2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings VIRTUAL

August 17 – 21, 2020
Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future

Summer Study is Going Virtual!                                   

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Buildings Summer Study will now be held virtually over the week of August 17, 2020. Registration is now open and the "Schedule at a Glance" is up. Scroll down for more information.

Please note that we still plan to publish Summer Study proceedings and thus, authors should continue preparing their papers. The deadlines for all drafts have been extended. Please scroll down to view the new dates.

For the first time, we are offering a virtual 2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. We planned to host this 21st biennial event in our usual, beloved location  the gorgeous grounds of the Asilomar State Beach near Monterey with a reception at the Aquarium. (We will return to both in 2022!) The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the switch to a virtual event, and we're excited about it. We will offer robust, interactive experiences with plenty of networking opportunities.

We see benefits in our virtual SSB. You will be able to attend from the safety and comfort of your home, register at less than half the in-person fee, and feel good about avoiding travel-related emissions. You will also have exclusive access to online presentations and more than 430 papers on cutting-edge research. Only registered attendees will be able to view these resources at their convenience for at least the next six months, giving them an event that lives on.

Our theme for the 2020 Summer Study is “Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future.” We chose this theme in recognition of the rapidly evolving ecosystem of the energy industry. From resilience to health, from distributed energy resources to renewables to grid integration and virtual batteries, energy efficiency remains critical to our success. Whatever the surrounding goals for expansion of clean energy systems and services, the ability to design and operate efficient buildings is an essential foundational requirement.

As co-chairs we are committed to sustaining the relevance and quality of the biennial Summer Study in Buildings - the premiere conference in our field. This year we are especially excited for the continuation of our Energy Efficiency and Equity panel. Low-income communities and communities of color stand to benefit from energy efficiency upgrades, healthier housing, and local job creation; yet they have not typically received explicit attention as stakeholders. This panel focuses on efforts to reach historically under-served households with energy efficiency investments.

Likely Participants: Policymakers; utility staff; architects; builders; financial and insurance professionals involved with buildings; clean-tech investors; building products, equipment, and appliance manufacturers; building owners and operators; engineers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; energy researchers; NGOs; consultants; behavioral scientists; and energy efficiency professionals

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Plenary Session

Tuesday, August 18

Efficiency Now More than Ever

Discussion about the urgency of addressing climate change and environmental justice, including the critical contributions that energy efficiency can make.

Gina McCarthy

Natural Resources Defense Council
President and CEO (and former EPA Administrator)

Gina McCarthy became the president and chief executive officer of NRDC in January 2020, leading more than 700 attorneys, scientists, advocates, and policy experts. McCarthy has been a leading advocate for smart, successful strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years.

McCarthy served as the 13th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation under President Obama. Her leadership led to significant federal, state, and local actions on critical issues related to the environment, economy, energy, and transportation. She led initiatives that cut air pollution, protected water resources, strengthened chemical safety, and reduced greenhouse gases to protect more communities from negative health impacts. McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants.

At the state level, McCarthy served as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, deputy secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development, and undersecretary of policy for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. In Connecticut, she was instrumental in developing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state effort to reduce emissions contributing to global warming, which has spurred economic growth, improved public health, decreased energy demand, and helped mitigate electricity price increases across the region.

At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, McCarthy was a professor of the practice of public health in the Department of Environmental Health and currently chair of the board of advisors at the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE). She also serves as a member of the boards of the Energy Foundation and Ceres.

McCarthy holds a master's degree in environmental health engineering and planning and policy from Tufts University and a bachelor's in social anthropology from University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Plenary Session

Wednesday, August 19

Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future

A panel discussion about links between energy efficiency and other important issues such as climate change, grid costs, economic burdens and environmental justice.

Cecil Corbin-Mark

WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Deputy Director/Director of Policy Initiatives

Cecil Corbin-Mark is WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s (WE ACT) Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives. He holds a BA from Hunter College in Political Science and a M. Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University in England. Prior to joining WE ACT, Cecil worked for the following: the Bronx County District Attorney, NYS Justice Hon. W. T. Martin, the Mellon Minority Scholars Program and the NY Public Library.

Cecil is a father, a pilot and lives in the Hamilton Heights section of West Harlem in NYC, his family’s home for almost 90 years.

Plenary Session

Wednesday, August 19

Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future

A panel discussion about links between energy efficiency and other important issues such as climate change, grid costs, economic burdens and environmental justice.

Leia Guccione

Rocky Mountain Institute
Managing Director

Leia Guccione is the Managing Director for RMI’s Electricity Program, where she leads RMI’s research and collaboration efforts to support the rapid transition to a low-carbon electricity system to support a secure, prosperous, and equitable US economy.

Since 2012, Leia has directed RMI’s research exploring the potential for distributed generation, distributed energy resources, and distributed battery technologies to disrupt utility business models and other aspects of the US electricity system—and advanced the development of targeted solutions for these innovations. Additionally, she’s led client engagements assisting leading utilities, public utility commissions, large corporations, states, and cities to develop evolved business models and policies.

Before joining RMI, Leia served in the US Navy as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer and continues to serve in the US Navy Reserves. She has an MS, Sustainable Development, University of London and a BS, Mechanical Engineering and Political Science, Iowa State University. She is a Professional Engineer, licensed in the State of Colorado.

Plenary Session

Wednesday, August 19

Efficiency: The Core of a Clean Energy Future

A panel discussion about links between energy efficiency and other important issues such as climate change, grid costs, economic burdens and environmental justice.

Paul Hibbard

Analysis Group

Paul Hibbard is a Principal at Analysis Group, a Boston-based economic and financial consulting firm.  Paul is a former Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and has held positions in both energy and environmental regulatory agencies in Massachusetts.  Paul has also served on the New England States' Committee on Electricity, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Executive Committee of the Eastern Interconnect States' Planning Council.  In private practice, Paul provides technical, economic and policy analysis and strategic advice to public and private sector participants in the natural gas and electric industries. 

Paul holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

Plenary Session

Thursday, August 20

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Today’s Challenging Times

This panel of speakers (federal, state and local perspectives) will discuss what they are doing to advance energy efficiency, and how we can help them, despite current challenges such as COVID-19, a fragile economy and other pressing issues that compete for attention.

Paul Tonko

U.S. Representative (D-NY)
Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Congressman Paul D. Tonko is a sixth-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York’s 20th Congressional District in the Capital Region, including the cities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, and his hometown of Amsterdam.

Tonko is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and chairs the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, where he oversees a wide range of issues including clean drinking water, regulation of toxic substances and national climate action. For the 116th Congress, he joined the Committee on Natural Resources and continues to serve on the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where he advocates for scientific integrity and public research.

In addition to his committee duties, Tonko co-chairs the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. He is also a longtime honorary advisor of the Alliance to Save Energy, a bipartisan, nonprofit coalition that promotes energy efficiency across all sectors of the global economy.

Prior to serving in Congress, Tonko was the president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Before that, he served in the New York State Assembly for 25 years, 15 of which he was chair of the Committee on Energy. At the age of 26, he was the youngest person in the history of Montgomery County to be elected to the county’s Board of Supervisors, which he chaired until 1981.

Tonko graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering and is a former engineer for the New York State Public Service Commission. He is a lifelong resident of Amsterdam, New York.

Plenary Session

Thursday, August 20

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Today’s Challenging Times

This panel of speakers (federal, state and local perspectives) will discuss what they are doing to advance energy efficiency, and how we can help them, despite current challenges such as COVID-19, a fragile economy and other pressing issues that compete for attention.

Vicki Hackett

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Deputy Commissioner

As Deputy Commissioner, Vicki is leading DEEP's Energy Branch as Connecticut transitions to a zero carbon electric grid. Her responsibilities include developing Connecticut's Integrated Resources Plan and Comprehensive Energy Strategy, overseeing procurements of clean energy resources, and developing policies and programs in the areas of energy affordability, energy efficiency, and strategic electrification of the transportation and housing sectors to help Connecticut achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

As the Director of Adjudications at the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Vicki oversaw the legal work of the agency and acted as general counsel to the Commissioners on matters including utility rate cases, mergers and acquisitions, regional and federal matters, and grid modernization.

As an attorney at the CT Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), Vicki gained significant experience in utility finance and rate design, integrated resources planning, energy efficiency policy and program review, utility infrastructure planning, and consumer issues related to retail electric supply.  Vicki was a litigation attorney in private practice for four years prior to joining the OCC.

Vicki earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Western Connecticut State University.

Plenary Session

Thursday, August 20

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Today’s Challenging Times

This panel of speakers (federal, state and local perspectives) will discuss what they are doing to advance energy efficiency, and how we can help them, despite current challenges such as COVID-19, a fragile economy and other pressing issues that compete for attention.

Kim Havey

City of Minneapolis
Sustainability Director

Kim Havey is the Director of the Division of Sustainability for the City of Minneapolis. In this role he is responsible for the development of policy in support of the city’s Climate Action Plan, a 100% renewable electricity community wide goal, the first in the nation Clean Energy Partnership, sustainable building policy, green zones and elevating racial environmental justice programs and policies that increased health and wealth in low income communities of color. 

Kim joined the City of Minneapolis after working at the Minnesota Department of Commerce where he led the development and implementation of solar policies and incentive programs that supported more than 4,000 new solar installations resulting in 60 MWs of distributed solar.  He also managed the communications team of the Minnesota State Energy Office.

Prior to that he co-founded Sustology, a sustainability consulting and clean energy development firm.  Kim acted as Chief Financial Officers and led its clean energy portfolio for nine years developing more than 10 MWs of solar energy throughout the state.

Kim earned a BBA in Real Estate and Finance from the University of WI - Madison and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of MN – Humphrey Institute.  He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). 

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Informal Sessions

In addition to the three plenaries and multiple interactive sessions, we are offering virtual informal sessions, to be held over three days of the Summer Study. These will be 75-minute sessions, taking place from 4:30-5:45 pm EDT on Aug. 18, 19, and 20 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). The informal sessions will be created by topics suggested from participants through this Call for Topics submission process.

The submission window is now closed. You will be notified about selection and your assigned day/time by July 24. The topics will be posted on this web page by the end of July. [NOTE: You must be a registered Summer Study attendee to host, facilitate, or participate in an informal session.]

The conference co-chairs and senior ACEEE staff will review proposals and select nine to include in the conference. If you are selected, please plan to have two session leaders – one to facilitate the discussion and one to moderate participant interaction. To facilitate participation, each informal session will be limited to about 40 attendees.

2020 SEM Summit (virtual)

August 17, 2020 12:30 - 4:30 ET.

Hosted by the North American Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Collaborative, the 2020 virtual SEM Summit will provide a unique opportunity to explore how SEM is contributing to commercial and institutional markets across North America. This event will offer live presentations, cutting-edge research, and special breakout sessions that dive deeper into topics like cost-effectiveness and M&V. Join utility professionals, program administrators, evaluators, and other energy efficiency professionals to hear customer perspectives, get updates from regional SEM collaboratives, and interact with the SEM community. 

More information about the Summit and sponsorship can be found under the Events tab at Register for the Summit through the registration link.

2020 Co-Chairs
Champions of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The nomination window is now closed for ACEEE's Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings awards.

Please note that as a virtual event, we will still present awards to those Champions who have made significant strides in energy efficiency over the past year.

The ACEEE Board of Directors’ Awards Committee will select winners from nominees who have demonstrated impact, influence, initiative, innovation, and leadership in the following categories based on the submitted nomination materials:

  • Research and Development (R&D): Excellence in baseline or background research as well as R&D of products and practices.
  • Implementation and Deployment: Effective design and implementation of programs or projects that save significant energy.
  • Energy Policy: Excellence in energy policy that supports or promotes efficiency at the federal, state, or local level.
  • Young Professional: Excellence and leadership in any of the above categories for nominees who are 35 (as of 8/16/2020) or younger.

2018 Champions

Linda Latham Scholarship

The application window is now closed for the Linda Latham Scholarship.

The scholarship was established in memory of Linda Latham who served as ACEEE’s Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda, who helped found the US government’s ENERGY STAR® program, believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them.

The chosen "Latham Scholars" will be exposed to new ideas and opportunities as they interact with efficiency experts from around the world. In turn, Summer Study attendees will be able to meet these exceptional students — a win-win for all!

An ACEEE committee will review applications, select the winners, and notify recipients soon.

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