PDF VersionThe following is the preliminary agenda for the NASEO 2018 Annual Meeting:

Sunday 23 September 2018
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM

Pre-Conference Meetings for NASEO State and Affiliate Members

  • Pre-Conference Meetings for NASEO State and Territory and Affiliate Members (10:00 AM - 5:30 PM)
  • U.S. Department of Energy’s U.S. State Energy Program Competitive Meeting (By Invitation Only) (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
  • NASEO-Appliance Standards Awareness Project Meeting on State Appliance Efficiency Standards (By Invitation Only) (11:30 AM - 12:45 PM)
  • NASEO Concurrent Regional Meetings (NASEO State and Territory and Affiliate Members Only) (1:00 PM - 2:15 PM)
  • Energy Assurance Planning Roundtable for Islands and Remote Communities (By Invitation Only) (2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • NASEO Concurrent Committee Meetings (2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • NASEO Board of Directors Meeting (NASEO State and Territory and Affiliate Members Only) (4:15 PM - 5:15 PM)
  • NASEO Annual Business Meeting (NASEO State and Territory and Affiliate Members Only) (5:15 PM - 5:45 PM)
  • NASEO Institute Board Meeting (By Invitation Only) (5:45 PM - 6:15 PM)
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Monday 24 September 2018

Energy Policy and Technology Strategies for Buildings and the Grid

Conference Events Open to All Registered Attendees
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Welcome and Opening Remarks

This opening session sets the stage for our conference.

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Accelerating Sustainability in the Motor City

This session will examine Detroit's multi-pronged approach to sustainability and highlight strategies that state and local officials can use to improve energy infrastructure, transit options, and the built environment.

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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NASEO Priorities and Directions

This session will feature key developments and priorities that NASEO members are pursuing, including a presentation of key preliminary findings from NASEO’s 2018 Members Survey.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Putting the Strategy in Strategic Electrification: Understanding the Research on Costs and Benefits

A balanced understanding of the implications of electrifying energy systems may help highlight pathways to achieve beneficial electrification without sacrificing the environmental or economic advantages associated with other types of fuels. This session will present the latest research findings examining the costs and benefits of electrification, with a particular focus on the buildings sector.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Crystal Ballroom, Fourth Floor)
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Concurrent Breakout 1: Utility Rate Design Innovations and Reinventing Distribution System Planning (Hosted by NASEO’s Fuels and Grid Integration Committee)

This session will present the latest research and analysis on effective utility rate design, and the impact and importance of state policy in re-envisioning distribution system planning.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Founders AB Room, Third Floor
Moderator
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Concurrent Breakout 2: Driving Market Transformation Strategies Through Home Energy Scorecards and Transparency in the Residential Real Estate Market

This session will include an update on efforts by states and cities to make home energy performance information more transparent in residential real estate transactions.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Woodward CD Ballroom, Second Floor
Moderator
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Concurrent Breakout 3: Within Reach: Energy Strategies for Rural and Remote Communities

This session will focus on challenges and opportunities for rural and small-town communities to reduce energy costs and waste, enhance energy reliability and resilience, and strengthen economic development.

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Woodward AB Ballroom, Second Floor
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Keynote Lunch: Extracting Value from the Nexus Between Affordability and Zero-Energy: Whisper Valley Community Spotlight

Located along the booming SH 130 corridor, Austin's Whisper Valley community is the blueprint for a new kind of planning. Whisper Valley is an environmentally-sensitive development dedicated to energy efficiency and cutting-edge technology. Homes built by Pacesetter Homes and Avi Homes are affordably priced, from the low $200s. Whisper Valley is a model for the future of sustainable living. From the ground up – and even far below it – everything has been thoughtfully planned to create the ideal community.

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Educating and Engaging Consumers

From utility consumer engagement to energy efficiency competitions, this session will examine ways states, utilities, and suppliers can enable and empower consumers to make smart energy decisions.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Why Insulation Matters: Achieving Efficiency, Environmental, Fiscal, and Resiliency Policy Objectives in the Building Sector

Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways to achieve energy, resilience, and environmental policy goals, in addition to supporting well-paying jobs in manufacturing and the trades. Proper insulation in residential, commercial, and mechanical sectors creates energy efficient systems that provide fiscal, health, and system resilience benefits that can be undervalued. This session will get the insulation industry’s perspective on how proper valuation of efficiency and the building energy code process can be used to meet state and city emission reduction goals, reduce utility ratepayer spending, as well as policy drivers related to promoting energy efficiency, job creation and worker safety in the commercial and industrial building sector.

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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What’s Next for Energy Efficiency and Grid Optimization: Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

Technology advances are enabling governments, businesses, and homes to reach higher levels of energy efficiency and productivity. Increasingly, efforts to connect building energy use and production to the grid, to different sources of generation, and to the Internet of Things are creating more opportunities than ever for intelligence and interactivity. This session will explore "what's next" for energy efficiency -- including how it will adapt to changing U.S. energy infrastructure and markets, and the policies needed to get energy efficiency to the next level.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Founders AB Ballroom, Third Floor
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Concurrent Breakout 1: Designing for Innovation: Energy Technology Advancements and Communications for Evolving Energy Markets

Technology innovators, entrepreneurs, and incubators play a crucial role in advancing energy markets. This session will highlight emerging technologies, practices, and communications strategies that State Energy Officials should know about.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Woodward CD Ballroom, Second Floor
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Concurrent Breakout 2: Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings: Improving and Optimizing Energy Performance

This session will delve deeper into the topics discussed in the What’s Next for Energy Efficiency and Grid Optimization: Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings plenary.  New technologies and approaches will allow a transition from energy supply chasing energy demand to one in which both supply and demand are adjusted to optimize costs and performance of both the grid and buildings/facilities.  This session will explore opportunities and challenges to advancing grid-interactive efficient buildings.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Crystal Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Concurrent Breakout 3: Where’s the Demand: How Increased Electrification is Impacting the Power Sector

The power sector is undergoing an unprecedented transition marked by flat load growth, the emergence of new cost-competitive technologies, and a growing focus on the environmental impacts of traditional sources of generation.  In an effort to combat declining electricity sales while addressing consumer concerns over carbon emissions, many electric utilities have identified opportunities for growth through the electrification of the commercial and residential sectors.  This session will explore how increased electrification is impacting consumer behavior and identify key considerations and opportunities for policy makers and regulators.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM NextEnergy, 461 Burroughs Street Detroit, MI 48202

Reception at NextEnergy

NextEnergy works with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities. Based in the center of Detroit’s growing innovation district with access to a microgrid, smart home, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and an alternative fuels platform, NextEnergy demonstrates and pilots technologies in real-world environments to gather data and diverse user-experiences.

Tuesday 25 September 2018

New Markets, Crosscutting Solutions and Integrated Programs

Conference Events Open to All Registered Attendees
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Breaking Boundaries for Energy and Transportation Innovation: U.S. and Indian Perspectives

As the United States and India continue to forge ties on economic, environmental, and security issues, both countries offer significant opportunities for state and local policymakers and the private sector to advance innovation and technology in the energy sector. This session will examine the products, policies, and program strategies that are opening markets, promoting electrification of key industries (most notably transportation and mobility), and advancing a cleaner energy future for communities across the world.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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The Electric Vehicle Market: 30 Million Electric Vehicles by 2030

Automakers and other transportation manufacturers are setting ambitious electric vehicle (EV) production goals for the coming years and are releasing long-range EVs in states across the country, with some estimates projecting that there will be 30 million EVs on the road globally by 2030. Despite these exciting developments, there are still significant barriers to wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles, including lack of urban and corridor infrastructure, inconsistent signage and usage standards, and a significant “education gap” among would-be EV drivers. During this session, automaker executives will share insights on their EV production and deployment strategies and will highlight key challenges that must be overcome for EVs to truly take hold.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Greening the Fleet: Lessons from Electrifying Public School Buses in Michigan

School districts across the country are launching electric school bus pilots in an effort to decrease emissions and improve the efficiency and experience of pupil transport. These projects are expected to increase in the years ahead, as many states are expected to invest a portion of their Environmental Mitigation Trust allocation from the Volkswagen Settlement into electrified buses and transit. During this session, the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation will share information on their Electric School Bus Pilot Project, and identify early lessons learned.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Policies at Advancing Electric Vehicle Adoption

NASEO, in partnership with Cadmus Group, has developed a methodology (to be released in September 2018) for evaluating the impact of state and local policies on plug-in electric vehicle (EV) adoption across the country. The methodology and associated rubric were designed for Electrify America to use when considering potential metro areas for Cycle 2 zero-emission vehicle infrastructure investment and allows the user to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of all EV-related policies in a given metro area. During this session, NASEO and Cadmus Group will provide an overview of the methodology and how states and cities can use this tool to evaluate the effectiveness of EV policies. In addition, Electrify America will share insights on the use of this policy tool from a business perspective.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Crystal Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Concurrent Breakout 1: Creating a Coordinated Electric Vehicle Charging Network: Leveraging Public Funds to Catapult Private Investment

This session is a deep-dive into program design, funding sources, past results, lessons learned, and how the programs have changed in response to a rapidly evolving market. State experts and leading electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure providers will identify the needs and opportunities in building a comprehensive EV infrastructure network.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Woodward CD Ballroom, Second Floor
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Concurrent Breakout 2: Energy-Water Nexus: Findings of the NASEO-NCSL and Wastewater Treatment Case Study Spotlight

This session will present the findings from a set of groundbreaking research reports crafted by NASEO and the National Conference of State Legislatures on how states are bridging the energy-water nexus.  Practical results will also be showcased through a case study presentation on efficiency in wastewater treatment using the APOLLO platform and data analytics to improve facilities' energy use.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Founders AB Ballroom, Third Floor
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Concurrent Breakout 3: Keeping the Lights on Through Microgrids: Strengthening Resiliency to Address Threats to Grid Stability

Highly destructive natural disasters have illustrated the fragility of critical infrastructure including emergency services, healthcare, and water treatment during long-term electricity outages. One pathway to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure amidst disruptions to grid systems is developing nano- or micro-grids, particularly those that incorporate solar photovoltaics and energy storage. Research is limited with respect to how much critical infrastructure could benefit from resilience solutions, how many states have pursued this approach, and what policies need to be in place to support more widespread deployment.  This session will explore the policy landscape for improved resilience and the role that state, federal, and private actors are playing to facilitate market opportunities for microgrids.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Woodward AB Ballroom, Second Floor
Moderator
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Keynote Lunch: Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure, and Energy: Intersections and Policy Opportunities

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
Moderator
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Smarter Together: Integrating Electric Vehicles, Buildings, and the Grid for Greater Efficiency, Intelligence, Resiliency, and Mobility (A Joint Discussion of NASEO and OurEnergyPolicy.org)

Greater integration between electric vehicles, buildings, and the grid offers opportunities for improved energy use management, communications between energy assets, energy affordability, and mobility. This dynamic discussion session will highlight policy and technology strategies to achieve these significant benefits. This session is hosted in partnership with OurEnergyPolicy.org, whose mission is to facilitate substantive, responsible dialogue on energy policy issues, and provide this dialogue as a resource for the American people, policymakers, and the media. OurEnergyPolicy.org will host a follow-up policy discussion on this topic through its online policy forum.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Energy Cybersecurity: An Ever-Present Threat with Crosscutting Solutions

The nation’s energy infrastructure is increasingly interconnected and distributed.  This evolution is driven by the growing integration of information technology and additional security risks. With different policy considerations and regulatory requirements for the local distribution grid, this panel will explore how states can balance the deployment of technologies with new threats to the operation of the nation’s most critical energy infrastructure.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Crystal Ballroom, Fourth Floor
Moderators
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Concurrent Breakout 1: Strengthening States’ Energy Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: Challenges and Lessons Learned (Hosted by NASEO’s Energy Security Committee)

This NASEO Energy Security Committee hosted facilitated discussion will explore how states can engage with local governments and identify gaps in current state energy assurance and response plans to improve cybersecurity, fuel coordination, and multi-state planning and response.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Woodward CD Ballroom, Second Floor
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Concurrent Breakout 2: Creating Policy in the Grid Modernization Era with Equity in Mind

States across the country have robust low-income programs to support efficiency within new and existing buildings, such as Weatherization and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). As new technologies are introduced to market, however, many low-income and disadvantaged populations are unable to reap the benefits of these innovations because they fall outside of existing programs. During this session, participants will explore how states can structure programs and policies that support grid modernization, technological advancement, and other innovative energy solutions while enabling adoption across all segments of the population.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Founders AB Ballroom, Third Floor
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Concurrent Breakout 3: Public-Private Financing Partnerships for Resiliency in Mission-Critical Facilities

Keeping public facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations, and municipal command centers operational during natural and man-made disasters is essential to a quick and lasting recovery. Innovative financing offers facility owners the opportunity to make much-needed energy efficiency, renewable energy, microgrid, and other resiliency upgrades without straining limited capital budgets. This session will highlight various financing options –including their strengths and challenges—to promote efficiency, resiliency, and comfort even in trying times.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI

Reception at the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is home to one the largest art collections in the country. The original museum, which was founded in 1885, was relocated to its current location designed by Paul Philippe Cret in 1927. The DIA is comprised of more than 100 galleries featuring American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art. NASEO will host its reception in the Rivera Court which is home to Mexican Artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals.

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Financing, Planning, and Take-Aways

Conference Events Open to All Registered Attendees
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Passing the Baton: Honoring NASEO’s Leaders

In this session, NASEO’s Board will acknowledge the significant contributions of NASEO’s outgoing Chair, Robert Jackson of Michigan, and welcome NASEO’s incoming Chair.

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Getting Deals Done: Lessons from Establishing Green Banks and Other Financial Programs to Fund Clean Energy Development

As states and cities set increasingly ambitious clean energy and resiliency goals, innovative and strategic investment by the public and private sectors will be crucial drivers for success. However, developing new and innovative ways to engage private capital using public dollars is critical to ensuring that clean energy investments can access the capital they need to finance various projects. Speakers in this session will discuss their processes for developing Green Banks in their states, as well as the challenges inherent in scaling up financial products from infancy to eventual Green Bank use.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Energy Efficiency Jobs: From Data to Action

More than two million professionals compose the U.S. energy efficiency workforce. Effective training, job placement, and policy initiatives can ensure energy efficiency continues to be a job creator and driver. This session will present strategies and case studies highlighting successful initiatives, programs, and policies for energy efficiency jobs.

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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State Comprehensive Energy Planning Roundtable: Practical Examples and Proven Results

This session will provide an update from states with recently completed statewide energy plans and offer guidance on how states undergoing the planning process can encapsulate and plan for their rapidly changing energy markets.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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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.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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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.

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Venetian Ballroom, Fourth Floor
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Meeting Adjourn

12:15 PM - 4:30 PM Offsite Tours

Optional Tours ($25.00 Per Person Fee to Reserve Seat on Tours. Space is Limited)

High-Performance Manufacturing: General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Plant Tour (12:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Tour the Detroit-Hamtramck Plant which is among General Motors’ (GM) most complex Manufacturing Assembly facilities in North America building four vehicles on one production line. It is GM’s only plant located in Detroit and is the epicenter of electric vehicle production producing all of GM’s extended-range electric vehicles. The plant site includes a 16.5-acre wildlife habitat conservation area, 30kW solar carport capable of simultaneously charging up to 10 electric vehicles, and the state’s largest ground-mount solar array capable of providing 10 percent of the fixed demand for the plant.

The History of American Innovation: Henry Ford Museum Tour (12:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
Tour the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is a national historic landmark founded by automobile industrialist Henry Ford to preserve artifacts which exemplifies the America’s spirit of creativity and innovation.