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Post-conference "Utilities Only" DSM Program Manager Workshop
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This is a "Utilities Only" Workshop.

5/23/2018 to 5/24/2018
When: 2:00 PM
Where: InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
3315 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA
United States

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"Utilities Only" DSM Program Manager Workshop
Building a Program - from Concept to Evaluation

May 23-24, 2018

Utilities Only Workshop Info

Wednesday, May 23: 2-5:30pm
Thursday, May 24: 8:30am-5pm
Rate: $875.00 (US) per person or 5 points

“Knowledge is power. When you understand the process, you can choose what you want to do, delegate what you don’t like to do, push it to others…or outsource it! More importantly, you can talk like a boss. I say it again, knowledge is power.” – anonymous Utility Program Manager

Oh, all right, we admit it, we made that quote up to get your attention. No one we know talks like that. However, we’re pretty sure that many of you will secretly agree with some part of it i.e. that bit about talking with more confidence when you have knowledge backing you up.

This is one goal of AESP’s "Utilities Only" DSM Program Manager Workshop. The other goal is equipping you with all the necessary tools to successfully manage a DSM program, or your portion of it. This very thorough 1.5 day Program Manager Workshop will teach you everything you need to know in order to research, plan, design, launch, market, evaluate and report on a DSM program. It’s a start-to-finish, A-to-Z, soup to nuts on program management.  

We really can’t think of another way you can acquire all this knowledge, unless you have very patient colleagues from all the different areas to teach you. And even if you do have great colleagues, will they have snazzy handouts, interactive group activities (with prizes to be won!) and entertaining, non-snoozy trainers who will ensure that you retain the information? AESP’s Program Manager Workshop has all these and more.

Whether your goal is to talk like a boss, be the boss, or simply master your job, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” (Lao Tzu actually said that) so register today for AESP’s DSM Program Manager Workshop.  (We said that.)

Suitable for:
Program managers who are new to the role or who have a few years’ experience.  
Policy professionals, program planners/designers, marketers, evaluators and energy professionals in related areas who desire a comprehensive understanding of the program lifecycle and processes.

Workshop Overview
Ten hours of learning will be supplemented by interactive group activities and handouts to ensure retention of the information, put to practice the thought processes required, and not be bored!

The workshop modules include:

  • Why offer DSM Programs?
  • Needs Assessment and Fact Finding
  • Building Blocks – Design for Success
  • Program Launch and Implementation
  • Program Management
  • EM&V Part 1: Types, Metrics & Methods
  • EM&V Part 2: Results and the Future
  • Reporting


Julie Blackwell, Michaels Energy, has more than twenty years of work experience, over half in energy efficiency. Ms. Blackwell has been responsible for managing utility energy efficiency and demand response portfolios. She takes new product ideas  from concept to launch drawing on her marketing, strategic planning, recruiting, budget, and project management skills to bring client goals to reality.

Teri Lutz, Michaels Energy, has 25 years of experience working in the energy industry, 20 years working for a utility, and 6 years in consulting. While working for a utility, Teri was responsible for the development and delivery of the first-ever executive-level strategic planning and Balanced Scorecard6 workshops. These day-long workshops were attended by the company President, Vice Presidents, and Directors. The workshops stepped the executives through brainstorm exercises, what-if scenarios, and voice-of-the-customer explorations. The objectives were to identify new opportunities to better serve customers, improve operations, and ensure employee engagement. The outcomes included new products and programs (including energy efficiency), enhanced regulatory strategies, and Corporate-level strategic goals.

Martha (Thompson) Wudka, Evergreen Economics, has experience conducting energy efficiency program evaluations and market assessments for a variety of clients across the country and is well versed in reporting, analysis, in-depth interviews, and survey development. Ms. Wudka has managed the implementation of several surveys including phone interviews, on-site visits, and online interviews across the residential and commercial sectors. She has presented research findings at trade conferences including the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference; the International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting; and the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change conference. She has also conducted stakeholder workshops.

Hotel Information:


InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
3315 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30326

Hotel Reservations can be made directly with the InterContinental Buckhead at 404-946-9191 or online.  If calling, individuals need to state that they are with AESP 2018 Spring event to receive special group rates. 

If booking online, click or copy and paste this link: 

The room block will be honored until the room block is full or April 30, 2018 and the room rate is $179 USD per night.

We do not use 3rd parties to book hotel rooms.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received by May 4, 2018, will receive a refund, minus a $100 processing fee. If using Points, there will be a 1 Point cancellation fee. Cancellations received after 5/4/18 & no shows will not receive a refund (cash or Points). AESP reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time with reasonable notice given to all participants. If a program is canceled, refunds will be paid in full for the workshop canceled or you may reschedule attendance. In the event of a cancellation, AESP is not responsible for non-refundable airfares, other airfare penalties, or travel charges you may incur.

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