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Quarterly Meeting: Practical Implications of Commercial Energy Efficiency Policy


Practical Implications of Commercial Energy Efficiency Policy

This ETCC meeting will convene experts from industry, research, utility and government entities to discuss challenges and successes in the commercial building sector.  Speakers will highlight how current energy legislation and new policies are affecting commercial building design and technology application.  Panelists will also address the challenge of ensuring that all players contribute to making energy efficiency projects successful throughout their lifecycle, regardless of building ownership.  Finally, speakers will address the role of microgrids as the integration of energy efficiency, distributed generation and storage picks up momentum.



9:00 am         Breakfast Networking and Exhibiting

10:00 am       Introduction, Safety and ETCC Updates

Edwin Hornquist, Emerging Technologies Program Manager, Southern California Edison

10:20 am       Legislation to Implementation: Practical Impacts of Commercial Energy Policy

How do SB350 and AB802 affect companies day-to-day, and how does that legislation change the industry as a whole?  Where can builders, contractors, owners, and tenants find the opportunities and gaps – either in technology or policy?  What are the repercussion of those gaps and how can they be addressed?

Moderator: David Hodgins, Executive Director, LA Better Buildings Challenge

Patrick Saxton, Advisor, California Energy Commission

Andrew Meiman, Principal, ARC Alternatives

Matt Evans, Manager Emerging Products, Southern California Edison

11:40 am       Networking, Lunch (provided) and Exhibiting

12:45 pm       We Built It, Now What? Engaging All Stakeholders in Ongoing Operation of ZNE Commercial Spaces

How can building owners be engaged in energy efficiency if occupants pay the utility bills?  Plenty of existing commercial buildings have been retrofitted and renovated to attract high-paying tenants, but how did this come about? Panelists will discuss specific projects, highlight key takeaways and lessons learned, and elaborate on how those lessons can be applied on a broader scale.

Moderator: Ralph DiNola, CEO, New Buildings Institute

Mary Ann Piette, Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, LBNL

Brandon Tinianov, VP Business Development, ViewGlass

Siva Gunda, Director of Research, UC Davis

1:55 pm         Break

2:15 pm         A Macro Approach to the Micro Grid

It's time to think beyond just one building and embrace a broader approach.  Panelists will discuss how DER can make a whole campus of office or university buildings highly energy efficient.  Speakers will touch on micro grids and how current consumer demands and legislation make this holistic approach the next important step in building.

Moderator: Paul Delaney, Senior Engineer, SCE

Dick Paulson, CEO, Pargen

Jeff Bedell, VP Sustainability and Energy, Macerich Corp.

Rob Ferber, CEO, Electron Vault

3:25 pm         Wrap-Up

Edwin Hornquist, Emerging Technologies Program Manager, Southern California Edison

3:30 pm         Continued Networking and Exhibits

Audio recording of the event:

SCE Energy Education Center, 6090 N. Irwindale Ave, Irwindale, CA 91072
and via Webinar
Event Type
Quarterly Meeting
Event Host
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The ETCC is funded in part by ratepayer dollars and the California IOU Emerging Technologies Program, the IOU Codes & Standards Planning & Coordination Subprograms, and the Demand Response Emerging Technologies (DRET) Collaborative programs under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The municipal portion of this program is funded and administered by Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.