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Calling for Abstracts! AESP 2020 Annual Conference

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AESP’s 30th Reunion – Renew Connections. Honor the Past. Embrace the Future.

2020 Annual Conference & Expo

Call for Abstracts – WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SHARE?
Deadline: June 3, 2019, 11:59 PM EDT

To submit an abstract, click here and log in with your AESP login credentials.

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) is accepting abstracts for its 2020 Annual Conference & Expo, taking place on February 17-20, 2020 in Anaheim, California. In addition to a robust agenda with relevant and even controversial sessions delivered on a variety of learning platforms; you can also participate in a wide range of inventive and enjoyable networking sessions and events.

But that is not all you can enjoy – Anaheim is home to dozens of exciting things to do. Take a ride on Flightdeck (military flight simulator), zipline above the city, enjoy a short sail to Catalina Island or end your visit with a Hollywood stars’ home tour. Extend your weekend and explore San Diego to the south or the wine country of Napa Valley to the north. Anaheim is more than just home to “The Happiest Place on Earth”!


Plenty…Share your message with up to 1,000 industry practitioners in our growing community of energy professionals. Increase your company’s image and visibility and position yourself as a thought leader. Grow your personal network and make a difference in the industry by contributing your expertise. Your efforts will also be showcased on AESP’s website in the Resource Library for members to download your presentation in the future. Plus, speakers receive a significant discount on conference registration. AESP’s 30th Reunion promises to deliver an exceptional affordable event you can’t miss.


The Annual Conference provides content on six energy-related disciplines. Topics of interest are listed below:

Program Design & Implementation

- Shifting Focus from EE to DRs and Renewables

- Mature programs…what’s next?

- Data-Driven Strategic Program Design

- Gas Market Transformation Programs

- EE and Utility IRP Design

Marketing & Communications

- Diversity and Inclusion in Marketing

- Customer Journey Mapping in Practice

- Influencer Management vs Influencer Marketing

- Rate and Customer Engagement

- Minimalist Marketing

DSM Business Issues and Models

- Strategic Electrification

- Distributed Energy Resources

- EE as a Grid Resource

- Carbon Based Programs

- Electrification from a Gas Perspective


Pricing, DR, and Integrated DemandSide Management

- Gas Demand Response

- Death by DR Pilot

- Dynamic Pricing and Customer Education

- IDSM Best Practices

- DR Capacity and Cost Fluctuations



- Technologies that Support Electrification

- Electric Vehicles and Charging

- Innovative Lighting Technologies

- Emerging HVAC/Refrigeration Technologies

- Gas Emerging Technologies

- Technology Enabling IDSM

Research & Evaluation

- Using Future M&V 2.0 Data Today

- Advanced transportation, electrification and climate change evaluation

- Changing policy landscapes and the evolving role of evaluation.

- P4P Program Evaluation

- Evaluation of DERs


Help Us Design YOUR Conference:

It’s your Annual Conference – tell us what you want to see! Share your ideas on what would make a great conference session and we’ll try to make it happen. Is there a burning topic you would like to hear about? Know someone you would like to see speak? Have an idea for an interesting new session format? You will have the opportunity to tell us at the end of the submission form.


We also welcome ideas for fun, educational or entertaining sessions that will help us celebrate 30 years of AESP and will touch on the conference theme of “Renew-Honor-Embrace

The guidelines below will help increase your chances of being accepted:

-        Explain how you will include an interactive element in your presentation

-        Highlight three actionable key takeaways

-        Include names of identified speakers and panelists. Abstracts with “TBD, TBA, Pending”, etc. will not be considered.

-        Abstracts that appear to be selling a product or service will not be accepted


Session Formats Featured at AESP Annual Conference:

Speaker Sessions (paper optional):  The session will include up to 4 other presentations based on similar themes and its presenters will be selected by the AESP Annual Planning Committee.  All presentations must provide clear takeaways that are summarized in the abstract.

Click here to view a sample speaker session abstract.

Panel Sessions (no paper): Panel sessions include original content with confirmed panelists. If accepted, the moderator and panelists may select to use short presentations or another custom format to facilitate discussion.  Panel discussions should foster and stimulate discussion and debate between the panel and the audience. The panel and its moderator must be skilled at developing discussion points and eliciting feedback from the audience.

Click here to view a sample panel abstract.

Interactive Roundtables: interactive roundtables nurture peer-to-peer interaction. These sessions feature audience discussions and working groups to encourage the sharing of ideas and business best practices. Up to two facilitators work closely with attendees to create an active environment to help guide knowledge sharing.

Click here to view a sample interactive roundtable abstract.

Professional Development: these sessions provide attendees with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to succeed in the energy services industry. Examples of professional development topics include: Presentation Skills, Facilitating a Meeting, and Emotional Intelligence.  Sessions are typically less than 1 hour and speakers should check with AESP in advance to confirm if AV equipment is available. 

Click here to view a sample professional development abstract.

Workshops/Learning Labs – 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 and AV is not available for this learning format.

Custom: AESP welcomes abstracts for other innovative customized sessions. Previous submissions have included thought leader sessions, rapid-fire sessions, product demonstrations, poster sessions, etc.  Custom abstracts must provide detailed information on content, number of speakers, format and how the session will be conducted.



The AESP Program Planning Committee reserves the right to:

  • Build unique sessions based on ideas presented in abstracts. For example, an idea for a speaker session may be moved into a panel on the same subject.  An idea presented in an abstract for a panel may be moved into a rapid-fire session. Authors will be given an opportunity to accept or reject the reconfiguration of their abstract.
  • Restrict the number of accepted speakers per company. 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 abstract for consideration.
  • Reserve session slots for hot topics, late-breaking industry news, and/or invited speakers.

All applicants must:

  1. Have superior presentation skills. Bonus points for video clips of past presentations
  2. Confirm their availability to travel and present prior to abstract submittal.
  3. Sign a speaker agreement form. Sample Agreement 

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