Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
In October 2019 in Minneapolis, ACEEE hosted its tenth National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource (EER), the premier US convening conference on efficiency as a utility system resource. Held every other year since 2001, the conference highlighted the latest developments in the design and delivery of customer energy efficiency programs, and in the regulatory mechanisms that help make them possible.
Utilities and system planners now face increasing expectations from policymakers, regulators and customers. There are challenges to integrate technological advancements, modernize the grid, and meet increasing energy and environmental goals… all while constraining costs. These challenges bring opportunities to better integrate energy efficiency to meet those needs. EER19 had a robust discussion of the many issues facing utilities as they acquire and integrate this resource into their planning and operation.
- Crowd favorite "Regional Roundup" plenary highlighting utility energy efficiency updates from across the United States
- Two additional plenary panels, one moderated by ACEEE's Executive Director, Steve Nadel, on the 'hot topic' of energy efficiency's role in electrification and decarbonization. The second panel will be announced as plans progress
- An entertaining and interactive poster session while enjoying lunch and networking with colleagues
- Two dozen breakout sessions on topics including exemplary programs in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors; EE as a distributed resource; the latest developments in electrification; issues in B/C testing and avoided costs; grid-interactive efficient buildings; the latest innovations in policy support for EE; integrated resource planning; market transformation; EE as a non-wires alternative; and various special program area topics, including low-income, rural, new construction, and multifamily programs
Patti Poppe is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson, Michigan based CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility and the nation’s fourth largest combination utility. Consumers Energy provides electricity and natural gas to 6.7 million of Michigan’s 10 million Lower Peninsula residents. She was elected to this position in July 2016.
Since accepting this position, Poppe has led a fundamental transformation of Consumers Energy onto a path of enhanced environmental stewardship. This is most vividly illustrated by the company’s Clean Energy Plan, which features a path to eliminating coal and meeting customers’ electric capacity needs with 90% clean energy resources. Patti Poppe discussed this transformation, and the importance of energy efficiency in building a sustainable energy future.
Patti Poppe gave the keynote address to open the conference.
Physicist Amory Lovins is the cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute. He has written 31 books and over 640 papers. He is a frequent technical and strategic advisor to major firms and governments and a designer of superefficient buildings, vehicles, and factories. He received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards, and Germany’s Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit.
In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. Drawing on examples and evidence from many sectors and applications, his talk will show how with integrative design—designing whole systems, not piles of parts—the energy efficiency resource is severalfold larger and cheaper than normally assumed, and can often yield increasing returns, just like modern renewables.
ACEEE in partnership with the Energy Future Exchange (EFEX) program, organized a pre-conference workshop to highlight how energy efficiency and renewables can work together to create a clean energy future.
This half-day event brought together industry and utility experts, domestic and international policymakers, and researchers. Attendees learned about how utility system planners and customers can integrate efficiency and renewable energy and will have the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with a wide variety of stakeholders.
ACEEE hosted this event to facilitate collaboration among women, further their career progress, and increase gender diversity in the energy efficiency sector, where three of every four jobs are held by men. We heard from two leaders about their experiences as women in a male-dominated field and their career advice. We also asked attendees to share their own stories or news of other networking opportunities for women.
Stacey Paradis, executive director of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, a membership-based nonprofit that she joined in 2008. She oversees the operations of MEEA’s 25-person staff and $6-plus million budget.
Sue Coakley, executive director of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, which she founded in 1996. She has been a clean energy leader for 30-plus years, including five years at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.