Technology and Financing Workshop 2017 - Preliminary Agenda

June 7

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception

June 8

7:45 am – 8:15 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 am – 8:30 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Greg Collins, President, Energy Systems Group and Vice Chair, NAESCO


8:30 am – 9:30 am 
21st Century Utilities: Upgrading the Infrastructure While Optimizing New Technology and Innovation

  • America relies on an aging utility infrastructure with a large portion of the pipeline distribution system, drinking water infrastructure, and electrical grid over 100 years old. As the utility infrastructure is upgraded and revitalized, there are many opportunities for innovation, from smart meters and battery storage to alternative ratemaking.
  • Big data applications --The convergence of communication, logistics, and energy

9:30 am –10:30 am
A Federal and Regional Report on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Initiatives  

  • Which states are leading the push for energy efficiency and which states are putting the ESCO industry on the defense?
  • Will a reduction in federal funding diminish the regulated utility commitments to energy efficiency projects?
  • Will a reduction in DOE State Energy Program funding affect state-run performance contracting programs?

10:30 am – 10:45 am 


10:45 am – 11:45 am
Examining the Digital Opportunities through Energy Management Software

  • The digital agenda is being driven by a combination of technologies from cloud, analytics, mobile, to cheap sensors. Together, these technologies are putting data and intelligence at the center of new business models.
  • Capturing whole building and system-wide savings: How close is that goal to commercial reality?
  • Are ESCOs adapting rapidly enough to changing market signals?
  • Impact on Smart Grid and Demand Response programs
  • Use in M&V – documenting long term savings at lower costs

11:45 am – 12:30 am 
Sensors and Controls: Improving Optimization of Building  Energy Use and Integrating Energy Loads with the Grid

  • Multifunction plug-and-play wireless sensors
  • Occupant-centered and -comfort sensors and controls
  • Whole-building submetering of all equipment and plug loads for unique identification and monitoring-based commissioning.
  • Adaptive and fault tolerant controls – ongoing, automated commissioning that compares  building energy consumption to an appropriate baseline

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Energy Efficiency and ESCOs?

  • Data, analytics and computing today have the power to revolutionize global energy systems as do smart-grid technologies. What does that mean for the ESCO customer?
  • Identifying the available opportunity and risks for ESCOs
  • Unlocking the value going forward

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Evaluating Lighting Alternatives that Maximize Value Creation

  • Methodologies for evaluating and establishing an effective baseline
  • Differentiating technologies: sockets solutions, board solutions, and controls
  • Building effective value propositions


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

The Customer Experience with Innovative Technologies

3:45 pm


10:45 am – 11:45 am
Assessing the Market Robustness for Financing Energy Efficiency

  • New strategies for accelerating energy efficiency investment
  • Current market receptivity to financing projects for federal and state customers
  • Has the risk calculus changed in today’s environment
  • If there is perceived additional risk, is that reflected in contract terms, pricing?
  • Are the existing financing structures sufficient to significantly scale up project development?
  • As ESCOs move to integrate smart grid software and distributed renewable generation technologies into their projects, how does the financial industry change the way they evaluate and choose to finance ESCO projects?
  • What do Green Banks offer that the existing financing structure does not?

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Financing Resiliency Initiatives

  • Incorporating energy efficiency in the development of resiliency oriented projects

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Assessing and Allocating Risk in a Changing Marketplace

  • Weighing the creditworthiness of the customer and the ESCO
  • Is the existing IPMVP sufficient for today’s financial institution?
  • Is there too much of a reliance on stipulated savings?
  • Does continuous M&V over the life of the project enhance or detract from a project’s attractiveness to the Loan Committee?
  • The role of the financing community in the push for standardization and benchmarking

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Building Energy Efficiency as an Asset Class

  • Recent developments in securitization


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

The Customer Experience with Innovative Technologies

3:45 pm

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