Intelligent Efficiency: How Can Policymakers Take Advantage of Digitization to Advance Energy Efficiency?
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
<strong>MODERATOR: Andrew McAllister</strong>, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
<strong>SPEAKERS:</strong> <strong>Stephen Harper</strong>, Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation, <strong>Rob Bernard</strong>, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft, <strong>Brian Motherway</strong>, Head of Energy Efficiency, International Energy Agency, <strong>Jonathan Goh</strong>, Director for External Relations, Energy Market Authority
<strong>DESCRIPTION:</strong> Technological change, market evolution and assertive climate policies are driving rapid diversification and decentralization of our energy systems. Advanced analytical tools can provide utilities, regulators, planners, policymakers, local government officials and key program allies with the ability to quickly and effectively identify, assess and target the best opportunities for energy and GHG reductions. Baselining and trending of consumption itself, at a granular level, provides the basis for gaining up-to-date insight on progress toward goals at the building, program and jurisdiction levels. Current innovation in this arena is staggering; yet barriers to data access and dissemination remain.
This session will explore the awesome potential of modern digital ecosystems - well-curated and generally cloud-based - to enable fast clarity on opportunities, solutions and outcomes in the energy efficiency arena. Such infrastructure not only can lower transaction costs for traditional EE program portfolios; it can also enable the rigor needed for inclusion of demand resources in traditional procurement regimes for energy, capacity and ancillary services. Our expert panelists provide complementary views on this promising, cutting-edge arena.