Active Efficiency Forum | Alliance to Save Energy

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Please join us for our inaugural Active Efficiency Forum! This event will be fully virtual and will offer a deep dive into the Alliance's Active Efficiency Collaborative. The Collaborative is a community of industry leaders, NGOS, and public sector institutions working to accelerate the adoption of Active Efficiency, which encompasses these new innovations working alongside traditional methods. It does this by deepening collaboration among stakeholders, cultivating champions, and developing strategies and policies to scale up Active Efficiency at federal, state, and local levels. The Forum will serve as the culmination and release of the Collaborative’s year-one reports, including Guiding Principles for Next-Generation Performance-based Utility Program Models and a report on Beneficial Electrification and Grid Opportunities.

Immediately following the Active Efficiency Forum the Alliance will be co-hosting the USEA EE Forum. The day will conclude with a celebratory reception honoring the Alliance’s 2020 Star of Energy Efficiency Award recipient – the Efficiency Maine Trust – as well as the induction of the 2020 class into the USEA Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame. Check back soon for more details on the agenda.



1:00 Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Efficiency Maine Trust 
                Clay Nesler, Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy
1:05 Case Study: Efficiency Maine Trust Fireside Chat 
                Speakers: Michael Stoddard, Executive Director, Efficiency Maine Trust 
1:20 Beneficial Electrification and Grid Opportunities
                Introduction of panel by Clay Nesler, Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy
                Moderator: Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
                Speakers: Ed Barbour, Partner, Guidehouse 
                Regina Montalbano, Technical Services Manager, TRC Companies
                David Terry, Executive Director, NASEO 
                Keith Dennis, Vice President, Consumer Member Engagement, NRECA
Beneficial electrification -- the transitioning of end-uses powered by fossil fuels to electricity in circumstances where certain benefits are achieved – is a topic of great interest for policymakers. The benefits can be many: some forms of beneficial electrification come with direct energy efficiency gains, and if deployed together with demand flexibility, beneficial electrification can accelerate the decarbonization of the grid and enhance its utilization. However, how beneficial electrification is implemented is an important feature of whether – and for whom – it is beneficial, requiring careful consideration of the impacts on equity and energy costs, grid reliability and resilience, and emissions. How should policymakers and industry partners view this trend and how can it be guided to achieve the greatest benefit? 
2:00 Case Study: Next-Generation Performance-based Utility Program Models
                Moderator: Colm Otten, Program Manager, Solution Design and Management, Seattle City Light                  Speakers: Joseph Fernandi, Manager, Program Implementation, Seattle City Light
                Salley Anderson, CFO and Corporate Treasurer, Bullitt Foundation
2:20 Next-Generation Performance-based Utility Program Models
                 Introduction of panel by Clay Nesler, Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy
                 Co-Moderators: Adam Procell, Chief Strategy Officer, Willdan
                 Mike Bushey, Director, Customer Programs and Services, Southern California Edison
                 Speakers: Bill Garbati, Regional Director, Business Development, Ameresco
                 Adam Cooper, Senior Director of Research and Strategy, EEI (confirmed)

This panel will discuss the newly released Guiding Principles for Next-Generation Performance-based Utility Program Models. The Principles provide a framework for developing utility programs that can support deep energy retrofits and enhance demand flexibility to help meet energy, economic, equity, and environmental goals. The Active Efficiency Collaborative developed these Principles based on input from a series of regional, multi-stakeholder workshops held in September-November 2020. The more than 100 workshop participants – including utilities, regulators, energy services companies, technology manufacturers, research organizations, and federal and state government representatives – explored how performance-based utility program models can accelerate the implementation of Active Efficiency strategies, including through supporting beneficial electrification and the growth of grid-interactive efficient buildings.

3:00 Closing Remarks 
                 Clay Nesler, Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy