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Natural Gas Efficiency Programs – Innovations & Technologies

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FREE for Gas Utility staff, $99 for AESP members, or $149 for all others Gas efficiency programs face unique challenges that their electric counterparts do not – namely how to create a compelling case with low gas prices, and limited innovations in programs and technologies. We present some solutions to these challenges in this webcast. Over one-and-half hours, five presenters will unveil new technologies they are working on, innovative new programs, and a data-backed new strategy to market your gas programs.

Line-up of Presentations and Speakers


Natural Gas Market Transformation
Aaron Winer, NEEA
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is leading the nation’s first regional effort to accelerate the development and adoption of efficient gas technologies – to realize large scale market transformation. Hear about how they achieve this through innovations in combined space-water heaters, gas water heaters, hearth products, rooftops HVACs and clothes dryers.

New Mexico Gas Company’s ThermSmart Homes
Dru Jones, New Mexico Gas Company
We’ll review NMGC’s New Home Construction Program, cover the design and implementation of a gas efficiency program for new construction, as well as learn best practices of working with electric utilities and builder allies.

Natural Gas Emerging Technologies
Hammad Chaudhry, Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas has managed a robust emerging technologies program since 2012, which will be discussed in this presentation.

Instant Rebate! Point of Sale Food Service Rebate Program
Sharareh Moaddeli, SoCal Gas
A convenient process is now being offered for commercial customers to take advantage of SoCal Gas’s cooking equipment rebate program. Learn how this program has successfully engaged small- to medium- sized food service customers to lower their gas usage.

How Money-saving Messaging has Hurt our Industry
Suzanne Shelton, Shelton Group
Marketing efficiency programs on energy savings alone will not drive program participation, especially with the low cost of gas. This presentation shares insights from a recent study, and presents a case for environmental messaging as the key marketing strategy to consider.

• FREE for gas utility staff
• $99, AESP member rate
• $149, nonmember rate
• 1 Group Member point. To purchase with points, email kyle@aesp.org



Think Tech. Think Tools.

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Know them yet? The latest tools and technologies in energy efficiency
LEDs may be the top gamechanging technology we know but it’s hardly new. Today the convergence of smart technologies, connected devices and Big Data has given birth to exciting new solutions in energy efficiency. Not to forget good old-fashioned human innovation creating new products and opportunities.

Come join us in this webcast where we’ll bring you up to speed on what’s out there. We’ll review solutions that ride on the smart technologies platform – networked lighting controls, HEMs, thermostats, energy portal, surveys and more – as well as new energy-saving opportunities in the water sector, thermal energy storage (TES), and Variable Refrigerant Flow heat pumps, to name a few.

Line-up of Presentations and Speakers


Don’t throw that Heat Away, just Move it…it’s Free
Kevin DeMaster, Mitsubishi Electric US
Most buildings run a boiler and AC, expending large amounts of energy dumping heat from the AC while creating heating elsewhere. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heat pumps package the traditional heating, cooling and controls elements into one efficient solution.

Riding the Wave – Realizing Energy Savings in the Water Sector
Jonathan Kleinman, AIQUEOUS
We’ll examine how to ride the wave of infrastructure renewal and smart water systems in capturing energy savings in the water sector.

Thermal Energy Management Systems – Improve Quality, Reduce Operating Costs and Save Energy
Collin Coker, Viking Cold Solutions
Thermal Energy Storage (TES) enables existing refrigeration equipment to run more efficiently, resulting in significant energy savings. We’ll examine a case study of an ice cream distribution facility and its experience with a TES system. .

Implications of innovations in Data Analytics and Data Access on Evaluation, Measurement and Verification practices
Seth Nowak, ACEEE
Learn how utilities are putting access to Big Data and data analytics software to use in EM&V, resulting in new opportunities and innovations in EM&V practices. Hear of examples of successes and the challenges faced.

Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS): The Next Generation of Measures for EE Programs
Brad Piper, Lockheed Martin
A discussion about HEMS hardware, software and measures (outlets, sensors, geo sensors, etc) obtained from two pilots. The discussion will include the benefits and barriers of HEMS for utilities, their impact on evaluations, and general product performances.

Creating better Office Space through Networked Lighting Controls
Wesley Whited, DNV GL
Networked lighting refers to the digital integration of lighting fixtures, sensors and software to create an environment that maximizes occupant comfort and saves energy. Combine this with controllable LED technology, and there’s an opportunity for a Smart Building revolution.

Modernizing the Utility Survey Experience
John Gleason, Bidgely
Existing home audits and utility surveys can gather useful information, but they have shortcomings. Learn how a new platform utilizes personalization, disaggregation and dynamic updating to help increase survey uptake and completion rates.

A Case Study in Smart Thermostats
Stacey Hill, SMECO
Smart thermostats blend technology with building science, weather data, and occupant behavior offering a unique opportunity for energy efficiency programs. In 2015, the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) launched a pilot to explore the impacts of smart thermostat technology and the potential benefits.

Energy Portal: If You Build It, Will They Come?
Peter Widmer, Power TakeOff
This presentation will share lessons learned from Power TakeOff’s eight‐year history as the EIS provider of InfoWise from Xcel Energy. Utilities, will gain knowledge on how to improve the structure and delivery of their existing or planned energy management software portal offered to businesses.

Smarter Homes, Better Savings: How Smart Products Can Actually Help Homes Save Energy
Claire Miziolek, NEEP and Emily Kemper, CLEAResult
We’ll discuss how program administrators can capitalize on the consumer‐facing benefits of smart home products to deliver incremental energy savings. The opportunities presented by smart home products include new distribution channels, enhanced customer engagement, advanced M&V, greater evaluation preparedness, and quicker data collection.

Preview the Webcast

• $99, AESP member rate
• $149, nonmember rate
• 1 Group Member point. To purchase with points, email kyle@aesp.org




All about Pilots – Program Design, Best Practices & Results

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Pilots are an essential first step before the successful introduction of any new energy-saving program that benefits energy users and the community. However a badly designed pilot could also kill a great idea for reasons that are completely unrelated to the concept or the product itself, or worse, wrongfully lead one down the path of full deployment only to be faced with failure. Therefore every new energy conservation technology, or previously untested program design, benefits from a well-designed pilot. Small in scale and low-risk, pilots identify unexpected issues, predict program uptake, potential savings and more, to inform the design for full deployment. Implementing pilots are "no brainers" but there are things you need to know. In this three-hour webcast, you'll leave with all the essentials you need to design and implement pilots including:

• The key considerations in program design
• The pitfalls to avoid
• Get a sneak peek of new concepts currently being piloted, including a Zero Net Energy home pilot, a demand management pilot, geotargeting for the agricultural market pilot, and an in-house Ecoconcierge pilot. Hear their experiences, lessons learned and results so far
• Challenges faced and how to overcome them.


Line-up of Presentations & Speakers


  • The Why, What, and How of Successful Pilot Design, Kessie Avseikova, Opinion Dynamics and Teddy Kisch, Energy Solutions
  • So you want to get to Zero? How to pilot a utility-run ZNE program, Tiina Aardemae and Celia King-Scott, DNV GL
  • How Smart Home Energy Management Changes the way Customers see their Home, Joel Miller, DTE
  • Innovating is Demand-ing: Overcoming the challenges presented from a demand management pilot, Mark Brown, Accelerated Innovations and Matthew Matenaer, Franklin Energy Services
  • Using Geotargeting to Reach Rural Agricultural Customers for Municipal and Cooperative Utilities, Liza Minor, WECC
  • Behavior Change Pilots. Benchmarking, Competition and Rewards: An Experimental Approach to Mass-Scale Multifamily Residential Energy and Water Conservation, Hal Nelson, Residential Energy and Water Intelligence (Res-Intel)
  • Sustainability at your Service: How an Ecoconcierge can boost savings from the hard-to-reach multifamily market, Claire Cowan, Seventhwave
  • The 4Ps of Behavior Change: Implementing a New Marketing Mix in DSM Engagement, Jeff Adam, Alliant Energy 

Preview the Webcast


• $199, AESP member rate
• $299, nonmember rate
• 1 Group Member point. To purchase with points, email kyle@aesp.org

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About AESP Webcast Series

Give us about three hours and we'll give you a full 360-degree view on a topic. AESP’s Webcasts deliver of-the-moment timely content, online and on-demand, through AESP’s learning management system (LMS). Instead of you having to travel to conferences to learn, we bring the topics to you! Like a conference, AESP Webcasts feature multiple presentations from different speakers, with each presentation exploring different aspects of the topic in about 30 minutes, for a total of about 3-4 hours in a webcast.

AESP Webcasts are designed to work with your busy schedule

  • You choose the day. Listen to the webcast on the very same day it launches, the day after, one week later or anytime within one year of purchasing it.*
  • You pick how you want to learn. You can listen to all the presentations all at once (3-4 hours) or split up over a couple of days. With AESP’s LMS platform, you can pick up right where you left off, and even start over at any point.
  • Ask questions*. The speakers will be available to answer your questions for 3 weeks following the launch date. Simply post your questions in the discussion board and it will be answered within 2 business days. You can also see what others have asked, their answers, and add your further questions or comments.


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