2017 Emerging Technologies Summit

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Buffet Breakfast and Exhibits

Innovation Floor, Ballroom A+B

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Leading the Way - Where Emerging Technology Initiatives Can Take California and North America

CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman and CEC Deputy Director Laurie ten Hope will launch the conference with a wide-ranging discussion of opportunities and obstacles facing today's emerging technology initiatives. Their informal conversation - moderated by NRDC's Ralph Cavanagh - will explore topics such as:

    • the current federal and state political landscape, including the crucial role of individual states in supporting manufacture and delivery of efficient products and services
    • the growing importance of public/private partnerships to drive consumer adoption of demand-side management solutions
    • next steps for an already successful ET program that has contributed to introduction of the most cost effective EE measures and beyond

Audience members will be invited to submit questions for the speakers to address.

Opening Session Speakers:

    • Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
    • Laurie ten Hope, Deputy Director for Research & Development, California Energy Commission

Welcome:

    • Lisa Alexander, Vice President, Customer Solutions and Communications, SoCalGas

Moderator:

    • Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee Break and Exhibits

Foyer + Innovation Floor, Ballroom A+B

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Making It Personal: Building a Peer-to-Peer Grid

Distributed energy resources are growing, but what is missing is a way for all these DERs to interact on the grid. For a robust peer-to-peer power grid each Rolsmart appliance, solar panel and EV charger needs a way to transact. This session will cover how DER provides for grid flexibility, how to get buildings connected to the grid, and how to ensure communications among connected entities. Participants will also touch on what is needed to build micro grids to balance peak load times.

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The Changing Energy LandscapeThe Changing Energy Landscape

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Moderator:

    • Bill Livingood, Group Manager, Commercial Buildings Research Group, NREL

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

A Look into the Crystal Ball: Demand Response Tech Trends to Watch the Next 5 Years

In the past, demand response (DR) was typically used to reduce power system load during peak hours in the summer months and served mostly as an emergency or reliability resource. Join us for a peek into the future to see how DR is evolving as a supply-side resource able to respond quickly any day and any time. Panelists will also discuss how DR can be used to stabilize the grid and how there is value to DR beyond reliability. This session will explore what fast and flexible DR is and how it will operate for utility customers, aggregators and vendors.

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Enabling Smarter Energy ManagementEnabling Smarter Energy Management

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Combining Forces: Next Generation Space Conditioning and Water Heating Equipment

Space conditioning and water heating equipment are poised for change. New gas and electric heat pumps are combining end uses and new technologies to achieve higher efficiency. The quest for zero net energy has created low load homes. The unanimous adoption of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, when ratified, means HFCs will begin to be phased out in developed countries starting in 2019. This session will explore the space conditioning and water heating technologies that focus on a net zero, low GWP refrigerant future and how energy efficiency programs, research organizations, and manufacturers can work together to accelerate commercialization and adoption of these technologies.

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Overcoming Market and Technology BarriersOvercoming Market and Technology Barriers

Speakers:

    • Charlie Stephens, Senior Energy Codes and Standards Engineer, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
    • Cherif Youssef, Technology Development Manager, SoCalGas
    • John Miles, General Manager-Eco Systems, Sanden International (USA)
    • Paul Glanville, Senior Engineer, Gas Technology Institute
    • Ryan Kerr, Emerging Technologies Manager, Gas Technology Institute
    • Scott Reed, VP Marketing & Strategy, Stone Mountain Technology

Moderator:

    • Kim Erickson, Senior Program Manager, Consortium for Energy Efficiency

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Demystifying Integrated Solutions

With many examples and definitions floating around, integrated solutions can cover a lot of ground. What exactly is an integrated solution from a market perspective, and what are the benefits of combining several widgets or technologies? Beyond the basics, what are the challenges faced to make this integration seamless?

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Achieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated SolutionsAchieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated Solutions

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Buffet Lunch and Exhibits

Innovation Floor, Ballroom A+B

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Keynote: A New Era of Disruptive Innovation

What do some promising technologies gain traction with customers while others don't? Why do so many new product development efforts founder? Why do successful companies stumble in the face of certain types of market and technological change? This session will introduce powerful theories of innovation that help answer these questions. Along the way, we'll look at a range of companies and industries across different sectors of the economy to understand why upstarts are sometimes able to disrupt leading incumbents. We'll also consider implications for companies, consumers, and regulators.

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1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Exhibits

Innovation Floor, Ballroom A+B

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Smart Cities and Smarter Communities

IOT, ICT, RFID, smart cards, sensors and real time monitoring. What makes a city smart? Come learn how technology securely integrates municipal information systems, schools, transportation, and hospitals to impact energy management.

The Changing Energy LandscapeThe Changing Energy Landscape

Speakers:

    • Jay Canteenwala,,Director, Business Development, Stesalit Systems
    • Marco Velotta, Office of Sustainability, City of Las Vegas
    • Peter Marx, Adjunct Professor, USC and Vice President, Advanced Projects GE Digital

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Modeling Makeover: Creating Business Models to Advance Tech Developer and Utility Goals

Throughout the energy industry, there are a variety of economic models, with many more coming soon. Panelists will provide more details on what these models are, discuss how they affect utilities, and explore the advantages each offers to existing technologies and developing technologies. Models in this discussion will include Pay for performance, Shared Savings, Software as a Service (SaaS), and various financing options.

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Enabling Smarter Energy ManagementEnabling Smarter Energy Management

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Why Can't It Be Just Fun and Games? Using Gamification for Engagement and Savings

Games take advantage of our inclination to compete, collaborate, and be entertained. Games in the form of competitions can take place on the scale of office buildings or even cities. For this reason, some thought leaders are exploring how to incorporate ideas from video games to make utility programs more engaging. Panelists will provide examples of emerging game concepts, discuss how they change consumer behavior, and will lead participants in a gaming activity.

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Innovative Customer Engagement StrategiesInnovative Customer Engagement Strategies

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Getting to Yes: How Integrated Solutions Stakeholders Engage and Make Decisions

Have you ever been curious about the decision-making process of key stakeholders in the energy space? Here is your chance. Join a roundtable discussion to get insights into how decisions are made. Participants will include owners, contractors, builders, designers, financiers, and building occupants. Attendees will learn and understand how decisions are made and building operational practices are weighed.

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Achieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated SolutionsAchieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated Solutions

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3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Coffee Break and Exhibits

Innovation Stations, 2nd Floor Foyer

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

The California Energy Commission's New Energy Innovation Ecosystem

Transforming California's energy sector to meet the needs of the 21st century will require innovation and entrepreneurship at unprecedented levels. For even the most promising ventures, the journey from idea to commercial success can be long and full of pitfalls. In 2016, the Energy Commission launched the California Energy Innovation Ecosystem to create a coordinated statewide infrastructure capable of guiding California's clean energy entrepreneurs over the "Technological Valley of Death." In this session you will learn about how this new statewide network is helping accelerate the commercialization of innovative energy technologies. You will also hear from leaders of the four Regional Energy Innovation Clusters as well as CalCEF's CalSEED program who will provide information to entrepreneurs and potential partners interested in getting involved with the program which includes $24 million in newly available non-dilutive grant funding.

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The Changing Energy LandscapeThe Changing Energy Landscape

Speakers:

    • Amanda Sabicer, VP Regional Energy Innovation Cluster, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
    • Jeff Anderson, Managing Director, Activation Energy
    • Jeff Macon, Innovate Fresno State, California State University, Fresno
    • Marty Turock, Special Projects Consultant, Cleantech San Diego
    • Sherri Pittman, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund

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3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Budding Opportunities for Energy-Efficient Technologies in Cannabis Cultivation

California's medical marijuana industry is the oldest and largest in the U.S., yet the recent movement to legalize recreational use in the state is expected to stimulate significant growth in indoor cultivation. Indoor medical grow facilities already consume an estimated 3 percent of all electricity delivered to end-use customers in the state. While utilities can expect to benefit from the load growth associated with market expansion for indoor grow operations, they also need to learn to serve these customer's business needs and become their trusted energy advisers. Attend this panel to learn what cannabis growers need, what their business priorities are, and how the utility can become a trusted advisor and partner in resource efficiency, grid demand management, and financially-sound business investments.

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Moderator:

    • Jeremy Del Real, Assistant Director of Engineering, The Center for Sustainable Energy

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

What Does the Future Hold? Energy Efficiency Tech Trends to Watch the Next 5 Years (Fast Pitch)

This session has invited the Nostradamus of panelists in the Energy Efficiency Industry to discuss “What's Next?”. The questions we will be answering are going to reveal what is on the horizon of the Energy Efficiency Industry, what it will look like, and how it might work. Other topics to be explored may include, for example: DC Homes & Commercial Buildings, Battery & PV Interaction, and Integrated Demand Side Management.

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Enabling Smarter Energy ManagementEnabling Smarter Energy Management

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3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Successful Company Engagement Strategies

Companies are frequently overlooked by utility engagement programs, and this is a major missed opportunity. However, we cannot treat organizations as simple collections of people because success requires connecting to key individuals. This session will showcase successful programs and frameworks for engaging companies large and small, accessing key stakeholders, working through approval processes, and navigating the different worlds of public utility and private business.

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Innovative Customer Engagement StrategiesInnovative Customer Engagement Strategies

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3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Making the Connection: What's the Role of the Connected Home in Utility Programs?

Many utilities are looking to Home Energy Management Systems for everything from delivering deeper behavioral energy savings to enabling greater participation in demand response programs to supporting customer engagement. But the market remains fragmented and program models remain varied. This session will explore the current state of the market, who the major players are, the barriers to utility program development and deployment, and share some key learnings and best practices from early utility efforts in this area.

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Overcoming Market and Technology BarriersOvercoming Market and Technology Barriers

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4:45 PM - 6:30 PM

Connections Cocktail Reception

Innovation Floor, Ballroom A+B

Mix and mingle after the first day of sessions! Share an enjoyable evening with old and new pals while enjoying light appetizers and refreshments.

Friday, April 21, 2017

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast and Exhibits

Innovation Floor, Ballroom A+B

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The State of DERs: A Policy and Regulatory Perspective

Utilities have a unique perspective on the policies behind Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Panelist will share the basic components for integrating resources to effectively manage load and optimize system operations. They will also discuss and explore the requirements for grid modernization, policy, market and regulatory framework to support a robust and diverse grid.

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Moderator:

    • Mark Duvall, Director, Energy Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Theory and Case Studies for Community Based Social Marketing

Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) approaches are based on ideas from social psychology and offer alternative methods for influencing pro-environmental behavior and decisions. However traditional CBSM methods may not fit well within standard utility program schedules and processes. Join us in this session as panelists discuss how CBSM strategies may be adapted to create innovative energy engagement programs.

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moving to Utility ET 2.0: Tunneling Through the Red Tape

The emerging technology market is advancing faster than utilities can keep up, in part due to utility internal processes and external regulatory requirements. Frequently, emerging technologies and pilots are subject to the same rigor as full scale rollouts of established technologies, including months of reviews, IT-legal gymnastics, and UL listing. When a research entity (utility, university, research organization) performs a pilot study, oftentimes other entities will not accept the results and additional studies are needed, potentially delaying the broad-scale adoption of viable technologies. While all of the checkpoints and legal requirements serve an important need to minimize risk to the utility and protect customers, they can also limit the agility of ET programs to advance ETs in a timely manner. In this day of real-time development and speed to market, can ET providers meet the challenges to fast-track technologies through testing, evaluation and program adoption?

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Overcoming Market and Technology BarriersOvercoming Market and Technology Barriers

Speakers:

    • Jim Parks, Program Manager, Energy Research and Development, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

What's Next? Bringing Integrated Solutions from Idea to Market

The idea is in place. The team is ready. Now what? How do you go from startup to deployment? Learn more about how to engage with stakeholders and the market. Discuss how to develop deployment plans for your technology. Get insight into obtaining financing through competitions, VCs, and lending institutions as well as issues such as appraisals and educating real estate agents, which can make or break the case for incorporation of deep energy efficiency. Network with others who can support, guide, and help you on your journey.

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Achieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated SolutionsAchieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated Solutions

Speakers:

    • Amanda Sabicer, VP Regional Energy Innovation Cluster, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
    • Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation
    • Sherri Pittman, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund
    • Stephanie Yanchinski, Executive Director, FLoW, California Institute of Technology
    • Joey Barr, Director of Business Development, Whisker Labs

Moderator:

    • Tarun Kapoor, Expert Product Manager, Emerging Technologies, Pacific Gas & Electric

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Coffee Break and Exhibits

Innovation Stations, 2nd Floor Foyer

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Illuminating the Lighting Landscape

The world of lighting has made leaps and bounds in recent years - both in technology advancements and customer adoption. So what's next for this crucial space? Panelists will discuss connected lighting, OLEDs, the latest advancements in traditional LEDs, and lots more. Come away from this session well-educated and brighter than you were before!

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The Changing Energy LandscapeThe Changing Energy Landscape

Speakers:

    • Brian Chemel, Co-Founder and CTO, Digital Lumens
    • Charlie Grist, Conservation Resources Manager, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
    • John Curran, President and Founder, LED Transformations

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Making Contact: Using Data Analytics and Technology to Leverage Customer Communications

Experiences with utility customer representatives are frequently less than satisfactory. By improving processes and using data analytics, utilities can understand customers' needs and preferences, and improve service and outreach to customers, thereby reducing the utility-customer gap. This session will address how to overcome barriers to these approaches and offer insight through several successful case studies.

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10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Evaluating Startups for Your Program

This session would focus on how ET programs evaluate startups to separate the fact from fiction, what new companies promise versus what they can deliver - Kickstarter vs. University. For example, dozens of companies offer dashboard solutions, many of them startups. How do you evaluate each solution and company in the context of ET and efficiency programs?

Overcoming Market and Technology BarriersOvercoming Market and Technology Barriers

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Moderator:

    • Jim Lyon, Energy Efficiency Engineer, ComEd

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Facilitating Choices - Integration of Deep Efficiency and Renewables and the Grid

With the availability of an increasingly smart grid and distributed energy resources (e.g. renewables, batteries, virtual power plants, CHP, etc.) customers are seeking clean energy choices. Luckily many people are working in this evolution of the one-way grid into a “grid of things”. They will share some of the methods, complications and solutions for making deeply efficient buildings with distributed energy resources and the grid compatible for both sides of the meter - the utility industry and the market.

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Achieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated SolutionsAchieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated Solutions

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11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Buffet Lunch and Exhibits

Innovation Floor, Ballroom A+B

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Plenary: Technology and Future Energy Systems

Everyone wants secure, reliable, and affordable energy, but issues of energy equity, environment, climate change and climate adaptation are transforming the context in which the future energy system is developing. Technology is one key to meeting energy needs in a world of increasing demand and increasing complexity. Fortunately, the U.S. infrastructure of research and development has created a wealth of tools and approaches that allow new progress in old energy problems. The development of computational methods, big data analytics, nanoscience and systems optimization are just a few of the new opportunities supporting innovations in energy technologies. Of particular interest, are applications that allow more efficient use of electricity and natural gas. The presentation will highlight new approaches to building efficiency, distributed generation, battery storage for the electric grid, and new approaches to distributing electric power with greater efficiency.

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Speakers:

    • Ellen D. Williams, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland and Former Director of ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Exhibits

Innovation Floor, Ballroom A+B

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Building Partnerships in Clean Tech

The clean tech space is no longer the new kid on the block, yet it is filled with hundreds of startups. These companies and technologies can only scale with the help of a whole ecosystem. How to tap into that? Join us to discuss funding avenues, building a customer base, finding mentoring and support, accessing capital, and getting to market.

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1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

The 411 on DER from IOUs

This session will explore the application of distributed energy resources (DER's). Distributed Energy Resources is the production, or sometimes curtailment as with demand response, of electricity by entities other than the utility company. DER is also referred to as “distributed power” and describes the entire universe of technologies and strategies for generating and storing electricity by customers. What is and how to apply flexible DR? What is Reg Up and Down? What do California Independent System Operator (CAISO) tariffs look like? Join this conversation to learn all the details!

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Enabling Smarter Energy ManagementEnabling Smarter Energy Management

Speakers:

    • Angela Chuang, Senior Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
    • Gary Barsley, Manager of Customer Self-Generation, Southern California Edison
    • Ken Chawkins, Manager of Public Policy, SoCalGas
    • Tony Rafati, Demand Response Supervisor, San Diego Gas & Electric

Moderator:

    • David Wylie, VP of Marketing & Training, ASWB Engineering

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

The Role of Real Time EM&V in Overcoming Barriers

Pilots and programs used to be done in a vacuum, with little to no feedback on participation or savings until well into or after the pilot/program ended. With new dashboards to track pilot and program progress as well as potential to get real time feedback on equipment performance, ET programs may be able to use this information to adjust pilots and programs in real time.

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Overcoming Market and Technology BarriersOvercoming Market and Technology Barriers

Speakers:

    • Brian McCowan, Senior Vice President of Technology and Development, ERS Inc.
    • Jamie Peters, Director of Client Solutions, EnergySavvy
    • Jessica Granderson, Staff Scientist and Deputy of Research Programs, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Getting to 2020: Paving the path to Zero Net Energy Homes

The end goal is ZNE, but how do we get there? What innovative practices are already in place and what is coming down the pipeline? Who are the champions in this space making leaps forward to bring ZNE from a concept to “business as usual”? Policy makers, builders, and manufacturers will share their perspectives and their insights they have used to drive forward ZNE change.

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Achieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated SolutionsAchieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated Solutions

Speakers:

    • C.R. Herro, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Meritage Homes
    • Peter Turnbull, Principal, Commercial Buildings and Zero Net Energy Program Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric
    • Rory Cox, Senior Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission
    • John Morton, Senior Project Manager, ConSol
    • Christopher Meyer, Manager, Building Standards Office, Energy Division, California Energy Commission

Moderator:

    • Ram Narayanamurthy, Principal Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee Break and Exhibits

Innovation Stations, 2nd Floor Foyer

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

New Technology Showcase: Gas and Electric

Get your hands dirty and get your feet wet in this interactive technology showcase. Gas and electric utility representatives will be on site to share the most innovative, promising, and exciting technology trends. There will also be some technologies flying under the radar and discussions about what else is coming. Come interact with everything.

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Speakers:

    • Amanda Sabicer, VP Regional Energy Innovation Cluster, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
    • Gary Barsley, Manager of Customer Self-Generation, Southern California Edison
    • Jennifer Ramsey, Project Leader, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, NREL
    • Jim Young, Managing Consultant, Navigant Consulting

Moderator:

    • Ronald Schoff, Senior Program Manager, Technology Innovation, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Optimizing New Constructions for the Internet of Things

In the world of new construction, variety abounds in ensuring compliance. This session will explore existing new construction practices and theorize on the evolution of future new construction practices. These new practices will need to successfully incorporate the developing Internet of Things industry as well as how buildings and humans need to properly interact to maximize savings potential.

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Enabling Smarter Energy ManagementEnabling Smarter Energy Management

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Leveraging Social Media Applications for Customer Engagement

Its estimated that over 150 million people log onto Facebook at least once per month. Although some utilities are experimenting with social media to connect with customers, adoption is slow, and even the most successful utilities have small social media followings. This panel will discuss how common and lesser known social media platforms can be put to productive use, and how to move from marketing to implementation.

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    • David Lehrer, Director of Communications, Center for the Built Environment (CBE), UC Berkeley

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Path to Success: Scaling Integrated Solutions

Committing to integrated solution can be the easy part, but how are they deployed? The panel will focus on moving from individual to widespread success in new and existing buildings. Hear examples of innovative program design, technologies, generation, storage, and PV at both individual and community scales.

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Achieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated SolutionsAchieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated Solutions

Speakers:

    • Cindy Regnier, FLEXLAB Executive Manager and Technical Leader, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
    • Colin Clark, Senior Program Manager, Ecology Action
    • Stan Lew, Executive Director, San Francisco 2030 District

Moderator:

    • Jerine Ahmed, Senior Engineer, Technology Area Lead, Whole Buildings & HVAC, Southern California Edison