put ourselves out of business. However, the retirement of programs is often very difficult. We can leave markets too early, too late, and can often be left feeling unfulfilled or wondering if we could have done more. This session will explore how we can leverage data and develop exit strategies to help us create and evolve a program to provide continued value until we’re confident we are ready to leave the market and celebrate our success. Strategy/Policy; Non-sector specific
  • Emerging Technology Lightning Round
    Ballroom D
    Presenters:
    Jeff Rigotti, NEEA
    Janice Boman, Embertec
    John Jennings, NEEA
    Bruce Manclark, CLEAResult
    Keshmira McVey, BPA
    Rob Penney, Washington State University
    Geoff Wickes, NEEA
    Webly Bowles, New Building Institute


    Moderators:
    Christopher Dymond, NEEA

    New energy-efficient products and services are continually assessed to determine which can deliver cost-effective savings. This session provides an opportunity to meet subject matter experts on a variety of emerging commercial and residential technologies. They’ll describe each technology, provide supporting data, and answer your questions and facilitate conversations. This is a social focused roundtable event, where you spend 10 minutes at each table before moving on to another table of your choice. Bring your business cards so you can follow up with those who most interest you. Nuts & Bolts; Residential, Commercial
  • Networking Break

    2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

    Lobby
  • OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS

    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

    Workshop sessions are complimentary with your conference registration; however, you must register to secure your spot. Workshops are offered based on a minimum number of attendees, so be sure to sign up today!
  • Marketing Workshop: Identifying and Connecting with Underrepresented Audiences
    315-316
    Presenters:
    Holly Lucht, Tacoma Power
    Shelly Carlton, Energy Trust of Oregon
    Rebekah Anderson, Tacoma Power


    Moderators:
    Kyle Stuart, NEEA

    In today’s increasingly fractured marketing world, the need to reach your audience at the right time, in the right place and with right message is fundamental to effective marketing efforts. But how do you know who to target and with what message? And what mediums resonate the most with different audiences? In this workshop, participants will learn trends and best practices in digital marketing, and how and when to utilize them. We will also cover how to use research and data analytics to glean audience insights from which to build targeted marketing plans. Marketing professionals from regional utilities, energy efficiency organization and NEEA will share their experiences and lessons learned in identifying and connecting with underrepresented audiences – and provide actionable takeaways to address real-world marketing problems.
  • Hot Water 411: The Latest and Greatest Hot Water Updates from the Front Lines
    317
    Presenters:
    Geoff Wickes, NEEA
    Jill Reynolds, NEEA
    Todd Blackman, Franklin PUD
    Phillip Kelsven, BPA


    Moderators:
    Jill Reynolds, NEEA

    Get in hot water with 2018 Hot Water Forum presenters and attendees to discuss everything from recirculation pumps to demand response!  

  • Realizing the Value in Evaluation
    318
    Moderators:
    Michael Noreika, Puget Sound Energy
    Allegra Hodges, BPA

    Ask not what evaluation is doing TO your programs; ask what evaluation can do FOR your programs. Gone are the days when hundreds of pages worth of evaluation reports sit unread on forgotten server locations! Rapid feedback, infographics and continuous performance monitoring are here and now! In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to combine forces with similar functions to save time, frustration and effort for everyone—all while maximizing the usefulness of results. This workshop will examine recent experiences of energy-efficiency evaluation efforts that strive toward maximizing the value for program design and implementation by leveraging innovative data collection techniques, advanced data analytics and user-friendly graphical presentations.
  • Get Smart About Connected
    Ballroom D
    Presenters:
    Ammi Amarnath, Electric Power Research Institute
    Lee Hall, BPA
    Nathan Kelly, BPA
    Bruce Manclark, CLEAResult
    Robert Weber, BPA


    Moderators:
    Jennifer McMaster, BPA

    Utilities and customers are using more and more game-changing equipment that is electronic, controllable and changing constantly. Not all of us can be electrical engineers and IT experts, but we need to be able to understand choices and implications of these changes. During this round-robin session you’ll meet the experts who can make the complex understandable. Multiple topic tables will be set up where you can rotate to the topics most useful to you. When possible, demos and hands-on opportunities will be available. They’ll describe the topic area, and then answer your questions and facilitate conversations. Topics include communication methods and protocols (WiFi, radio signal, AMI networks, Autogrid), smart-connected devices and controls (thermostats, water heaters, luminaire-level-lighting control), demand-response control technologies, metering methods (whole building, end uses, devices) and utility strategy choices relating to these issues. 

 

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