SWEEP’s 14th Annual Southwest Utility Energy Efficiency Workshop

November 30 and December 1, 2017 – Tempe, AZ

Regional and national energy efficiency professionals gathered Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2017, in Tempe, AZ, at SWEEP’s 14th Annual Southwest Utility Energy Efficiency Workshop. The annual forum draws leading utility, regulatory, state, federal, non-profit and industry representatives to discuss the status of utility demand-side management (DSM) programs in the Southwest and learn about innovative DSM programs and technologies. 

Leia Guccione from Rocky Mountain Institute provided an engaging keynote address titled “Energy Efficiency in a Transforming Electricity System.” She noted that it’s cost-effective today to replace aging thermal power plants with integrated portfolios of renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand response and storage resources. In her view, utility DSM programs should both increase in scale and expand in scope as we modernize the electric grid.   

The 2017 Workshop featured panel discussions with representatives from nine electric and gas utilities that operate in the region. In addition, national experts discussed special topics such as recent developments in the federal ENERGY STAR program and the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office, scaling up Zero Net Energy buildings, home energy assessments using smart meter data, use of weather data to enhance energy savings and peak demand reduction, energy savings potential from networked lighting controls, grid edge voltage control, and energy efficiency opportunities in cannabis production. 
At the 2017 Workshop, SWEEP presented a Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award to Tim Hogan, executive director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (ACLPI). Mr. Hogan provided legal representation for SWEEP before the Arizona Corporation Commission and in other forums for the past 15 years. Earlier, SWEEP presented Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards to two Nevada legislators, State Senator Pat Spearman and Nevada Assemblyman William McCurdy II, who this year successfully championed new efficiency laws for their state.  

The 2017 Workshop was co-sponsored by Arizona Public Service Company, Black Hills Energy, El Paso Electric, PNM Resources, New Mexico Gas Company, NV Energy, Questar Gas Company, Rocky Mountain Power, Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power, Southwest Gas Company, 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 info@swenergy.org.


Workshop Agenda
Speaker / Presenter Bios
Sponsors / Allies
Press Release: SWEEP Recognizes Two Nevada Legislators and Arizona Public Interest Attorney for Leadership in Energy Efficiency


(Slides only)

Update on Utility Energy Efficiency Policies and Programs in the Southwest
Howard Geller, SWEEP

Energy Efficiency in a Transforming Electricity System
Leia Guccione, Rocky Mountain Institute

What’s the Latest and Greatest from ENERGY STAR?
Peter Banwell, U.S. EPA

What’s the Latest and Greatest from the DOE Building Technologies Office?
David Nemtzow, U.S. DOE

Driving NZE To Scale
Ellen Steiner, Opinion Dynamics

Home Energy Assessments Using Smart Meter Data
Anita Hart, NV Energy and Tim Clark, Bidgely

Using Weather Data to Enhance Energy Savings and Peak Demand Reduction from Smart Thermostats
Joey Barr, Whisker Labs

Networked Lighting Controls
Matt Gibbs, Evergreen Consulting

Geo-blitzing Direct Installation with Small Business Customers
Jason Berry, Willdan

Grid Edge Voltage Control 
Damien Tholomier, Varentec

Taking Energy Efficiency to a Higher Level in the Cannabis Industry   
Neil Kolwey, SWEEP


Each investor-owned utility in the region was asked to compile data illustrating program budgets, energy savings and peak demand reduction for all 2017 energy efficiency programs and estimated data for 2018 programs.  These tables were provided as a handout to workshop participants.

2017 & 2018 Utility Tables: Energy Efficiency Program Spending and Results