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Spring has sprung: Anticipating the AESP Spring Conference

The days are getting longer, the smell of flowers is in the air, and emerging AC loads are signaling the start of the annual summer peak. All these clues point to one conclusion: the AESP Spring Conference in Atlanta is just around the corner. As always, AESP has done a fantastic job of developing a comprehensive program filled with expert speakers that will deep-dive into all things energy. I’m particularly looking forward to catching two dynamic speakers: DNV GL’s own Sean McCoy, and Bill Clemens of DTE Energy (Michigan).

First, Sean will kick things off with a presentation on incentive capping and program considerations to drive on-going demand and cost-effectiveness. On the one hand, project, site or customer caps all limit the amount of incentive dollars that can go to any one entity, helping ensure more customers can participate. On the other hand, loosening these restrictions can open the floodgates of high-value projects, attractive to a utility’s largest industrial customers. Sean will go in-depth and evaluate several incentive programs from around the country to answer the age-old question: “to cap or not to cap?”

Bill Clemons knows what motivates Trade Allies (and hint – it’s greener than energy savings). Bill’s presentation overviews the pros and cons of offering Trade Ally bonuses. Most utility energy efficiency programs rely on Trade Allies to drive the projects that ultimately lead to energy savings. And like star athletes, these Trade Allies often need a little something extra to perform at full potential. Bill will review four distant types of bonus offers that programs can provide their Trade Allies to maximize engagement and drive program utilization.

Finally, I will be hosting a roundtable panel discussion on” Beyond Lighting.” Our panel of expert voices from both inside and outside the lighting industry will hit on a variety of hot topics, such as:  Can networked lighting controls deliver the next generation of savings? Are there market segments that still resist LED? What other measures offer the potential to replace lighting? How do innovative business and financing models impact the future of our programs? Does lighting have a role in helping shave utility peak?

Safe travels to everyone who will be in Atlanta! If you can’t make it, don’t worry: I will be publishing a recap blog to catch everyone up. As always, if you would like more information on Smart Lighting, please visit our Knowledge Hub or reach out to me directly.

Post Script: DNV GL and Smart Lighting Systems

DNV GL has successfully designed and implemented Smart Lighting Systems projects on behalf of our utility clients for four years. Our team has significant project experience in both retrofitting and new construction of lighting projects. We work through the project life-cycle to identify, justify and evaluate energy saving measures and provide post-installation engineering review to verify savings.

Our team is available to work directly with large institutions to assist them with Smart Lighting Systems projects. For more information, please contact Wesley Whited. Wesley Whited is a Senior Consultant for Smart Lighting Systems at DNV GL. Mr. Whited has seven years’ experience in the commercial lighting market ranging from project management to sales. Mr. Whited is a graduate of West Virginia University (WVU) and holds a MBA from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

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