ACEEE 2022 Climate-Forward Efficiency Symposium, March 24, 2:30-4 pm EDT

  • 24 March 2022 To 14 March 2022
  • Start time : 02:30 PM
  • End time : 04:00 PM
  • Event Host : American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
ACEEE  2022 Climate-Forward Efficiency Symposium
Event Description

As states and utilities set ambitious decarbonization goals, the case for leveraging demand-side measures to reduce emissions is stronger than ever. The ways in which utility energy efficiency programs are designed, operated, and evaluated must evolve to ensure they are on track to achieve an affordable and equitable clean energy future. This symposium will explore the wide range of strategies we have at our disposal and share leading examples where climate-forward actions are being taken today. 

During day 1 of the symposium, participants learned from and engaged with experts from across the United States that have successfully approached the nexus of energy efficiency programs and decarbonization. Attendees also gained crucial insights from ACEEE’s newest report, A Roadmap for Climate-Forward Efficiency, which introduces multiple strategies to accelerate climate-forward efficiency through legislative, regulatory, and utility actions. 

During day 2 of the symposium, ACEEE will convene three working sessions designed to move climate-forward efficiency into action. The topics and their brief description, which were identified through a survey of the participants, are listed below. The three sessions will run concurrently, and the results of these sessions will be shared with all discussion participants.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Agenda
    • Day Two: Thursday, March 24th, 2:30– 4:00 pm:

      Opening remarks by Edward Yim, Utilities Program Director, ACEEE

      Breakout Sessions

      Three concurrent breakout sessions facilitated jointly by ACEEE staff and external partners

      Breakout 1: Advancing beneficial electrification energy efficiency measures to maximize reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

      One of the most vital steps to align energy efficiency with climate change action is to increase the efficiency of buildings in a manner that reduces their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By deploying smart, efficient electric technologies inside buildings, we can deliver the benefits of energy savings to consumers while also reducing GHG emissions and improving grid flexibility. Understanding the opportunities and challenges of beneficial electrification in buildings is vital for stakeholders in the utility, government, and non-profit sectors seeking to design plans to scale up adoption. This discussion will focus on important strategies, best practices, and program designs that combine energy efficiency and electrification as a climate solution.

      Breakout 2: Measuring GHG reductions: moving forward on workable approaches and needed data

      Aligning energy efficiency with climate change action necessarily requires data to measure the impact of energy reduction on GHG emissions. This discussion will focus on how best to measure efficiency’s full impact on GHG emissions and the data needed for such measurement. Questions to be examined will include: What data would be required to design and evaluate utility energy efficiency portfolios focused on maximizing GHG reductions? What practical methods are available for translating energy efficiency measures into estimates or measurements of avoided GHG emissions? What data does each method require, and how can such data be accessed efficiently in the context of privacy and security concerns? What are best practices or pilot programs underway for measuring GHG reductions of energy efficiency portfolios?

      Breakout 3: Facilitating legislative and regulatory change: which states might present good opportunities in 2022 and 2023?

      Addressing climate change takes leadership. For climate-forward efficiency, legislatures and utility regulatory commissions need to provide such leadership, as witnessed by recent experience in Minnesota and Illinois. In this workshop we will examine and discuss key elements and actions that can enable and establish goals, frameworks, and requirements for utilities and related organizations to expand and align their energy efficiency efforts with decarbonization. From this discussion we will identify states that present good opportunities for taking actions in 2022 and 2023 to advance climate-forward efficiency.

      Closing Remarks and Sharing Insights

      Moderated by Edward Yim, Utilities Program Director, ACEEE
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Moderator: Edward Yim, Utilities Program Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

      Breakout 1 Facilitator: Charlotte Cohn, Research Analyst, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

      Breakout 2 Facilitator: Mike Specian, Utilities Manager, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

      Breakout 3 Facilitator: Dan York, Senior Fellow, Utilities and Local Policy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online conference

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