PDF VersionThe following is the agenda for the NASEO 2017 Annual Meeting:

Sunday 17 September 2017
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Pre-Conference Meetings

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Third Floor Registration Counter

Conference Registration

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Quarterdeck B & C, Riverside Building

U.S. State Energy Program Competitive Project Meeting (State Energy Offices by Invitation Only)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs will convene states awarded under the U.S. State Energy Program (SEP) competitive process and will cover two topics: engaging stakeholders and cultivating energy efficiency champions. Stakeholder engagement is fundamental to the success of many SEP Competitive awards.  Through a facilitated discussion, states will learn from one another what best practices they can implement in their projects, and what lessons can be learned from completed projects.  Energy efficiency projects often require a champion – or multiple champions – to achieve success.  States will learn how best to identify and groom energy efficiency champions and how to deal with cynics.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Bridge Room, Riverside Building

National Energy Efficiency Registry Project Team Meeting (By Invitation Only)

The Tennessee Office of Energy Programs will convene a meeting of the National Energy Efficiency Registry project team.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

NASEO Regional Meetings (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

The NASEO regional meetings provide an opportunity for states to meet in-person with their colleagues to discuss program and policy implementation and share lessons learned. Each region will follow a meeting agenda tailored to the priorities of the states in the region.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Compass Room, Riverside Building
Moderators

NASEO Central Region Meeting (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

The NASEO regional meetings provide an opportunity for states to meet in-person with their colleagues to discuss program and policy implementation and share lessons learned. Each region will follow a meeting agenda tailored to the priorities of the states in the region. 

States: Colorado / Kansas / Louisiana / Montana / Nebraska / North Dakota / Oklahoma / South Dakota / Texas / Wyoming

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Steering Room, Riverside Building
Moderator

NASEO Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions Meeting (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

The NASEO regional meetings provide an opportunity for states to meet in-person with their colleagues to discuss program and policy implementation and share lessons learned. Each region will follow a meeting agenda tailored to the priorities of the states in the region.

States:  Delaware / District of Columbia / Maryland / New Jersey / Pennsylvania / Virginia / West Virginia 
States:  Connecticut / Massachusetts / Maine / New Hampshire / New York / Rhode Island/ Vermont

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Chart A Room, Riverside Building
Moderators

NASEO Midwest Region Meeting (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

The NASEO regional meetings provide an opportunity for states to meet in-person with their colleagues to discuss program and policy implementation and share lessons learned. Each region will follow a meeting agenda tailored to the priorities of the states in the region.

States: Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Michigan / Minnesota / Missouri / Ohio / Wisconsin

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Quarterdeck B & C, Riverside Building
Moderators

NASEO Southeast Region Meeting (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

The NASEO regional meetings provide an opportunity for states to meet in-person with their colleagues to discuss program and policy implementation and share lessons learned. Each region will follow a meeting agenda tailored to the priorities of the states in the region.

States: Alabama / Arkansas / Florida / Georgia / Kentucky / Mississippi / North Carolina / Puerto Rico / South Carolina / Tennessee / Virgin Islands

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Chart C Room, Riverside Building
Moderators

NASEO Western Region Meeting (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

The NASEO regional meetings provide an opportunity for states to meet in-person with their colleagues to discuss program and policy implementation and share lessons learned. Each region will follow a meeting agenda tailored to the priorities of the states in the region.

States: Alaska / Arizona / California / Guam / Hawaii / Idaho / Nevada / New Mexico / Northern Marianas / Oregon / Utah / Washington

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM Quarterdeck B & C, Riverside Building
Presenters

NASEO Board of Directors Meeting (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

NASEO's Board of Directors Meeting is open to NASEO State and Territory Energy Office and Affiliate members only and covers policy, programmatic, and administrative updates of the organization.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Quarterdeck B & C, Riverside Building

NASEO Annual Business Meeting (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

NASEO’s Annual Business Meeting is open to NASEO State and Territory Energy Offices and Affiliate members only and includes the election of NASEO’s Executive Officers as well as the review and approval of NASEO’s FY'18 budget.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Compass Room, Riverside Building

NASEO Affiliate Members’ Reception (NASEO State and Affiliate Members Only)

This reception will provide States with the opportunity to network with NASEO’s private sector Affiliate partners

Monday 18 September 2017
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Third Floor Registration Counter

Conference Registration

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM The District, Third Floor

Exhibitor Hall

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Presenters

Welcome and Opening Remarks

The NASEO 2017 Annual Meeting convenes state, local, and private sector leaders of breakthrough, innovative, and effective energy policies and programs for a series of discussions on the future of U.S. energy systems and technologies. This opening session sets the stage for our conference.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

Keynote: LNG Market Outlooks: Satisfying Export and Domestic Needs in the Face of Unpredictable Demand

Buoyed by abundant supplies of shale gas from Pennsylvania and Texas, the U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market has experienced a marked shift in focus from import to export. Two LNG export terminals currently exist in the country; yet another 15 have been approved, of which 11 are already under construction; and in 2016, Shell announced its plan to break ground on a multibillion-dollar, 600-job petrochemical complex in Potter, Pennsylvania. This session will explore the current market and outlook for LNG exports through the lens of changing global and domestic demand.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Panel Discussion: Our Changing Energy Resource and Demand Mix, Grid Impacts, and Implications for Regional, State, and Local Markets

The falling price of renewables combined with low price natural gas markets is producing rapid shifts in the nation’s generation mix as utilities work to take advantage of these new trends. Speakers will discuss how these changes are affecting grid reliability, transmission infrastructure, and electricity markets as traditional generation is put under strain.

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM The District, Third Floor

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Panel Discussion: State Energy Office and Public Utility Commission Perspectives on Energy Markets and Policy Innovations

State Energy Officials and Public Utility Commissioners each serve a crucial and complementary role in framing their states’ energy policy and regulatory landscapes. This session will feature insights from former state energy office leaders who now use their policy expertise to lead regulatory utility commissions.

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Technology Innovations

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, fossil fuel power plants continue to represent a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States; furthermore, both coal-fired and natural gas power plants will continue to be a major source of global energy production for decades to come.  This session will explore the successes and challenges faced by several major Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration projects, including Petra Nova, Archer Daniels Midland, and Air Products.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

State Regional Energy Assurance and Resilience Planning and Coordination

As the main federal authority for ensuring reliable and secure energy supplies, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works closely with states and local governments, tribes, and the private sector—each with different responsibilities in overseeing day-to-day operations and mitigating threats to the energy system. These threats are evolving rapidly: hazards such as cyberterrorism and the changing role of consumers and key suppliers are creating new and unique risks that challenge traditional planning and response functions. Building on the Administration’s security focus and recent policy recommendations for improving state-level coordination, education, and exercises, this session will solicit state input to inform DOE’s portfolio of security and regional interdependencies tools and capabilities that aim to bolster state and local resilience and response with these fluid vulnerabilities in mind.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM St. James Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

Keynote Lunch: Disaster Intelligence: A Key Strategy for Energy Emergency Preparedness and Response

Disaster intelligence combines data, technology, and human expertise to mitigate and best prepare for a wide variety of events and disruptions. This session will explore ways to apply disaster intelligence to states’ energy emergency preparedness and response strategies.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Pecha Kucha: Energy Policy and Technology Ideas Shaping our Economy and Future

In the Pecha Kucha presentation style, there will be a total of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each to tell a concise, curated, and dynamic story of new energy ideas.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

U.S. State Energy Program and Weatherization Update

This session will present an update on guidance and priorities, as well as technical assistance offerings from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, which oversees the U.S. State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Canal Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 1: The Energy-Water Nexus: Innovations in Wastewater Treatment, Water Distribution, and Irrigation Systems

The linkages between energy use and water use offer opportunities to maximize efficiency and reliability in both sectors. This session will feature efforts to optimize the energy-water nexus in different sectors of state and local economies, including pumped storage projects, electricity generation from water infrastructure, and improving the efficiency of irrigation systems and wastewater treatment plants.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Royal Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 2: Point-Counterpoint: What State Energy Officials Should Know About Beneficial Electrification

Buildings, vehicles, and other non-traditional end-uses are increasingly switching to electricity as their primary power source. While “beneficial electrification” is gaining traction among electric cooperatives and utilities, other industries champion other fuel sources as more efficient. This debate-style session will offer divergent viewpoints and highlight the pros and cons of widespread electrification.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Commerce Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 3: Bridging the Divide: Innovative Energy Programs to Reach and Connect Rural Markets

Home to significant agricultural, manufacturing, and energy development activity, rural areas contribute significantly to the U.S. energy economy. Yet, many energy efficiency and renewable energy programs designed for urban and suburban customers fail to reach more remote markets adequately, which can place upward pressure on states’ energy demand and limit effective management of energy use. This session will examine the unique challenges and opportunities associated with delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy to rural areas and will feature an innovative initiative from Wisconsin, which combines rural broadband investments with energy efficiency opportunities to help rural communities “Get Connected, Use Energy Smarter.”

4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Concurrent Committee Meetings

4:00 PM - 5:45 PM Canal Room, Third Floor
Committee Chairs
Presenters

Energy Security Committee: Supporting Energy Resilience and Reliability through State, Local, and Private Sector Coordination

Disruptions to the nation’s energy infrastructure affect the ability of communities to function and thrive in today’s technology-driven culture. Energy systems are particularly vulnerable because of their interactions with other systems (e.g., transportation, agriculture, finance). State, local, and public-private partnerships can help improve response efforts. This Energy Security Committee session will feature presentations on how states and private sector organizations can coordinate with localities to enhance energy resilience and reliability.

4:00 PM - 5:45 PM Commerce Room, Third Floor
Committee Chair
Presenters

Financing Committee: Reaching Underserved Sectors Through Targeted Financing Programs

While financing is a valuable tool for increasing the deployment of clean energy within a state, lower to lower-middle income and rural populations have a more difficult time accessing financing compared to other sectors of a state’s economy. This session explores the efforts that state, federal, and private institutions have undertaken or are currently undertaking to increase financing availability to overcome this access issue, and share best practices.

4:00 PM - 5:45 PM Royal Room, Third Floor
Committee Chairs
Presenters

Transportation Committee: Challenges and Opportunities for Vehicle Electrification

With the growing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs), states are exploring new ways to identify and resolve pending barriers to EV adoption in order to meet their energy security, economic development, and environmental goals. Simultaneously, the Volkswagen (VW) Settlement has provided states with a significant opportunity to support alternative fuel vehicles. This Transportation Committee session will present the latest research on EV consumer behavior and the impact of EVs on electricity rates, and will explore current initiatives to incorporate alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) into emergency planning. In addition, attendees will engage in a roundtable discussion on state-led activities under the VW Settlement and other AFV initiatives.

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM The District, Third Floor
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Networking Reception

Tuesday 19 September 2017
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Third Floor Registration Counter

Conference Registration

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM The District, Third Floor

Exhibitor Hall

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

Keynote: Our Near-Failing Grade: U.S. Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities

U.S. energy and transportation systems are under considerable strain: infrastructure across the country is in need of updates, and there is poor alignment of funding to make necessary improvements. As infrastructure does evolve, however, there is an opportunity to build robust and resilient energy and transportation systems that improve users’ experience and save energy. This keynote address will share insights on the challenges and opportunities for our nation's infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers, whose 2017 U.S. Infrastructure Report Card gave the country a D+ based on the condition and performance of our major systems.

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Panel Discussion: Energy Burden: Transportation, Mobility, and Housing Challenges for Low-Income Households

Energy and transportation costs pose a major obstacle to affordability in communities and neighborhoods across the United States. The energy burden, defined as the proportion of household gross income used for energy expenditures, may be caused by low income, high energy bills, and lack of access to low-cost transit options. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, this energy burden is especially acute for low-income, African-American, Latino, and renter households. This session will explore how energy efficiency, location efficiency, and coordinated, multi-sector planning can alleviate this problem.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

Public Facility and Infrastructure Modernization – Federal-State Collaboration Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts

The use of Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) to modernize public facilities and deliver energy and water efficiency in the state, local, and federal sectors continues to evolve, driven by technology innovations and robust private-sector financing.  The result: a market of over $5 billion annually in the state and local sectors alone.  This special expert session explores lessons learned and tools from the Federal Energy Management Program experience, highlights best practices in ESPC program design and management, and identifies new opportunities for state-federal collaboration.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Canal Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 1: Advancing Affordability, Equity and Health through Energy-Efficient Housing

Investment in energy efficiency can yield positive energy and non-energy benefits, including bill savings, health improvements, and greater equity for underserved and minority members of the community. This session will explore strategies states and communities can advance for the housing market.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Royal Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 2: The Role of Microgrids, Solar Energy, and Storage in Community Resiliency

States and communities across the country are investing in new technologies to promote resiliency in the face of extreme weather events and other disruptions to “mission-critical” energy infrastructure and facilities. This session will explore on-the-ground applications and technologies used in community energy resiliency.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Commerce Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 3: Energy Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development

The energy sector is very capital-intensive, requiring long-range financial and technical planning. However, technological advances are giving rise to a wide range of transformative entrepreneurial opportunities. This session will explore these opportunities, ways to de-risk technology development and deployment, and strategies to prepare the workforce.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

Keynote Lunch: Intelligent Transportation and its Energy Impacts: Lessons and Opportunities for Shared Transportation and the Future of Mobility

Intelligent transportation systems are being implemented in communities throughout the country, often in concert with other energy-saving and “smart mobility” applications. During this keynote address, Car2Go’s Mike DeBonville will share insights from the car-share industry and discuss how shared mobility is impacting transportation energy use and travel demand.

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Canal Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 1: State Energy Planning Roundtable

As states grapple with new trends and advances in energy technology, states are creating forward-thinking energy plans that set aggressive energy policies, and provide data-driven metrics to measure progress toward achieving state goals. During this panel, representatives from states with recently-updated State Energy Plans will discuss the planning process and their energy priorities.

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Royal Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 2: Home Energy Labeling: A Market Transformation Opportunity

Energy bills for a home are often the most expensive bill for home owners, yet very little information on a residence’s energy use is typically available to a home buyer or renter. Home Energy Labeling offers an effective strategy to remedy this market failure by providing information, transparency, and predictability to home buyers. This session will explore tools such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score and RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System which are making it simpler than ever for home buyers to get energy usage information and to make informed decisions about their purchases.

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Commerce Room, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Breakout 3: Demonstrating the Viability: Scalability of Low-income Community Solar: A Colorado Energy Office Pilot Project

In 2015, the Colorado Energy Office launched a low-income community solar demonstration project with two objectives: to reduce household energy burden for low-income subscribers, and to demonstrate the viability and scalability of developing community solar projects solely for low-income households. Once complete, a minimum of 1 MW of solar power will be installed and a cumulative total of 300 low-income households will be subscribed to the demonstration projects. This session will provide an overview of this innovative project and offer lessons learned and policy implications for state-level policymakers.

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Concurrent Committee Meetings

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Canal Room, Third Floor
Committee Chairs
Presenters

Buildings Committee: Buildings, Grids, and Resilience – Integration and Lessons Learned

The integration of the grid, buildings, efficiency, data, and onsite power is presenting new economic development and resilience opportunities daily.  States, research laboratories, and private sector innovators are working in different ways across the commercial, residential, and institutional buildings markets to expand on what works, and rethink what does not.  This Buildings Committee session provides a special focus on the latest developments in buildings-grid integration solutions and suggests its relevance to the states’ work in making the built environment more sustainable, economic, and resilient. The session also captures some of the buildings program and code lessons learned that two states discovered following major natural disasters.  The session concludes with a look ahead at two NASEO Buildings Program activities for the coming year: Public Facilities Retrofits and ENERGY STAR.

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Commerce Room, Third Floor
Committee Chairs
Presenters

Fuels and Grid Integration Committee: Electric System Transformation and the Grid of the Future

The national electric system is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, marked by the rapid pace of technological innovation, the widescale integration of distributed energy resources, growing confidence and certainty in emerging energy markets, and the emerging potential of storage.  This shift has brought with it new opportunities for commercial and residential consumers to control how, when, and even if they use electricity.  While this paradigm shift has led to a more empowered consumer, pressure is mounting in the traditional energy industry to adapt to new challenges and business opportunities from new technologies, business practices, and partners. Meanwhile, states are responsible for facilitating and guiding this process amidst the ever-changing landscape of a modern electric grid.   This Fuels and Grid Integration Committee session will discuss how new technology is reshaping the traditional electric system, explore the rise of the so-called "prosumer", and identify the opportunities, risks, and implications this transformation might have on the energy industry and state energy policies.

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Royal Room, Third Floor
Moderators
Presenters

State-Local Committee: Collaboration Opportunities for State and Local Energy and Sustainability Agencies

As states, cities, and counties take on increasing responsibility for advancing clean energy and sustainability in their jurisdictions, the need for collaboration across different levels of government grows. What are the main priorities of local sustainability and resiliency agencies, and how can State Energy Offices best engage local partners on shared energy priorities? How can states and localities work together more effectively to unlock access to energy data in support of more effective planning and program implementation?  This meeting of NASEO’s newly-launched State-Local Committee will examine these issues and explore collaboration opportunities between State Energy Officials and organizations engaging local energy and sustainability agencies on the ground.

Wednesday 20 September 2017
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM Third Floor Registration Counter

Conference Registration

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM The District, Third Floor

Exhibitor Hall

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

Keynote: The Global Challenge with Local Implications: How States and Cities are Advancing a U.S. Climate Policy

While the United States’ recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and other Administration policy changes mean less federal pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many cities, states, and businesses continue to pursue lower emissions levels by setting aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and acting to mitigate the impacts of climate change.  During this session, Dr. Rosina Bierbaum will draw from her work on the National Climate Assessment and extensive academic background to discuss the evolution and fluctuations of national, state, and local energy and climate policy, and will explore how states can use data, scientific knowledge, and market-friendly policies to address the climate challenge.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
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Panel Discussion: Corporate Climate Change and Clean Energy Commitments

Many large corporations, recognizing the economic value of energy efficiency and renewable energy, have made firm commitments to clean energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This session will explore the rationale and business case for their investments.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
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Panel Discussion: Cleaner through Collaboration: State, City, and International Energy and Climate Partnership

Cities and regions representing nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, among them U.S. states and communities, have committed to concrete actions, commitments, and plans in response to climate change. This panel discussion will explore opportunities for greater sub-national and international cooperation in support of climate, energy, and economic development goals.

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
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Panel Discussion: Volkswagen Settlement

The Volkswagen (VW) Settlement offers states an opportunity to invest in a variety of projects and programs that will decrease emissions and support alternative fuel use. This session will offer views and news from several states as they work toward responding to the VW Settlement opportunity and implement alternative fuel projects, and will also offer updates from Electrify America on their National Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Plan.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenter

Washington Update

This discussion with NASEO's General Counsel will provide the latest news on Congressional and federal agency priorities and the outlook for energy policy.

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Presenter

Closing Remarks and Conference Adjourn

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Canal Room, Third Floor

National Energy Efficiency Registry Stakeholders Luncheon and Meeting

The National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEER) Stakeholders meeting will feature updates and interactive discussions on the National Energy Efficiency Registry project, a multi-sector, multi-state initiative promoting the documentation of energy efficiency programs and measures in a consistent, transparent, and credible way. To view the agenda and RSVP for this meeting, visit http://eeregistry.naseo.org/.