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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 savings 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 savings goals.  

Our 2018 keynotes  

May 15
  Energy Efficiency in the Utility of the Future
VIDEO: Watch Val Jensen's address

Val Jensen

Senior Vice President, Customer Operations
Commonwealth Edison
May 16
Future Electric: Powering the Smart Products of the Post-Mobile World
VIDEO: Watch Steve Brown’s address

Steve Brown

The Bald Futurist
   
 

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
    Mayor Victoria Woodards, City of Tacoma
    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
    Presenters:
    Val Jensen, ComEd

  • 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 Utilities


    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, Regional Technical Forum
    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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Previous Conferences

2018 Conference
May 15-16, 2018 | Tacoma, Washington
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2017 Conference
May 9-10, 2017 | Portland, Oregon

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

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2015 Conference

April 21-22, 2015 | Portland, Oregon

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2014 Conference

May 6-8, 2014 | Kennewick, Washington

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Hotel and Event Venue


Efficiency Exchange will be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center on May 15-16, 2018.

Efficiency Exchange has room blocks at the Hotel Murano and the Courtyard by Marriott – both are within a block of the Convention Center. 

Hotel Murano

1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
Reservations: 877-986-8083 or use the links below
Our room block is closed. Please book online for the best available rates.

 

Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown

1515 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402 US
Reservations: 800-321-2211     

Our room block is closed. Please book online for the best available rates.

 

Efficiency Exchange 2018 will be in Tacoma, WA on May 15-16, 2018 at the Tacoma Convention Center. The Convention center is located at 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402.

We have room blocks at the Hotel Murano and the Courtyard by Marriott – both are within a block of the Convention Center.

Shared and Public Transportation Options
From SeaTac International Airport:
Visit the Port of Seattle for all ground transportation options.

From Tacoma Amtrak station:

  1. Exit through the main doors to the Tacoma Dome Link light rail station
  2. Take the northbound Link light rail train
  3. Exit at the Convention Center on Commerce Street
  4. Tacoma Link light rail runs every 10-30 minutes between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Driving Directions
From I-5 Southbound/Northbound:

  1. At Exit 133 (City Center Exit) turn RIGHT onto the ramp toward I-705/ City Center.
  2. Keep LEFT to stay on ramp toward I-705/ City Center.
  3. Turn LEFT onto ramp toward A Street/ City Center.
  4. Keep LEFT to stay on ramp toward S. 15th Street/ Pacific Avenue.
  5. Follow S. 15th Street two blocks, the Convention Center will be on your left.
  6. To access onsite parking, Turn LEFT on Market Street.
  7. Turn LEFT again on S. 17th Street to access Parking Lots *A, B, D & E.

WSDOT Tacoma Traffic Information

Parking - The Convention Center has parking spaces that can be accessed at Market & 17th Street.
Standard parking rates: *
$6.00 ..... 0-4 Hours
$12.00..... 4 + Hours / All Day
*subject to change at any time

Alternate Off-Site Parking options include street parking, downtown Tacoma parking lots, Republic Parking NW lots, Diamond Parking lots, and the Tacoma Dome Station Transit Garage serviced by Link Light Rail.

Tacoma's Free Link Light Rail runs frequently throughout the downtown corridor with a stop located just outside the Convention Center on Commerce Street.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are located at the Convention Center in Parking Lot A. To utilize a charging station, you must pay for parking within the lot separately. View the Convention Center's  Sustainability Page for more information on charging stations and fees.

Registration

Registration is Closed

 

Registration for EFX18 is closed. See you in Tacoma May 15-16!

Please contact Maggie Bagan for registration questions. We ask that non-profit consultancy firms please register as contractor/consultants.

 

Utility Staff, Government & Non-Profits – CLOSED

$245

 

Contractor/Consultant (limited to 60) – CLOSED

$850. Contractor/Consultant registration is sold out, please contact Maggie Bagan if you would like to be added to the wait list.

 

Exhibitor – CLOSED

$1500 – Feb. 20 through May 10. One conference registration included per exhibitor.
Learn from our 20 exhibitors located in the conference lobby.

Registration Questions?
Maggie Bagan has answers.

General Questions?
Contact Veronica Marzilli

Reception (May 15)

EFX18-Event-Venue

Reception

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. While you're there, don't forget to  have your picture taken in a 1923 touring car or test your driving skills on the CXC racing simulators.

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

Getting there

Complimentary shuttles will run between the convention center and the museum beginning at 5:15 and ending at 8 p.m. Pick-up location is at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center first-floor Commerce Street entrance; drop-off location is at the LeMay Car Museum front entrance. 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.

 
Questions? See 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 Tour + Social ( May 14)

NEW THIS YEAR!!! PRE-CONFERENCE SOCIAL AND TOURS HOSTED BY TACOMA POWER

Get Social! Special event at the Swiss Restaurant & Pub  – 5-7 pm Monday, May 14

If you’ll be in Tacoma the night before EFX, please join us at our pre-conference social at the Swiss Restaurant & Pub – 5-7 pm on Monday, May 14.

Join your peers for a casual gathering at the Swiss’ famous game room to enjoy music, a no-host bar and happy hour menu.

Location: Swiss Restaurant & Pub - 1904 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 - theswisspub.com
Please note – this event is exclusively for utility, BPA, Energy Trust of Oregon, Northwest Power and Conservation Council and NEEA staff.

Questions? See Margaret Lewis.

 
Lighting Tour of Tacoma – 1-4:30 pm Monday, May 14

Come early on Monday, May 14 to view some progressive EE work being done in Downtown Tacoma from innovative Lighting and HVAC to learning about challenges of acquiring foreign investment.  View the renewed Foss waterway and the Foss Maritime Museum.  There is no cost to participate, but limited to 25 people.  Must be willing and able to walk distances.  Tour starts at 1:00 pm in the Hotel Murano Lobby and will return to the Hotel by 4:30 pm.  Great weather is guaranteed.

Tour slots are full, but for questions contact John Walkowiak or call (253)502-8534.

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