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The winners will be announced at the 28th AESP National Conference in February 2018.



The 2017 AESP Energy Award Winners

Presented February 2017 in Orlando, the AESP Energy Awards recognized creative thinking, new approaches and problem-solving in the energy efficiency industry. Read all about these award winning programs below.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., for The Cold Water Wash Pilot

The goal of this pilot was to test and demonstrate how best to engage tenants of multi-unit residential buildings with a financial incentive that will encourage the tenants to switch to using cold water for their laundry in order to help reduce natural gas consumption. The pilot program offered a financial incentive of $1 savings at the laundry machine for tenants who chose to use cold water instead of hot or warm water. It ran in 7 low income multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), with a total of 695 units in a low income community of Toronto, Ontario. A key goal for this pilot was educating customers on these benefits and how new detergents designed to clean clothes in cold water can be as effective as cleaning clothes in hot water using regular detergent. The team spoke all 5 predominant languages in the community in order to ensure they could offer a program that was accessible to the range of tenants. During the pilot period, cold water washing increased by 19%. By the end of the pilot program, 80% of tenants tried cold water washing and 50% of tenants intend to continue with cold water washing. Tenants who accepted the ‘cold water challenge’ found the benefits beyond financial savings, such as their clothes were brighter and cleaner. The most common myth is that hot water sanitizes better (46% claim this as their reasoning for using hot water versus cold water).

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Eversource, National Grid, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., for Dunkin'Donuts Energy Management Program

National Grid and Eversource, entered into memorandum of understandings (MOU) with Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. (DBI) to build a joint initiative referred to as the Dunkin’ Brands Energy Management Program. Together, these three companies have collaboratively built a strategic partnership and developed a streamlined process for engaging franchise owners to invest in energy efficiency. Through these collaborations, DBI, National Grid, and Eversource have identified key, high priority energy efficiency upgrades for the franchisees. The team structured the program to provide a simple path, generous incentives, and financing for franchisee owners to implement these upgrades.

Phase 1 energy reduction varied from as little as 8% up to 30%, with the average consumption reduction being 20% at six franchise locations. The findings from Phase 1 will inform the direction of Phases 2 and 3 (May 2016 – May 2018). These later phases will focus on collaboration and on-going partnerships with DBI.

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Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), for Peak Performers

PSO Peak Performers is a load shedding type of demand response offering designed so it is easy for small non-residential customers to participate without a minimum load requirement and it pays out incentives purely on performance basis. PSO Peak Performers is the Oklahoma schools’ new partner in power savings. PSO rewards participating businesses and non-residential customers for voluntarily reducing electricity use during periods of high peak demand. Many cash-strapped school districts are looking to this program not only as a new revenue source while being actively engaged in keeping rates low for all customers. In the first year of the program, eight school districts agreed to enroll among a group of fifty-nine Peak Performers. The number of schools participating in Peak Performers grew steadily over the years. Schools comprise about 1/5 of all participating businesses and their total achieved reduction represents about 1/10 of total kW saved each year.

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City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works, for Holland Unplugged

The City of Holland is a Lake Michigan lakeshore community with a population of 33,481. The Holland Unplugged campaign’s goal was to encourage City of Holland residents to turn off or down their air conditioners and get outside to participate in activities that don’t use energy to help in the city’s participation in the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) for $5 million. GUEP is a national competition that aims to dramatically improve America’s energy standing. The Unplugged campaign engaged Board and Council Members, quarterly competitions, door-to-door canvasing, partnerships with local high school students, videos, social media posts, billboards, and more. The main way people got involved was to share a photo “unplugging” on social media with the hashtag #HollandUnplugged. Every photo shared was entered into a drawing for prizes that aligned with the “unplug” theme. Examples of these unplugged activities include hammock time, grilling, kayaking, golf games, etc. The Holland Unplugged campaign makes energy efficiency fun by supplying engaging and creative ways to save energy that bring family and friends together. There were 97 #HollandUnplugged entries and more than 2,000 attendees at movies in the park. Stay tuned for the $5 million result!

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Focus on Energy, for Higher Education Energy Efficiency Initiative

Administrators from the Focus on Energy program approached the City of Milwaukee about partnering on an initiative to bring together two-and four-year higher education institutions to learn from each other about energy management best practices, cost-effective energy efficiency improvements, and incentive opportunities from Focus on Energy. The goal of this program is to increase participation by two- and four-year higher education institutions in Focus on Energy incentive programs and to develop a collaborative network of facilities managers, facility directors and energy managers. To accomplish this, the Focus on Energy team and the City of Milwaukee began recruiting area schools to join the initiative. To date, nine institutions have agreed to be a part of the Higher Education Initiative (HEI) project.

Savings from October 8, 2015 through August 22, 2016 totaled 398,877 BTUs, which is 179% more savings achieved than in the previous year. Even more spectacularly, the program accounted for 30,298,504 kWh savings, which is 284% more than the previous two years in aggregate. This is a significant increase in savings and the HEI group attributes that success to their organized efforts with the nine colleges and universities that have participated to date. The budget for this program is less than $2,000 a year. This covers all costs associated for hosting the quarterly meetings (i.e. catering, venue).

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FortisBC, for Condensing Make Up Air Unit Pilot

The condensing make up air unit (CMUA) Pilot validates energy savings claims, assesses customer acceptance rates and identifies technical issues associated with the installation and operation of CMUAs in Multi Unit Residential Buildings (MURB) and institutional buildings within British Columbia. With make up air and rooftop units (RTU) in BC consuming 5.5 million GJ in gas consumption per year – 52 million therms, and the majority of apartment buildings, recreation centers, and hospitals using make up air units for space conditioning, the need for a new market-ready technology was inevitable.

The CMUA Pilot was launched to assess and validate energy savings claims, identify observed technical issues and determine customer acceptance rates for the installation and operation of CMUAs in MURBs and institutional buildings. The CMUA Pilot provided rebates to 8 participants: 7 MURBs and 1 school. With natural gas savings between 17 percent and 28 percent this pilot proves CMUA technology is not only innovative, it’s the next step in replacing make up air units.

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William Ellis, Pepco Holdings

Mr. Ellis joined the energy services industry when he took a position as an engineer working on Pepco’s rollout of advanced metering infrastructure and smart meters as well as electric vehicle and in home display pilots. In 2012 he became the program manager for Pepco’s $35M a year residential and commercial energy efficiency programs. In that time he has tripled the program spending and helped Maryland become a leader in energy efficiency. In his capacity as the program manager, Mr. Ellis is responsible for development, design, marketing strategy, implementation, and supporting the regulatory process through reporting, testimony and program development workgroups. He oversees a robust portfolio of over 25 energy efficiency programs, as well as the Solar Interconnection process across the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.

He is an AESP member and volunteers in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter. He has helped the MARCh Chapter put on their Fall Symposium titled “Hard to Reach Markets.” Mr. Ellis is an active leader in his professional and personal communities serving as a Past Chair on the District of Columbia Advisory Neighborhood Commission (an elected position), Past Chair of the National Society for Black Engineers DC Alumni Extension, as the Scholarship Chair for the American Society of Black Engineers for the DC Metropolitan Chapter, as a Board Member for the Catholic University of America Alumni Association, and as a Board Member for the Maryland Clean Energy Center. His inspiring drive to make not only this industry, but his communities of peers, his neighborhoods, and his city better, is unmatched.


Dan Tarrence, Franklin Energy

Dan Tarrence is a 25-year veteran and visionary within the energy efficiency space. From the inception years to present day, he’s never stopped shaping his career - nor the industry. Meaning, no work day is ‘routine’ or way of doing things ‘status quo.’ He is the type of leader who builds consensus and lives to mentor and develop leaders for the future. Today, Mr. Tarrence oversees Franklin Energy’s business development and product management operations, driving strategy and overseeing the firm’s end-to-end program implementation.

He has directed the start-up and implementation of more than 100 programs nationwide. Each new business entails developing RFP specifications for subcontractors, analyzing their bids, choosing qualified subcontractors, and coordinating their efforts during implementation. He most notably proved his visionary propensity by creating and introducing a unique program to the industry. He saw an untapped opportunity with the small lodging market. The program targets customers with direct installation of guest room energy management (GREM) systems, bathroom light sensors, and low cost measures. These GREM programs continue to see traction and results.

Many people may not be aware of how much time he dedicates to serving the industry at large because he does not do it for the praise, in fact he does it with humility for the sole purpose of supporting and making the energy services industry better. It’s rare to not lose steam or passion over time. Yet, he only seems to build upon it. He’s not just approachable within the company; he’s a go-to guy. He is the epitome of our expert brand with the personality of your helpful neighbor next door.


Kristin Laursen, Michaels Energy

B.H. Prasad was a founding board member and a past Chair of AESP. He left behind a lasting legacy in an award that was created to honor his spirit and passion in driving AESP and the industry forward. This award is given to a person who shares that same set of principles and desire to grow AESP and help it become the premier community for energy practitioners.

Kristin Laursen has participated in every single volunteer opportunity that AESP offers – and in just three years. The sheer breadth and depth of her contributions to AESP is staggering.

Kristin attended her first AESP conference only five years ago. Two years later, she took her first step in her journey of getting involved. She then joined our Marketing Topic Committee and when there was work to be done she jumped in with both feet! She tirelessly reviewed submissions for the AESP Energy Awards, analyzed abstracts for conferences, and in July 2014, moderated her first AESP Brown Bag. By the following year, Kristin became vice chair of the Marketing Topic Committee, and last year, stepped up to become the chair of this influential committee. These efforts led to invitations to serve on the National conference program planning committees including this conference and the upcoming Marketing and Customer Engagement conference in May.

During 2015, AESP recognized a need to help New Professionals entering the field. When asked to be on an Advisory Panel and lead the charge on this initiative there was no hesitation on her part. This panel has been a driving force behind our new professional scholarship program – a program that has given many new professionals in the industry the chance to attend their first AESP conference. Kristin is also the catalyst behind our New Professionals event which has quickly become a signature event at all AESP conferences designed for new people to make connections and become more involved with AESP. Kristin was also instrumental in helping to bring AESP’s new Experience2Exchange, or E2E for short, mentoring program to life which is now thriving.

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