Southeast in a Time of Crisis: Impacts and Innovations in Energy Efficiency
Original Broadcast: May 20, 2020
Staying on top of the region’s energy landscape can be daunting under ideal circumstances. Like you, SEEA has had to adapt quickly to the impacts of COVID-19 while remaining committed to our mission and supporting our members. As the long-term ramifications to our industry and our communities continue to unfold, we have already seen delays or modifications to regulatory proceedings, and cancellations of regular stakeholder convenings. Energy projects scheduled for 2020 have been impacted by disruptions to government, utility, and private business operations. Shelter in place orders are shifting load demand profiles, impacting utility revenue streams, and causing systemic losses to energy services companies, contractors, and their supply chains.
During this 90-minute webinar, SEEA staff will provide their collective insight and analysis on current trends in the energy industry, as well as impacts to regional policy-making and the delivery of utility programs. We hope you will join us, Wednesday, May 20 at 2 p.m. EST, to enrich our collective understanding of how the Southeast is responding in a time of crisis and how we can work together to come back stronger than ever.
Understanding Utility Energy Efficiency Regulatory Policy in the Southeast
Original Broadcast: January 30, 2020
How do utility companies decide on which energy efficiency programs to offer customers? What unique role does energy efficiency policy play in each of the Southeast states? Join policy associate, Emme Luck, on January 30 for an introduction to Southeast energy efficiency policies, players, best practices, opportunities, and more. This interactive webinar is based on SEEA’s popular resource series State Guides to Utility Energy Efficiency Planning which provides essential information on engaging with energy efficiency policy mechanisms in each of SEEA’s member states and fosters conversation on the opportunities and challenges faced throughout the region.
50001 Ready Program 101
Original Broadcast: August 22, 2019
Join SEEA and our partners at Advanced Energy to learn about the basics of the 50001 Ready program, which is designed to enable utilities and program implementers to establish an energy management system in accordance with international best practice. Questions and topics addressed include strategic energy management (SEM), the 50001 Ready Navigator Tool, and the 50001 Ready commitment and available resources.
Southeast 50001 Ready: Advisory Group Webinar
Original Broadcast: July 9, 2019
Utilities and implementers should join this webinar to learn about US DOE’s 50001 Ready Program, how they can use it to provide value -add to their medium and large customers and how to assist their customers to take advantage of a free technical assistance package being offered in 2019. 50001 Ready provides resources, tools, and guidance to help medium and large energy consumers establish an energy management system in accordance with international standards, and sets them up to pursue ISO 50001 certification if they so choose. Listen to learn more or contact Cyrus Bhedwar, [email protected] for more details.
A New Lens for Cost-Effectiveness Testing: AR Case Study
Original Broadcast: December 7th, 2018
Join this SEEA webinar to learn about how Arkansas evaluated its current cost-effectiveness regime against the National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM), the latest guidance on how a jurisdiction can develop, or improve, its cost-effectiveness practices. Chris Neme of Energy Futures Group (NSPM co-author), Katherine Johnson of Johnson Consulting Group, and Robert Booth with the Arkansas Public Service Commission staff will provide an overview of the NSPM principles and framework, and present a case study on its application in Arkansas. For background information, please visit the NSPM website.
Southeast Energy Efficiency Fund RFP
Original Broadcast: August 13th, 2018
The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to ensure people in the Southeast have the knowledge, resources, and opportunities to optimize energy use. To support this goal SEEA is offering a unique grant opportunity for projects that will support our vision for energy efficiency as a primary driver of a prosperous, healthy and sustainable Southeast. The Southeast Energy Efficiency Fund is a pool of legacy funds from SEEA’s allocation under the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. To date, SEEA has used these funds to support the expansion and accessibility of energy efficiency financing programs throughout the Southeast. SEEA is now looking for new opportunities to advance innovative energy efficiency strategies.
Q2 Policy Highlights from across the Southeast
Original Broadcast: June 20th, 2018
Please join SEEA’s Policy Team for a members-only webinar on SEEA’s Policy Highlights for January-June 2018. In the webinar, Kate Lee and Cyrus Bhedwar will provide a snapshot of the latest regulatory and legislative activity in the Southeast region, and suggest additional resources and next steps for members interested in getting involved further. Members will also have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback for the next policy highlights webinar.
A New Lens for Cost-Effectiveness Testing
Original Broadcast: November 16th, 2017
Join this SEEA webinar to learn about the National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM), the latest guidance on how a jurisdiction can develop, or improve, its cost-effectiveness practices. Chris Neme of Energy Futures Group (NSPM co-author) will provide an over of the NSPM principles and framework, and present a case study on its application. For background information, please visit the NSPM website.
Pre-Conference Session – Trade Allies of the Future: What Will They Need?
Original Broadcast: October 12th, 2017
Join SEEA and Karen Germain, Business Direction Principal with Program Development and Implementation at DNV GL, for this pre-conference webinar.
In this webinar, we will explore the role of the trade allies in promoting energy efficiency programs, based on the short to medium-term future of the Southeastern energy market. Combining discussion with a Southeast-based utility and DNV GL research of the national trade ally market, this presentation will discuss:
- What do we mean by a trade ally?
- What utilities want and need from trade allies in the future
- What trade allies want and need in return
- What role will technology play
- Whose responsibility is it to provide the technology
- Behavioral Change – what role is there for trade allies?
Will the definition of a trade ally (the profile) stay the same or change?
Inclusive Financing Learning Circle Series: Jobs: Workforce Development in Rapidly Expanding EE Markets
Original Broadcast: August 17th, 2017
Inclusive financing reaches underserved market segments, which are often places where little work has been available to contractors qualified to perform upgrades. What are the best ways to support workforce development to keep pace with increasing demand for high quality work that ensures the upgrades achieve the estimated savings on which investments are based?
Hear from experts in training, quality assurance, and voluntary labor standards that support those with jobs created by flows of investment into new markets.
Inclusive Financing Learning Circle Series: Sourcing Capital for Inclusive Financing Programs
Original Broadcast: July 20th, 2017
What sources of capital are available for utilities that want to offer inclusive financing for energy efficiency upgrades through a tariffed on-bill program? And what are the terms that those capital providers seek when making the investment? These are vital questions in the due diligence phase of program design, and experience observed in the field shows there are many options. This session will help participants recognize the differences in key attributes for various capital sources, and it will highlight the relationship with other timely topics in the field including the design of Reserve Funds (the prior session in this series) as well as public-private partnerships and green banks.
Policy Highlights for the Southeast – Q2 2017
Original Broadcast: June 22nd, 2017
Please join SEEA’s Policy Team for a members-only webinar on SEEA’s Policy Highlights for April-June 2017. In the webinar, Kate Lee and Cyrus Bhedwar will provide a snapshot of the latest regulatory and legislative activity in the Southeast region, and suggest additional resources and next steps for members interested in getting involved further. Members will also have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback for the next policy highlights webinar.
Inclusive Financing – Learning Circle Series: Establishing a Reserve Fund for Tariffed On-Bill Financing
Original Broadcast: June 15th, 2017
Utilities that offer inclusive financing through tariffed on-bill programs have reported cost recovery rates of above 99.9% based on experience with thousands of transactions over several years in multiple states. Nevertheless, some utility executives considering the opportunity to invest in cost effective energy efficiency upgrades have sought assurances that they would be able to manage the risk that their program would not perform as well.
A Reserve Fund provides a risk mitigation function that is similar to Loan Loss Reserves, yet the terms of participation and coverage are different. At least four state energy offices in the Southeast are considering the introduction of Reserve Funds, and SEEA is providing technical assistance in that process. This session in SEEA’s Learning Circle series on inclusive financing will introduce key considerations in the development of a Reserve Fund, directly supporting stakeholder engagement within the states where Reserve Funds are under development.
Inclusive Financing – Learning Circle Series: Options for Program Operator Services in an Inclusive Financing Program
Original Broadcast: May 18th, 2017
In this session, Jen Weiss, Energy Efficiency Policy Manager with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Tammy Agard, Co-Founder of EEtility, take us through the different program operator models that can help a co-op integrate an on-bill tariff program into their existing EE program offerings.
Energy Efficiency Programs and Community Reinvestment Act: Bringing Them Together
Original Broadcast: April 27th, 2017
This Webinar is presented by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance in partnership with Travis Yelverton of Capital Xpansion, and will educate OCC regulated financial institutions on how EE lending can be leveraged for compliance with Community Reinvestment Act requirements.
- Webinar Slides
- Webinar Recording
Inclusive Financing Learning Circle Series: Due Diligence with the Decision Tool for Utility Managers
Original Broadcast: April 20th, 2017
This session provides a review of the Decision Tool for Utility Managers. A guide developed by The Energy Efficiency Institute addressing key considerations utility managers should consider before investing in resource efficiency and rooftop solar through a tariffed on-bill program. The session is led by Dr. Holmes Hummel and features Mr. Mark Cayce, General Manager of Ouachita EMC in Camden, Arkansas, who utilized the guide in developing Ouachita’s highly successful HELP PAYS program.
Inclusive Financing Learning Circle Series: Consumer Protections in Inclusive Financing
Original Broadcast: March 23rd, 2017
Join the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and Clean Energy Works for our free comprehensive webinar series on Inclusive Financing Through On-Bill Tariffs. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in six monthly webinar sessions that delve into the technical questions of designing and implementing on-bill tariff programs.
This series is specifically designed to support stakeholders and practitioners who are exploring a specific application of inclusive financing with the goal of making the clean energy economy available to all.
Topics to be covered in this webinar include:
- Terms for cost effectiveness that include net savings
- Quality assurance, measurement and verification
- Interests of successor customers (renters or owners)
- Disconnection for non-payment
- Handling charge-offs due to unpaid bills by program participants
Inclusive Financing Learning Circle Series: Update on Inclusive Financing Programs in the South
Original Broadcast: February 16th, 2017
The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance invites you to learn more about inclusive financing solutions for energy efficiency. Beginning in 2017, SEEA and Clean Energy Works will offer a comprehensive webinar series based on the experience of eight utilities in three Southern states that have already put millions of dollars to work right in the communities they serve.
Learn from leading program operators who are managing multi-million dollar efficiency investment portfolios in areas of the South that are affected by persistent poverty.
Inclusive Financing Learning Circle Series: Introduction to Inclusive Financing for Energy Efficiency
Original Broadcast: January 12th, 2017
The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance invites you to learn more about inclusive financing solutions for energy efficiency. Beginning in 2017, SEEA and Clean Energy Works will offer a comprehensive webinar series based on the experience of 8 utilities in 3 Southern states that have already put millions of dollars to work right in the communities they serve.
Need to start at the beginning? Want to improve your skills at introducing the concept to more leaders? This is your chance to cover the basic concepts along with the most frequently asked questions.