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1st Annual Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange

Held October 24-26, 2007 at Aspen Meadows, Aspen, Colorado

2007 Agenda

Archived Agenda from 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

9 am – 12 noon Pre-Conference Workshop on Improving Your Utility's Website
Tom DuBos, Business Development Manager and Michael Overstreet, Product Manager, Apogee Interactive
Workshop on proven and cost-effective techniques for utility web sites.


10 am – 12 noon Pre-Conference Meeting on Colorado Statewide CFL Program Initiative
Adam Perry, LEED® AP, Energy Services Specialist, Platte River Power Authority

Update and discussion on efforts to develop a straw proposal for a statewide CFL program based on the Fort Collins/Platte River current program model.


12 noon Conference Convenes - Opening Keynote Speaker

Xcel Energy's Colorado EE Plan and National Action Plan for EE
Deb Sundin, Director, Business Product Marketing, Xcel Energy, and Member of Leadership Group for National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency

Overview of Xcel Energy’s program activities and insight into national efforts underway
Introduced by Dan Watson, Chief Executive Officer, SourceGas

Following Welcoming Remarks by Jeff Rice, Utilities Efficiency Manager, Aspen Utilities


1:30 – 5:00 pm Focus on Energy Efficiency session

Co-chairs:
• Adam Perry, LEED® AP, Energy Services Specialist, Platte River Power Authority
• Matthew Daunis, Manager - Energy Efficiency Programs, Aquila, Inc.


1:30-2:30 pm Utility Program Snap Shots
Highlights of Colorado utility activities in energy efficiency presented by the session co-chairs and other conference participants


2:30-3:00 pm Aquila’s Energy Efficiency Programs
Matthew Daunis, Manager - Energy Efficiency Programs, Aquila

Overview of natural gas and electric program developments in Colorado and natural gas energy efficiency program success in Iowa


3:00-3:30pm Refreshment Break


3:30-4:00pm Promoting Energy Efficiency Without Rebates
Bob Dickey, Manager, Marketing and Economic Dev., Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative

Learn how one cooperative aggressively promotes electric home heating as part of a comprehensive residential utility marketing program. What makes this case study so compelling is that the cooperative does not offer member rebates.


4:00-4:30pm Regional Utility Collaboration to Implement Market Transformation Energy Efficiency Programs: When it Makes Sense, How it Can Work, Problems to Anticipate & Pitfalls to Avoid
Peter Feroli, Vice President, Applied Proactive Technologies, and Brad Steele, President, Energy Federation

APT and EFI have worked together for the past decade to help utility and energy efficiency provider clients implement both utility specific, statewide, and regional programs to promote greater market acceptance and saturation of a variety of energy efficiency products and services. This session will focus on the types of programs that make most sense for energy efficiency program providers to implement collaboratively rather than individually. Topics covered will include the benefits of working together, the pitfalls of not working together, basic rules that all parties should follow and lessons learned over the years. The speakers encourage group interaction to identify and discuss areas of concern or address any questions that attendees have regarding regional program implementation.


4:30-5pm Holy Cross Energy Cooperative Program Overview
Stephen B. Casey, Member Services Supervisor, Holy Cross Energy

The purpose of my presentation will be to summarize programs Holy Cross Energy has embraced to address Renewable Energy Generation,
Energy Conservation and Efficiency, and Green Pricing opportunities for our consumers.


5:00 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception

Thursday, October 25, 2007

7:30-8:30am Breakfast Breakout Discussions
Join fellow attendees for facilitated discussions around the breakfast table regarding the most relevant topics that you chose during the previous evening’s networking reception with these facilitators:

• Tom DuBos, Business Development Manager, Apogee Interactive
• John Richards, Marathon Water Heaters


8:30am – 12 noon Focus on Carbon Reduction session

Co-chairs:
• Bill Ewer, Customer Services & Marketing Manager, Longmont Power & Communications
• Jeff Rice, Utilities Efficiency Manager, Aspen Utilities


8:30-9:30 am Utility Program Snap Shots
Highlights of Colorado utility activities in carbon reduction presented by the session co-chairs and other conference participants


9:30 – 10:00 am Boulder County’s Carbon Reduction Initiatives
Ann Livingston, Sustainability Coordinator, Boulder County, Colorado

Summary of what Boulder County has done and its plans going forward to reduce GHG emissions. Boulder County has completed a greenhouse gas inventory that identifies the sources of greenhouse gases in the county and projected rates of increase for GHG emissions based on historical data. Boulder County has also adopted a Sustainability Initiative and now has a working draft for Sustainable Energy Strategies to reduce GHG emissions below 1990 levels by 2012.


10:00-10:30am Refreshment Break


10:30-11:00 am Colorado Green Building Initiatives and Utility Partnership Opportunities, Panel Discussion
Jeff Rice, Utilities Efficiency Manager, Aspen Utilities and Aspen Institute Representative
Discover the breadth of green buildings intitiatives underway in Aspen particularly the very conference center where we're meeting and the framework for the LEED certification effort. Hear how utilities are partnering with builders and developers.


11:00-11:30 am Utility Best Practices for Implementing Green Marketing Programs
Erich Landis, Sr. Vice President, WindStreet Energy

With your commercial business and residential utility customers becoming increasingly interested in green power, learn how others are branding, targeting and driving sign-ups in their territories. And how they are planning to supply renewables.


11:30am – 12 noon Earth Energy and GSHP Systems: What Utilities Need to Know
Richard Sallee, Director of Business Development - Demand Side, ClimateMaster and Terry Proffer, Major Geothermal

Overview of the technology that heats and cools the Aspen Institute’s own building and hundreds of other residential, commercial and government building across Colorado. Key success factors for utility-contractor partnership that promote this space conditioning alternative.


12 noon – 1:30pm Mid-point Keynote Presentation with lunch served
Natural Gas Role in Carbon Reduction
Len Mize, Director Corporate Communications, SourceGas (formerly Kinder Morgan)

Hear how the senior executive at a privately-owned natural gas utility is working in Colorado and neighboring states to balance the sometimes competing interests of supply conservation goals and shareholder value expectations.
Introduced by Mark McGahey, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association


1:30 – 5:00 pm Focus on Demand Response session
Chair:
• Kevin Cooney, CEO, Summit Blue Consulting


1:30-2:00 pm Utility Program Snap Shots
Highlights of Colorado utility activities in demand response presented by the session co-chairs and other conference participants


2:00-2:30pm Gridwise Appliance Load Management Initiative: An Industry Partnership
Dr. Don Hammerstrom, Ph.D., Project Manager, Pacific Northwest Laboratory with
Gale Horst, Lead Engineer, Corporate Innovation Technology, Whirlpool Corporation

Learn about a jointly-managed demonstration project being conducted by Pacific Northwest Labs, Bonneville Power Administration and others with products provided by Whirlpool Discover key success factors in creating such industry partnerships.


2:30-3:00 pm Two Decades of Load Control Program Experience
Tom Holt, Member Services and Marketing Manager, East River Electric Cooperative

Understand how the East River member cooperatives' load management system has been operating for over 22 years and has saved almost $90 million in avoided wholesale power costs. Over 60,000 different electric loads in homes, farms and businesses of member consumers throughout eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota are connected to the system. These loads include electric water heaters, air conditioners, irrigation systems and large industrial processes.


3:00 – 3:30pm Refreshment Break


3:30-4:00 pm Irrigation Efficiency Programs
Ron Rose, C.E.M. Industrial Business Account Consultant, Nebraska Public Power District

Learn how Nebraska electrical utilities are implementing demand response and energy efficiency programs for irrigation systems.


4:00-4:30pm Smart Energy Living, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Other Opportunities for Utilities
Patrick Keegan, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Science Center

Discover how Colorado Energy Science Center partners with Xcel Energy, Colorado Springs Utilities, Fort Collins Utilities and others design and deliver home energy efficiency initiatives such as ENERGY STAR for new homes, School programs, Home Energy Makeover contests, workshops, etc.


4:30pm – 5:00pm Contractor Sales Tools That Increase Home Energy Efficiency Program Results
Bruce Matulich, Executive Director, Electric & Gas Industries Association

Rebates may encourage homeowners to adopt single measures, but specially-designed financing programs are central to the leading home energy


5:00 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception at Belly-Up Tavern in downtown Aspen

Friday, October 26, 2007

7:30-8:30am Breakfast Buffet in Meadows Restaurant with Breakout Discussions
Join fellow attendees for facilitated discussions around the breakfast table regarding the most relevant topics that you chose during the previous evening’s networking reception with these facilitators:
• Peter Feroli, Vice President, Applied Proactive Technologies
• Ron Horstman, Energy Services Manager, Western Area Power Administration

Focus on Non-Energy Benefits session
Chair:
• Dave Munk, Program Manager, Resource Action Programs


8:30-9:00 am Utility Program Snap Shots
Highlights of Colorado utility activities in water efficiency and customer service presented by the session chairs and other conference participants


9:00-9:30am Working with the Water Utilities to Achieve Energy & Demand Response Goals
Kevin Cooney, CEO, Summit Blue Consulting

The embedded energy in delivered water provides a unique opportunity to integrate water savings into energy efficiency program efforts. Learn about a recent American Water Works Research Foundation project investigated the risk and benefits of various energy management strategies at water and wastewater treatment facilities. A triple bottom line approach that considers reliability, financial, and environmental risks was considered for each case study developed with utilities in several states. This talk will summarize energy management strategies for both power supply (backup power, rate options, and others) and energy demand (water conservation programs to pump scheduling) for delivering safe water while optimizing the financial benefits of energy management.


9:30-10:00am Make it Real for your Customers--What's in it for Them?
Tom DuBos, Business Development Manager, Apogee Interactive

You can increase program participation by engaging your customers and showing them the benefits of efficiency. Simple tools can quantify and demonstrate the savings potential and environmental impact of their actions. See how online interactive applications can help you promote your efficiency portfolio while increasing customer satisfaction.


10:00 – 10:30 am Refreshment Break


10:30 – 11:00 am A Texas Perspective by Price Robertson, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager, Oncor Electric Delivery (formerly Texas Utilities) with Glenn Garland, ClearResult
Discussion of best practices from Texas utilities in energy efficiency as well as specific program vertical market sectors such as Commercial and Industrial and market transformation programs


11:00 – 11:30 am Innovative Rate Design Lets Customers Choose by Mutch Usera, Director, Community Connections & Retail Marketing, Black Hills Power
Black Hills Power offers an innovative “residential demand service” rate for customers that use an average of 1,200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or more per month. In addition, customers may purchase a whole house Demand Controller that cycles major appliances to assure that the home’s energy use doesn’t exceed set levels during peak energy conditions. Customers on the demand rate appear to be saving up to 30% annually as compared to those on the standard utility rate, and 15%-20% annually as compared to those on the electric heat rate.


11:30 a.m. – 12 noon Developing Marketing Communications Materials that Motivate Homeowners to Embrace Efficiency, Demand Response and Renewable Energy Programs
Ed Thomas and Katherine Johnson, Partners, Market Development Group

Homeowners are a critical target market whose actions can generate long-term dividends for energy/water efficiency, demand response and renewable energy programs. Learn how to leverage channel partners such as remodelers, HVAC installers, plumbers and others who are key influencers in homeowner decision-making.


12 noon - 12:30 pm Closing Keynote Presentation
Promoting Renewal Energy Generation in Rural Communities
Georg Shultz, Director, Electric Staff Division, USDA Rural Development

Learn the guidelines for grant and loan fund from USDA for projects in rural communities that promote renewable energy supply
Introduced by Linda Swails, Energy Services, Western Area Power Administration


12:30 pm Conference Adjourns


12:30pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Buffet in Meadows Restaurant


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