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 Export to Your Calendar 1/21/2019 to 1/24/2019
When: 5:30 PM
Where: San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street, San Antonio TX, 78205 US
United States

Online registration is available until: 1/17/2019
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Make New Contacts – Close to 1000 of your peers will attend.

Attend the premier energy industry conference that draws the top program managers, implementers, marketers, evaluators, policy makers, consultants and manufacturers in Demand-side Management, Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and IDSM. Highly regarded experts in their respective fields will lead over 25 sessions that cover a range of current topics in marketing,  implementation, program design, technology, research, evaluation, diversity, and more.

Whether learning or networking is your priority, you’ll experience the best of both with an agenda that balances top notch educational sessions and pre- and post-conference workshops with valuable networking events.

AESP will kick-off our 29th Annual Conference with optional pre-conference workshops, a utility-only roundtable, a new professionals event , and an evening reception all on the first day!  Following will be three days of speaker presentations, panel discussions, interactive roundtables, professional development segments, a special outdoor learning session and many networking events.  Over 900 energy professionals are expected to attend this annual conference in San Antonio. You will have many opportunities to connect with peers, make new contacts, learn something new and enjoy the sights and tastes of San Antonio, Texas.

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Conference Schedule:

Monday, January 21

UtilitiesConnect 3:45- 5:15 PM
New Professionals Event 5:00 - 5:30 PM
Evening Reception 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 22
 Sessions 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
 Evening Reception 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, January 23
 Sessions 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
 Special Eve.Reception 5:15 - 7:30 PM

Thursday, January 24
 Sessions 9 AM - Noon
 Closing Plenary & Lunch Noon - 1:30 PM

Optional pre-& post-conference trainings, breakfast, lunch & break times are not displayed above.


Conference Rates (USD):

Member: $1195
Non-member: $1395
Speakers, Moderators, AESP Board Members & TC Chairs: $ 600
3 active members for $3,350 *
Full-time student: $300***
Group Member Points: 7

Early registration expires on December 28, 2018 - this includes the 3 for $3,350 offer.*

Rates after December 28:  
Member $1395; Non-member $1595
Speakers, Moderators, Board Members & T/C Chairs: $650
Group Member Points: 8

 *** Student registrants must email/fax their school id and class schedule to or (480) 704-5905. 

If you are an active group member and would like to register using points, email



Pre-conference Workshops:  (extra fee)

Efficient Electrification… A Technology Overview and Analysis of Energy System Impact

$ 575 USD (per person) 
3 Group Member Points

EPRI Instructors: Tom Wilson, Principal Technical Executive; John Halliwell, Technical Executive; Ron Domitrovic, Program Manager; Allen Dennis, Sr. Program Manager, Energy Utilization; Frank Sharp, Sr. Technical Leader; Tom Reddoch, Principal Technical Executive and Omar Siddiqui, Technical Executive

Currently, electricity provides for only 21% of the final energy consumed in the US.  Yet, continued greening of the electricity sector generation mix coupled with an evolving electric grid that is much more dynamic and flexible is enabling an opportunity to advance consumer adoption of more energy efficient end-use electrification technologies.  Increased adoption of efficient electrification technologies – and specifically electric transportation – has the potential to impact system planning, while also providing increased consumer choices and significant societal benefits. 

This session will focus on the following:

  • Why “efficient” electrification and why now?
  • What end-use technologies are emerging and which have the greatest potential impact for society and consumers?
  • What are the potential impacts to the energy system of increased electrification?
  • How will industry stakeholders assess the cost/benefits of end-use electrification technologies?


Design Thinking: Creating Customer-Centric: DSM/DER Programs, Marketing and Experiences
(for Utilities-only)

$ 575 USD (per person) 
3 Group Member Points

Instructor:  Bill LeBlanc, E Source

Why did it take 80 years for luggage designers to put wheels on suitcases? Sometimes obvious solutions are hard to see…and momentum and habits set in. Developed at Stanford University’s Institute of Design (the ‘’), Design Thinking can be applied to any challenge. Initially used in tech companies such as Apple (the computer mouse is an early win), then to service industries such as the Mayo Clinic’s award-winning patient care process and Bank of America’s hyper-successful “Keep the Change®” program, it’s now ready to be part of the energy industry.

Design thinking can create new ways of looking at old problems, or to dive into brand new areas. Challenges such as rate design, connected/smart homes, EVs, demand response, energy efficiency, or low-income programs can all benefit from using customer empathy as starting point in design.
In this utility-only workshop, attendees will learn through a hands-on approach how to extract key insights from ethnographic research where we delve deeply into customers’ needs, wants, and fears. You will then “peel the onion” to discover why customers feel and act the way they do. Attendees will then move through the design process, creating Points of View, “How Might We…” statements, and then onto brainstorming for new and different solutions that customers just might like enough to share on social media! Finally, we’ll talk about the importance of rapid-rough prototyping as well as storytelling.

 Key Learning Outcomes:

  • How the design thinking approach is different than typical product development stage-gate processes
  • How to use the power of open-ended ethnographic research to develop true customer-centric insights
  • Experiencing the application of design thinking to real DSM challenges you are facing today


Post-conference Workshop:  (extra fee) 

DSM Program Manager Workshop

$ 795 USD (per person) 
5 Group Member Points
Instructors:  Julie Blackwell, Michaels Energy and TBD

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! AESP’s “Utilities-only” DSM Program Manager Workshop will equip 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 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?




San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street, San Antonio TX, 78205 US

The room block closes on December 28, 2018

AESP does not use a housing management firm and we will not call you to reserve rooms.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received by 1/4/19, will receive a refund, minus a $200 processing fee. Cancellations received after 1/4/19 & no shows will not receive a refund. AESP reserves the right to cancel the training at any time with reasonable notice given to all participants. If a program is canceled, refunds will be paid in full for the training 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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