AESP Spring Conference
It was great to see old friends and meet new ones last week at the AESP Spring Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The conference agenda focused on Implementation and Evaluation and attracted more than 200 dedicated energy professionals to share ideas, discuss industry trends and debate the topic of implementation over evaluation.
A special thanks to our host utility, PECO, and Craig Adams, PECO CEO, who provided an engaging welcome address which included some history about The City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection). The opening keynote was provided by Hall of Fame Speaker and published author, Steve Gilliland, who had everyone in stitches as he wove through the themes of his books and provided hilarious examples that brought us to the ground truths: focus on making a difference, don’t let anyone get your goat, and enjoy the ride – we sure did enjoy Steve Wednesday morning.
Needless to say I was very proud of our DNV GL family who presented at this Spring Conference. On Wednesday, Ben Jones gave examples of how closer collaboration can help evaluators and implementers come to grips with the challenges of timely and relevant energy efficiency program evaluations. Karen Germain moderated a session which discussed barriers to program participation, and how to attract quality contractors to programs. Bill Clemens of DTE Energy shared a best practice model for attracting and growing Trade Ally participation.
On Thursday, Gomathi Sadhasivan, my good friend and fellow cohort from a few years ago, shared the results of her national survey of commercial facilities, which provided great insight to opportunities for improving ongoing energy management processes and linking them to long-term capital improvement efforts.
Overall it was an amazing event, filled with the brightest minds in the industry, all willing to share their ideas and collaborate on improving both implementation and evaluation programs. I hope to see all again in August 16-18 for AESP’s Summer Conference in the Windy City of Chicago.