What's New in Energy Efficiency: Emerging Regulatory, Market and Policy Measures
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
With the recognition that energy efficiency is the most cost effective means for achieving substantial reductions in energy demand and greenhouse gases, attention is increasingly turning to the development of mechanisms to foster its growth. Some states have developed separate energy efficiency portfolio standards, requiring utilities in their states to meet a certain percent of demand with energy efficiency, similar to renewable portfolio standards. Other states are allowing utilities to meet a portion of their states' renewable portfolio standard with energy efficiency. There has also been an increase in research and testing of new energy efficiency technologies such as smart meters, advanced lighting, efficiency software and building energy systems. Many of these activities have been fostered by the federal government, and federal support from EPA, DOE and the tax system. Internationally, energy efficiency projects are increasingly gaining acceptance under the United Nation's Clean Development Mechanism for credit under the Kyoto Protocol's greenhouse gas regime.
This teleconference will focus on three important efforts in the field:
The EPA/DOE-sponsored National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency,
The growth and use of a "white tags" trading market in the states, and
The use of energy efficiency techniques to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency including what it is, who is participating in the plan, and what affect it is having.
"White tags" or "negawatts:" what they are, what market exists for them, and who is trading them.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
The role of energy efficiency in Renewable Portfolio Standard programs in the states and future federal energy policies
Incorporating energy efficiency into greenhouse gas cap-and trade systems, and why it is important to do so.
Utility deployment of customer energy efficiency to meet the likely upcoming carbon cap regime
Q & A Submission:
Q & A both on the teleconference and live at the host firm sites, will follow the speakers' presentations. Please email questions to
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern
11:00 am - 12:30 am Central
10:00 am - 11:30 am Mountain
9:00 am - 10:30 am Pacific
Edna Sussman, Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP
Richard Robinson, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Kathleen Hogan, Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Topic:The EPA/DOE–sponsored National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency: What's working and what isn't, and current and future EPA/DOE programs Times:
Mel Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Planet
Topic:The growth of a "white tags" trading market based on energy savings from conservation and energy efficiency; market and trading techniques
Richard Cowart, Director, Regulatory Assistance Project
Topic: Structuring greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programs to promote energy efficiency and other strategies to secure the largest emissions reductions at the lowest cost to consumers and the economy