Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

2018 Webinars

Is the Intelligent Building Real… or Just an IoT Dream?

Presenter: Wendell D. Strong, GENISYS PoE Lighting Manager, Innovative Lighting
Date: October 3, 2018, 12:00pm CDT
Length: 40 min

We will examine the reality of the quest for the Intelligent Building and where we are now, what are the enablers moving forward and what comes next.

The webinar will include brief look at some case studies involving the lighting component and its responsibility to the next generation buildings.


CEEE Community Energy Planning Services

Presenter: Eric Giddens, Program Manager, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa
Date: August 29, 2018
Length: 47 min

The Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa's Community Energy Planning Program is a two-step process that begins with the creation of an inventory of a community’s greenhouse gas emissions and then moves to the development of a plan to reduce those emissions. These planning services are currently offered to interested local governments in Iowa at no cost to the community. UNI students gain valuable experience and marketable skills while working on the development of these plans. The plans are developed using standardized protocols and software provided by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) of which the CEEE is a Regional Affiliate Member. For more information on ICLEI and their ClearPath software, visit: Our goal is to assist local governments who are interested in this process but do not have the resources in-house to do this work on their own.

Participants will learn how to:
1) Collect data to build a community-wide or government operations greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
2) Analyze a Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory to identify positive trends and opportunities for future reductions.
3) Convene appropriate stakeholders to participate in a community energy planning process.
4) Adopt a plan and put it into action.

Six-Step HVAC Maintenance Recovery

Presenter: Tom Olson, Owner, Six-Step HVAC
Date: July 11, 2018 at noon CDT
Length: 1 hr, 17 min


With personal photographs, my PowerPoint program presents a back-to-basics, building block system to optimize HVAC energy consumption, comfort and indoor air quality, at the lowest possible cost, via a simple six-step process:
1. Fix what’s broken
2. Clean what’s dirty
3. Change methods of operations made possible because the HVAC system is no longer broken and dirty
4. Temperature control system revisions to eliminate simultaneous cooling and heating
5. Install new technology hardware
6. Implement preventive maintenance routines

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate that: "Energy waste springs from two basic sources - lethargy and ignorance!"
2. Demonstrate that: 75% of all HVAC maintenance has to do with simply keeping the equipment clean, dry and lubricated.
3. Demonstrate that no one can provide those maintenance services more cost-effectively than well-trained in-house maintenance personnel.
4. Demonstrate the major cause for simultaneous cooling and heating and how that impacts energy consumption, comfort and indoor air quality.

Too Fast or Too Slow: Engaging Design-Build Projects for Energy Efficiency

Presenters: Robert (Bud) Renken, Project Manager, The Weidt Group
                        Tim Smith, Senior Project Manager (MEP), Russell
Date: June 6, 2018 at 12:00 CDT
Length: 51 min

Knowing how and when to engage with project design teams is key to successful incorporation of energy efficiency measures in commercial construction projects. The design-build project delivery method states its benefits as faster delivery, cost savings, and decreased administrative burden.  This presentation will explain the design-build method, strategies to successful design-build engagement, challenges to energy efficiency implementation, and presentation of real project savings.

Co-presented by a design-build professional and an energy efficiency professional, attendees will receive a unique view of the relationship and process to create a successful energy efficient design-build project.

Quality Infused Program Delivery Makes Good Dollars and Sense

Presenter: Laurie Lensmire, Operations Analyst, Franklin Energy Services
Date: May 9, 2018 at 12:00 CDT
Length: 26 min

Ensuring incentive funds are properly applied towards qualifying equipment is difficult. Franklin Energy follows a rigorous quality process as one way to address the proper use of incentive dollars. Enhancing post-installation inspections to identify potential issues was an easy decision. In 2014, Franklin began refining best practices for post-installation inspections in Wisconsin. Inspection rates increased from 5% to 10% of completed applications and the timing changed from post-payment to pre-payment. The field inspection form underwent revisions to assist field staff in accurately capturing inspection results including checklists, robust measure descriptions and detailed instructions. Inspection results are analyzed monthly for trends, application failure rates, and potential Trade Ally fraud. This presentation details how to implement quality inspections, assess results, and how the practices protect incentives and program reputations by leading changes across operations.

Turning Off T12 Lighting... For Good!

Presenter: Joe Plummer, Energy Engineer, Franklin Energy
Date: April 25, 2018 at 12:00 CST
Length: 37 min

Although federal standards have phased out the manufacture and import of T12 fluorescent lighting, this inefficient technology lives on. We set out to quantify remaining T12 fixtures across Minnesota by performing over 200 site visits of randomly selected businesses across the state. The resulting data set has confirmed what many observers suspected: T12 lighting is far from gone. We estimate that one in four buildings, statewide, have T12 fixtures, accounting for 242 MW in total at a confidence level of 90/10. This load represents 10% of the total non-residential lighting load. Businesses under 5,000 square feet were found to have the highest average T12 density, 0.284 Watts per square foot. Drawing from the field data, we offer insight into how DSM programs can effectively target remaining T12 fixtures and provide examples of successful programs. We also present a comparative analysis and reference guide for various LED replacement and retrofit options.

The KCP&L Thermostat Program - Upgrading residential thermostats to enhance utility and customer satisfaction

Presenters: Barry Ledford, Senior Program Manager, CLEAResult
                         Elena Hill, Product Manager, KCP&L
                         Jamie Peters, Customer Success, Nest Labs
Date: March 28, 2018 at 12:00 CST
Length: 58 min

KCP&L is in a similar situation to many utilities, in that they have a large residential Demand Response program that is in need of an "upgrade" to ensure future grid reliability. Recognizing this, KCP&L set out to revamp their residential DR program by integrating technology and a positive customer experience. KCP&L, in partnership with NEST and CLEAResult as its implementation partners, are providing free NEST thermostats to 35,000 customers in Missouri.

Utilizing learning thermostats and leveraging their unique capabilities to use what they learn about each customer’s comfort range, occupancy patterns, and the thermal characteristics of their home, has allowed KCP&L to create a Residential DR program that gives them the kW demand reduction that they need while maintaining customer comfort and customer satisfaction. KCP&L expects to see 16.1 GWh in energy savings while adding 44 MW of load reduction capacity to their residential DR portfolio.

Fingerprints of a Pig - Separating Bacon from Dog Food with Energy Analytics

Presenter: Eric O'Neill, Manager - Program Engineering, Michaels Energy
Date: February 14, 2018
Length: 48 min

How do you know which buildings are energy misers, and which are geysers? This session will describe the tactics and tools that can be used to determine whether a building is efficient or not. These tools range from low tech, pencil and paper approaches, to high-tech, big-data approaches. We’ll discuss approaches for buildings that have new special meters (meters that read and report usage regularly, e.g. 15 minutes.)

Everyone from building owners to utility program managers should attend this session to learn the variety of techniques available, as well as their pros and cons. Attendees will leave with an understanding of these tools, and may even be able to start benchmarking buildings and sorting out the good from the bad. At the very least, expect to come away better able to evaluate the variety of approaches that are being used to benchmark buildings available today.

Data Visualization - See The Forest And The Trees

Presenter: Matthew Hein, Managing Engineer - Energy Programs, Michaels Energy
Date: January 10, 2018
Length: 50 min

“What gets measured gets managed” is an axiom of efficiency that holds true when measurements can be visualized. This is why data visualization is quickly becoming the next frontier in energy efficiency. This very visual session will show two areas where data visualization is impacting energy efficiency.

First, energy information systems (EIS) allow operators to see  their utility use (the forest) in real time and make adjustments to reduce energy use.

Second, an overview of fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) will reveal how advanced real-time analytics can autonomously show operators very specific (the trees) opportunities for improvement.

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