Forum Agenda

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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 - hosted by ARCA Incorporated

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

If you've never attended the Utility Energy Forum, don't miss this quick session to hear from "veterans" how you can make the most of your Forum experience!

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

1:15pm – 2:15pm 
George KarayannisOpening Keynote -- Creating Connected and Resilient Communities
George Karayannis, Panasonic CityNOW
Communities across the country are increasingly susceptible to extended service disruption as the result of increasingly extreme and frequent weather-related events. Leading cities, real estate developers and utilities are now coming together to create innovative public-private partnerships that provide enhanced community resiliency for single family, multi-family and mixed use developments. Learn what Panasonic is doing at Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town in Japan, and at Pena Station NEXT in Denver, to help align stakeholders to increase community sustainability and resiliency.

2:15pm – 2:45pm 
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2:45pm – 4:15pm
Strategic/Policy View - A 100% Clean Electricity Future and its Impact on Utilities
Session Co-Chairs:  Liz Anderson, Washington PUD Association and Dave Ashuckian, California Energy Commission 
This panel will share their perspectives on the trend toward adopting a 100% clean energy standard, if it is achievable, and how it will impact utilities and shape our future.

  • George Cann, Washington PUD Association

    George Cann

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


5:15pm – 6:15pm 

Dinner - hosted by RHA

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 25, 2019

7:30am – 8:30am 
Breakfast Buffet

8:30am – 10:00am
Electric Vehicles & Electrification
Session Co-Chairs: Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power, and Dan Kay, Grays Harbor PUD

  • Partnering with EV Customers For Deeper Understanding of Driving and Changing Behaviors
    Kathy Knoop, Salt River Project
    Kathy Knoop

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break with Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

10:30am – 12:00pm 
Customer View
Session Co-Chairs: Nathan Aronson, Redding Electric Utility and Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Silicon Valley Power

12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Lunch Buffet

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Panama BartholomyMidpoint Keynote - The Revolution will be Decarbonized
Panama Bartholomy, Building Decarbonization Coalition

California is going through one of its most seismic shifts in building energy policy and design. The move towards full decarbonization of the building stock has started and the policy, technical and financial implications are being developed under our feet. Come hear from an active participant in the discussion working on the policies, programs and projects leading this shift. Panama will discuss where we are, where we are going and what it means for utilities.

2:00pm – 3:30pm 
Technology View
Session Co-Chairs: ​Christopher Dymond, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Luminaire Level Lighting Controls: A New Technology in Lighting
    Chris Wolgamott from Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • The Top Twelve Technologies to Track (T6)
    Graham Parker, Graham Parker & Associates, LLC

    Chris Wolgamott   Graham Parker​​​​​​​

3:30pm – 3:45pm 
Networking Break and Energy Quiz
Quiz Emcee: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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.  We will break the event up into two segments, with a short intermission to set up new storyboards at the midpoint.

  • The Power of Shade Trees -- Amy Young, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    SMUD's Sacramento Shade program was established in 1990 with the goal of helping customers save money on their electric bill by providing free shade trees, allowing customers to cool their home naturally, not with their AC unit. With increasingly stringent Title 24 requirements, smaller lot sizes and the popularity of solar, providing shade trees to customers has become increasingly difficult. SMUD is continuing its partnership with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to provide every customer their best urban forest by redesigning this long-standing program and measuring ALL the benefits of trees. By reaching out to underserved areas and expanding the reach into the community, SMUD hopes to not only grow the canopy of Sacramento but also grow the community. For generations to come customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of these trees, beautifying their neighborhoods, cleaning their air and reducing the urban heat island effect.

5:15pm – 6:15pm 


Wine Tasting & Networking


Friday, April 26, 2019

7:30am – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet

9:00am – 10:15am
Understanding Our Customers
Session Co-Chairs: Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration, and Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Getting Plugged In to Customer Insights 
    Susan Corbelli, Sacramento Municipal Utility District 

    Susan Corbelli

10:15am – 10:30am 
Networking Break with Energy Quiz 
Quiz Emcee: Graham Parker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

10:30am – 12:00pm
Utility Programs Snapshot
Session Co-Chairs: ​Kapil Kulkarni, Burbank Water and Power and Sabrina Barber, Imperial Irrigation District


12:00pm – 1:00pm