CONFERENCE AT-A-GLANCE

MONDAY | FEB 27

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Supplier Diversity Forum

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM |
Pre-Con Training: Sparking Innovation – Generating Ideas and Problem Solving Tools to Accelerate Results

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Utilities Connect

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Southeastern Event with SEEA and AESP’s Southeast Chapter

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Emerging Professionals Event

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Welcome Reception

TUESDAY – FEB 28

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM | Breakfast

8:30 AM -10:00 AM Welcome to New Orleans | 2023 Energy Awards | Daring to Be Different - Utilities Leading the Change
The utility sector is facing a pivotal moment in its history. Rising to the challenge requires reframing potential threats into new opportunities through the pursuit of both technical and market innovation. Join us as we kick off our 33rd Annual Conference by hearing from utility executives who are doing just that – doing decarbonization differently; doing community differently; doing planning differently; and doing equity differently. How are they driving organizational change? How are they redefining industry partnerships? And how do they represent the change they want to see in the energy industry?

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Refreshment Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Cultivating Trust by Centering Customers and Communities

Description
Participatory program design is a powerful process that ensures initiatives effectively meet your target audience’s needs. Trust and access to capital (especially for small, underserved communities) are the two most cited barriers to utility program participation. Energy customers will determine who they will allow into their homes and lives. How will customers decide? In this session you will learn how to integrate the perspectives of community organizations and leaders in design through meaningful engagement. Understand how an open network trade ally model can connect small businesses with high incentive levels to bolster this market. Learn which clean energy companies are setting the bar for community engagement.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Karen Germain (ICF)
Speakers:
-Mallika Jayaraman (ILLUME Advising)
-Beth Harkin (SeeChange Institute)
-Dan Burak (Uplight)
-Karys Moreno Arisohn (DNV)

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Improving Your DER Aggregation Strategy

Description
Providing load management and peak flexibilty are paramount as the climate changes and weather extremes become the norm. A plethora of technologies, from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to water heaters and electric vehicles (EVs) to battery storage, can provide grid-interactive flexible load. What can these technologies do at the distribution level, and how can they be appropriately aggregated on the bulk power system? What do contractors and customers think? Are customers happy? Who in the supply chain is doing the work and why? Come learn about educating the market, enrolling projects, and measuring savings at the meter while completely changing the way the industry thinks about aggregation and demand flexibility.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator:
-Marc Romito (Elevation Home Energy Services)
Speakers:
-Kerri Carnes (APS)
-Seth Frader-Thompson (EnergyHub)

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Public Policy: The Real Supplier Diversity Driver

Description
Building on the success and vibrant discussions of 2022, this session explores how to increase supplier diversity through public policy. Speakers will highlight a special case study and will round out the conversation focusing on the utility programming that has enabled such policies to fail or thrive. Attendees will leave with actionable strategies that they can take into their companies to support stronger supplier diversity goals.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Kate Ringe-Welch (Eversource)
Speakers:
-Mark Sebree (Franklin Energy)

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
If You Know How to Talk, Why Is Public Speaking So Difficult?

Description
Some people say that public speaking is the most terrifying experience they’ve ever had. Others may enjoy public speaking, but the audience doesn’t seem to pay attention as well as they should. And others may be just starting out and giving their first conference or workshop presentations. Wherever you are in the public speaking journey, you can get better, quickly, by following some fascinating rules about how to get the audience to pay attention and absorb information. You can learn about public speaking by watching others, especially comedians, AND practicing yourself…often. You may experience both during this session!
Moderators & Speakers
Facilitator: Bill LeBlanc (LeBlanc Energy Innovation)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Networking Lunch

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM | AESP Chapter Lunches

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Resilience Planning Strategies in Your Community

Description
Fires and floods, hurricanes and blizzards, and multiple 1000 year natural disasters within the last few years have emphasized the need for resilience planning across all types of communities. Identifying threats and hazards, and then establishing adaptation, mitigation, and recovery plans is crucial to keeping the lights on and customers safe. How should you be thinking about planning for resilience with the partners in your community?
Moderators & Speakers

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Residential EV Charging Programs that Reliably Shift and Curtail Load

Description
How can utilities leverage the millions of electric vehicles (EVs) charging in American driveways and garages to support grid resiliency? Residential EV load represents a 1 GW flexibility opportunity for utilities, but residential customers are notoriously difficult to enroll and retain in load-shifting and demand response programs. This discussion will provide an overview of successful managed EV charging programs that have been delivered by utilities, highlighting both passive and active load management approaches.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Joseph Vellone (ev.energy)

Speakers:

-Sejal Shah (National Grid)
-Caitlin Hilliard (Southern Company)
-Candyce Marsh (Duke Energy)
-Katie Parkinson (Rolling Energy Resources)

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Workforce Development that Actually Works

Description
How do you design a workforce development model inclusive of the needs of diverse talent in environmental justice communities? Learn about workforce initiatives targeted at diversifying and filling skilled worker shortages in the energy efficiency industry, and how a multi-disciplinary approach can leverage local workforce development groups, businesses, and training program structures to support diverse candidates.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Jasmine Johnson (Sparrow Energy)
Speakers:
-Ruth Georges (Eversource)
-Amanda Formica (National Grid)
-Angie Ostaszewski (Ameren Illinois)
-Sheena Tran (County of Los Angeles)

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
The Truth About Your EE Program’s Reach

Description
The time is ripe for energy efficiency (EE) programs to assess and understand their impacts across customer segments to ensure program accessibility and an equitable distribution of benefits. When performance falls short along equity metrics, it’s time for programs to innovate and implement new program design strategies. After a brief presentation, attendees will split into groups and discuss various scenarios of programs struggling to meet their equity metrics. Attendees will collaborate to identify recommendations to improve participation for the target segments.
Moderators & Speakers
Facilitators:
-Will Ellis (Pepco)
-Sophia Showalter (Energy Solutions)
-Nancy Metayer (Energy Solutions)
-Evan Kamei (Energy Solutions)
-Britney Blankenship (Energy Solutions)

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM | Refreshment Break

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
New Innovations in Natural Gas

Description
Come learn all about what’s new in the world of gas programming! We will do a deep dive into best practices of air-sealing in both residential and commercial buildings (including the usage of drones!). We will also explore the challenges and results from a new natural gas demand response demonstration, including metering and dual enrollment with electric DR programs.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Theo Love (Green Energy Economics)
Speakers:
-Sooria Narsiah (Summerhill)

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Beneficial-what? Decarbon-who? How to Engage Customers on Complex Utility Topics

Description
Utility customers have a hard time understanding complex utility topics like energy efficiency, beneficial electrification, demand response, decarbonization, and time-of-use. By establishing your utility as a helpful resource, expert, and reliable provider, you can build higher customer satisfaction, increase program participation and drive more engagement. Learn how to accomplish this in a panel discussion with experts from Questline Digital, Elk River, Baltimore Gas and Electric, and Franklin Energy.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Katie Falk (Evergreen)
Speakers:
-Brady Loomis (Franklin Energy)
-Matt Buecker (Baltimore Gas & Electric)
-Brian Lindamood (Questline Digital)
-Tony Mauren (Elk River Municipal Utilities)

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Making Electrification Part of Your Decarbonization Strategy

Description
What are the key considerations for incorporating electrification into your decarbonization strategy? Learn about Electrifying Canada – an innovative, business-led task force that is advocating for evidence-based, actionable, and comprehensive policy action to electrify large shares of the Canadian economy. And hear how Massachusetts’ Three Year Energy Efficiency Plan was developed focusing on three key areas of growth beyond traditional energy efficiency (EE): electrification, equity, and workforce development. Then we’ll travel to the west coast to hear how Seattle City Light developed a building electrification strategy that aims to leverage its carbon-neutral electricity to deliver affordable and equitable building decarbonization. Come away understanding how to take into consideration regional differences, customer mix, workforce development, and available technologies as you plan for the future.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Joananne Bachmann (VEIC)
Speakers:
-Philippe Dunsky (Dunsky)
-Steve Menges (National Grid)
-Madeline Kostic (Seattle City Light)

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Breaking Down Inclusive Leadership Through Real Life Examples

Description
Focusing on the development of “soft” leadership skills is often overlooked. But they can be instrumental in achieving success leading a high-performing team of diverse coworkers. Learn how you can provide a foundation for new coworkers (never assuming what someone has or has not done), and understand communication tools and best practices to empower your team while ensuring everyone is aligned in their values. Hear real life examples, and have an opportunity to brainstorm and discuss with your fellow attendees.
Moderators & Speakers
Facilitator: Angie Ostaszewski (Ameren)
Speaker:
Scott Alan Davis (SEEL)

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Reception and Expo Prize Drawings

WEDNESDAY – MARCH 1

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
General Session: Moving from Policy to Enactment on Justice 40

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Refreshment Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Decarbonization with Gas and Alternative Fuels

Description
Scenario planning is a tool to help us reach net-zero by 2050. To do this well, utility planners require an understanding of how and when energy is used under different decarbonization pathways. This session will look at decarbonization roadmaps, the identified needs of a net-zero emission energy system, and the role combined heat and power (CHP) and low carbon fuels could play to enable an emission free grid. Speakers will also share insights from gas utilities who are integrating load profiles to assess peak impacts from policy driven fuel switching, climate change, hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG).
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Martha White (Nicor Gas)
Speakers:
-Adam Walburger (Frontier Energy)
-Alex Tiessen (Posterity Group)
-Ryan Kerr (GTI Energy)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Building Electrification Programs and Policies That Serve Everyone

Description
Incorporating equity in decarbonization and electrification programs is something the industry is continuing to figure out as it evolves, since current transportation electrification, energy efficiency, and distributed generation programs and policies may be leaving lower income and traditionally underserved customers behind. Hear from a city that is leading the country with commercial electrification codes and requirements for feasibility studies, running a program to offset costs, and committing at least half of those funds to under-resourced buildings. Learn about scalable ideas in the residential sector that can target classically underserved markets. And understand how local governments can promote programs and policies that ensure all residents and businesses have an opportunity to leverage programs that reduce energy costs and increase resiliency and reliability.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Mike Li (U.S. DOE)
Speakers:
-Andrea Salazar (Michaels Energy)
-Jeff Tejral (City of Denver)
-Miryiam Tourneaux (VEIC)
-Minh Lee (County of Los Angeles)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
How We Shift the System: Indigenous and immigrant-Led Projects that Create Impact and Magic

Description
Join us as we share our experiences, insights, and learnings as a female, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) panel with expertise in designing and delivering energy research and programming centered on and led by Indigenous and immigrant communities. Gain insight on what works and what doesn’t; how the traditional way of doing things has to shift, and how solutions that multi-solve both goals for utilities and communities can be achieved. With a focus on a boots on the ground, award-winning approach that has proven impact, the panelists will each share how their work and projects to support energy equity and environmental justice.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Karim Abraham (Community Power)
Speakers:
-Yasmin Abraham (Empower Me)
-Jordyn Burnouf (Metis Nation Saskatchewan)
-Larissa Craford (Future Ancestors)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Become an SME in SMB

Description
Are we giving small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) what they need? Are we serving them well and making them part of their own solutions? Learn how to think differently about SMBs when it comes to program design and implementation. Join this customer-centered, design thinking exercise to explore personas and case study examples of different approaches. And work with colleagues to come up with outside the box solutions and tactics you haven’t tried before.
Moderators & Speakers
Facilitators:
-Phil Croskey (MD Energy Advisors)
-Brandon Johnson (Sparrow Energy)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Networking Lunch

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM | AESP Chapter Lunches

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tech to Flex: Innovations for a Dynamic Grid

Description
Flexibility can be found with numerous technologies and implemented in many ways. Learn about best practices in the grid-interactive buildings (GEBs) space, and strategies for integrating smart building technologies and management platforms to deliver load flexibility. Check out the recent innovation of software-controlled, switched reluctance motors (SRMs) that can move air more efficiently to achieve almost instant energy savings across a commercial building portfolio. And hear about important lessons from the field demonstration of seven innovative retrofit technologies, including nighttime ventilation, grid-interactive heat pump water heaters, aerosol envelope sealing, phase change materials, and induction cooking. Emerging technologies do not always perform as expected when installed in buildings with real occupants and practical installation challenges – how can you learn from those that have paved the way?
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Rachel Henderson (Uplight)
Speakers:
-Michael Hartnack (E Source)
-Andy Lick (Slipstream)
-Chad Asay (Sonoma Clean Power)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
What’s Holding DERs and NWAs Back?

Description
Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) can help solve many grid challenges, such as capacity constraints and voltage variation. But, wires solutions continue to dominate the market. One DER Potential Study in Ontario found that while significant potential for DERs exists, less than a third of the identified potential is achievable over the next decade under existing market conditions and compensation mechanisms. What’s holding the non-wires alternatives (NWA) market back, and how can we tap into the full potential of DERs? Speakers will highlight opportunities to improve current decision-making processes and effectively advance NWAs by touching on technical considerations, policy issues, and other challenges.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Hannah Courtney (Bidgely)
Speakers:
-Raegan Bond (Dunsky)
-Brennan Louw (IESO)
-Sam Ross (Optimal Energy)
-Carrie Gill (Rhode Island Energy)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Ready. Set. Go! How to Support EV Opportunities for Everyone

Description
Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is most common among drivers who can afford new cars and have access to home charging stations. But although EVs can reduce transportation cost burdens for most households, including low-income and rural, significant impediments often exist. Learn how utilities are removing barriers that are preventing customers from purchasing EVs, including creating an EV-ready program for residential new construction homebuilders, leveraging traditional assessments and contractors, and upskilling field specialists to bring value to the customers they serve.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Kyriakos Anastasopoulos (Exelon)
Speakers:
-Brian Picariello (VEIC)
-Rebecca Smout (Salt River Project)
-Kandis Bray (Evergreen)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
AESP’s DEI Book Club

Description
AESP’s DEI Book Club is back again – by overwhelming demand! Stay tuned for the next reading assignment, and come prepared to discuss and learn along with the group!

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Refreshment Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Warming Up with Cold Climate Heat Pumps

Description
Cold climate heat pumps provide substantial energy and carbon savings compared to fossil-fuel alternatives and are an essential technology to advance the energy transition. Speakers will discuss feasibility of this technology in various northern climates, program design and customer and contractor education, and how to increase market demand for this type of efficient product.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: John Augustino (Honeywell)
Speakers:
-Mike Dazy (DNV)
-John Karyczak (Avangrid)
-Tammy Wilson (Eversource)
-Alex Hill (Dunsky)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Flip the Script: Rethinking Messaging for Today’s Energy Customers

Description
In the spirit of doing things differently, we need to look at who the American energy consumers are TODAY. They are diverse and we must rethink how we communicate with them to make sure that the messages are meaningful, impactful, and helpful. This session will discuss a refreshed look at consumers, what they know about energy efficiency, and how their actions impact the grid and their bills, and beyond. We will look at how utilities can develop robust communication strategies that engage and motivate multiracial audiences and how utilities can adjust the value proposition of enery efficiency (EE) programs in the post-COVID “new normal” for both residential and commercial customers.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Gillian Saidman (L’Image Home Products)
Speakers:
-Lisa LeBeau Obear (ILLUME Advising)
-Terrilyn Simmons (Georgia Power)
-Nathan Shannon (Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative)
-Chris Gallo (Con Edison)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Chain Reactions – COVID, IRA, and Consumer Demand

Description
Although some areas in the global supply chain are loosening up, in others we’re continuing to experience bottlenecks. How should we expect an infusion of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding to impact the market and where? What will happen as we layer additional challenges on top of an already pressured supply chain? Join industry manufacturers as they discuss what they learned from the last bout of severe supply chain issues, how they’re planning to execute on projects and programs moving forward, and their suggestions for the best ways to react to the next potential tight market.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Art Christenson (Home Depot)
Speakers:
-Michael Flatt (Lennox Industries)
-Kari Binley (ecobee)
– Justin Wilson (Chargepoint)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Applying Machine Learning Methods to Electric Grid Load Shape-Based Energy Problems

Description
This interactive learning lab will educate the audience on utility drivers for conducting load shape research and the potential of machine learning to solve electric load-based problems. The session will include focus groups of audience members who will discuss energy problems and explore machine learning solutions. The moderators will engage with the audience and check their understanding of the concepts in a small group format. By the end of the session, audience members will have gained practical understanding of the value of load shape data, and advantages and disadvantages of different machine learning tools.
Moderators & Speakers
Facilitators:
-Jill Steiner (Saldo Research)
-Angel Moreno (TRC)

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM | 30-minute Stretch

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Shifting to Tomorrow’s Regulation: Performance-Based Regulation and Evaluation for DERs

Description
Historical utility regulation largely rewarded utilities through capital spending despite the fact that more spending does not necessarily lead to achieving key societal goals, particularly for emerging initiatives. How should we measure the success of emerging initiatives? How do we show value to society? Shifting to performance-based regulation (PBR), as some jurisdictions have done, can allow these goals to be better aligned with customer needs through constructing policy frameworks, creating environmental improvement, and boosting customer value creation. A good example where PBR metrics are needed is distributed energy resources (DERs). Implementing a PBR mechanism for DERs is a practical way to make this work. And when evaluating DERs, there is a need for clear measurement and metric techniques to demonstrate success. Learn about a cost-effectiveness test for evaluating DER projects considering the principles outlined by the National Standard Practice Manual for Benefit-Cost Analysis of DERs, and understand the key attributes of this newer test, along with several of the influential methodological decisions made during the development process.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Sue Hanson (Tetra Tech)
Speakers:
-Bill LeBlanc (LeBlanc Energy Innovation)
-David Pudleiner (ICF)
-Julie Michals (E4theFuture)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Local Leverage: Building Nonprofit Partnerships to Reach Underserved Communities

Description
Faced with the challenge of limited participant diversity in its hallmark low-income energy efficiency program, Home Uplift, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) turned to Centro Hispano de East Tennessee to pilot test customer and contractor outreach and relationship building in harder-to-reach non-English speaking neighborhoods. Through an innovative partnership with Centro Hispano and local power company partner, Knoxville Utilities Board, TVA has been able to identify opportunities for improvement and is creating a framework that can be applied to other programs targeting underserved communities.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Samantha Hart (Milepost Consulting)
Speakers:
-Frank Rapley (TVA)
-Claudia Caballero (Centro Hispano)
-Tiffany Martin (Knoxville Utilities Board)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Get on the BE Bandwagon with ENERGY STAR: Marketing Beneficial Electrification

Description
In recent months, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and regional utility stakeholders have embarked on exciting, impactful initiatives to accelerate residential beneficial electrification (BE). Informed by valuable consumer insights and a focus on heat pump technology and the new ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade, these initiatives are helping address barriers through improved program design, and develop marketing campaigns that can dramatically increase market share of heat pump heating/water heating products, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the use of fossil fuels. Speakers will share lessons learned, best practices and the available resources to help you design programs that engage your customers in home efficiency and decarbonization.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Dan Lawlor (C+C)
Speakers:
-Jill Vohr (U.S. EPA)
-Leslie Carpenter (Appalachian Power)
-Jennifer Atteberry (CLEAResult / PPL)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Plugged In Podcast LIVE: Fresh Perspectives from Diverse Women

Description
Megan Bennett, host of Plugged In, will record an episode of her podcast on-site at AESP’s Annual Conference. Megan will explore the impact of feminist voices and the rising feminine approach as a way of understanding an emerging pathway to energy equity and environmental and climate justice. Get inspired to plug into your personal mission and expand what you think is possible for your families, your communities, your work, and ultimately our planet.
Moderators & Speakers
Host: Megan Bennett (Summerhill)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | A Royally Fun Evening on the Creole Queen:
If you’re going to party on the Mississippi River, you’d better do it in style! Climb aboard the Creole Queen, an old-fashioned paddlewheel river cruiser, for a night of New Orleans food, music, and entertainment with your best AESP friends!

THURSDAY – MARCH 2

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM | Breakfast

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Virtual Customer Engagement Tools

Description
Come learn about some exciting new virtual engagement tools recently being deployed for customers. Virtual Commissioning is a new approach that uses advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) data to actively identify and engage commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. With an algorithm that identifies businesses with the most potential to save energy, customers can be coached on how to implement low-cost customized efficiency measures. Some utilities also piloted online shopping through Choice Engine technology and partnerships with retailers. These Efficient Choice pilots helped to eliminate barriers and nudge customers towards more efficient purchases, spanning dozens of electric and gas categories.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Deb Dynako (Slipstream)
Speakers:
-Jeff Jerome (Baltimore Gas & Electric)
-Mark Milby (ComEd)

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
How are Utilities rEVving Up Their Programs?

Description
Utilities nationwide are implementing electric vehicles (EV) programs to manage EV load, from implementing EV-Time-of-Use (TOU) rates to managed charging programs to laying the foundation for vehicle-to-grid (V2G). Panelists will explain how they evaluated EV management strategies, designed program incentives, and monitored success, including through a third-party evaluation. They’ll discuss balancing utility goals with customer comfort, incentives, and pros and cons to EV original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vs. electric vehicles supply equipment (EVSE)-based approaches.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Kevin Schwain (EnergyHub)
Speakers:
-Eamonn Urey (Salt River Project)
– Justin Chamberlain (CPS Energy)

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Heat Pump Water Heater Applications and Impacts

Description
A common barrier to electrification retrofits is site electrical capacity, forcing homeowners to choose whether to electrify domestic hot water or space conditioning loads, or embark on expensive breaker panel upgrades. Speakers will share observations from projects using a single heat pump to serve both space conditioning and domestic hot water loads from the home’s original AC breaker. Present evaluation results demonstrating the spillover impacts of electric panel upgrades and the pandemic on residential water heating load shapes. And a virtual interactive platform will allow participants to tour heat pump water heater applications, provide interaction with design engineers, and showcase the technology and equipment.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Maggie Kelley Riggins (SEEA)
Speakers:
-James Haile (Frontier Energy)
-Adam Thomas (ADM Associates)
-Lois Gordon (D+R International)

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
The Inflation Reduction Act – Residential Efficiency and Electrification Rebates Program

Description
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 directs over $8.5 billion to State Energy Offices and Indian Tribes to administer two new residential energy efficiency rebate programs, as well as $200 million to fund residential energy contractor training programs. Join the US Department of Energy’s new Office of State and Community Engagement Programs (DOE SCEP) to hear about specific questions on which they are seeking feedback for this program, and how to get involved in the stakeholder engagement process. Join DOE representatives to get updates on the timeline of when programs will be available, and learn more about key areas of interest to the AESP community.
Moderators & Speakers
Speakers:
DOE Program Staff

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM |Refreshment Break

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
SEM Cities: Strategic Energy Management for the New Normal

Description
Commercial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) can significantly curtail energy usage by identifying waste and operating buildings more sustainably. Speakers will discuss why managing tenant energy use in leased spaces can reduce a building’s carbon footprint dramatically, and share novel strategies to engage tenants. Share lessons on overcoming barriers to organizational engagement by aligning program goals with customers’ objectives. And offer strategies to address the discrepancy when a massive decrease in tenant occupancy post-pandemic provides only a small correlating decrease in energy consumption.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Brenda Chew (Virtual Peaker)
Speakers:
-Johnathon Fata (Waypoint Energy)
-Emma Weaver (TRC)
-Thomas Yeh (NYSERDA)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Better Data. Better Predictions.

Description
Data, data everywhere, but what can it do for us? You will learn how an algorithmic approach for estimating building occupancy by analyzing over 9 million advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) records can update “hours of use” assumptions used for quantifying energy and demand savings. How installation of 20,000 high efficiency electric heat pumps created a publicly available database with information on analyzed bill impacts, green house gas (GHG) savings, and load impacts to support long-term market transformation and decarbonization. And understand the importance of weather information in producing reliable savings estimates and why typical meteorological year (TMY) 3 year weather datasets that are over 15 years old may not be representative of current conditions.
Moderators & Speakers
Speakers:
-Jonathan Hoechst (Tetra Tech)
-Teddy Kisch (Energy Solutions)
-Raju Pusapati (DNV)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
DR Done Differently

Description
What’s new in demand response and demand flexibility? You’ll hear snapshots of best practices and lessons learned across the spectrum in this rapid fire session of experts.
Moderators & Speakers
Moderator: Jordan Folks (Opinion Dynamics)
Speakers:
-Praneeth Aketi (ICF)
-Shawn Allen (Entergy LA)
-Brian Uchtmann (Driftless Energy)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Sales and Marketing Basics for Energy Professionals

Description
Most utility account execs and 3rd-party outreach staff wouldn’t label themselves as “salespeople.” They just “promote” solutions rather than selling them, right? Look more closely and it becomes obvious that their own success, their programs’ success, and their customers’ success all depend on their ability to identify the right prospects, capture and retain their attention, and present a persuasive case to pursue an energy solution. Guess what? Doing that well requires selling, not promoting. Problem is most energy professionals are “accidental salespeople” whose prior sales training was likely focused on product knowledge rather than genuine sales skills. In keeping with the theme of AESP Annual, “Doing Things Differently,” this is the ideal time to learn how energy professionals can “embrace their inner sales professional” and how AESP Institute’s new professional development track called “The Accidental Salesperson” can turbocharge program success.
Moderators & Speakers
Speakers:
 -Mark Jewell (Selling Energy)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM |Lunch and Closing General Session