Completed: The Whirlwind Evolution of Modern Utilities
The premise. As gas and electric utilities drive towards clean energy and zero carbon, there is an ever-increasing need for load balancing resources, the least cost and most plentiful of which is energy efficiency. While EE holds great promise, saving energy is no longer always a net good for the system, instead, it is about shifting load to consume and store energy when it is clean and reduce load when it is dirty and costly.
However, nothing has prepared us for the most recent events in which the very existence of some utility organizations has been called into question. The good news is that this disruption opens some very good opportunities to include efficiency in the entire stack of energy resources. We’ll identify those opportunities as best we can both in the webinar and at the conference.
The presenter. We brought in Matt Golden of Open EE for this webinar. Matt has made an insightful study of energy efficiency over the years, having worked the industry from several angles: energy service contracting (Sustainable Spaces), software development (Recurve), and bundling of certified efficiency projects (Investor Confidence Project).
His current work at OpenEE puts him at the front of one of the most important things happening in the utility industry today: developing a system for open source metering of energy-efficiency impacts accounts for the time and locational impacts of changes behind the meter on demand. Rather than paying customers for monthly savings in advance, this approach is enabling markets where demand flexibility can be treated and valued like other DERs — unlocking its full value and encouraging private innovation and investment.
It’s a fundamental shift in how we approach energy efficiency that we are keen to discuss in this one-hour webinar. Come prepared to get educated on the look of energy efficiency in the decades ahead. Ample time for Q&A.