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The Technology Resource Innovation Outreach (TRIO) program is a statewide initiative in California designed to accelerate market introduction of energy efficient and related demand side management products and services by providing information, training, and access to energy utility resources. TRIO aims to promote early stage innovations that will contribute to California’s energy savings targets for the decades ahead, as well as meeting national goals for energy efficiency.


9:00 AM        Breakfast and Networking

9:30 AM        Welcome, Safety Announcements, ETCC Overview and Program Updates       

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

10:00 AM      New Technology, New Delivery Models

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the promise of helping customers better manage their energy usage.  The marriage of smart hardware and customer usage data is key to unlocking this promise.  The morning session will be a high-level strategy conversation around Connected Home technology and how utilities plan to leverage the technology to support customers.  Following will be an overview of how technology partners can leverage customer usage data through Share My Data and Stream My Data.  Next, learn how to participate in the new meter-based savings platform with Residential Pay for Performance.  The session will end with audience Q&A.

  • Kari Binley, PG&E, Sr. Product Manager-Energy Efficiency
  • John Lin, PG&E, Sr. Product Manager-Data
  • Adam Scheer, PG&E, Supervisor Residential Programs

11:45 AM      Networking Lunch (provided)        

1:00 PM        IOU 101 and the new regulatory environment

Many market actors are unfamiliar with the process of working with the California IOUs. The afternoon session will provide state-wide implementation context, including the state's regulatory framework and key policy drivers for energy efficiency and demand response.  The content will take a deeper dive into the process and incentives for working with utility energy efficiency programs.

  • Megan Dewey, PG&E Manager Energy Efficiency Strategy and Policy
  • Sam Piell, PG&E, Demand Response Emerging Technologies

1:45 PM        Break 

2:00 PM        Utility Presentations and Roundtable

After a short break, a representative from each IOU will share the nuances and specific requirements for engaging with each individual utility (10 min each). This will be followed by a moderated panel of all the utility reps who will answer audience questions.

  • Moderator: Jonathan Livingston, President, LEI
  • Matthew Braunwarth, PG&E, Program Manager, Principal
  • Edwin Hornquist, Southern California Edison
  • Matt Smith, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Jeff Horn, SoCalGas

3:00 PM        Utility Breakout Session

The breakout will allow meeting attendees to ask specific, individual questions of each utility as appropriate.  Utility representatives will be located around the room.

3:30 PM        Wrap-Up

  • Tarun Kapoor, Expert Product Manager, Emerging Technologies, Pacific Gas & Electric
PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
Event Type
Other ETCC Events
Event Host

Managing energy usage is challenging for all customer segments, but perhaps none more so than in the industrial sector. For industrial energy consumers, new technologies and methodologies are emerging as a means of providing a whole-facility savings from utility programs. But successfully deploying the most advanced solutions can be challenging. This day-long meeting will explore many of the challenges and solutions that industrial customers face with an added focus on providing long-term savings and ongoing engagement.

Registration is now closed.  There will be limited seats available for in person attendees. 

Alternatively please use the webinar information below to participate remotely


9:00 AM - Breakfast and Networking

10:00 AM - Introduction, Safety and ETCC Updates

10:15 AM - Understanding Customer Energy Management Needs

While industrial customers agree that managing energy usage is critical, specific approaches vary significantly among customers. This session highlights the differences and similarities between energy management perspectives and deployment practices from the points of view of both industrial energy users and utilities alike.

  • Peter Therkelsen, Research Scientist, LBNL (moderator)
  • Dan Teeters, Regional Sales Manager, Grundfos
  • Megan Arora, Channel Sales Manager, Digital Lumens
  • Andrew Scheaffer, Senior Engineer, APTIM

11:15 AM - ​Implementation Opportunities

Understanding where the largest potential opportunities reside for technology solutions is crucial to designing effective utility programs for industrial customers. However, it’s not just the technology itself that can deliver all the potential, but how the technology is wrapped into a utility program that addresses customer pain points. This session explores particular industrial customer challenges with managing their energy consumption and how a menu of technologies and approaches can potentially help to overcome those challenges.

  • Marek Samotyj, Program Manager, EPRI (moderator)
  • Christopher Cole, Strategic Account Advisor, SMUD
  • Siva Sethuraman, Director of Utility Engagement, Cascade Energy
  • Aaron Daly, Global Director of Energy Management, Whole Foods Market

12:15 PM - Networking Lunch (provided)

1:15 PM - Utility Solutions for the Industrial Sector

To meet the challenges of a rapidly changing energy environment, new program models and approaches are needed to adapt efficiency and demand response savings opportunities to address the needs of a range among large industrial customers. This session addresses how utilities and implementers can work together to bundle technology solutions with flexible programmatic approaches to maximize the savings potential for both utilities and customers.

  • Michael Lozano, Senior Mechanical Engineer, CEC (moderator)
  • Jarred Ross, Strategic Energy Management/ Energy Advisor Services Programs Manager, SCE
  • Ethan Rogers, Industrial Program Manager, ACEEE
  • Warren Fish, Program Manager, NEEA

2:15 PM - Break

2:30 PM - ET Focus for Industrial Customers

SEM, DR, EE, Storage, Load Shifting. This Alphabet Soup makes us wonder, “What’s Next?” In this session, we will explore the new and upcoming technologies and methodologies, and how these can solve industrial companies’ energy while saving money. There will also be a focus on the changing regulatory landscape in CA and its impact on utility programs.

  • Mark Martinez, Manager of Emerging Markets and Technology, SCE (moderator)
  • Prakash Rao, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate, LBNL
  • Kay Hardy, Regulatory Analyst, CPUC
  • Todd Thompson, CEO, Carnot Compression

3:25 PM - Wrap-Up

3:30 PM - Continued Networking

Pacific Energy Center - 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA and via Webinar
Event Type
Quarterly Meeting
Event Host

This ETCC meeting will bring together customers, utilities, manufacturers, and industry experts in the area of the rapidly changing agriculture and food processing landscape.  Speakers will provide insight into recent and current projects that incorporate emerging technologies and assess their demand side management benefits.  Panelists will also address current agricultural and food processing industry trends, and discuss how new technology can address evolving needs.  Finally, speakers will highlight new products and technologies that have beneficial energy and water efficiency impacts for agriculture and food processing customers.


Subject to change

9:00 AM     Breakfast and Networking

10:00 AM   Introduction, Safety and ETCC Updates

10:20 AM   What Does Success Look Like? Building a Partnership with the ET Program

Rich in opportunities, the agriculture and food processing sector faces many hurdles to adoption of promising new technologies for optimizing energy and water use. Utility ET programs can help overcome those barriers by working with customers, local universities and providing a successful proving ground for advanced technologies. Panelists will share their own stories of working with new technologies that curbs energy use and provides additional benefits for production of clean energy.

  • Moderator: Dean Kunesh, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager, PG&E
  • Tom O'Donnell, Principal Engineer, E&J Gallo Winery
  • Dan Sonke, Manager of Ag Sustainability Programs, Campbell Soup Company

11:40 AM   Networking Lunch

12:45 PM    Field to Market: What are the Needs in the Agricultural Space?

This panel will lay out Ag industry trends such as consolidation of small farms, the movement towards more locally grown food, and the need for water conservation, among others. As resources become scarce, technology becomes more vital to the agriculture and food processing sector.  Panelists will touch upon opportunities for new technologies to meet these imminent and future needs.

  • Moderator: Robert Parkhurst, Director, Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Markets, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Stuart Styles, Director, Irrigation Training Center, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Laurie Park, Principal, Water Energy Innovations, Inc.
  • Neil Black, President, California Bioenergy

1:55 PM      Break

2:15 PM      Emerging Solutions: What Technologies are Available for the Agricultural Space?

This panel continues the discussion of technology needs in the agriculture and food processing sector. Panelists will seek to highlight promising new technologies and solutions that can address some of the energy and water management challenges faced by customers today. The panel will also look at market, policy and cost barriers that might need to be addressed to help these technologies scale.

  • Moderator: Carolyn Weiner, Manager, Industrial Ag and Water Program, PG&E
  • Yanbao Ma, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Merced
  • Krishna Somayajula, Engineer, CLEAResult
  • Doug Scott, President and Founder, VaCom

3:25 PM      Wrap Up and Networking

Link to Recording: ETCC Q2 2016 Quarterly Meeting - April 26, 2016

PG&E Energy Training Center, 3136 Boeing Way, Stockton, CA 95206 and via Webinar
Event Type
Quarterly Meeting
Event Host

The Technology Resource Incubator Outreach (TRIO) program is a statewide initiative in California designed to accelerate market introduction of energy efficient and related demand side management products and services by providing information, training, and access to energy utility resources. TRIO aims to promote early stage innovations that will contribute to California’s energy savings targets for the decades ahead, as well as meeting national goals for energy efficiency.

The agenda will cover key topics including:      

Partnership opportunities

How can you leverage utility funds via our technology development and technology introduction support activities?
Vendor panel with lessons learned from leading market players
Upcoming solicitations and RFPs
How can utilities help you introduce your product to the market?

New and Exciting Customer Research

Understanding the customer experience
Targeted marketing case studies
How to make the biggest impact

Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Emerging Technologies

How is a successful implementation defined?
Market barriers and delivery channels
Navigating the utility program and sourcing process
Regulatory and policy context

Hear from energy efficiency and demand side management program managers and leading vendor partners Opower and First Fuel

This event is a must for key stakeholders including investors, entrepreneurs, technology transfer officers, researchers, and other professionals who are creating the future for wise use of cost-effective energy efficient and demand side management technologies in California.

David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Event Type
Non-ETCC Events
Event Host

Charting the Course to Integrated Solutions

This ETCC meeting convened experts from industry, research, utility and government entities working to advance integrated solutions. Speakers on the opening panel discussed the underlying philosophy and policy, financial and technological drivers for integration and the current approaches to achieving integrated solutions.

The next set of speakers presented two project case studies illustrating current state of the art as well as challenges and barriers to integrated solution implementation. The final session highlighted technical challenges and solutions, focused on recently developed and emerging tools that are helping to overcome integration barriers in novel ways.


9:30 AM          Breakfast & Networking

10:00 AM        Welcome, Safety and ETCC Updates    

10:15 AM        Drivers for Integrated Solutions

11:15 AM        Integrated solutions - Current State of the Art: 945 Front St., San Francisco

12:00 PM        Lunch (provided)

1:00 PM          Integrated Solutions - Current State of the Art: 435 Indio Way, Sunnyvale

1:45 PM          Looking Ahead - Technical Challenges and Solutions

3:00 PM          Wrap-Up

Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco and via Webinar
Event Type
Quarterly Meeting
Event Host

Accelerating Innovation in Energy Efficiency
October 20 - 22, 2014
Hosted by Pacific Gas & Electric at The Wyndham Parc 55 Hotel in Downtown San Francisco

What is the Emerging Technologies (ET) Summit?

Since 2004 the ET Summit, organized by the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council (ETCC), has established itself as the must attend event for energy efficiency industry insiders to share the latest technologies and implementation approaches for the $35+ billion ecosystem of energy efficiency, demand response, customer-facing smart grid and related programs. You don’t want to have to wait until 2016 to attend the next ET Summit; mark your calendar now to attend the 2014 ET Summit in October.

Who Should Attend?

With an anticipated attendance of more than 500 guests, this year’s event will bring together leading technologists, entrepreneurs, energy utilities, regulators and investors from around North America and overseas who are actively involved in and/or seeking partners for ET projects and collaborations.

Event Highlights

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in exclusive Bay Area ET tours, plenary and round-table talks, plus concurrent panel sessions covering a wide spectrum of topics related to ETs and moving them into the market successfully. The Summit will also include an innovation showcase of high-profile energy efficiency and demand response technologies and products from leading companies.

For more information visit,

Wyndham Parc 55 Hotel in Downtown San Francisco
Event Type
ET Summit
Event Host

The Changing Landscape of Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Programs

Hosted by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

The long-standing goal of California’s Statewide Commercial EE Programs is to offer commercial customers the products and services to overcome the market barriers that impact adoption and implementation of energy efficient solutions. The changing landscape in California around energy policy, building codes, and technologies, however, has had a significant impact on commercial program strategies and is encouraging new approaches to solution implementation. Through emerging trends in Smart Meter data analytics, enabling technologies and integrated systems-based energy efficiency solutions, the path toward comprehensive, large-scale savings in commercial buildings is being paved.

Industry and utility experts will discuss the current Commercial EE strategy landscape, challenges and future strategic visions related to commercial building energy efficiency solutions from three perspectives: Utility Programs, Customers, and Products/Technologies.  A panel of experts will also discuss tactics that support the strategic visions in the changing California environment and the future of commercial whole building approaches to energy efficient solutions.

Session slides are included below


9:30 AM


10:00 AM

Welcome, Safety and ETCC Updates

Mananya Chansanchai, Interim Program Lead, Emerging Technologies | PG&E

10:20 AM

Commercial Program Strategy and Current Landscape of Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

Aaron Berndt, Manager, Commercial Programs| PG&E

10:45 AM

The Split-Incentive Dilemma

    Defining the split-incentive challenge

    General strategies to address split incentives for medium to large commercial customers 

Derek Fletcher, Sr. Program Manager, Commercial Programs | PG&E | Discussion Leader

Diane Vrkic, President | Waypoint Building Group

11:15 AM

Product Development Strategy

    Focus on Commercial HVAC

    Key trends that can influence technology development

    Insight into the product needs of the utility programs

Mangesh Basarkar, Sr. Program Manager, Commercial Programs | PG&E | Discussion Leader

Keith Forsman, Senior Product Manager, Commercial HVAC | PG&E

Mel Johnson, Manager-Program/Projects, Strategic Innovation & Implementation | SoCal Edison

Jeremy Reefe, Program Advisor | SDG&E

Peter Tanios, Customer Programs Advisor | SoCal Gas

12:00 PM


12:45 PM

Emerging Technologies Support of Commercial Programs

    How do the various ETCC member ET Programs support the strategic vision of commerical programs?

    How can ETP play a role as the landscape changes?

Jonathan Livingston, Principal | Livingston Energy Innovations | Moderator

Mananya Chansanchai, Interim Program Lead, Emerging Technologies | PG&E

Edwin Hornquist, Manager, Emerging Technologies Program | SCE

Abdullah Ahmed, Manager, Emerging Technologies Program | SoCalGas

Nate Taylor, Project Manager, Emerging Technologies | SDG&E

Bruce Baccei, Project Manager, Energy Efficiency & Renewables | SMUD

Beth Chambers, Lead for Energy Efficiency Research Policy | CEC

1:45 PM


2:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Commercial Whole Building Approaches

    The use case for whole building approaches

    The role of Smart Meter data

    Engaging the market

    Comprehensive energy efficiency solutions

Peter Turnbull, Principal | PG&E | Moderator

Leo Carrillo, Principal Product Manager, Information Products | PG&E

Devin Rauss, Project Manager, DSM Strategic Planning | SoCal Edison

David Jump, Principal | QuEST

Alan Pong, CEO | Comfort International

Zachary Brown, Sustainability Manager | CBRE

3:00 PM


Mananya Chansanchai, Interim Program Lead, Emerging Technologies | PG&E

PG&E's Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Event Type
Quarterly Meeting
Event Host

Innovative Approaches to Leveraging Capital for Energy Efficiency Investments in MUSH Buildings

Availability of capital, emerging technologies and innovative transaction structures provide ample opportunities for utility customers to finance energy efficiency (EE) upgrades. The MUSH (Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals) market has traditionally been at the leading edge for energy efficiency improvements, often leveraging publicly subsidized financing programs; however these programs are limited in total available funding. Considerable opportunities exist within this sector to finance comprehensive EE projects, yet many projects remain unfunded.

Come engage in a dynamic discussion with California IOU representatives and industry leaders in technology, policy, financing, development and more, as they discuss the current state of the market, barriers to EE project implementation, and strategies for aligning EE financing providers with building owners that are making those investment decisions.

Who Should Attend?

Building owners and operators, policy makers, project financiers, technology developers, entrepreneurs, project developers, implementers, ESCOs.

Agenda Topics:

  • EE Projects: Current State of the EE Project Market and the Demand for Financing
  • Emerging Technologies and Approaches to Financing EE Projects in MUSH Facilities
  • Overcoming Investment Hurdles: Putting Ideas into Action

To register, visit:

About TRIO

TRIO (Technology Research Innovation Outreach) is a statewide program by the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs): Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SCG). It is designed to nurture new, innovative technologies from entrepreneurs, universities and investor firms by providing information to help them understand the utility environment and tools necessary to develop cost-effective energy efficiency and integrated demand-side management technologies, programs or professional service support.

Pacific Energy Center: 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Event Type
Non-ETCC Events
Event Host

8:30 a.m. check-in. Continental breakfast and lunch provided 

Technology Resource Incubator Outreach (TRIO) Roundtable: Energy Management in Demand Side Programs at the California Utilities

Event Overview: TRIO is a statewide initiative by the members of the Emerging Technology Coordinating Council (ETCC) designed to accelerate market introduction of energy efficient products and services by providing information, training, and access to energy utility resources. TRIO’s goal is to promote early stage innovations that will contribute to California’s energy savings targets for the future, as well as meeting national goals for energy efficiency. 

Learn about the Utilities’ Emerging Technology Program and how it can benefit the commercialization of your energy efficiency or demand response technology. This event will focus specifically on energy management (EM) and information technology (IT) related end-use California utility programs. Presenters will identify key utility gaps, needs, opportunities, and priorities within the EM and IT arenas.

Who should attend: Entrepreneurs, technology companies, researchers and investors

All attendees will have the opportunity to network with PG&E, SoCalGas, SCE, SDG&E, and SMUD staff managing technology adoption, evaluation and implementation.

The Program ("PGE TRIO Roundtable Program 08.19.2013.PDF", 723 KB) and Slides ("PGE TRIO Roundtable Slides 08.19.2013.PDF", 7.8 MB) are available for download at the links below.

PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco
Event Type
Non-ETCC Events
Event Host
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