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Unlocking a GEBs Future: Accelerating Coordinated Utility Programs: A Practitioners’ Perspectives Series (#2)
Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) are a key component of our transition to a carbon-free energy future. To help accelerate a GEBs future, building energy programs will need to transition to better integrate conservation and active management of electricity in buildings for the direct or indirect provision of grid services. A recent SEPA report Accelerating Coordinated Utility Programs for GEBs: Practitioners’ Perspectives, supported by LBNL/DOE, examines the barriers and potential solutions to this building energy program transition by gathering insights from utilities, other program administrators, technology solution providers, and regulators about energy program business models, regulatory frameworks, and key learnings. 

This webinar will feature a focus on practitioner perspectives from utilities, including IOUs, municipal, and cooperative utilities. 

The audience will learn:

- Overview of project and diverse stakeholder perspectives
- Key study findings on the challenges of transitioning to coordinated utility programs
- Key solution strategies to accelerate implementation and unlock a GEBs future

Aug 17, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kate Strickland
Manager, Regulatory and Business Innovation @SEPA
Kate works as a research manager at SEPA with a focus on utility business models and regulatory innovation. In addition, she is the staff co-lead for SEPA’s Energy Storage Working Group, and a team member of the Renovate Initiative, a collaborative effort focused on state regulatory process innovation. Previously at SEPA, she worked with the 51st State Initiative, shaping the evolution of the utility sector, and supported the engagement facilitating the D.C. Public Service Commission’s grid modernization (MEDSIS) initiative in the District.
Andy Eiden
Principal Planning & Strategy Analyst, Distributed Resources @Portland General Electric
Andy Eiden is a Principal Planning & Strategy Analyst in PGE’s Distributed Resource Planning (DRP) team. Mr. Eiden has over 10 years of experience in the energy industry focusing on distributed resources across both planning and evaluation, and has worked across the private, non-profit, and now utility sectors. At PGE, Mr. Eiden leads company-wide efforts at DER forecasting, including coordination with load forecasting, IRP, DSP, and Power Operations. He also serves on a variety of industry committees and technical advisory groups, including the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Steering Committee for End Use Load Research, NREL’s Technical Advisory Group for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings, and an Industry Advisory Board for Lane Community College for a Building Energy Controls Apprenticeship program funded by the US DOE. Andy is a graduate of Portland State University with a dual degree in Economics and Environmental Studies.
Obadiah Bartholomy
Manager, Distributed Energy Strategy @SMUD
Obadiah Bartholomy manages SMUD’s Distributed Energy Strategy team which is responsible for developing enterprise strategy for electric vehicles, building electrification and energy efficiency, behind the meter solar and storage and load flexibility. His team works with customer, grid engineering, market, planning and pricing and financial teams to help evolve utility practices and programs to fully integrate and share benefits from distributed energy resources. Obadiah has worked at SMUD for 20 years in research and strategy positions and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly and an MS in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis.
Lisa Reed
Manager, Energy Programs @Holy Cross Energy
Holy Cross Energy, SEPA's 2020 Electric Cooperative of the Year, is leading the responsible transition to a clean energy future. Lisa Reed has been fortunate to be riding this wave of industry changes with Holy Cross Energy since 2009. She recently moved from Power Supply to Energy Programs in order to facilitate and promote HCE's innovative new programs to its members. Lisa received her Master's Degree from Colorado State University and lives on the western slope of Colorado near the resort towns of Aspen and Vail.