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Maximizing Financial Impact: Strategies for Harnessing & Stacking Federal, State, & Local Funding Opportunities

February 5 @ 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST


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To register with points, contact Kristi Hewitt ([email protected]). If registering for the training AND the conference, use code COMBO for $70 off the training.

Awards 0.3 CEUs / 3 PDHs (Click for more info)

AESP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). AESP complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, AESP is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. AESP instructors disclose in advance that they have no interest in any product, service, or material discussed during the course. This information is stated orally and in the training course handbook.

Join us for an engaging half-day training that will empower you to harness the unprecedented levels of funding available for energy efficiency, demand flexibility, and decarbonization programs and projects. In an era where braiding, layering, weaving, and stacking funding sources have become essential strategies, this training will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed for maximum impact with minimum confusion. 


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Identifying and Applying for Funding: Gain the skills needed to identify the right funding sources for your projects and navigate the application process effectively.
  3. Stacking Financial Opportunities and Incentives: Learn the art of stacking funding strategically to optimize your financial resources and incentives, ensuring your projects are financially sustainable and impactful. 
  4. Implementation Excellence: Explore the critical aspects of project implementation, including best practices, monitoring, and evaluation to ensure your initiatives meet their objectives. 

By the end of this training, you’ll be well-equipped with actionable tips and ideas to apply in your specific context, no matter your utility or program size or location. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of federal, state, and local funding for your decarbonization efforts and make a lasting impact on your community and the environment.  


Kristin Dupre

Kristin Dupre

VP Strategy and Development, Abode Energy Management

Kristin is dedicated to advancing decarbonization initiatives through the creation of innovative products and the establishment of strategic alliances, enabling Abode to deliver influential solutions to utility clients. Her recent achievements include spearheading the successful execution of the Clean Heat Rhode Island program and overseeing the project management of the MassCEC Decarbonization Pathways pilot. With more than a decade of expertise in the energy sector, Kristin is a highly skilled professional well-versed in electrification, energy efficiency, demand response, and electric vehicle program development. She holds a BS in Finance from Bentley University and an MBA from Clark University.

Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier

Director of Operations, ICAST (International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology

ICAST Business Development Manager, Francis Xavier, contributes 18+ years of industry energy-efficiency and demand side management program design and implementation experience, and he works with the ICAST business development team to build key stakeholder relationships, identify opportunities, and successfully design and launch new and innovative projects.

Justin Lindemann

Justin Lindemann

Policy Analyst, NC Clean Energy Technology Center and DSIRE Database

Justin Lindemann is a policy analyst at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center and a contributor to the DSIRE incentive database and DSIRE Insight report series. Justin tracks various legislative and regulatory actions in parts of the Northeast and Southeast related to solar/DG, energy storage, EVs, and power decarbonization, and has written about topics such as clean heat and consumer choice.

Erin Kempster

Erin Kempster

Director of Decarbonization, Opinion Dynamics

Erin Kempster is the Director of Decarbonization at Opinion Dynamics. Throughout her career, Erin has specialized in regulatory systems and effective implementation, including time as an economist with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and as a midstream and point-of-sale energy efficiency program manager. Now, Erin works alongside advisory and evaluation experts at Opinion Dynamics to provide reasoned guidance and assessment to utility, regulatory, and private-sector clients. Erin draws from these various stakeholder positions to ensure that recommendations are reflective of real-world conditions and optimized for effectiveness.

Brett Feldman

Brett Feldman

Energy Efficiency Manager, Rhode Island Energy

Brett Feldman is an Energy Efficiency Manager for Rhode Island Energy, a PPL company. He oversees policy, planning, and evaluation for all of the company's electric and gas efficiency programs and represents the company on Rhode Island's Energy Efficiency Resource Management Council. Before that, Brett was Research Director for Guidehouse, Director of Demand Response for Constellation, Energy Efficiency Program Manager for Eversource, and Consultant for Nexant and ICF. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Energy Service Professionals, Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, and Project Green Schools. Brett previously served as a member of the US Department of Commerce's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, Chair of the NYISO Price Responsive Load Working Group, and Vice-Chair of the ISO-NE Demand Resources Working Group. He won the Peak Load Management Alliance's Outstanding Research Award in 2014 and Thought Leadership Award in 2017. He has an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Evan Kamei

Evan Kamei

Director, Building Electrification, Energy Solutions

Evan leads, manages, and supports Energy Solutions’ energy efficiency programs with a primary focus on building electrification, emerging technologies, and environmental social justice. Evan oversees TECH Clean California, a $265 million heat pump initiative designed to help advance the state's mission to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. He also provides strategic direction for the California Statewide Electric Emerging Technologies Program (CalNEXT) and the HPWH Self-Generation Incentive Program.

Lauren Ross

Lauren Ross

Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Lauren Ross serves as the Senior Technical Adviser for Multifamily Buildings on the Home Energy Rebates team within the Office of State and Community Energy Programs at DOE. In this capacity she works with states and industry stakeholders to help ensure DOE’s home energy rebates serve multifamily building owners and their residents. Before joining DOE, she was the Senior Adviser for Housing and Sustainability at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development and before that, Senior Director of Policy at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). She has spent her career advancing equitable energy efficiency strategies, working to ensure that policies and programs improve energy use in underserved communities. 


February 5
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