14th Annual AESP-NEEC Conference

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) held their fourteenth annual joint conference on November 13, 2014 in Framingham, MA.

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 – 10:00 AM

The Role of Energy Efficiency in New Utility Models: New York and Massachusetts 

Massachusetts has been working for the past two years on a grid modernization proceeding initiated by the Department of Public Utilities. In 2014, New York launched Reforming the Energy Vision, an ambitious and comprehensive proceeding examining the future role of utilities and ancillary service providers, and the necessary regulatory and rate structure changes needed to support this new framework. As two leading states look to modernize their energy delivery systems – making way for more distributed generation, intermittent renewables and customer communication – what is the role for energy efficiency, and how will these major initiatives impact the energy services?

Moderator: Natalie Hildt Treat, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Janet Gail Besser, VP for Policy & Government Affairs, New England
Clean Energy Council

Ben Davis, Director, Electric Power Division,
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, National Resources Defense Council

Peter Zschokke, Director of Regulatory Strategies, National Grid
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10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Using Data Analytics in Driving Energy Efficiency

Everywhere you turn “Big Data” is driving businesses to a new era of understanding about their customers, prospects and potential. Using data effectively presents new opportunities to increase energy savings and potentially lower delivery costs. Learn how two companies are using proprietary or market-based tools to advance energy savings for their customers. Our speakers will focus on what drove their need for advanced analytics, how they use the tools today, and the success they had with implementation.

Moderator: Kim Dragoo, ICF International

Domenic Armano, Vice President for Customer Solutions, First Fuels
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Matt Buecker, Senior Marketing Specialist, Energy Efficiency Programs,
Baltimore Gas & Electric Company
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Dale Kruchten, Director, Analytics, Modeling & Forecasting, National Grid
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11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Networking Lunch

Special Recognition Award to Carol White, National Grid

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

It’s Cold Out There: Can Energy Efficiency Mitigate Winter Peak Issues? 

In what is forecasted to be another winter of supply constraints, the heavily natural gas-reliant Northeast states are concerned about coincident heating and electricity demands potentially straining capacity, and driving up costs. In this session, we’ll hear about what program administrators, state energy offices and regulators are doing to help customers stay ahead of the curve — through energy efficiency and behavioral changes.

Moderator: Chuck Clinton, National Association of State Energy Officials Download presentation

Ron Araujo, Manager, Implementation, Northeast Utilities

Asa Hopkins, Director, Planning and Energy Resources Division,
Vermont Department of Public Services

Jeff Schlegel, Consultant to Connecticut and Massachusetts EE
Stakeholder Boards
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2:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Break

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

New Opportunities for Emerging Technologies 

As equipment markets evolve and codes and standards grow ever more aggressive, DSM program administrators must keep pace. New, more efficient solutions perpetually emerge and efforts to accelerate the widespread commercialization of viable and potentially underutilized efficient methods and technologies are underway. This session will examine the role of technology in energy efficiency moving forward. What are the opportunities in our region, and what new technologies will arise from those opportunities?

Moderator: Mary Sutter, Opinion Dynamics

Gabe Arnold, Market Strategies Program Manager, 
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Liz Hanna, Associate Project Manager, Policy Planning & Market Development, NYSERDA
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Peter Klint, Program Manager, Emerging Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Northeast Utilities
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3:15 PM – 3:30 PM – Wrap-up and Adjourn


Conference attendees are invited to gather for beverages, light refreshments, and conversation.