13th Annual AESP-NEEC Conference

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) held their thirteenth annual joint conference on October 31, 2013.

Conference Agenda

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Bill Norton
President, AESP Northeast Chapter
Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Opinion Dynamics

Steve Cowell
President, Northeast Energy Efficiency Council
Chairman and CEO, Conservation Services Group

9:00 – 10:15 AM

Through the Crystal Ball: Views on Opportunities for Expanded Efficiency 

This panel will help us frame the day’s discussions as we hear from three experts in policy and program design and implementation. Panelists will discuss the challenges, successes, and most importantly, the opportunities for continuing the region’s on-going ramp-up in energy efficiency investments as states seek to make energy efficiency a first-order resource.

Moderator: Brad Kates, Opinion Dynamics

Ron Araujo, Manager of Conservation and Load Management,
Connecticut Light and Power / Yankee Gas
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Michael Stoddard, Executive Director,
Efficiency Maine Trust
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Carol White, Director, Program Strategy
Massachusetts National Grid
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10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Break

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Beyond Meter Data: Using Circuit-Level Energy Use Data to See Actual Building Performance and Drive Improvement

This panel will illustrate what can be learned from circuit-level energy use data, on its own and in combination with whole-building data and other customer insights. The speakers will discuss how this rich information could be used by a range of audiences, from building occupants and managers who can improve operations, to program planners and implementers who can refine offerings or customer targeting.

Moderator: Bill Norton, Opinion Dynamics

Amanda Dwelley, Associate Director, Opinion Dynamics
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Paul Gromer, CEO, Peregrine Energy Group
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11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Using Building Energy Rating and Disclosure to Motivate Energy Improvements

Understanding how much energy buildings use and how that translates into operating costs has been an increasingly important pursuit within the enegy efficiency sector, from policymakers to property managers. In this sessions, we will hear the City of Boston’s perspective on the recently passed Boston Building Energy Repporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), and from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the innovative methodologies being tested as part of the state’s Commercial Building Asset Rating (BAR) pilot.

Moderator: Jim O’Reilly, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Carl Spector, Director of Climate and Environmental Planning
City of Boston

Patrick Coleman, Building Energy Program Coordinator,
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
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12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Energy Efficiency University with Professor Harvey Michaels

Most energy efficiency professionals are practitioners. Our days are focused on the “what” and the “how.” Today’s college students, however, have the opportunity to study the theoretical and policy issues raised by our work. They think about the “why” and the “what’s next.” In this session, we’ll all have the opportunity to spend some time back in the classroom as Harvey Michaels leads a discussion of some of the issues he covers in his classes at M.I.T.

Speaker: Harvey Michaels, Energy Efficiency Scientist and Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Building the Workforce of the Future

The aging utility workforce has been dubbed the “silver tsunami.”  And as states continue to ramp up investments in energy efficiency and clean energy, we see an ongoing need for new talent in our field.  What kinds of skills are needed today, and what are the jobs of the future?  In this panel we will hear from an expert in green workforce, a leading utility, and we’ll learn about Connecticut’s award-winning E-House trade school program.

Moderator: Natalie Treat, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Kevin Doyle, Principal at Green Economy
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Michael McAteer, Director of Commercial Energy Efficiency Services,
National Grid
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Rebecca Ann Meyer, Senior Program Administrator-Evaluator,
Connecticut Light and Power
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3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Wrap-up and Adjourn


Conference attendees are invited to gather for beverages, light refreshments, and conversation. Sponsored by ICF International.