2017 SPEER Summit Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Catching the Wave of Industrial Energy Efficiency

What are the most commonly implemented energy efficiency measures in industry and why? What is the status of CHP in the region? Also, hear about a SPEER pilot initiative with Texas A&M’s Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) to implement a voluntary reporting/tracking system of EE project savings and the associated benefits such as regional emissions reductions. What are you doing this year to improve your company’s productivity and reduce energy costs?

Moving Efficiency in Mid-Size Cities

There are many opportunities to implement energy efficiency projects and programs within local governments in Texas and Oklahoma. In the last year SPEER has expanded the City Efficiency Leadership Council to include those in mid-size cities. Join us to discuss all things efficiency with the mid-size cities. The efficiency projects and programs they are implementing today, the challenges and barriers they have endured and how they overcame them.Topics of discussion will include street lighting retrofits, benchmarking within cities, PACE, among many others.

Lighting Trends & Innovation

This industry roundtable will discuss the top trends in various lighting applications. Topics of interest include the broader framework of intelligent lighting applications, controls & sensors, and the continued advancement of LED retrofits, among many others. In this session we plan to address guidelines on high efficacy lighting, which include how to choose bulbs based on your lighting needs, application and mood, the right color rendering and equipment for dimming. We will then expand into what is coming in the lighting industry and how we may be able to impact market adoption and energy savings around more efficient lighting technologies.

Connected Homes: Customers Take Control

As smart meters are broadly deployed across the U.S., how is the data being leveraged to help customers use energy more efficiently and save money? Prices for connected devices are down under $200 but data privacy concerns, lack of standards between utilities and limited access to energy markets for aggregated loads pose significant challenges. Hear from SPEER member companies on what’s working, what’s not and where this market is heading.

Moving to an All Electric Economy

If efficiency goals that are based on kWh/KW savings, were instead incenting based on carbon impact, how would programs change? We will be looking at the product side of an All Electric Economy, when emissions reduction becomes the measure of success.  How are the rules for fuel switching impacted if this changes?  What will encourage these changes to incent distributed energy resources, and the comprehensive electrification of fossil fuel-based energy load?

Utility of the Future

Today, most utilities are incented to expand sales to expand earnings, and are therefore disinclined to think of efficiency as a resource.  The manner in which regulated utilities earn the revenues they need to maintain our grid infrastructure affects the manner in which they plan, invest, and operate.  The PUCT will report to the legislature on how utilities earn their revenues in other states, and they may consider a change in the current process in response to changing demands.  Even municipal and cooperative utilities, who are not regulated by the PUCT, are being forced to ask some of the same questions as markets change and demand for electricity becomes flat due to energy efficiency.  Join the discussion that the SPEER Policy Commission has begun to address the emergence of distributed energy resources, the internet of energy things, and related ratemaking issues like decoupling and performance-based ratemaking.

Residential Energy Code Session

Both Texas and Oklahoma have new energy codes in place and local jurisdictions have either adopted them or are in the process of adopting. Both of these codes represent significant potential energy savings for new homeowners and learning curves for builders and code officials, including third party inspectors/testing contractors. SPEER is delivering new campaigns targeted at specific measures with high potential energy savings. Learn about our new campaigns and share your own experience and efforts to increase code compliance.

Controls, Automation & Smart Grid

The role of building automation/energy management systems is to optimize building performance and reduce energy consumption while integrating HVAC, lighting, and other equipment. This roundtable will discuss trends in the industry, experience with optimizing energy management systems including those who may be integrating on-site energy production, demand response, etc. We will also discuss energy management strategies on the horizon, including IoT and the likely future integration of buildings and smart grid.

Do We Need a Miles Per Gallon System for Existing Homes

Home Energy Score is a national rating system developed by DOE that is intended to help homebuyers and homeowners understand how efficient their homes are.  How might these tools benefit consumers and encourage energy efficiency in Texas and Oklahoma? Other REEOs like SPEER have worked to adopt this rating system and had remarkable success.  Is this region ready to adopt such a program?