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

Sunday 17 September 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Third Floor Registration Counter

Conference Registration

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Chart C Room, 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 FY’16 U.S. State Energy Program competitive process.

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 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: Delaware / District of Columbia / Maryland / New Jersey / Pennsylvania / Virginia / West Virginia

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 Bridge Room, Riverside Building
Moderator

NASEO Northeast 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:  Connecticut / Massachusetts / Maine / New Hampshire / New York / Rhode Island/ Vermont

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

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

NASEO’s Annual Business Meeting is open to NASEO State, Territory, 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 - 6:45 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. Affiliates are invited to showcase materials and/or a poster to share information about their work. Contact Sandy Fazeli (sfazeli@naseo.org) to learn more.

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

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Hall

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Presenters

Welcome and Opening Remarks

The 2017 NASEO 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.

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor

Keynote: Energy in the Pelican State

Rich in energy resources, industry, and innovation, Louisiana is an established hub for agriculture, oil and gas production, and manufacturing. This session will explore the myriad energy opportunities and challenges facing Louisiana, and the state’s creative approaches to ensuring reliable, affordable, and clean energy for Louisianans.

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
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 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.

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator

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 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.

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

Pending

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. As the state energy offices know, these threats are evolving rapidly: hazards like 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 exercising, DOE will solicit state input to inform its 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

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
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 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

States are becoming increasingly aware of the linkages between energy use and water use and are taking steps to explore opportunities to develop symbiotic relationships between the two sectors. This session will feature State Energy Officials acting to optimize the energy-water nexus in different sectors of their 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

Breakout 3: Pending

3:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Concurrent Committee Meetings

3:45 PM - 5:45 PM Canal Room, Third Floor
Committee Chairs
Presenters

Energy Security Committee

The NASEO Energy Security Committee provides a forum for State Energy Offices, Affiliate members, and key partners to discuss how states are partnering with federal agencies and the private sector to advance energy risk assessment, emergency response, and resiliency policies and programs. This meeting will explore opportunities for states to better coordinate reliability, response, and resiliency efforts.

3:45 PM - 5:45 PM Commerce Room, Third Floor
Committee Chair
Presenter

Financing Committee

Even as government purse strings tighten, opportunities exist for state governments to finance and invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy infrastructure upgrades for both the public and private sectors. In some states, State Energy Offices may be well-equipped to run energy financing programs; however, in other states it may be necessary for State Energy Officials to forge strategic partnerships with other state and local agencies specialized economic and community development finance. This session will explore those successful partnerships and highlight strategies for replication.

3:45 PM - 5:45 PM Royal Room, Third Floor
Committee Chairs
Presenters

Transportation Committee

With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, 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. At the same time the Volkswagen Settlement has provided states with a significant opportunity to support alternative fuel vehicles and “fill gaps” within the alt fuel market. 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 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 - 6:30 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 and Exhibitor Hall

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

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.

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
Moderator
Presenters

Panel Discussion: Intelligent Transportation and its Energy Impacts: Improving Efficiency While Meeting Demand

Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are being implemented in communities throughout the country, often in concert with autonomous vehicle pilots and other “smart mobility” applications. These connected systems allow vehicles and infrastructure to communicate with one another, and may enable more efficient travel and energy savings. This panel will share insights from states and companies that are leading the mobility revolution.

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor
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.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM St. Charles Ballroom, Third Floor

Pending

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:45 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.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Royal Room, Third Floor
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.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Commerce Room, Third Floor
Presenters

Breakout 3: Energy Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development

The energy sector is very capital-intensive, requiring long-range financial and technological 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. James Ballroom, Third Floor
Presenter

Keynote Lunch: From Consumer to Prosumer: Transforming Energy Use and Production

The advancement of smart, interconnected energy technology and two-way power has given rise to the “prosumer”- an energy user who is also able to produce and store power. This paradigm shift creates new opportunities for demand management, local and distributed generation, and consumer education, but also underscores the financial and operational challenges utilities face in updating the grid.

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

Home Energy Labeling is an increasingly popular way to provide transparency and predictability to home buyers. Energy bills for a home are often the most expensive bill for home owners, yet very little information on a residency’s energy use is typically available to a home buyer or renter. Home Energy Labeling presents an opportunity to rectify this market failure. Tools such as the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score and RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System are making it simpler than ever for home buyers to get this information and use it to make informed decisions about their homes.

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

Breakout 3: Solar Technical Assistance Team: Opportunities for States and Local Governments

The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network gathers NREL solar technology and deployment experts to provide unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers.  This session will provide an overview of the STAT program and the technical assistance resources available to states through an interactive demonstration of tools and a presentation of case studies and best practices on a low- to moderate-income community solar pilot project, and a facilitated discussion around state needs and priorities.

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Concurrent Committee Meetings

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

Buildings Committee

NASEO’s Buildings Committee  is a forum for discussing the future of energy use in buildings and the impact they will have on the economy, health and environment of the people who live and work in them. The Buildings Committee will discuss the future of energy code adoption, opportunities for participation in the ICC process, high-performance buildings (including zero-net energy), energy savings performance contracting (ESPC), and other topics including buildings-to-grid, combined-heat and power.

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

Fuels and Grid Integration Committee

The NASEO Fuels and Grid Integration Committee examines state, regional, and federal initiatives to provide direction for NASEO’s projects related to the production, distribution, and consumption of electricity and liquid and gas fuels.

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

State-Local Committee

Greater state and local collaboration on commonly-shared energy priorities can yield enormous benefits in terms of energy-related economic development, quality-of-life and public health improvements, and progress toward state and local climate and energy use reduction goals. However, gaining access to and using energy data effectively may pose a fundamental barrier to state and local agencies seeking to launch new programs, investments, and initiatives. This meeting of NASEO’s newly-launched State-Local Committee will explore the various uses of energy data, including how it can inform state and local goal-setting, procurement and investment processes, and performance tracking, and will feature a case study on how the city of Austin, Texas is addressing this data challenge.

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

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Hall

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Location and Transportation Logistics TBD
Presenters

Optional Tour: Entergy’s Integrated Grid

New Orleans-based Entergy is one of the few utilities in the country to have integrated a utility-scale solar system with state-of-the-art battery technology. A tour of the facility is offered in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which is working with utilities like Entergy to realize the “Integrated Grid” (a grid that optimizes both central and distributed energy resources). Participants will learn about this cutting-edge system and the collaborative research and analysis that helped make it a reality. The tour is free of charge for conference participants. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, indicate your interest during conference registration.

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

Keynote: Pending

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

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
Presenters

Panel Discussion: International Energy Collaboration Opportunities for State and Local Energy Agencies

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
Presenters

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 post-election 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 St. Charles Ballroom, 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/.