October 17, 2013 -
7:30am - 3:00pm - Denver Police Protective Association (PPA) Event
Center , Aurora, CO
"The Progress of our Energy Future"
Our annual forum will be held on October 17th at the at the Denver
Police Protective Association (PPA) Event Center building at 2105
Decatur St in Denver. We should have a great lineup of speakers to cover
“The Progress of our Energy Future”.
- Climate Economics. Tom Stoner, author of “Small Change, Big
- Gas Prices and Fracking – Looking Forward. Tim Carter, Xcel
- Discussion of Renewables and Transmission Issues. Jonathon
Thompson, High Country News.
- TBD Rocky Mountain Institute.
- Energy Entertainment from Bill LeBlanc, E Source.
- Building Analytics. A panel representing the product,
integrator, and client perspective.
- New Horizon of Energy Audit Tools. Speaker list being developed.
- Energy Reductions through Occupant Behavior. Jennifer Cross,
Associate Professor at CSU’s Department of Sociology.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the meetings and invite your
input to make RMAEE an even stronger and more valuable organization to
Agenda & Presentations
Continental Breakfast and Registration
7:30 AM. Conference and speakers starts at 8:30 AM.
Colorado Gas, the
Tim Carter, Xcel Energy, will speak
on the current natural gas markets, from both a national and a Colorado
perspective. In addition, Tim will give us an outlook on the impact of
Tom Stoner, author of “Small
Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur”, will talk on
climate change economics and examine the global energy supply. He
explains how we--as business professionals, students, consumers, and
citizens--can transform our current energy system into a system that
creates new business opportunities, promotes environmental health, and
broadens our understanding of wealth.
Reinventing Fire in YOUR Town
Eric Maurer, Rocky
Mountain Institute, will speak on Fort Zed and where the project is
heading as well as RMI’s efforts driving transformation in the
electricity sector toward efficiency and distributed renewables.
New Horizon Energy Audit Tools
Virtual Energy Audit Tools
Andrea Salazar, E-Source,
will cover the use of remote energy auditing software products like
Retroficiencies and First Fuel. She will discuss a summary of these
tools, who is currently using these tools, how the tools are being
utilized, and a PG&E study that compared results using these virtual
tools to an energy audit conducted by actual “boots on the ground”
- Deep Energy Modeling Tools
Larry Brackney and
Oliver Davis, NREL, the
presentation will cover the opportunity of leveraging software for
rapid energy audits, solar design, and whole building energy
modeling. The collaboration between NREL and concept3D has led to
the development of simuwatt(R) Energy Auditor and enhancements to
NREL's OpenStudio. This mobile and cloud based application suite
allows practitioners to perform deep (Levels 2/3) energy audits at
50+% time and cost savings. Tools such as simuwatt and OpenStudio
allow ESCO's and others to simply uncover the 'last frontier' of
energy efficiency savings...a market of over $150B in the US alone.
Why Don’t Customers Do What I Want Them To, Even if I Talk
William LeBlanc, E Source. While technology has
long been the focus of efficiency and renewables programs, our coming
challenge will be to shift that focus squarely on the customer. However,
customers tend to be irrational, easily distracted, and suspicious
creatures. But through better marketing, and using the power of social
norms and behavior change science, we can embrace these customer
challenges and use them to boost efficiency and renewables success…and
have some fun along the way.
The Grid and
Jonathon Thompson, High Country
News, will cover the current structure of our grid and how we got here,
how the grid is currently managed today and how renewables affect the
load balance, and the solutions being considered that would address the
difficulties in maintaining that load balance.
Information Systems (Dashboards)
E-Source, will cover research done to date on energy analytics
software offerings including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's
(LBNL) efforts to develop a matrix of current products and their
capabilities such as visualization, analysis, benchmarking, and
forecasting. She will also cover several case studies, developed by
LBNL, and how utilities are using these products.
- Getting Data Out of Buildings
Stuart Waterbury, AEC.
Developing a smart building strategy requires access to building
operating data. This presentation will cover obstacles to consider
and questions to ask as they relate to IT, BAS architecture, open
protocol, hosting, and data access.
David Podorson, E-Source, will cover
fault detection and diagnostic add-ons for roof top air conditioning
units – what’s out there, how they work, and how effective they are.
Social Science in Energy Consulting
Associate Professor at CSU’s Department of Sociology. Most energy
consulting services focus on the actual building and its related
operation but often ignore the organization structure and the building
occupants. When these components are not addressed they often become
barriers to reducing energy. This presentation will focus on how to
address all areas, from a social science perspective, to increase the
effectiveness of energy related services.