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Sunday, September 15, 2013

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Conference Registration (Four Square Corridor, Third Floor)

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
U.S. State Energy Program Competitive Project Meeting (State Energy Offices by Invitation only) (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
NASEO will host a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs meeting among State Energy Offices selected in FY’12 under area one, "Advancing Energy Efficiency in Public Facilities," within the U.S. State Energy Program Competitive Grant Program. The purpose of the meeting is for DOE to provide program updates and host a discussion that will advance the states' projects.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NASEO Concurrent Committee Sessions
NASEO committees are the mechanism for members to focus on the states’ key priorities and issues in specific sectors. The primary role of the committees is to identify emerging issues, discuss solutions, and develop policies and projects. Committee meetings are open to all attendees at this conference. 

  • Transportation Committee  (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
    The NASEO Transportation Committee leads NASEO’s efforts to accelerate the use of domestic alternative fuels, increase transportation efficiency across sectors (cars, trucks, marine, off-road), fuel economic development and innovation, and contribute to improved air quality.  The committee will discuss alternative fuel vehicle market transformation activities being carried out by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, explore opportunities to coordinate State Energy Office’s activities with those of Clean Cities Coordinators from around the country, and discuss the next steps for the committee’s project, Unlocking Private Sector Financing for Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Fueling Infrastructure.

    Committee Co-Chairs: 
    Ruth Horton, Program Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
    David Jenkins, Director of Commercialization and Market Development, Wisconsin State Energy Office (invited)

    Committee Staff: 
    Julia Friedman, Program Manager, NASEO​

    Market Transformation Update from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Alex Schroeder, Technology Deployment Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Opportunities for Collaboration with Clean Cities Coalitions

    Sam Spofforth, Executive Director, Clean Fuels Ohio
    Natalia Swalnick - Presentation - Director, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
    Unlocking Private Sector Financing for Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Fueling Infrastructure 
    Karen Glitman - Presentation - Director of Transportation Efficiency, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

    Sarah Dougherty - Presentation - Finance Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Energy Security Committee  (Hopscotch, Third Floor)
    NASEO’s Energy Security Committee meeting will present updates from the U.S. Department of Energy on the natural gas adequacy assessment for the Northeast, Energy Assurance Program. Relevant next steps and action items will be identified.

    Committee Chair:
    Mark Sylvia, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative

    Committee Staff:
    Jeff Pillon, Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO
    Shemika Spencer, Grants and Program Manager, NASEO

    Update from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
    Alice Lippert, Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

    Combined Heat and Power Program Update on Security and Resiliency
    John Cuttica - Presentation - Director, Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago

    Cybersecurity Update
    Jeff Pillon, Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO

    National Infrastructure Protection Plan Development Update
    Jeff Pillon, Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO

    NASEO Projects and Priorities—Committee Input and Discussion
    Jeff Pillon, Director of Energy Assurance, NASEO and Shemika Spencer, Grants and Program Manager, NASEO
  • Buildings Committee  (Red Rover, Third Floor)
    This meeting of NASEO’s Buildings Committee will explore cutting-edge strategies, technologies, and partnerships to promote high performance buildings.  In this interactive session, committee members will hear about state and private-sector efforts for multifamily buildings, building energy codes, commercial lighting technologies, and data collection and transfer, with a focus on innovations in program design, technical approaches, and stakeholder engagement.

    Committee Moderator:
    John Davies, Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative

    Committee Staff:
    Sandy Fazeli, Program Manager, and Chris Wagner, Program Manager, NASEO

    Program and Technology Innovations for the Residential and Multifamily Sectors
    Luke Gebhard - Presentation - Grants Program Manager, Tennessee Office of Energy Programs
    Jay Perkins - Presentation - Senior Government Affairs Specialist, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
    Lisa Smith - Presentation - Senior Planner, Maine Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security

    Building Energy Codes Update
    Chris Wagner - Presentation - Program Manager, NASEO

    Public-Private Partnerships to Advance High-Efficiency Lighting
    Al Christopher - Presentation Energy Division Director, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
    John Casadonte - Presentation Product Marketing Manager, Cree

    Cutting Program Costs with Data Standards                                   
    Robin LeBaron - Presentation Managing Director, National Home Performance Council

    Sponsored by: Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
NASEO Board of Directors Meeting
NASEO’s Board of Directors Meeting is open to NASEO state and affiliate members only and covers policy, programmatic and administrative updates of the organization.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
NASEO Annual Business Meeting
NASEO’s Annual Business Meeting is open to NASEO state and affiliate members only and covers the review and approval of NASEO’s FY’14 budget. 


Monday, September 16, 2013

7:00 am – 4:00 pm (Four Square Corridor, Third Floor)
Conference Registration and Exhibit Hall

7:00 am – 8:00 am (Four Square Ballroom, Third Floor)
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:30 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Energy, Growth, and Sustainability: NASEO and Colorado Energy Office Welcome and Opening Remarks
This year's Annual Meeting will highlight the states' leadership in energy resiliency, economic growth, and sustainability. Also, through a partnership with New Buildings Institute, NASEO is launching the first annual Getting to Zero National Forum, which will combine technical, market, and policy perspectives and showcase how states and companies are using zero net energy buildings to meet resiliency, economic, and sustainability goals. This opening session will set the stage for the meeting and provide a welcome from the host state, Colorado.  The energy office will share its mission to promote sustainable economic development through advancing the state’s energy market and industry to create jobs, increase energy security, lower long-term consumer costs, and protect the environment.

Vaughn Clark, Director, Oklahoma Office of Community Development; NASEO Chair
Jeff Ackermann - Presentation Director, Colorado Energy Office
David Terry - Presentation Executive Director, NASEO

8:30 am – 9:45 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
40 Years After the Oil Embargo: On a Path to North American Energy Independence
Forty years after the Oil Embargo, an American oil and natural gas production renaissance is bringing high-paying jobs, increased tax revenues, and economic growth.  When combined with a growing list of transportation alternatives and higher vehicle efficiency the United States is on a path to a more resilient future and dramatically less dependence on imported petroleum products.  Gulf port cities in Texas and other states could triple in size within a few years, and energy intensive manufacturers in Ohio and Pennsylvania are rallying to leverage the natural gas boom.  The chemical industry is building major facilities to utilize domestic natural gas, railroads are expanding to move oil from states such as North Dakota to refineries, and coastal states are examining LNG export facilities.  These growth-oriented domestic energy investments stand in sharp contrast to what had been a multi-decade transfer of energy dollars to other nations.  This session will explore the evolving market impacts from this dramatic transformation and provide an up-to-the-minute outlook at the nation’s oil and gas future.

Dan Lapato, Deputy Director, Office of External Affairs, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Co-Chair, NASEO Natural Gas Task Force

Don McClure - Presentation - Vice President of Government and Stakeholder Relations and Legal, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc.
Scott Nyquist - Presentation - Director, Oil and Gas Practice, McKinsey & Company
Todd Onderdonk - Presentation - Senior Energy Advisor, Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation


9:45 am – 10:00 am (Four Square Corridor, Third Floor)
Networking Break

10:00 am – 11:15 am  (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Extraordinary and Increasing Threats to Energy Infrastructure: A Fresh Look at Industry and Government Response
Recent cyber security breaches and Super Storm Sandy are the latest examples of what has become an increasing number of energy supply-disrupting events.  These threats have highlighted the need for further improvements in communications and the availability of real-time data on electric grid operation, liquid fuel supplies, and natural gas distribution during emergencies. This session will inform attendees about new steps the U.S. Department of Energy and the energy industry are taking – in partnership with the states – to improve response and resiliency. The discussion will also explore further actions states can take to mitigate the health, safety, and economic impacts of serious energy supply disruptions.

Mark Sylvia, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative; Chair, NASEO Energy Security Committee  

Alice Lippert - Presentation - Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy
James E. Benton - Presentation - Executive Director, New Jersey Petroleum Council
Jeff Gunnulfsen - Presentation - Director, Security and Risk Management, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
David Owens - Presentation - Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Edison Electric Institute

11:15 am – 12:15 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
State Energy Offices Transforming the Electricity Sector
The energy landscape around the country is undergoing a rapid transformation. Environmental, economic development, and reliability goals are all placing new demands on the electric grid.  Increased distributed generation, energy efficiency, and demand response are affecting utilities’ business models, the role of the consumer in energy markets, and causing policymakers to evaluate the types of policies and regulations available to facilitate this shift in an equitable and efficient manner.  This panel will explore how State Energy Offices are ushering in innovative approaches to electricity generation, delivery, and consumption and what tools are available to policymakers to maximize energy security, efficiency, and independence. 

John Chatburn, Administrator, Idaho Governor's Office of Energy Resources

Jessie Stratton - Presentation -  Policy Director, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Mark Glick - Presentation - Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office
Denise Foster - Presentation - Vice President, State and Member Services, PJM Interconnection, LLC

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm (Four Square Ballroom, Third Floor)
Keynote Luncheon: America’s New Energy and Competitive Frontier – An Economic Perspective on Natural Gas Development and Exports 
As the nation adjusts to the recent discovery of abundant natural gas supplies, policymakers, industry, and consumers are grappling with how to develop and distribute these fuels in an environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial way.  From reduced home heating bills to lower energy and materials costs to job creation and international competitiveness, this resource presents numerous opportunities and challenges for residences, manufacturers businesses, and the U.S. economy on the whole.  In this session, hear an industry perspective on the economic effects from natural gas development and liquefied natural gas exports.

Vaughn Clark, Director, Oklahoma Office of Community Development; NASEO Chair

John Felmy  - Presentation - Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

Sponsored by: American Petroleum Institute

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Trends in State Energy Office Energy Efficiency and Grid Integration Policy Development and Program Implementation

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Hopscotch, Third Floor)
Session 1: Solar PV Grid Integration: Bringing Down the Soft Costs to Realize the Benefits
Integrating solar energy technologies into the electricity grid will be a critical component of grid modernization, making electricity production more sustainable and the grid more resilient.  In recent years, rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have also provided customers a means of hedging against volatile electricity prices, creating a level of predictability that serves as a driver of economic development.  While the price of rooftop solar has declined significantly in the past decade largely due to technological innovation, the soft costs of solar often remain a barrier.  This session will explore efforts supported by a number of State Energy Offices, financial institutions, and a national laboratory to bring down the soft costs of rooftop solar.

Peter Ashcroft, Energy Analyst, Utah Office of Energy Development 

Policy, Regulatory, and Program Design Innovation
Michelle Gransee-Bowman - Presentation - Supervisor, Deployment Services, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Mark Sylvia - Presentation - Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative; Chair, NASEO Energy Security Committee
Bob Wall - Presentation - Director of Marketing and Outreach, Clean Energy Finance Investment Authority

Solar Access to Public Capital and Financing Solar PV 
Paul Schwabe - Presentation - Energy and Financial Analyst, Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Red Rover, Third Floor)
Session 2: Driving Economic Development through Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power
Keeping American manufacturers competitive is at the forefront of priorities for policymakers across the United States.  Helping companies reduce their energy consumption through energy efficiency and CHP is vital to regaining and maintaining a competitive advantage.  However, investments in energy efficiency and combined heat and power can require significant upfront capital.  Moreover, the cost of capital may be high due to a wide range of factors.  Creating market demand for energy efficiency and CHP, and ensuring that low-cost financing is available, will be important to increasing the deployment of energy efficiency and CHP.  This panel will explore various financing models and policies to create demand for energy efficiency and CHP in the industrial sector. 

Ginger Willson, Director, Nebraska Energy Office; NASEO Secretary

Third Party Financing
Trenton Allen - Presentation - President, Sustainable Capital Advisors 

Demand Response Markets
Rick Counihan - Presentation - Vice President, Government Affairs, EnerNOC, Inc.

Market Development with Energy Efficiency Resources Standards and Renewable Portfolio Standards
Jim Thoma - Presentation - Managing Director and President, Green Campus Partners
Chuck Murray - Presentation - Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Energy Office

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Marco Polo, Third Floor)
Session 3: America's Power Plan: Rethinking Policy to Deliver a Clean Energy Future
Market forces, driven by public demand for cleaner, more efficient energy and technological innovation, are transforming America's power sector. Policymakers, regulators, and the public sector must evaluate the tools in their toolbox to facilitate and adapt to this changing landscape. With input from over 150 energy leaders, America's Power Plan tackles the tough questions around utility business models, finance, market design, transmission and distribution policies, distributed energy resources, and siting. Panelists will discuss the new challenges facing the energy sector and the policy changes needed to foster innovation.
Dub Taylor, Director, Texas State Energy Conservation Office, NASEO Past Chair

Sonia Aggarwal - Presentation - Director of Strategy, Energy Innovation
Ronald Lehr - Presentation - Attorney, Western Grid Group
James Newcomb (presented by Ben Paulos) - Presentation - Program Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Jeanne Fox, Commissioner, New Jersey BPU
Mel Nickerson, Deputy Director, Illinois State Energy Office
Juancho Eekhout, Director of Strategic Planning & New Products and Services, San Diego Gas & Electric

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
State Actions in Energy Efficiency Innovation
Mississippi's recent legislative and regulatory action and the underlying stakeholder engagement process have combined to create a sea change in the way Mississippi is advancing energy efficiency and economic opportunity. Wisconsin is conducting a net-zero retrofit of the 500-cow dairy complex located on the state-owned Arlington Agricultural Research Station, which has the potential for replication throughout the agricultural sector. Minnesota is finalizing the deployment of a Guaranteed Energy Savings Program, which is intended to maximize job creation and operational cost savings through investment in public facilities with the goal of reducing aggregate energy consumption by 20 percent throughout all state agencies. This session will highlight these U.S. State Energy Program competitive projects and their energy and economic benefits. 

Janet Streff, Director of the State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative 

Jenah Zweig - Presentation - SEEA on behalf of Larissa Williams, MDA
Megan Levy - Presentation - Director, Local Energy Programs, Wisconsin State Energy Office
Janet Streff - Presentation - Director of the State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative 

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Washington Update
In this session, hear the latest on Congressional and Administration energy polices, as well as the outlook for federal appropriations affecting the states and energy markets.

David Terry, Executive Director, NASEO

Jeff Genzer, NASEO Counsel

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
State Energy Priorities (State and Territory Energy Offices Only)
This session will provide a forum for discussion of state policy priorities and other issues.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Four Square Corridor, Third Floor)
State-Affiliate Partnership Catalyst Meet and Greet

Sponsored by: The Dow Chemical Company


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

7:00 am – 4:00 pm (Four Square Corridor, Third Floor)
Conference Registration and Exhibit Hall

7:00 am – 8:00 am (Four Square Ballroom, Third Floor)
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:30 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
A Changing Energy Landscape: Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook
The nation’s energy profile is changing as the use of natural gas, renewables, and energy efficiency are on the rise. These changes have far-reaching implications for U.S. economic and national security interests by increasing the diversity of the country's energy mix, improving energy security, and rapidly reducing carbon impacts.  The Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook—researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy—offers a fresh look at the state of U.S. energy along with the roles of new technologies and innovations.  This session will provide an overview of the Factbook focusing on the contributions of these new technologies and finance and investment trends in clean energy resources.

Scott Hamilton, Director, Arkansas Energy Office

Ruth McCormick - Presentation - Senior Policy Associate, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

8:30 am – 9:15 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
From “K-to-Gray”: Improving Energy Literacy Across the Public Spectrum
Energy is one of the world’s largest industries that provokes constant debate; however, few could name a fossil fuel or renewable energy resource.  The nation’s (and the world’s) energy challenges are closely interconnected with environmental, economic, health, and social challenges.  Fostering public knowledge and understanding of energy principles and basic concepts will help individuals and communities make informed decisions about energy use.  The ultimate goals of energy literacy are to mitigate risks, develop a prepared workforce, and make the connection between energy and climate adaptation.  This session will highlight energy literacy research, utility efforts, and state programs that aim for a more energy and climate literate society.

Brian Johnson - Presentation - Bureau Chief, Energy Technology and Engineering, New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division

Mary Spruill - Presentation - Executive Director, The NEED Project
Molly Cripps - Presentation - Director, Tennessee Office of Energy Programs

9:15 am – 9:30 am (Four Square Corridor, Third Floor)
Networking Break

Sponsored by: Cree, Inc.

9:30 am – 10:00 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Addressing the State-Federal Role in Carbon Pollution Standards for the Power Sector
On June 25, 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work expeditiously to complete carbon pollution standards for the power sector.  The EPA is using its authority under section 111 of the Clean Air Act to issue standards, regulations, or guidelines, as appropriate that address carbon pollution from existing power plants, including modifications of those plants. The Presidential Memorandum directs EPA to build on state leadership, provide flexibility, and take advantage of a wide range of energy sources and technologies towards building a cleaner power sector.  This session will open the conversation about the role of efficiency and renewable programs and policies as compliance measures, responsibility of states and utilities to meet federal standards, and accounting for interstate impacts of efficiency programs. This session will open the conversation about the role that efficiency and renewable programs and policies might play, and how states and utilities will meet federal standards.

Robert Jackson, Manager, Michigan Energy Office

Reid Harvey - Presentation - Director, Clean Air Markets Division, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

10:00 am – 10:45 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Before the Storm:Climate and Energy Mitigation and Adaptation
Intense storm events and rising temperatures and sea levels will affect our ability to distribute electricity and fuels.  Federal, state, and local governments and the private sector are already responding to the threat of climate change through energy technology deployment, planning, and policy. However, the pace, scale, and scope of combined government and private efforts to improve adaptation and mitigation must increase and require improved technologies, polices, information, and stakeholder engagement. This session will deliver the latest climate and energy infrastructure news from the U.S Department of Energy.

Marion Gold, Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative 

Jonathan Pershing - Presentations - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

10:45 am – 11:30 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
State Trends in Energy Policy
State energy policy continues to evolve across the country, with action by legislatures, governors, and utility commissions impacting all energy sectors.  This session reviews the changes in energy policy over the past year nationally with a particular focus on the West.

Lou Moore, Chief of Energy and Pollution Prevention Bureau, Montana Department of Environmental Quality; NASEO Parliamentarian

Howard Geller - Presentation - Executive Director, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Clay Norris - Presentation - Director, Stakeholder Relations, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Glen Andersen - Presentation - Energy Program Director, National Conference of State Legislatures

11:30 am – 12:00 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Asset and Operational Ratings – Comparisons Pending
The Weidt Group will present a discussion of qualitative differences and the important relationships between asset and operational ratings. Based on work in Massachusetts and the Midwest, they will address key factors in predictive modeling for ongoing performance outcomes as new and existing buildings strive to reach net-zero.

Janet Streff, Director of the State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative  

David Eijadi - Presentation - Principal, The Weidt Group
Tom McDougall, Principal, The Weidt Group

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (Four Square Ballroom, Third Floor)
Keynote Luncheon: The Zero Net Energy Landscape: Quantifying Ultra-Efficiency Costs and Benefits in the Built Environment
NASEO and New Buildings Institute will launch the first annual Getting to Zero National Forum to combine technical, market, and policy perspectives and showcase the future of zero net energy buildings that produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year.  In this kick off session, New Buildings Institute will frame the disruptive release the initial findings of the 2013 Getting to Zero Status Update, a report featuring a comprehensive look at the cost and features of, and motivations for, zero net energy buildings in the United States.  The findings will illustrate the challenges and opportunities for creating zero net energy buildings, the market trends that are driving interest in zero net energy, and the potential and realized energy savings from projects to date.

David Terry, Executive Director, NASEO
Ralph DiNola - Welcome - Executive Director, New Buildings Institute

Cathy Higgins - Presentation - Research Director, New Buildings Institute

Sponsored by: The Weidt Group

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Surviving on Sunbeams in Seattle
Denis Hayes, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bullitt Foundation, will share the motivations and challenges of creating what may be the tallest and largest zero net energy building in the world.  Named by Time Magazine as “Hero of the Planet,” Denis’ commitment to sustainability is exhibited by the new Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washington.  Denis will discuss his experience working with a talented team of architects, engineers, and construction professionals to rethink traditional approaches, find creative solutions to a series of challenges and create a model for what’s next in commercial building design and construction.  

Ralph DiNola - Introduction - Executive Director, New Buildings Institute

Denis Hayes - Presentation - President and Chief Executive Officer, Bullitt Foundation

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Four Square Corridor, Third Floor)
Networking Break

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Zero Net Energy Interactive Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Incremental Costs of Zero Net Energy Commercial and Public Buildings (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
One of the most common barriers to zero net energy projects is the concern over incremental costs compared to typical building practices.  This session will highlight the results of recent studies by states and organizations that explore the opportunities to achieve scalable and cost-effective zero net energy buildings.  Strategies used by design and construction teams to meet the ambitious cost targets set by building owners will also be explored.  

Ralph DiNola - Presentation - Executive Director, New Buildings Institute

Mike Rovito - Presentation - Senior Consultant, Energy & Resource Solutions, Inc. (ERS)
Lisa Matthiessen - Presentation - Principal, Integral Group

Session 2: The Path to Zero Net Energy Schools and Multifamily Buildings  (Red Rover, Third Floor)
Leading by example, a number of states have expanded zero net energy and high performance building activities in sectors such as K-12 schools and low-income multifamily buildings.  Successful state approaches in these sectors have focused on pursuing incremental steps on the “path” from status quo building practices to zero net energy buildings.  This session will highlight examples of state policy and programmatic approaches to promote high performance buildings, as well as data on cost, performance, and technology trends in zero net energy capable schools and multifamily buildings.  State energy officials and their project partners will describe their roles in catalyzing these projects and will discuss cross-cutting issues such as integrated design, occupant engagement, and modeled vs. actual energy performance.

John Davies - Presentation - Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence

Stephanie Febles - Presentation -  Engineer, CMTA Consulting Engineers
Mona Mosser - Presentation - Bureau of Energy Efficiency, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; NASEO Board of Directors, Regional Representative
Rebecca Foster, Managing Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation


Session 3: Community Scale Zero Net Energy (Duck Duck Goose, Third Floor)
Efforts to achieve zero net energy have moved to the community scale.  A number of residential communities have been built to these standards and several mixed use neighborhoods are being planned or are under construction.  This session will highlight several community zero net energy examples, and explore different policy and collaboration strategies employed to encourage or deliver net zero at the community scale.  The session will also explore new urban initiatives for deep efficiency.

Cara Carmichael, Senior Consultant, Rocky Mountain Institute

Brett Phillips, Director of Sustainability, Unico, Chairman of Seattle 2030 District
Brad Liljequist - Presentation - Technical Director, International Living Future Institute

Session 4: Stretch Codes, Utility Programs, and Innovative Policies – How Hard Is It? (Hopscotch, Third Floor)
Many flavors of zero net energy (ZNE) programs and policies for state and local governments, and for utilities, are working to accelerate ZNE practices. To achieve ZNE, these programs should integrate financial incentives, training and education, and technical assistance.  Panelists will address how early to become involved in the design process, types of ZNE goals and how they are met, where incentives fit in, and how ZNE buildings impact utility models. 

Dave Hewitt, Director of Strategic Partnerships, New Buildings Institute

Peter Turnbull - Presentation - Principal, Zero Net Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Carolyn Sarno - Presentation - Senior Program Manager, High Performance Buildings, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Jay Pilliod, Director of Strategy and Planning,  Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Jolt Session: Innovations in Zero Net Energy Projects and Technologies
In this fast-paced session, presenters will have five minutes to introduce new ideas and innovations related to a variety of topics, such as creating zero net energy buildings, addressing growing demand from plugged-in devices and server rooms, and utilizing game-changing technologies and design tools, among others.

RK Stewart, Senior Fellow, New Buildings Institute; Board Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences 

Jolt Presenters:
National Grid
NC Energy Office
Ecology Action
DLB Associates
City of Seattle

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (Four Square Ballroom, Third Floor)
Networking Reception
Join us to celebrate accomplishments in zero net energy (ZNE) building performance and learn more with an inspiring slide show of some of the leading examples of ZNE buildings.  NBI and NASEO will share the initial 2013 list of pioneering commercial building projects – the definitive inventory of ZNE and ZNE-capable buildings from around the nation.  Attendees will have an opportunity to refer additional projects before this report is published later this year.

Sponsored by: U.S. Green Building Council


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Conference Registration and Exhibit Hall (Four Square Corridor, Third Floor)

7:00 am – 8:00 am (Marco Polo Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor)
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:15 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Making the Business Case for Zero Net Energy Buildings
Zero net energy buildings are gaining market and media attention as the leading edge of design and business strategy for the built environment.  A growing list of America’s leading companies, such as TD Bank, PNC Bank and Walgreens are building ZNE retail outlets. Investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management elected to the same at a new high rise office in partnership with Hines properties.  During this session, building owners and business leaders will share an economic perspective on the motivations and factors used in their decisions to move to zero net energy.  The panel will address issues regarding the cost barriers and other challenges that can delay the acceptance of zero net energy projects. 

Cathy Higgins - Introduction - Research Director, New Buildings Institute

Jamie Meyers - Presentation - Sustainability Manager, Walgreens
David Del Rossi - Presentation - Corporate Architect, TD Bank
Jessalyn Ishigo - Presentation - Honda

9:15 am – 10:45 am (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
State and Federal Policies and Programs to Promote Zero Net Energy Buildings
Several states and federal agencies have integrated a zero net energy goal into their long-term energy policy and program strategies.  In this session, state and federal agency leaders will discuss the role that zero net energy programs and approaches can play in meeting their goals related to buildings stock resiliency, economic development, and reduced energy consumption.  The presenters will highlight opportunities and lessons learned that can benefit states and local jurisdictions as they develop similar policies and programs.

Eric Friedman - Presentation - Deputy Director, Green Communities Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Mark Mahoney - Presentation - Director, Army Regional Environmental and Energy Office – West
Cathy Fogel - Presentation - Ph.D., Senior Analyst, Demand Side Programs, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission
Cody Taylor - Presentation - Energy Technology and Policy Specialist, Building Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy

10:45 am - 12:00 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Moving Zero Net Energy to the Mainstream
Scaling up zero net energy building projects will require a combination of partnerships across the technology and policy sectors.  This final session will wrap up the Getting to Zero National Forum with a thought-provoking look at what is needed to accelerate the transition to zero net energy.  The session will also feature a facilitated summary of the lessons learned throughout the Forum and an identification of the next steps for states, jurisdictions, design professionals, and building owners that want to pursue the path to zero net energy. 

Ralph DiNola - Introduction - Executive Director, New Buildings Institute

Edward Mazria, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Architecture 2030

12:00 pm (Marco Polo Ballroom, Third Floor)
Closing Remarks and Adjourn

David Terry, Executive Director, NASEO