2nd Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange

Presented October 15-17, 2008 at Aspen Meadows, Aspen, Colorado

Archived Agenda from 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

8 a.m. - 12 noon Conference Registration

12 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet and Meet the Sponsors in Meadows Restaurant
Hot buffet lunch with opportunity to meet in small groups with representatives from the sponsor organizations

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 pmWelcoming Remarks by Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 pm Keynote: "The Colorado Regulatory Approach to Demand-Side Management" by Jeffrey Ackermann, Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Focus on Utility Program Portfolio session
Session Co-Chairs: Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities and Peter Narog, Xcel Energy

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 pm Utility Program Snap Shots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities presented by the session co-chairs and other participants

  • Price Robertson, Oncor
  • Michael Volker, Midwest Energy
  • Paul Smith, SourceGas
  • Mutch Usera, Black Hills
  • Jeff Rath, Colorado Springs Utilities

2:15 p.m.- 2:45 p.m. "Overview of Xcel Energy's 2009/10 Energy Efficiency programs" by Peter Narog, Xcel Energy

2:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. "SourceGas: Providing Energy More Efficiently and Economically To Rural Americans" by Len Mize, SourceGas Distribution LLC

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment break

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Black Hills Energy's Gas Demand Side Management Activities" by Matt Daunis, Black Hills Energy

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. "Black Hills Energy's Colorado Renewable Energy Program" by Kenny Romero, Black Hills Energy

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. "Zero Peak Communities Before Zero Energy Homes" by Lew Pratsch, U.S. Department of Energy

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 pm Networking Reception at Aspen Meadows Resort

Thursday, October 16, 2008

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 amBreakfast Buffet in Meadows Restaurant

Focus on Carbon Reduction and Customer Satisfaction session
Session Co-Chairs: Bill Ewer, Longmont Power & Communications and Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Utility Program Snap Shots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities presented by the session co-chairs and other participants

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 am "CORE Program Coordination Strategies for Energy and Carbon Savings" by Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. "Partnering with the Governor's Energy Office" by Matthew Futch and Joani Matranga, Governor's Energy Office

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Refreshment break

10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. "Partnering with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association" by Heidi Storz, United Power

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Using Financing to Sell Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy" by Bruce Matulich, Electric and Gas Industries Association

11:30 a.m. - 12 noon "Developing Utility Web Sites That Integrate Energy and Environment Messages" by Tom DuBos, APOGEE Interactive

12 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet and Roundtable Discussion at Meadows Restaurant

Concurrent Sessions

Focus on Residential Energy Efficiency

Session Chair: Mike Rubala, Platte River Power Authority

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Utility Program Snap Shots
Five-minute highlights of utility activities in residential energy efficiency presented by the session co-chairs and other participants

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Statewide Coordination of ENERGY STAR New Homes program
Panel moderated by Mike Rubala, Platte River Power

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. "GEO Residential Solar Pilot Program Lessons Learned" by Jeff Lyng, Governor's Energy Office with Traci Morin, Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. "Breaking Down the Barriers to Efficiency Improvements in the Rental Housing Market" by Michael Volker, Midwest Energy

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment break

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Electric Space Heating Innovations in Canada" by Jean-Marie Falquet, Convectair

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. "Reinventing Home Energy Audits and Auditors" by Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. "Strange Times, New Partners" by Theresa Donahue and Matt Thornberry, Smart Energy Living Alliance

Focus on Commercial Energy Efficiency

Session Chair: Adam Perry , Platte River Power Authority

1:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Utility Program Snap Shots
Five-minute highlights of utility activities in commercial energy efficiency presented by the session co-chairs and other participants

1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. "The Green Building Trend's Impact on New Construction Efficiency Program Implementation" by Gwendolyn Farnsworth, E Source

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. "Schools and other Public Sector Programs in Texas" by Glenn Garland, CLEAResult, Inc.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Commercial Lighting Retrofit Programs" by Adam Perry, Platte River Power Authority and Carla Hahn, Xcel Energy

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment break

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Developing and Adopting Mandatory Efficiency Codes" by Stephen Kanipe, City of Aspen Utilities

4:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. "Public Facility Program Overview" by Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. "After Lighting - What Technology Is Next?" by Katherine Johnson, Market Development Group

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hosted Bar for CUE Registrants at Double Dog Pub
305 E. Hopkins Ave. in downtown Aspen

Show your name badge and get free drinks in this notable hotspot with a dog theme.

Friday, October 17, 2008

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet in Meadows Restaurant

Focus on Technology session
Session Co-Chairs: Ed Thomas and Katherine Johnson, Market Development Group

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Program Snap Shots
Five-minute highlights of utility program activities presented by the session co-chairs and other participants

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. "Integrating Demand Response with Energy Efficiency Programs" by Brad Davids, Enernoc for Peak Load Management Alliance

9:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. "Water Heaters: The Forgotten Appliances" by John Richards, Rheem Marathon Water Heaters

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Refreshment break

10:15 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. "Simple Things You Can Do to Leverage Smart Meters" by Tony Thomas, National Rural Telecommunications Corporation

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. "In Search of Geothermal Heat Pump Installations in Colorado to Document Success" by Jeff Lyng, Governor's Energy Office with "Digging Deep for GHP Installations" by Katherine Johnson and Ed Thomas, Market Development Group

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. "Leveraging the Power of Infrared - Helping to Track our Carbon Footprint" by Mark Boccella, Flir Thermography

11:45 a.m.- 12 noon Closing Remarks by Jeff Rice, City of Aspen Utilities

12 noon Conference Adjourns

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Archived Sponsors from 2008

Gold Level Sponsor


City of Aspen Utilities provides reliable and economic electric service to approximately 2,371 residential, commercial, hotel, and condominium service connects. All service is within Aspen City limits. www.aspenpitkin.com
Silver Level Sponsors


Black Hills Energy is the non-regulated wholesale energy business group of Black Hills Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange Company trading under the symbol BKH. Black Hills Energy generates power, mines coal, produces natural gas and crude oil, and markets energy. Operations are located primarily in the West. www.blackhillsenergy.com


Market Development Group works with energy organizations and their allies to design, develop and deliver innovative marketing plans and programs that address energy efficiency, renewable energy and customer service objectives. The EGIA/Anaheim Utilities Home Energy Makeover Contest and the Orlando Utilities Commission CFL Fund Raiser are among the programs that we've conceived, developed, adapted and implemented. ìMarket Developmentsî is our free email newsletter that details our current projects and other items of interest. To view it online or subscribe, visit www.marketdevelop.com.


Xcel Energy is a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company and offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.3 million electricity customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers. Xcel Energy operates WindsourceÆ, the nation's largest voluntary wind energy program in terms of customers. www.xcelenergy.com
Bronze Level Sponsors


Apogee Interactive, Inc. is a leading provider of online solutions for the energy industry. Our online tools increase customer satisfaction while reducing operating costs. APOGEE's applications include CommercialEnergySuiteô, HomeEnergySuiteô, Kids Korner, eLearning systems, load management platforms, BillingInsightsô providing intelligent scripting for CSR's handling high bill calls and many more. www.apogee.net


Colorado Rural Electric Association is the statewide trade association representing Colorado's electric cooperatives. CREA's membership is composed of all of the state's 22 electric distribution cooperative associations and one generation and transmission cooperative. www.coloradorea.org


Convectair's creation in 1983 stems from a large Canadian public utility's search for innovative residential heating solutions combined with the experience and knowhow of a leading European group. For over 20 years, Convectair has been dedicated to providing more energy efficient solutions to homeowners in North America. Its products include reliable electronic controls, proprietary heating elements and advanced cabinet design. This expertise is helping over 100 co-ops better respond to their members' needs while improving their load profile. www.convectair.com


Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions through a nationwide network of contractors, distributors, manufacturers and utility partners. As a leading provider of resource efficiency services and energy efficiency program administration for utility companies and water agencies, EGIA also provides the home improvement industry, utility companies and state agencies with comprehensive consumer energy efficiency and solar financing solutions and has administered some of the nation's largest utility and state sponsored energy efficiency financing programs. www.egia.org


Governor's Energy Office was recreated on April 16, 2007 as the Governor's Energy Office (GEO). GEO's mission is to lead Colorado to a New Energy Economy by advancing energy efficiency and renewable, clean energy resources. GEO will work with communities, utilities, private and public organizations, and individuals to promote renewable energy such as wind, solar, and geothermal, and energy efficiency technologies in commercial and residential buildings. www.colorado.gov/energy


Marathon Water Heaters is a manufacturer of non-metallic, lifetime warranty, thermal-storage electric water heaters with the highest efficiency ratings in the industry. Marathon has active programs with over 250 distribution and G&T cooperatives across the country. www.marathonheaters.com


Platte River Power Authority generates and delivers reliable, low-cost and environmentally responsible electricity to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland, Colorado, where it is distributed by each municipal utility to residents and businesses. www.prpa.org


Resource Action Programs (RAP), designs and implements community programs to reduce residential water and energy use. RAP programs combine unique participant-driven educational materials, kits of high efficiency products and comprehensive implementation services that include data tracking for municipalities, utilities, government agencies, and community action agencies. www.getwise.org


Smart Energy Living Alliance was created when the Colorado Energy Science Center and E-Starô Colorado merged to create SELA. Our mission is to help people make smart energy decisions. SELA is a cooperative effort of businesses, utilities, energy users and other partners committed to transforming the energy marketplace. smartenergyliving.org


Source Gas is a natural gas local distribution utility headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado, with operations in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and Hermosillo, Mexico. SourceGas serves nearly 420,000 customers and operates 17,700 miles of distribution, gathering and transmission pipeline, as well as storage facilities. SourceGas and its subsidiaries also provide gas transportation, in-home HVAC and appliance service and sales, as well as gas commodity sales services to its natural gas customers. www.sourcegas.com


Western Area Power Administration markets and transmits more than 10,000 megawatts of power from hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. www.wapa.gov