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Rebecca Foster will moderate a session on “Community Energy Planning and Implementation: New Opportunities for Increasing Program Uptake” which will reflect on the changing relationship between utilities and customers as we move towards the utility of future and contemplate the role of community in scaling up energy efficiency and increasing market transformation.
Rebecca Foster will present on “Valuing Energy Efficiency and Solar in the Real Estate Industry” which will report on recent activity in Washington, DC to green the MLS and track sales data for high performance homes, and present the results of a recent study to quantify the value that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems add to home sales.
David Hill will moderate a session on “Growing and Transforming Distributed Energy Markets” which will focus on an assessment of the extent to which incentive programs and other forms of public policy have affected the transformation of distributed energy resource (DER) markets. This session will also explore the emergence of PV-storage combinations, and the steps that various market actors and regulators across the industry are taking towards grid integration.
Nicole Carpenter will present on “Beyond the 5%: Solutions for Small and Medium Commercial Retrofits” which will share strategies that are actively being used to improve efficiency retrofits for the small and medium commercial building industry, including program design approaches, targeted end measures, innovative incentive structures, and financing mechanisms.
Nick Lange will moderate a session on “Minding the Gap: Can Residential Efficiency Programs and ENERGY STAR Keep Pace with the Market?” which will examine this issue through the lens efficiency industry efforts to support the energy savings potential of connected climate controls (e.g. smart thermostats). We’ll hear from the “bleeding edges” of product specification efforts and forward-thinking energy efficiency program administrator activities about how the market’s speed and trajectory are driving changes to program design and implementation.
John Supp will present on “Better Quality Data and Confidence through Ratings” which will discuss the effectiveness of policies to address various topics, including benchmarking and rating methodologies and tools, data quality, training and support mechanisms, stakeholder engagement, data analysis, and use in program and policy development are helping the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility achieve the goals.