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AESP Spring Conference Call for Speakers

Tuesday, January 9, 2018  
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Call for Speakers

Proposals due by February 2, 2018, 11:59pm Eastern Time

Conference Dates: May 21-23, 2018
May 21: Pre-Conference Training Courses, UtilitiesConnect and Opening Reception
May 22: Conference Sessions
May 23: Conference Sessions

May 23-24: Post-Conference - optional Program Manager Workshop

Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Buckhead Atlanta, GA

The MASTERCLASS Conference – Master the Topics that Matter Today.

The Association of Energy Services Professionals is seeking subject matter experts to speak at our AESP 2018 Spring Conference on topics that have been identified by our members. Conference attendees will have three tracks to choose from, each covering important industry topics in different formats. Speakers can propose the presentation format that will best convey their topics.  Session formats include 360° panel discussions, facilitated workshops and classroom style trainings.

AESP's Spring Conference features the following 75-minute session formats:

·       Classroom Style Training – features up to three training presentations focused on a specific topic. PowerPoint presentations and instructional handouts are required.·  

·      360° Panel Discussions – consists of up to four panelists, each with a different perspective on a hot topic in the energy industry. This session format will promote lively discussion, with different perspectives on a single topic. PowerPoints not require        

·       Facilitated Workshops – feature audience discussions and working groups. Workshop sessions require up to two leaders who will work closely with attendees to facilitate discussion and complete small projects. Instructional handouts are required. No PowerPoint.

This year's Spring Conference will offer a broad range of topics covering all major energy services disciplines, including Implementation and Design, Evaluation, Marketing, Technology as well as specific program types like Gas Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resources. Please submit your proposal under one of the topic areas below.

Program Design & Implementation

-              Design Thinking in Program Design/Planning/Launch

-              Pilot Design

-              What to do after lighting?

-              Pay for Performance energy efficiency programs

-              Integrated Design EE/DR/DER-utility cross department collaboration

-              Innovations in Multi-Family and Low-Income Programs 


Research and Evaluation

-              Best Practices in Evaluation, Measurement and Verification

-              Evaluation of marketing – effectiveness/customer research

-              Innovation in Evaluation

-              Basic to Advanced Cost Effectiveness Techniques


DSM Business Issues and Models

-              Load Disaggregation – successes and failures

-              Electrification

-              Non-Wire Solutions and EE

-              Changing Utility Business Models/Rate Design


Marketing & Communications

-              Journey Mapping

-              Electrification Marketing Strategies

-              Marketing Strategies – Online/Social Media



-              Emerging Technologies –How to Mainstream

-              Emerging Technologies – Gas and Electric

-              Big Data Analytics – where do we start?

-              Blockchain Technology 


DERS and Other

-              Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles and Incentives

-              Distributed Energy Resources – Behind the Meter

-              How to identify and generate innovative strategies/ideas

-              Innovation Outside DSM


* Please do not submit a proposal until you have received travel approval and confirmed that the speaker is approved to attend


Proposal Submission Requirements:

Resume - Please include an up-to-date resume that illustrates relevant knowledge and experience.

Video Submission – The Program Planning Committee will view speaker video links and clips to evaluate presentation skills. Please submit clips or links that demonstrate the speaker's ability to communicate effectively and engage with the audience

Topic Categories – Please select the category that covers your proposal topic.  Topics outside of the provided categories will not be considered for the Spring Conference.

Preferred Session Type/Format – Please select from the three available session types. Descriptions of each session type is below.

1. Classroom Style Training Sessions: Features up to three training presentations on a specific topic in a 75-minute session.  The Program Planning Committee will build the sessions based on the ideas presented in the proposals. These sessions are expected to provide real, practical and hands-on use of tools and techniques. Trainers are required to provide a PowerPoint presentation and instructional handouts. PowerPoints not turned in by published deadlines may be removed from the agenda and the author will be replaced.

2. 360º Panel Discussions: Speakers selected to participate in these sessions will illustrate a depth of knowledge in a specific topic and a perspective that adds value to the overall discussion.  These sessions will engage the audience and are appropriate for more senior level professionals. For example – A session on Smart Thermostats could include a panel with a manufacturer, an evaluator, a marketer and an implementer.  The panelists would discuss the opportunities and challenges from their unique prospective, providing the attendees with a comprehensive discussion on the topic. Proposals should discuss the speakers background on the topic, how their prospective will add to understanding the topic, and the audience key takeaways that their knowledge and experience will provide. The session will consist of up to four panelists and a moderator. Proposals should not include multiple speakers. The Program Planning Committee will build the panels and work with speakers to create an engaging session.

3. Facilitated Workshops: Proposals for this session assume a full 75-minutes of content. The proposal should discuss the speaker’s knowledge and background related to the topic and his/her experience facilitating interactive and engaging workshops. Please be specific about how you plan to make the session interactive and how the attendees will work together to complete a specific task(s). The proposal should list the issues to be discussed and the tasks that will be completed during the session.


The AESP Program Planning Committee reserves the right to:

  • Build unique sessions based on ideas presented in the proposals. For example, an idea for a training may be moved into a workshop on the same subject.  An idea presented in a proposal for a panel may be moved into a training. Speakers will be given an opportunity to accept or reject the reconfiguration of their proposal.
  • Accept a limited number of proposals from the same organization/speaker. The program committee’s goal is to provide a diversity of opinions, speakers and organizations on the program agenda. Authors/organizations are encouraged to send in more than one proposal for consideration.
  • Reserve session slots for hot topics, late-breaking industry news, and/or invited speakers.


  1. All presenters must have superior presentation skills.
  2. All presenters will be required to use an AESP template for PowerPoint slides.
  3. All speakers identified in proposals must state their availability to travel and present prior to proposal submittal.

4.     AESP sincerely appreciates our speakers efforts in developing and delivering exceptional presentations. However, AESP is not able to pay speaker fees or travel/lodging expenses but does offer speakers a significant discount for conference registrations.

Please click here to submit your proposal:


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