Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

2017 Webinars

30 Years of Change in Energy Efficiency

Presenter: Kelly Needles, President & CEO, The Energy Group
Date: November 29, 2017
Length: 29 min

Provide a narrative of the original legislation enacted and the process that helped create the processes and procedures for delivering energy efficiency to Iowa IOU rate payers. Examples of changes over the years including federal, state, and local policies that were intended to further the cause of demand-side management. This presentation is intended to help the younger sect involved in the industry today to know the history of our profession and the changes, good or bad.

Segment Marketing Strategies for the Small Commercial Customer

Presenters: Anna Darling, Senior Product Manager – Energy Efficiency, Alliant Energy
                        Amy Stevens, Program Manager, CLEAResult
Date: September 14, 2017
Length: 32 min

Alliant Energy was looking for ways to reach the small business customer so that they could improve energy assessment participation and use of energy efficient lighting, refrigeration, heating, cooling and more. Using customer demographics and market analysis, Alliant Energy identified the top five commercial segments and created segment profiles and marketing strategies. Direct mail, segment associations and website development allowed Alliant Energy to establish meaningful dialogue with high-potential customers. Targeted messaging specific to certain segments or business types increased program participation and program offerings.

Solving Plug Load Energy Usage in Commercial Buildings

Presenters: Scott Hackel, PE, LEED AP, Seventhwave
                         Chris Plum, Center for Energy and Environment
                         Thea Holmberg-Johnson, LHB
Date: August 23, 2017
Length: 61 min

Plug load energy use in commercial buildings has increased, especially in contrast to the decrease in other more regulated end uses such as cooling and lighting. There is a particular need to identify and quantify specific strategies for reducing these loads, and to prioritize the strategies based on their potential to help achieve utility program goals, which are increasingly constrained on regulated loads. We have completed a field research study to not only measure energy usage, but also empirically determine energy and cost savings from five different strategies including two general types of power strips, computer power management, timers for common area equipment, and a multi-faceted behavior change campaign. We will present data and results from our broad field study, and demonstrate best practices resulting from that study, to fill the knowledge gap in office plug load reduction.

Energy Efficiency for the Affordable Multifamily Housing Market

Presenter: Cindy Stevens, Program Manager, The Energy Group
Date: July 12, 2017
Length: 37 min

Case study of three affordable multifamily properties that have benefited from the Low Income Multifamily Energy Efficiency program during the past year. These three properties not only received a free energy assessment report and free items installed at the property, but also implemented a major project that resulted in an enhanced rebate through the program. The update provided energy savings as well as non-tangible benefits, such as tenant comfort, security and overall retention. Perceived updates to the property not only benefits tenants but the community as a whole.

They’ll Leave the Light On for You – and Other Energy Waste in Hospitality

Presenter: Aaron Conger, Michaels Energy
Date: June 14, 2017
Length: 52 min

Long hours of use, high occupancy, rigid comfort standards, and inefficient equipment lead to big energy bills for hotels. Through field study with mid-scale hotels in Minnesota, an energy efficiency consulting firm investigated new opportunities for energy efficiency in the hospitality sector. The project team found an average of 13% electric and 13% gas savings across all hotels audited, in addition to significant water savings. Dive into these savings opportunities and learn about new technologies for pools and laundry, conventional energy efficiency technology with uniquely favorable paybacks, and information about rebates and benchmarking for the sector.

Power of Rural Small Business Energy Efficiency Kits

Presenter: Rodney Shelton, Senior Director, Business Development, Resource Action Programs
Date: May 31, 2017
Length: 35 min

Rural small businesses are prime for energy efficiency programs and often times stand to see a larger reduction in energy usage than those businesses located within metropolitan areas. For the ComEd Rural Small Business Program we have been successful in using a customized approach to reach small businesses to generate cost-effective energy savings while achieving lasting and impactful behavior change. Our approach offers a targeted solution to the barriers confronting small business customers in remote locations. The program design offers customers the opportunity to save energy through self-installed measures delivered directly to their business, combined with valuable energy education. This presentation will introduce this approach in detail, focusing on the fundamentals of program design, including customer convenience and satisfaction. We will discuss targeting sub-segments to provide verified results, cost-effectiveness, and lessons learned that can be applied to other programs.

Energy-Efficiency & Customer Engagement with Trees & Technology

Presenter: Kristen Bousquet, Business Development Manager, Arbor Day Foundation
Date: May 10, 2017
Length: 33 min

The Energy-Saving Trees program can fit your customer connection & tree replacement efforts plus help maximize energy efficiency from the trees being planted. We will discuss how 36 utility companies have used the Energy-Saving Trees program to distribute trees to their customers for the purpose of education about strategic tree planting, mitigation of tree removals, positive interaction with communities, & promotion of trees leading to energy-efficiency & other environmental benefits. Our all-inclusive, turn-key program offers trees plus technology to assist with automated tree reservations, education, tree tracking, continued communication to the participants, & data/metrics showing the impact of all trees being planted. Using the Energy-Saving Tree’s interactive online interface, your customers are educated on “right tree right place” & have the ability to map trees around their home in order to identify the best planting location for the largest energy savings.

Demystifying PoE Lighting and How it is Changing Everything

Presenter: Wendell Strong, GENISYS PoE Lighting Manager, Innovative Lighting
Date: April 12, 2017
Length: 60 min

Wendell will present the basic building blocks of PoE Lighting Technology and the high value it can deliver right now in terms of Sustainability, Energy Conservation and Productivity of employees. The compelling role of sensors and how actionable data across time keeps your entire enterprise ahead of the curve.

The Power of the Internet of Things: Harnessing IoT for Energy Efficiency

Presenter: Julien Stamatakis, PhD, CTO and co-founder of Senseware
Date: February 22, 2017
Length: 48 min

There is no shortage of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT), but is anyone actually taking advantage of it in existing facilities to optimize building performance? This session will review the opportunity IoT presents for real-time data monitoring to reduce waste, remotely control and manage equipment, and increase energy efficiency–all through a cost-effective means. The presentation will also highlight specific applications where implementing IoT with certain equipment within the building system can help both engineers and property managers collect and monitor real-time data, remotely manage equipment, and optimize building performance. It will also use specific case studies to discuss how the Internet of Things can make challenges, such as energy management across a portfolio, both easier and economical.

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