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AESP 2021 Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

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AESP 2021 Annual Conference Call for Abstracts
Abstracts are due by June 8, 2020, 6 PM PST


Conference Dates:  January 25 – 28, 2021
Location: Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

January 25: Pre-conference Training Courses, UtilitiesConnect and Opening Reception
January 26: Opening plenary, Conference Sessions and Evening Reception
January 27: Conference Sessions and Party
January 28: Conference Sessions and Closing Plenary Lunch


The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) is accepting abstracts for its 2021 Annual Conference & Expo, taking place on January 25-28, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to the opportunity to present alongside other subject matter experts in our industry, you can participate in all conference activities. This includes educational sessions focusing on the latest thinking and innovations in energy efficiency, demand response and distributed energy resources, as well as fun and highly coveted networking events. An added bonus – the conference next year is in the “Big Easy,” home of Mardi Gras and the historical French Quarter.



Increase your company’s image and visibility and position yourself as a thought leader by presenting at AESP’s Annual Conference. The Annual Conference is the pre-eminent event for AESP members, which attracts close to 1,000 energy professionals from across North America. As a result, you will have the opportunity to grow your professional network and contribute your expertise to this ever-evolving industry. You will connect with peers, make new contacts, gain knowledge, and enjoy the sights and tastes of New Orleans. As a speaker, you will also get a highly discounted rate to the conference.


Submittal Guidelines:

-  An abstract should explain why the topic is relevant and important to AESP members.

-  The presentation and/or content has not been offered at a previous AESP conference.

-  The presentation and/or content should showcase the latest innovations, best practices, and trends impacting the industry. New or unrefined concepts or lessons learned from other industries, may be considered.

-  The suggested speakers/panelists should be considered experts within the topic and experienced public speakers.

-  An abstract that appears to be selling a product or service will not be accepted.

-  Please note that preference is given when utilities are on the speaking panel.



The Annual Conference provides content on seven areas below. Topics of interest are listed below:


Program Design & Implementation

- Controlled Environment Agriculture

- Performance Based incentives

- Whole Building Energy Efficiency

- Using AMI data to inform program design (load disaggregation, defining new load shapes)

- Designing Incentives for Building Automation and Grid-Interactive Buildings

- Effective Program Portfolio Incentive Balancing Strategies

- Cost-Effective Strategies to Entice Small Business Participation

- Efficiency Auctions and Their Benefits/Challenges

- Customer Data Driven Program Design

Marketing and Customer Engagement

- Marketing Decarbonization – electrification and beyond


- Disaster Communication – how to market during uncertain times and when long-term behavior changes


- How marketing is new when utility products aren’t – keeping up with other industry and customer expectations


- Voice Activated Devices – projections for new technologies and overcoming “big brother”


- Marketing to Diverse and Changing Populations


- Effectively Managing Customer Data


- Innovative Marketing Strategies for LMI Audiences


Pricing and Demand Response

- Evolution of Smart Thermostats

- Demand Flexibility as a Resource

- Emerging DR Technologies

- Behavioral Demand Response

- Gas Demand Response

- AMI-Enabled Rate Structures

- DR and Pricing as NWA

Gas Energy Efficiency

- Gas efficiency's role in decarbonization
and electrification

- Gas efficiencyin the commercial
and industrial market

- Coordination between electric
and gas energy efficiency programs

Tools and Technology

- Technologies that Support Beneficial Electrification or Decarbonization

- EV Charging Infrastructure Challenges

- Innovative Lighting Technologies

- Emerging HVAC/Refrigeration Technologies

- Gas Emerging Technologies

- Technology Enabling IDSM

- DER Aggregation Tools

- Managing Customer-Installed Generation

- No/low touch customer engagement/ analysis tools

- Leveraging DER for Resiliency


Business Issues and Models

- Removing Utility Programmatic Silos

- Pay for Performance

- Transportation Electrification as a Managed Resource


- Policy/regulation

- Shiftable models for disaster flexibility

- The Role of Utilities in Microgrids

- Planning and Implementing Smart Communities

- Supplier Diversity


- Evaluation frameworks for building decarbonization/electrification


- Assessing equity in program deployment


- Location-based program targeting and valuation


- The future of net to gross/innovative approaches to developing NTGRs


- Evaluating microclimate, local health, and other new types of non-energy benefits


- Evaluating integrated programs (EE+DRor DER, IDSM)


If you have an innovative topic that is not included in the sub-topic list above but would be a good fit at our Annual Conference, please submit a detailed abstract under the Topic Name above and sub-topic “Other”.



Speaker Sessions:  15-20 minute individual presentations as part of a moderated session. The presentation will be part of a session that includes 3 to 4 presentations, based on similar topics. All presentations must provide clear takeaways that are summarized in the abstract.

Panel Sessions: Panel sessions should foster and stimulate discussion and debate between the panel and the audience with the moderator keeping the panel on topic and providing questions to start. Panel sessions should include a moderator and 3-4 panelists.

Custom Sessions: AESP welcomes abstracts for other innovative customized sessions including roundtable discussions, deep dive sessions, learning labs, fireside chats, and professional development sessions. 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 the abstracts. For example, an abstract submitted as an individual presentation for a speaker session may be modified and incorporated into a multiple speaker panel on the same subject. Abstract authors and proposed speakers will be given the opportunity to accept or reject the reconfiguration of their abstract.
  • Accept no more than three (3) abstracts from the same organization. The Committee’s goal is to provide a diversity of opinions, speakers, and organizations on the program agenda.
  • Reserve session slots for hot topics, late-breaking industry news, and/or invited speakers.

Panelist, Speaker, and Moderator Requirements:

  • All presenters must have superior public speaking, presentation, and/or training skills. Speakers who have never presented at an AESP conference are strongly encouraged to submit video clips of past presentations (less than 5 minutes in length). 
  • All speakers identified in abstracts must state their availability to travel and have management approval to present on site at the conference prior to abstract submittal.
  • 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 event registration.
  • All presenters must sign a Speaker Agreement.  Click here to see a sample.



AESP’s strong desire is to continue with a 100% in-person conference in New Orleans. That being said, the implications of COVID-19 in January 2021 are unknown at this point. Therefore, AESP will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the health and safety of attendees and will consider a hybrid event (mix of in-person and virtual) or virtual event if necessary. AESP will notify submitters and presenters as soon as decisions are determined, well in advance of the conference.





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