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ACEEE 2015 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource

Date: September 20, 2015 to September 22, 2015

Venue: Statehouse Convention Center
Little Rock, AR

The ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource is a biennial event that was first held in 2001. The conference is widely recognized as the premiere event for examining energy efficiency as a strategic and critical utility system resource. The program content will be specifically designed to focus on the issues related to utility-sector energy efficiency policies and programs. Industry leaders will gather to discuss the latest developments in the use of energy efficiency as a key resource for meeting customer and utility system needs and for addressing other critical economic and environmental objectives.

Energy efficiency’s importance as a utility resource has never been greater than it is now. The utility industry faces high power plant construction costs and growing cost recovery risks; high and volatile fuel costs; a new wave of environmental compliance costs; mounting concerns about system reliability, and increasing calls for action to address global warming. Energy efficiency is the least-cost response to each of those challenges.  Moreover, improving energy efficiency in our homes, businesses and industries reduces energy costs, creates jobs and improves the environment. As a result of all of these factors, many states have now established aggressive energy savings goals, pushing programs to achieve and sustain unprecedented savings.

With these new requirements and goals come a variety of new challenges. The conference will highlight important advances being made in the design and delivery of customer energy efficiency programs, and in the regulatory mechanisms that help make them possible. We will address the many issues facing utilities as they acquire and integrate this resource into their planning and operations.

Companies interested in learning more about the benefits of supporting the conference through funding should contact Marty Kushler.

Likely Participants Include: Leading experts from a broad spectrum of energy industry stakeholders including utilities, regulatory commissions, state government, consultants, manufacturers, environmental organizations, consumer groups and research institutes.


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Call for Presentation Proposals- Now Closed

Deadline: April 10

ACEEE is soliciting proposals for break-out session presentations at this year’s conference. We invite you to submit a presentation proposal of up to 250 words, addressing results and lessons learned in the following topic areas:

  • Meeting Aggressive Resource Goals for Energy Efficiency
    •  Latest state policies; What performance to date?; What’s working?; Lessons learned
  •  Experience with Regulatory Mechanisms to Encourage Utility Energy Efficiency Programs
    • Decoupling, Shareholder Incentives, etc.: new state initiatives, experience thus far, etc.
  • Examples of Highly Effective Energy Efficiency Programs
    • High participation rates; Large energy savings; ‘Deep’ and comprehensive savings, etc.
  • New and Emerging Energy Efficiency Measures and/or Program Strategies
  • Measuring the Energy Efficiency Resource
    • Results and implications for a policymaker/regulator/administrator audience
  • Energy Efficiency Potential Studies and the Role of Integrated Resource Planning: Modeling Energy Efficiency as a Resource
    • Latest examples and lessons learned, practical application of results
  • Energy Efficiency and System Reliability
    • The role of EE in addressing resource needs in the wake of coal plant retirements; geo-targeted EE for enhanced T&D benefits; EE impacts on peak demand, etc.
  • Energy Efficiency and the Environment
    • Documenting environmental benefits; how EE can help meet utility environmental objectives; and, implications of the EPA Clean Power Plan
  • Natural Gas Energy Efficiency
    • Latest examples; how EE still makes sense in a time of lower natural gas prices; combined gas and electric EE programs
  • Special Strategies to Acquire the Energy Efficiency Resource in the Large Customer Sector
    • Including solving the ‘opt-out’ problem
  • Examples of Synergies of Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and the Smart Grid
    • Has the smart grid implemented to date produced real EE and not just peak reductions? Is EE a realistic objective?
  • Energy Efficiency and Economic Impacts (and other non-energy benefits)
    • Economic benefits from EE in: reducing utility system costs, economic development, job creation, other NEBs
  • Examples of Energy Efficiency in the Southern Region of the United States
    • Examples of energy efficiency as a utility system resource in the Southern Region



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3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201


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