2018 Spring Symposium Recap
The Council’s Spring Symposium was held in Berkeley on April 26, 2018. Nearly 200 attendees engaged with speakers, panelists, and one another to share what we are “learning by doing” in the rapidly changing energy efficiency and demand management resource arenas.
Maggie Molina, Senior Director of Policy at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ACEEE, discussed ACEEE’s latest work and findings on efficiency’s value as a foundational energy resources, its new roles in distributed resource planning, and its increasingly recognized value to public health and affordable housing.
Council Senior Policy Director Melanie Gillette moderated a panel on the big things ahead for residential demand response. Panelists shared details of some of the innovative programs in this space – such as California’s unique winter gas demand response program, Bring Your Own Device and multi-device demand response programs, and the latest innovations that allow remote control and aggregation of EV charging for grid balancing. The panel discussed issues around customer enrollment and satisfaction in these programs and shared their thoughts on what we can expect to see from utilities in the next 2-4 years as well as how programs will need to change to address the role of DERs.
Gene Rodrigues from ICF moderated a provocative, lively rapid-fire Program Administrators Lightning Round that provided an opportunity for participants to debate the role of gas in a low carbon future and where efficiency is finding new value, among other top-of-mind issues.
The first afternoon panel, moderated by Carmen Henrikson from TRC, explored the many flavors of pay-for-performance and had us all thinking of our favorite ice cream flavor! Panelists presented recent research and shared their ideas on whether pay-for-performance for energy efficiency is new, or whether it is simply an old model finding new relevance in a metered-savings world. Panelists discussed pay-for-performance models across the nation as well as the historic track record. We heard about how demand response fits the pay-for-performance model and lessons learned from that model.
Council Senior Policy Manager Michelle Vigen moderated the final panel of the day, and panelists shared their perspectives on procuring energy efficiency as a grid resource. Panelists touched on the policy challenges, bidding opportunities and larger changes the market and utilities will face as the distributed energy resources world evolves.
To conclude the conference, the Council’s Executive Director Margie Gardner shared her observations from 35 years in the trenches! Margie has truly been such a pioneer, mentor, and leader in shaping the energy efficiency industry, and she will be missed as we wish her all the best in her retirement!
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