Forum Agenda

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

10:00am – 12:00pm
Pre-Forum Workshop (for Utility and Government Attendees Only)
Session Co-Chairs: Paul Reid, Azusa Light & Water and Adrianne Rogers, City of Colton Electric Utility  

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Buffet

12:45pm – 1:00pm
First-timer Orientation and Welcome

1:00pm – 1:15pm
Welcoming Remarks
Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Opening Keynote

2:15pm – 2:45pm
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

2:45pm – 4:15pm
Strategic/Policy View
Session Co-Chairs: Liz Anderson, Washington Public Utility Districts Association and Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration

4:15pm – 5:15pm
Meet the Exhibitors
Session Co-Chairs:  Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group and Dennis Guido, Staples & Associates

5:15pm
Adjourn

5:15pm – 6:15pm
Reception

6:30pm
Dinner

8:00pm
Networking Campfire
Unwind at a casual gathering around the fire ring to reflect on the day's discussion and look ahead to tomorrow.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet

8:30am – 10:00am
Energy Efficiency and Electrification Load Growth: How to Handle Mixed Messages
Session Chair:  Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power

  • Emily Lemei, Northern California Power Agency, Moderator
  • Steve Starks, LADWP
  • Christine Tam, City of Palo Alto Utilities

    Emily Lemei   Steve Starks   Christine Tam

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break with Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

10:30am – 12:00pm
Customer View
Session Co-Chairs:  Nathan Aronson, Redding Electric Utility and Joanna Lopez, Southern California Public Power Authority

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Buffet

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Midpoint Keynote

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Technology View
Session Co-Chairs:  Katie Cort, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Mark Rehley, NEEA

  • Residential Energy Storage Systems:  A Closer Look at Competing Technologies in the Australian and US Markets
    Chris Calwell, Ecos Research 

    Chris Calwell

3:30pm – 3:45pm
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

3:45pm – 5:15pm
Utility Program Stand-up Challenge
Session Co-Chairs:  Cheri Davis, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and David Reynolds, ERS
Join us for the craziest round of concurrent sessions ever! Imagine speed dating meets the lightning round of a TV game show! Visit up to 6 storyboards detailing utility-sponsored energy programs or research. Each storyboard presenter has up to 5 minutes (plus up to 7 minutes for Q&A) to share with you the program’s goals, successes and lessons learned. A bell rings, you choose another storyboard, and the 12-minute clock starts again. Due to limited space, we will break this year’s event up into two segments, with a short intermission to set up new storyboards at the midpoint.

  • SMUD Smart Homes: Electrification Successes and Next Steps -- Ray Nalangan, SMUD
    Within a year of operation, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) All-Electric Smart Homes Program exceeded expectations with approximately 40 projects, totaling 1,800 single family and multifamily units, committing to the program. Through the marketing of electrification benefits and cost savings, design assistance and lucrative incentives provided by SMUD, builder interest in all-electric homes grew tremendously. Given the success of the Smart Homes Program, SMUD incorporated incentives for next level technology such as battery energy storage and their Solar Shares program into the Smart Homes program. This offers homeowners a means to take full advantage of their all-electric home and appliances. This discussion will focus on the impact, successes, and lessons learned from the Smart Homes Program and how it can be applied to other utilities, especially publicly owned utilities like SMUD. We will also discuss the funding mechanisms for all-electric programs. Finally, we will look at how the program will be modified to keep builders and homeowners interested in all-electric homes for future Title 24 code cycles.

5:15pm – 6:15pm
Reception

6:30pm
Dinner

8:00pm
Wine Tasting & Networking

Friday, April 24, 2020

7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet

8:30am – 10:00am
Behind the Meter Energy Storage
Session Co-Chairs:  Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration and Mark Martinez, Southern California Edison

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break with Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Mark Gosvener, Efficiency Services Group

10:30am – 12:00pm
Utility Programs Snapshot
Session Co-Chairs:  Kapil Kulkarni, California Public Utilities Commission and Dan Kay, Grays Harbor PUD

  • Energy Savings and Demand Shifting – One Year into Time of Day Pricing for all Residential Customers
    John Phelan, Fort Collins Utilities

    John Phelan

12:00pm
Adjourn