Southwest Regional Energy Efficiency Workshop

November 20-21, 2014 - Tempe, AZ

On November 20 and 21, 2014, regional and national energy efficiency professionals gathered in Tempe, Arizona to discuss the state of utility energy efficiency programs at SWEEP's 11th Annual Southwest Regional 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, get updated on energy efficiency potential, and learn about innovative energy efficiency programs and technologies. Participants learned about new and emerging program opportunities that can help utilities achieve even greater energy savings in the future.

The 2014 workshop featured engaging panel discussions among demand-side management specialists from 10 electric and gas utilities that operate in the Southwest. In addition, national experts discussed special topics such as the role of energy efficiency in the EPA's Clean Power Plan; new and emerging technologies; gamification of EE and next-generation behavior change programs; and zero-net-energy commercial buildings. (All slide presentations are available for download below.)

In her luncheon keynote address, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith spoke about the recent proposal to eliminate the state's energy efficiency standards. She urged workshop participants to comment on the proposal and also spoke about the potential benefits of greater consistency in energy efficiency program design across utilities in the state.

The 2014 workshop also included the presentation of SWEEP's annual "Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards," given to individuals and organizations who demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing energy efficiency in the Southwest. APS, SRP and TEP each received leadership awards for specific programs that are exceeding energy savings goals. The City of Peoria received an award for being the first municipality in Arizona to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  Read our press release for more info about the award winning programs.

Leadership Award winners
From left: Dan Hogan and Denise Smith from Tucson Electric Company,
Dan Dreiling from Salt River Project, Jim Wontor and Valerie Wynia from
Arizona Public Service, and Bill Mattingly from City of Peoria.

The 2014 Regional Workshop was co-sponsored by Arizona Public Service (APS), Salt River Project (SRP), Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Southwest Gas, and ICF International.

Below you will find links to workshop materials and presentations (all in PDF format). For additional information about the workshop, please contact SWEEP at info@swenergy.org.

MATERIALS LIST

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

OVERVIEW

NEW AND EMERGING ELECTRICITY AND GAS SAVING TECHNOLOGIES: LIGHTING, APPLIANCES, HEATING AND COOLING

SPECIAL TOPICS

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 2014 energy efficiency programs and estimated data for 2015 programs.  These tables were provided as a paper handout to workshop participants.