ACEEE Summer Study 2018: Making Efficiency Easy and Enticing

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy hosted this year’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Pacific Grove, California, where thirteen panel tracks covered a wide range of interdisciplinary efficiency topics and perspectives. This conference is particularly powerful in its unification of new idea exploration and existing strategy reflection.  Multifamily codes and standards, equity in energy, resiliency, and electrification were notable themes this year.  Our team zeroed in on occupant-based savings calculations based on meter data and the increasing industry-wide focus on decarbonization.

Members of our team also co-authored two papers accepted in the conference proceedings. Peter Turnbull, Principal Program Manager of the Zero Net Energy Program at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), presented our co-authored paper “Lessons Learned from a Zero Net Energy Prop 39 School Retrofit Pilot” in the “Commercial Buildings: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation” panel. Carrie Brown, Anna LaRue and Margaret Pigman co-authored this review of the ongoing public school ZNE retrofit projects in cities throughout California. Our team has led the technical review and statewide coordination for this project since 2015 and is currently overseeing the 7 schools in PG&E’s section of the pilot.

Carrie Brown also co-authored the paper “Community-Solar Challenges and Solutions: Essential Steps on The Road to ZNE” presented by Rachel Allen, Expert Strategic Analyst at PG&E, and other members of the project team as part of the “Net Zero: Moving Beyond 1%” panel. Dr. Brown designed the scope of the research and provided technical oversight and project management throughout the process.


Links to the full RR papers below Prop 39 paper (school icon)  Community Solar Paper (solar panel icon)

All papers presented at ACEEE Summer Study are now available on the 2018 Proceedings Page