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The Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Our mission and goals are to promote and advocate for utility development of energy efficiency, energy management and renewable energy through greater participation in the energy industry, including recruitment and career advancement at college and technical training levels.
President - Yvette Brown, Clean Markets
Vice President - Alex Mordas, Performance Systems Development
Treasurer - Luke Surowiec, ICF International
Secretary - Alison Steele, Conservation Consultants, Inc.
Communications - Karine Shamlian, Clean Markets
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|Electric and gas utilities have been implementing DSM programs for many years. As technology improves and budgets tighten, it becomes more challenging to meet energy savings goals.
The AESP MARCh Fall Symposium will provide an opportunity to hear from electric and gas utility representatives about successes they have had, and challenges they face in engaging specific market sectors in both commercial and residential programs.
We have lots of exciting events in the works right in your backyard. Stay tuned and stay in touch.
2016 Spring Conference Event
MARCh chapter board at AESP’s Spring Conference chapter luncheon meeting. (L-R): Karine Shamlian, Alex Mordas, Yvette Brown, Luke Surowiec, Alison Steele.
The Evaluations Are In: Mid-Atlantic Chapter Events at AESP Spring Conference a Huge Success!
As the host chapter for the AESP Spring Conference, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter (MARCh) held two events on Wednesday, May 11. The first was the MARCh lunch meeting attended by 30 MARCh members as well as AESP national board members and staff. Chapter President Yvette Brown presented the results of the recent MARCh member survey which was followed by an engaging discussion about topics for future chapter events.
Later Wednesday evening, nearly 100 MARCh members and conference attendees enjoyed great food and local beers at the MARCh AESPeakeasy Networking Social held at La Peg Brasserie. The party also included a Networking Scavenger Hunt which provided participants an opportunity to learn more about fellow AESP members. Six winners received fabulous prizes donated by several companies.
The MARCh board thanks our event sponsors for helping to make the AESPeakeasy the success it was. Each of the evening's beer selections were served in a koozie branded with one of the event sponsor's logos.
Gold Sponsor - ICF International
Silver Sponsors - CLEAResult and Ecova
Congratulations to our Networking Scavenger Hunt winners and thank you to our prize donors:
Stephanie Kneeland - ecobee3 with remote sensor
Denise Grimm & Tracy Narel - Embertec 8AV+
Selim Karabulut - Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 Thermostat
Ruth Kiselewich - Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation
Samantha Loprinzo - Philips LUX
Act 129 Event
Nearly 100 AESP MARCh members and guests attended our Pennsylvania Act 129 Phase III event, setting record attendance for a chapter activity.
Kathy MacWilliams from PECO moderated the first panel, which included Pete Cleff from PPL Electric Utilities, Nick DeDominicis from PECO and Kent Hatt from FirstEnergy. These three representatives of major electric distribution companies provided thoughtful insight about Act 129, their experiences to date and plans for Phase III. The audience appreciated the frank and open dialogue with the panelists. The panel discussion was followed by breakout sessions where attendees met with the panelists in small groups for further discussions.
The second panel, moderated by Brian Kauffman from the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, featured six Act 129 program participants and stakeholders. The panelists were: Leslie Billhymer of CBEI, Matthew Cooper of PEG, Michele DiVeterano of McSpain Properties, David Lamb of Peirce Phelps, Randy Levan of The Hite Company and Lori Porreca of A1 Energy. Each of the panelists shared their experiences in participating in the Act 129 programs, highlighting the challenges and benefits of participation.
The event was held at PECO's headquarters in Philadelphia and included a tour of the building's green roof. A networking happy hour followed at Iron Chef Jose Garces' JG Domestic restaurant. We would like to thank PECO and our sponsors TRC, DNV GL, ECOVA, Apprise and CB&I for their efforts and support.
No idea what we're talking about? Learn a bit about Act 129 here.
On March 30, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter presented "Better through Reform? Exploring REV's Impact on New York's Energy Future" at the National Grid Auditorium in Brooklyn, NY. Seventy two attendees participated in a presentation on New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) regulatory initiative, getting an overview of the key concepts of REV and then hearing a range of perspectives on what REV means to a cross-section of the industry. The event was followed by a session at a local restaurant.
Thank you to PSEG for hosting the AESP Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter for an excellent round-table and panel discussion on October 27th in Newark, NJ! We had over 20 utility attendees for our roundtable who shared great insights into what Utility 2.0 means to them as a utility professional as well as a customer. Kathleen Livelli from National Grid as well as Claudia Huss from AESP National led these roundtables with excellent results from a mixed audience of utility employees with experience ranging from just a few weeks to over two decades in the industry! Out of these conversations came a great focus on new technology and the evolving role of the utility customer, no longer seen as just a ratepayer!
After lunch, the event filled out with over fifty attendees for the panel discussion led by moderator Judy Stasack from CLEAResult and diverse perspectives on Utility 2.0 from Panelists; Jess Melanson, Director, Energy Services, PSE&G, Stuart Nachmias, Vice President, Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Con Edison, and Dennis Smith, Director, Energy Practice, J.D. Power & Associates. The panel shared thoughts on the need for changes in incentives to encourage greater energy efficiency as well as the need for better methods of customer education. According to J.D. Power, only 50% of customers currently know about utility programs beyond base supply and delivery of fuel! The conversation also discussed a future more focused on carbon reductions along with new standards from the EPA and a customer that will be more vocal and expect a greater level of service and sustainability from its power provider. The panel was followed by an excellent evening reception nearby.
The AESP Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter had a great turnout this past April for its spring chapter event - Exploring Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility Model. Over fifty attendees gathered to hear a diverse panel provide a comprehensive overview of Delaware's model for energy efficiency and demand-side management. The overview was followed by a stimulating discussion around the future of the alternative utility model in and outside of Delaware.
The strength of the discussion was in no small part thanks to the experience and insight of our highly knowledgeable panelists: Delaware Senator Harris McDowell III (D), the Executive Director of the DE SEU Tony DePrima, Vice President of Delmarva Power Glenn Moore, and Distinguished Professor at the University of Delaware John Byrne. The moderator for the discussion, Phil Austen, Director of NY Program Strategy at National Grid, brought great perspective and energy to the event. The evening also included a networking reception that offered attendees the chance to continue the conversation and catch up with colleagues.
AESP MARCh thanks our sponsors TRC, Noresco, AFC First, ICF, Seiberlich Trane, and FREE, as well as our hosts at the Goodstay Center for making the event possible.
*Baltimore (AESP Spring Conference):
The AESP Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter teamed up with the National Capital Regional Chapter to host a fun and friendly networking event at the Baltimore Orioles game in May. Thanks to generous Opower sponsorship, ~50 chapter members took advantage of free tickets and turned out on the Tuesday evening of the Spring Conference to cheer on the Orioles. Despite a late-game loss to the Detroit Tigers, a fun time was had by all in the warm spring weather!
*MARch met on Tuesday, November 5th, to share creative approaches and strategies to marketing and customer engagement in energy efficiency programs.
Key topics that were covered by the panelists included: The City of Philadelphia’s vision for energy efficiency and conservation; recruiting commercial trade allies; developing effective marketing techniques in mature vs. adolescent small business direct install programs; the effectiveness of small business partnerships in the grocery market segment; and targeting the small business market segment. Panel presentations can be found here:
• Adam Agalloco - Energy Efficiency at the City of Philadelphia
• Tom Brubaker – PECO
• Danielle Marquis – SmartWatt
• Chris Valle – DNV KEMA
• Paul Romano – NJIT
AESP MARCh June Meeting
Your board members, along with our Sponsor - SmarttWatt, Inc., put together an array of exciting topics and presenters.The panels were followed by a social networking event. Eight companies joined us to talk about four exciting topics including software applications to manage programs, behavioral programs and initiatives, and more!
*AESP MARCh January Meeting – Finance Panel
Thank you to National Grid for sponsoring this event and providing the location!
Our chapter’s second in-person regional meeting was a roaring success. Over 30 professionals attended in-person at National Grid’s Brooklyn offices for a lively panel discussion on residential, multifamily and commercial energy efficiency financing. Our event was followed up by a well-attended social event with drinks and appetizers at a nearby bar and restaurant. The presentations are linked below:
*Thanks to all of those who filled out the survey of the MARCh members of AESP. As a result of the survey we had our first chapter meeting at Fado Irish Pub on Thursday, September 13, 2012. We had a great time networking and getting to know fellow chapter members.