2021 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource VIRTUAL

October 19 – 27, 2021
Specific dates: Oct. 19-21 and 26-27


    EER is the premier U.S. biennial conference on policies and programs to reduce customers' energy waste and thus help utilities meet the grid's demand for electricity.

    Energy efficiency’s role in a transforming utility industry has never been more essential. More and more utilities have set ambitious corporate carbon reduction goals. Policymakers are expanding their expectations for what energy efficiency programs deliver, from greenhouse gas reductions to job creation, economic recovery to bill affordability, many with a focus on energy equity and justice.

    This conference will offer dynamic discussions on policies and programs to reduce customers' energy waste and thus help utilities meet both customer energy demand and climate goals. Held every other year since 2001, EER highlights the latest developments in the design and delivery of customer energy efficiency programs, and in the regulatory mechanisms that help make them possible.

    Join us as we explore an exciting mix of topics and presentations from experts around the country. Topics include:

    • Innovative energy efficiency programs and technologies
    • Energy efficiency, electrification, and climate goals
    • Energy equity
    • Integrated programs for energy efficiency and load flexibility
    • Multiple benefits of energy efficiency

    We hope that you will add EER21 to your calendar and you will plan to join us.

    Likely participants
    Utilities and program administrators, regulatory commissions, state government, consultants, manufacturers, environmental organizations, consumer groups, and research institutes.

    Click here to see a list of the organizations that participated in the 2019 conference.


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    Click here to view the schedule and below for the preliminary program. Updates will be made here as they become available.

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    Keynote Speakers

    Tuesday, October 19

    The conference will open with a dynamic keynote address from the Honorable U.S. Senator Tina Smith, D-Minn. Senator Smith is leading efforts to include provisions for a clean electricity standard in the national infrastructure and investment package now before Congress. Her keynote will address the critical importance of energy efficiency in reaching an 80% carbon-free electrical grid by 2030.


    Thursday, October 21

    Shalanda H. Baker is the Deputy Director for Energy Justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to her appointment, she was a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She has spent over a decade conducting research on the equity dimensions of the global transition away from fossil fuel energy to cleaner energy resources. Her keynote will stress the importance of energy equity in the rapidly transforming utilities world.


    In addition to the keynote, the opening day will feature an interactive plenary panel including leaders from around the United States. This year's roundup will highlight outlooks for major advances in policies and programs that are needed to make large gains for decarbonization and energy efficiency.



    Register at the low virtual rate.

    Registration Type Early bird rate EXTENDED until 9/10/21 Regular rate
    General attendee $375 $475
    Speaker/moderator $325 $325





    *If your organization is a member of the ACEEE Ally program, there may be available registration waivers for you to use to attend this conference. Please contact us for more information.

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    Sponsorship Opportunities

    If your organization would like to learn more about the various sponsorship levels and the associated benefits, please contact Charlie Herron.

    Workshop Opportunities: Wednesday, Oct. 20th


    A series of workshops will be held on relevant topics. Registered participants will have a chance to attend one or more of this line-up of workshops.

    I. Measuring and Tracking Equity Progress: Equity-focused Metrics and Lessons Learned
    Facilitators: Ariel Drehobl and Amanda Dewey, ACEEE

    ACEEE launched our Leading with Equity Initiative with the goal of defining and driving equitable energy efficiency policy and programs at the state, local, and utility levels. Through a collaborative engagement process with utilities, policymakers, and community leaders, we worked to identify and advance metrics that capture progress towards the deployment of innovative and robust energy efficiency policies and programs that center equity.

    In this workshop, we will leverage the main findings of this initiative to explore equity-driven metrics that utilities, state, and local governments, and other decision-makers can use to measure progress on clean energy outcomes. We will start by exploring definitions and examples of equity in the clean energy sector, and then examine the landscape of metrics developed by the Leading with Equity Initiative participants. Participants will learn from peer examples of utilities that are using equity-driven metrics in their work, with presentations from VEIC/Efficiency Vermont, National Grid, and Puget Sound Energy. Finally, participants will apply workshop information to their own context, leaving with metrics and a path forward for measuring progress on equity at their organization.


    1. Gain a foundational understanding of the importance of equitable clean energy policies, programs, and outcomes
    2. Explore the landscape of metrics currently used to measure and track progress on equity
    3. Learn from utility, state, and local case study examples of equity metrics in practice
    4. Identify metrics and develop a path forward for prioritizing and measuring equity in context

    II. Incorporating Health into Residential Energy Efficiency Program Design
    Facilitators: Sara Hayes and Christine Gerbode, ACEEE

    This interactive workshop will provide resources and actionable guidance to participants looking to incorporate health into their energy efficiency programs. We will explore topics such as adding health services complementary to weatherization; pursuing health-related funding; measuring and communicating health impacts; building relationships to help programs accomplish these things.


    1. Understand opportunities to incorporate health into residential energy efficiency programs 
    2. Develop a plan to take concrete steps toward their program’s goals at this nexus 
    3. Meet peers with whom they can brainstorm, build relationships, and troubleshoot common challenges 

    III. Incorporating Grid-interactive Efficient Building (GEB) into Your Energy Efficiency Programs
    Facilitators: Chris Perry, Hannah Bastian, and Dan York, ACEEE

    Grid-interactive efficient buildings or GEBs can help a utility manage electrical loads to ensure a stable, secure grid. Join us for this GEB workshop, where ACEEE will present findings from its work with utilities and program administrators on creating GEB programs, followed by breakout sessions to brainstorm how to transform traditional energy efficiency programs to incorporate GEB aspects. This session will consider many different aspects from designing optimal rates for GEBs to creating the most impactful program structure to marketing GEB benefits to consumers. 

    IV. Preparing a Resilient and Inclusive Energy Efficiency Workforce
    Facilitators: Roxana Ayala, Bryan Howard, and Lauren Ross ACEEE

    In this workshop, we will explore opportunities to build a robust and diverse energy efficiency workforce. We will start by exploring inequities in the energy efficiency workforce and examining approaches to creating high-quality jobs in this sector for underrepresented workers. We will then hear from utilities, community-based organizations, and other training providers who have successfully delivered inclusive workforce development programs and placed participants in energy efficiency and electrification jobs. Finally, participants will apply lessons learned from these models to their own circumstances, defining concrete next steps for making their local workforce more equitable. We will identify tangible strategies to help the energy efficiency industry better reflect the communities it serves. 


    1. Understand equitable energy efficiency workforce development opportunities
    2. Gain exposure to successful education and training programs 
    3. Define personalized strategies for making the energy efficiency workforce more inclusive 
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