November 12-13, 2015 - Albuquerque, NM
On November 12 and 13, 2015, regional and national energy efficiency professionals gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss the state of utility energy efficiency programs at SWEEP's 12th Annual Southwest Utility Energy Efficiency Workshop.
The workshop provides an annual forum for regional utility, regulatory, state, nonprofit and industry representatives to hear about the status of utility demand-side management programs in the Southwest and learn about innovative energy efficiency programs and technologies. Participants heard about new and emerging program opportunities that can help utilities achieve even greater energy savings in the future.
The 2015 workshop featured engaging panel discussions among demand-side management specialists from nine electric and gas utilities that operate in the Southwest. In addition, national and regional experts discussed special topics such as the role of energy efficiency in the EPA's Clean Power Plan; integrating energy efficiency and demand response programs; supporting building energy code adoption and implementation; and enhancing energy savings through distribution voltage optimization.
In her luncheon keynote address, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Chairwoman Karen Montoya spoke about the range of energy efficiency programs available to state residents.
The 2015 Regional Workshop was co-sponsored by Arizona Public Service (APS), PNM Resources, New Mexico Gas Company, NV Energy, Questar Gas, Salt River Project (SRP), Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Southwest Gas, and Xcel Energy.
Below you will find links to workshop materials and presentations (all in PDF format). For additional information about the workshop, please contact SWEEP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Update on Utility Energy Efficiency Policy and Programs in the Southwest
Howard Geller, SWEEP
- Opportunities and Energy Efficiency in the Clean Power Plan
Joe Bryson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Utah Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan
Laura Nelson, Executive Director, Utah Office of Energy Development
- New Horizons for Energy Efficiency
Dan York, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
- Maximizing Energy Savings in Programs Targeted to Low-Income Households
Luke Ilderton, Energy Outreach Colorado
- Integrating Energy Efficiency and Demand Response in the Commercial Sector
Anita Hart, NV Energy
- Process Efficiency: Achieving Significant Energy Savings in the Industrial Sector
Michele Beaudoin, Xcel Energy
- Supporting Building Energy Code Adoption and Implementation
Nathan Morey, Salt River Project
- Distribution Voltage Optimization: Energy Savings for All Customers Through Investment in Grid Technology
Ken Wilson, Western Resource Advocates
ELECTRIC AND NATURAL GAS UTILITY UPDATES
Each investor-owned utility in the region was asked to compile data illustrating program budgets, energy savings and peak demand reduction for all 2015 energy efficiency programs and estimated data for 2016 programs. These tables were provided as a paper handout to workshop participants.