Small Breakout Session 4
Industrial Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) Characterization
Strategic Energy Management (SEM) for industrial facilities shows great promise, and the Pacific Northwest has taken a leadership role in establishing program approaches with proven energy savings. A number of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) support monitoring, tracking, reporting, and other SEM program functions, but to date there has been no practical means of comparing the various tools. PECI has recently completed research to better understand SEM monitoring needs and to develop an inventory of EMIS that have the potential to meet those needs. What EMIS features can benefit SEM, and what are obstacles on the potentially rocky path towards full integration?
Eliot Crowe, PECI
Nick Leritz, NEEA
Integration of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response at Industrial Facilities
Past conferences have presented the business case for demand response (DR), joint EE / DR marketing approaches and how DR impacts the distribution/transmission system. So what are utilities considering when assessing EE and DR offerings? Learn how EE and DR might interact at a specific industrial site and how to track and measure the savings and interactions. How do you analyze the interaction of EE and DR savings if a site participates in Strategic Energy Management or Track and Tune? How does a utility or industrial site determine which program to do?
Vic Hubbard, Franklin County PUD
Will Price, Eugene Water and Electric Board
Leo Quiachon, Energy Northwest
Moderator: Jennifer Eskil, BPA
Utility Applications of Building Benchmarking Data
Energy performance information from tens of thousands of buildings is being reported to U.S. cities and states under new benchmarking programs. The coming availability and accessibility of energy performance and physical and operational building characteristics information is unprecedented. Utilities will be able to leverage the data to inform energy efficiency program design, market analysis, conservation potential assessments, and program and savings evaluation and verification. However, to unlock the power of the data, utilities must first identify and overcome organizational, legal, and technical challenges. Understand the types of data being collected, its value to the utility and its commercial customers, and how utilities can use it.
Rebecca Baker, City of Seattle
Brendan O’Donnell, Seattle City Light
Brittany Price, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
Kim Saganski, Puget Sound Energy
Moderator: Andrea Krukowski, Institute for Market Transformation
HEATWISE South Everett: A Community Ductless Heat Pump Program
Snohomish County PUD, in partnership with local non-profit Northwest SEED, is conducting a pilot program to encourage installations of ductless heat pumps in their service territory. HEATWISE will build on the successful Solarize Washington photovoltaic group-purchase campaign model, leveraging the power of bulk purchasing to bring down costs for all. Like Solarize, the HEATWISE pilot is community-driven and geographically targeted. Come hear about the pilot, lessons learned to date and evaluate if this model could be applied to your programs. Plus share your feedback and creative thinking to help us make HEATWISE a success!
Katie Breene, Northwest SEED
Suzy Oversvee, Snohomish County PUD
Heat Pump Water Heaters for Cold Climates
Heat pump waters represent the largest savings potential for residential buildings over the next 20+ years in the Northwest. Tier 1 heat pump water heaters perform well in Zone 1 and 2 climates. Hear how Tier 2 products perform in real-world Zone 3 climates with data from NEEA’s 30-unit and 50-unit field studies.
Dave Kresta, NEEA
Jim Maunder, Ravalli Electric Coop
Jill Reynolds, NEEA
Who’s Driving Residential HVAC Efficiency: Equipment vs. Behavior?
There’s no doubt that variable-speed, inverter-driven ductless heat pumps (DHPs) have the ability to improve HVAC efficiency. But after a recent review of the savings assumption by the Regional Technical Forum (RTF), other interactive effects have come to light. Consumer take-backs for greater heating comfort, cooling benefits, and the impacts of the use of supplemental fuels (wood, propane, etc.) mean significantly less savings from DHP technology alone. Let’s discuss ways to use program design and homeowner behavior to reach higher realization rates for this important space heating measure.
Poppy Storm, Ecotope
Demand Response: How can BPA Help You?
Do you have questions about the demand response technologies that have been tested, the evaluations that have been conducted, the current BPA demand response portfolio, or the impact the growth of demand response has on customers? This session is the place to have them answered. Come with your questions to be answered or your experiences to share in this conversation about BPA’s demand response program.
Lee Hall, BPA
Operations & Maintenance -- the Next Frontier in Commercial EE
Moderator: Sarah Hall, NEEA
Can Evaluation be a Triple Win?
Despite, or perhaps because of, the time, resources, and effort expended, energy efficiency program evaluations deliver old news about savings already achieved and programs already changed. While important for compliance reporting, evaluation results can be irrelevant, and even counterproductive to innovation and program improvement. The presenter humbly suggests that we can break out of the ‘compliance-only’ mold and create a ‘triple win’ of meeting compliance needs, boosting ongoing savings and improving program operations. Program delivery staff, operations staff, and evaluators are all invited to this engaging discussion on creating evaluation processes that produce timely, meaningful, actionable, and high value results.
Jim Perich-Anderson, Puget Sound Energy
Bundle Up for Additional Energy Savings
The concept of bundling is simple: Products and services that naturally enhance each other—like chips and dip—are offered together. This is the way that our customers think about their projects. They typically bundle interior and exterior lighting, HVAC equipment and controls, or other separate energy efficiency measures together. Unfortunately, many program implementers face cost-effectiveness requirements that insist on measure-by-measure assessment. In those cases, some specific measures may not earn incentives even though the bundled measure package is cost-effective. BPA has led the move away from that measure-by-measure mindset for commercial lighting projects. They also assess Custom Efficiency projects cost-effectiveness on a project-by-project (or application-by-application) basis. Some other programs have more rigid constraints. Should we move all of our programs in that direction too? Come and join the discussion with your experience and input.
Curt Nichols, Energy Efficiency Professional
John Wilson, BPA
Improving our EE Crystal Balls through the Science of Adoption Theory
The adoption of new technological innovation typically follows a particular pattern. A better understanding of the pattern of how people adopt technology can help us better design and implement energy efficiency programs and allow us to better forecast savings. This session will summarize findings from adoption paths, and results from adoption forecasting and modeling and potential implications for program design.
Christine Jerko, NEEA
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Catastrophic Failures and Cautionary Tales in Marketing
Success is instructive, but failure is often more so. Failure is also much more amusing to talk about, especially when it is someone else’s. Come share your best marketing horror stories so your peers can learn from your example.
Elaine Blatt, NEEA
Justin Holzgrove, Mason County PUD 3
Dave Moody, BPA