Utility programs are the primary drivers of energy savings in many states, but which utilities have done the best job delivering those savings to their customers? Join us as we reveal the results of the third triennial Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard report, which evaluates and ranks the 53 largest U.S. utilities along 27 different aspects of energy efficiency performance, programs, and policies.
We will summarize key findings and regional trends, identify utilities making significant progress, and discuss the legislative and regulatory environments that help enable successful utility energy efficiency programs. We will also reveal the results of the largest energy equity assessment of utility efficiency programs conducted to date and discuss the critical role that energy savings plays in helping those suffering from high energy burdens and energy insecurity.
Moderator: Mark Kresowik, Senior Policy Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Mark Kresowik supports the success of the members of ACEEE’s policy team and our partners shaping decisions at the local, state, utility, and federal levels across every part of the economy as we accelerate ambition for improving energy efficiency and centering those most historically overburdened and underserved in our communities. Mark joined ACEEE in 2022.
Mark graduated with honors from the University of Iowa, where he designed an interdepartmental studies major in sustainable systems, was elected student government president, and helped start The 10,000 Hours Show.
Mike Specian, Utilities Manager, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Mike’s research focuses on the role of energy efficiency within the evolving energy landscape, including policies and practices to maximize energy efficiency's potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Prior to joining ACEEE, Mike worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he facilitated behind-the-meter innovations to make buildings more energy efficient, resilient, and flexible for the evolving electricity grid. Mike holds a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University.
Chelsea Harnish, Executive Director, Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VEEC)
Chelsea oversees all VAEEC operations and strategic initiatives, including programs, policy, communications, membership, and events. With over a decade of Virginia energy policy experience, Chelsea regularly engages with decision-makers, partners, and members to advance energy efficiency policies and programs that will help grow the industry throughout the Commonwealth. Prior to joining the VAEEC, Chelsea worked for several environmental nonprofits, honing her skills in campaign planning, communication and advocating for clean energy policy initiatives.
Sanya Carley, Co-Director, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Carley research focuses on energy justice and just transitions, energy insecurity, electricity and transportation markets, and public perceptions of energy infrastructure and technologies. With the Energy Justice Lab team, she built and maintains the Utility Disconnection Dashboard. She is an author of the Fifth National Climate Assessment report and a member of the Innovation Policy Forum and the Roundtable on Macroeconomics and Climate-related Risks and Opportunities, respectively, for the National Academies. Dr. Carley received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.S. in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and sustainable development from Swarthmore College.
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