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?
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
Andrew McAllister
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in May 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. Commissioner McAllister has been working on clean energy deployment and policy for his entire 25-year career: beginning in the early 1990s in project engineering and development, evolving into program design and implementation, then moving into the policy arena. He has worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy management systems, with counterparts ranging from tiny remote communities to the largest of utilities. He administered two of California’s signature renewable energy programs (California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program), developed and operated energy efficiency programs for utilities, and performed a broad range of policy-related research for California and the U.S. Federal government. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Alliance to Save Energy. Commissioner McAllister’s deep grounding in technology, policy and marketplace provide him with uncommon insight on the accelerating changes taking place in the electric power sector. Before joining the Energy Commission, Dr. McAllister was managing director at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, where he worked for six years. Previously, he worked with NRECA International, Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of renewable generation, load management, utility planning and remote power projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Commissioner holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.