4B : Tuesday, May 9 : 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Nudge or Automate: Should Policies Incent Behavior Change or Automation Through Technology?
As more devices are equipped with communications and control technology, many policies are aimed at getting people to use devices more effectively, while others are aimed at automating the interaction. What is the right balance to strike and how does that vary with technology saturation? How does it provide value to both customers and utilities?
David Bend
Head of East Coast Energy Partnerships, Nest
Dave Bend leads Nest's work with energy partners in the Eastern United States, focusing on developing Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Connected Home offerings. Prior to joining Nest, Dave worked in the utility industry for a number of years, including at Pacific Gas and Electric and Opower. Dave holds an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, a MS from Johns Hopkins University and a BA with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis.
Daniel Bresette
Vice President, Policy & Research, Alliance to Save Energy
Daniel Bresette is the Alliance’s Vice President of Policy & Research. Before joining the Alliance in 2015, Daniel was the Maryland Energy Administration’s Senior Energy Policy Manager and oversaw a diverse portfolio of state energy efficiency financing initiatives. He has provided expert testimony on energy efficiency topics, presented at national conferences, and served on a range of national committees and work groups. Previously, he worked in the strategy practice at Booz Allen Hamilton. He began his career with U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt. Daniel attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations. Later, he graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with a master’s degree in business administration.
Stefan M. Buettner
Senior Policy Advisor, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
Mr. Buettner has recently joined IPEEC, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation that has been tasked by the G20 summit in Brisbane/Australia late 2014 to coordinate the implementation of its Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Mr. Buettner has a focus on the G20 and IPEEC activities related to Industry and Financial Flows for Energy Efficiency. Previously, Mr. Buettner was Head of International Affairs and Strategy at the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (Stuttgart/Germany). He is member of the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group of EU Commission & UNEP FI. He also works on a global policy & industry benchmark, called ‘The Energy Efficiency Index of the Industry’. Mr. Buettner has expertise in low carbon innovation, smart cities, islands and mobility, an energy productivity strategy, as Associate of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) & Scottish Sustainable Energy for All Platform. Over the period of seven years, he worked as senior advisor and office manager for various members of the Scottish Parliament for energy efficiency, renewable energy, industry- and economic policy, infrastructure. He is member of the International Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency Global Forum and was International Advisor and Co-Author of the US Energy Strategy “Energy 2030” notably in the areas “Systems Integration”, “Transport, Land Use & Accessibility” and “Residential & Commercial Buildings”. As an international low carbon expert, he is involved in many further international high-level initiatives, working groups and workshops. He studied International Economics in Tübingen/Germany and Boston/USA and held various positions optimizing processes and programmes in the academic environment
Colleen Calhoun
Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Current powered by GE
In her roles as Director of Business Development & Partnerships for Current powered by GE, Colleen works closely with senior leadership to identify and expand business opportunities across the energy and LED sectors. Prior to this role, Colleen was Senior Executive Director of GE Ventures, where she led a team focused on investing in and scaling start-up energy businesses inside and outside of GE. She joined GE in 1994 and has held various roles in the company including the leader of Marketing & Strategy for GE’s Power & Water business and head of the Global Growth Markets platform for Energy Financial Services. Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She and her husband Robert live in Lexington, MA with their twin daughters.
Tom Coughlin
Manager of Technical Policy, National Grid
Tom Coughlin is National Grid’s Manager of Technical Policy. He has worked in the utility field for over 36 years. He has worked in power plant construction, quality assurance in the nuclear power industry and power purchase contracting. For the past 26 years Mr. Coughlin has been involved the design, implementation and evaluation of residential, commercial, industrial and government energy efficiency programs. Currently Tom oversees National Grids overall technical strategy and policy team serving tha National Grid’s energy efficiency programs. He has been a member of the Energy Advisory Committee for the Mass. Board of Building Regulations and Standards and the US DOE’ss Appliance Standards AND Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. He was also a past counsil member of the National Counsil on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP). He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine.