3rd Wyoming Utility Efficiency Exchange

Presented March 9-10, 2010 in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Archived Agenda from 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Opening Luncheon Buffet with Keynote Presentation

Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project
Mark Barron, Mayor, Jackson, Wyoming

Mark Barron is the Mayor of Jackson, Wyoming and has been in office since January 2003. Mayor Barron is a 30-year resident of Jackson Hole and has been a businessman in the community for 26 years. In November 2006, Mayor Barron was the first mayoMark Barronr in Wyoming to sign the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement, committing the town to reduce greenhouse gases, and provide education and leadership on environmental issues. Since then, all of Jackson facilities and operations, including streetlights and the lights on the Town Square, have gone to 100% renewable energy from a certified hydro-electric plant in Lincoln County, thanks to a forward-looking partnership with Lower Valley Energy (LVE). Mayor Barron is first committed to energy efficiency and conservation, and likes to quote LVE CEO - Jim Webb, who has said, “the least expensive kilowatt is the one not used.” Mayor Barron touts ‘Smart Growth' principles of community planning as a way to mitigate Jackson Hole's housing crisis and growth potential, with efficient use of land and infrastructure.

Session: Perspective from Utilities
Co-chairs: Paul Smith, SourceGas and Matt Daunis, Black Hills Energy

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Implementing a Demand Side Management Plan in Wyoming: What Works and What Doesn't
Moderator: Matt Daunis, Black Hills Energy

  • Russ Kirlin and Mike Orton, Questar Gas
  • Paul Smith, SourceGas
  • Jeff Bumgarner, Rocky Mountain Power

Utilities will discuss the process and components of presenting a DSM plan to the Wyoming Public Service Commission. They will compare and contrast their efficiency programs and describe the pitfalls, challenges, and unexpected successes experienced in getting their DSM plans approved.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Refreshment break

3:15 - 5:00 pm Collaborative Implementation Programs
Moderator: Paul Smith, SourceGas

  • Paul Smith, SourceGas - Excess is Out Collaborative
  • Blake Smith and Shelly Bouvang - Questar Utah/Wyoming coordination
  • Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration; Rollie Miller, Wyrulec; Mike McCoy, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Cooperative
  • Matt Daunis, Black Hills Energy - Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa
  • Jeff Bumgarner, Rocky Mountain Power/PacifiCorp - Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming

Utilities will discuss how collaboration and coordination between multiple utilities or the same utility in multiple states aided in successful planning and consistent program implementation.

5:00 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in hotel lounge

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

7:30 a.m. -8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet served with roundtable discussions

Session: Perspective from Local Governments and Allies
Co-chairs: Shannon Stanfill, Wyoming Business Council State Energy Office and Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Local Government Energy Efficiency Programs
Moderator: Shannon Stanfill, Wyoming Business Council State Energy Office

  • Vicki Nemecek, Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Cheyenne
  • Tim Sullivan, Chairman, Albany County Commissioners
  • Bob McLaurin, Town Manager, Town of Jackson
  • Linda Wagner, Town Councilor, Town of Hanna

Learn how these local governments approached energy efficiency programs, including the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, how they selected an Energy Services Company or obtained a commercial energy audit, and how they anticipate working with utilities, contractors, and allies to implement efficiency programs in their communities.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Emerging Technology Showcase
Moderator: Ron Horstman, Western Area Power Administration

Discover new energy efficient technologies and how new uses of old technologies are being used to improve residential and commercial energy efficiency.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Refreshment break (Move to joint session with Contractor Exchange)

11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Contractor Exchange Welcoming Remarks (Joint session with Contractor Exchange)
Tiger Adolf, Wyoming Energy Council/Wyoming Home Performance Alliance

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Introduction to Federal, State and Utility Incentives for Home Improvement Contractors (Joint session with Contractor Exchange)
Moderator: Ed Thomas, UtilityExchange.org

Introductory session will address the potential for incorporating “whole house” energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives into contracting business practices to leverage federal, state and utility incentive programs. Contractors will learn how to profit from the emerging roles for building performance diagnostics and contractor certification to address energy savings as well as the comfort, health and safety concerns of building owners. Utilities will learn how to incorporate new programs and incentives into their own implementation plans.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Presentation (Joint Session with Contractor Exchange Participants)

Wyoming's Future in Energy Efficiency
Laura Ladd, Governor's Energy Advisor

Laura LaddLaura Ladd serves as an Energy Advisor to Governor Freudenthal and brings more than a dozen years of finance, project management, marketing and strategic-planning expertise to her current position. Laura has been instrumental in her advisory role to the Wyoming State Energy Program, helping the State Energy Office develop and execute Wyoming's State Energy Plan for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Before coming to the Governor's Office, Laura worked with a host of financial, project management, and development projects, including residential, ranch and commercial property development in Wyoming, Texas and Nevada. Laura holds a BS from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

1:30 p.m. Adjourn

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Archived Sponsors from 2010


Wyoming Home Performance AllianceWyoming Home Performance Alliance is a voluntary initiative that allows Wyoming-based energy utilities and developers, government, education, and private-sector organizations to publicly demonstrate their commitment to encouraging Wyoming residents to take control of rising residential utility costs by using a comprehensive "whole-house" approach to make energy-related improvements. The WHP Alliance provides a forum for energy utilities and other organizations to enhance and expand WHP program offerings. WHP Alliance Partners include Black Hills Power; Cheyenne Light, Fuel, & Power; SourceGas; and Rocky Mountain Power. www.wyominghomeperformance.com

Green-Level Sponsors
Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a recognized global leader, supporting the development of a highly professional building performance industry through individual and organizational credentialing and a rigorous quality assurance program. BPI works with building performance industry stakeholders to ensure that the professional bar for excellence in building performance contracting is established and maintained by creating and regularly updating technical requirements through an open, transparent, consensus-based development process.www.bpi.org


Cheyenne Light Fuel & PowerCheyenne Light, Fuel & Power Company, a subsidiary of Black Hills Corporation, is primarily engaged in the purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity and natural gas. We service approximately 80,000 residents in more than 1,200 square miles of certificated territory in southeast Wyoming including the city of Cheyenne and the towns of Pine Bluff, Burns and Carpenter. www.cheyennelight.com

Electric and Gas Industries Association (EGIA) is a non-profit organization that serves a nationwide network of over 2,500 installation contractors, regional distributors, product manufacturers and other trade allies delivering energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to millions of homes and businesses. EGIA also delivers services on behalf of electric, gas, water utilities and municipalities, including financing, rebate program administration and rebate processing; contractor network management, training and certification; and sales channel development and support.  EGIA has facilitated the financing of over 40,000 residential and business projects valued in excess of $500 million, and has administered over $250 million in rebate payments. www.egia.org

Questar Gas Company is a natural gas utility serving Utah and southwestern Wyoming. With Commission approval, Questar Gas began offering rebates to Wyoming customers for qualifying building shell measures and energy efficient equipment. The rebate programs are branded as ThermWiseÆ and became effective July 1, 2009 for Wyoming Questar Gas customers receiving service on the GS rate schedule. www.questargas.com

Tri-State LogoTri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 44 electric cooperatives it serves.  Tri-State generates and transports electricity to its member systems throughout a 250,000 square-mile territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. www.tristategt.org

UtilityExchange.orgUtilityExchange.org plans and produces activities where utilities and allied organizations learn and network regarding energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, customer service, marketing/sales, and enhanced business operations. Activities include: Utility Exchange statewide events, Web Exchange online training, Home Energy Makeover contests and workshops, and Home Performance related workshops and consulting. Ed Thomas is Director of the UtilityExchange.org. Ed is perhaps best known as an engaging presenter and innovative program designer. www.utilityexchange.org and www.homeenergymakeover.org

Gold-Level Sponsors

Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) convenes thought leaders in home energy efficiency to provide cutting-edge events focused on home performance, green building, and ìhouse-as-a-systemî training for building trades, housing groups, and program professionals. ACIís vision is that every family has a home that is energy efficient, durable, comfortable, affordable, healthy, and safe. www.affordablecomfort.org>

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality building insulation, commercial roofing, roof insulation, and specialty products for commercial, industrial, and residential applications. JMís product offerings include: Formaldehyde-freeô fiber glass building insulation, commercial roofing membranes and roof insulations, filtration media, and mats and reinforcements. www.jm.com

Lennox HVAC systems, air conditioners and generators provide a balance of comfort and protection. Lennox products include high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners that save energy and money, and air filtration systems, humidifiers and dehumidifiers that keep indoor air quality healthy and clean. Lennox offers customizable solutions to match your familyís lifestyle and comfort level. Learn more at www.lennox.com.

Resource Action Programs® (RAP) designs and implements community programs to reduce residential water and energy use. RAP programs combine unique participant-driven educational materials, kits of high efficiency products and comprehensive implementation services that include data tracking for municipalities, utilities, government agencies, and community action agencies. Participants are equipped with the tools and products to enact the lessons learned making our approach to education truly ëhands-oní for a larger, longer lasting impact. www.resourceactionprograms.org

Source Gas LogoSourceGas is a natural gas local distribution utility headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado, with operations in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. SourceGas serves nearly 420,000 customers and operates 17,700 miles of distribution, gathering and transmission pipeline, as well as storage facilities. SourceGas and its subsidiaries also provide gas transportation, in-home HVAC and appliance service and sales, as well as gas commodity sales services to its natural gas customers. www.sourcegas.com

Western Area Power Administration's Energy Services Program helps our utility customers plan for a greener, more efficient future through greater energy-efficiency, renewable energy options, new technologies and industry best practices. Services include an equipment loan program, technical assistance, and a full menu of publications available both on-line and in printed version. www.wapa.gov/es/

Promotional Partners

Efficiency First is organized so that the Home Performance Workforce can be represented in both National and State level policy conversations. Efficiency First is dedicated to the retrofitting of America's homes, building the industry infrastructure to create jobs, and reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and our dependence on foreign oil. Efficiency First represents America's Home Performance Workforce,
ranging from energy auditors and raters to contractors who are the front line of our
climate battle, embodied in green-collar jobs from weatherization to HVAC. www.efficiencyfirst.org

greensmallGreenCollarEdu.net is your source for comprehensive education and training programs that support nationally recognized standards from across the green building and green trades industries in areas such as building performance, renewable energy systems, green remodeling, insulation, air sealing, fenestrations, and the HVAC/R industry. www.GreenCollarEdu.net

HVACReducation.net, founded in 2000, provides access to complete, comprehensive and growing online education programs, recognized by the leading experts in the HVACR industry as the primary online education resource. Courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the convenience of adult learners. Courses are guided by skilled industry professionals who maintain contact with each enrolled student. Quality education, student success, and exceptional customer service are the primary objectives. www.hvacreducation.net

Home Energy Magazine Online - HomeEnergy.orgHome Energy magazineís mission is to disseminate objective and practical information on residential energy efficiency, performance, comfort, and affordability. It is the only magazine that thoroughly covers residential comfort issues from the only approach that really works, systems engineering. Learn More (PDF)

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