Summit Co-Chairs


Scott Johnstone

President/Founder, Packetized Energy President, NEEP Board of Directors

Commissioner Carol Grant

Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources


Keynote Speakers


Majora Carter

Urban Revitalization Strategist/Peabody Award winning broadcaster
Majora Carter Group


Paula Glover

President and CEO
American Association of Blacks in Energy

Tommy Wells

DC Department of Energy & Environment 

Monday, October 1

1:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration Open
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Pre-Summit Workshop

“Combined Heat and Power Opportunities in New England & Northeast States: How Policies and Resources Impact Potential Projects” 

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Hosted by the New England Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP).

CHP experts reviewed regional policies and resources and explained how they can assist in the development of energy-saving and resilient combined heat and power (CHP) projects. The workshop also addressed concerns, including continued use of natural gas, resiliency, and electrification of the transmission grid. Finally, CHP micro-grids and community energy developments were reviewed and best practices shared.

The workshop featured (for one of the first times) the new U.S. DOE national CHP e-catalog that offers to streamline installations for industrial and commercial projects.

This workshop was free and open to the public.

4:00-5:00 p.m.


"The Business Case for State Standards: A Pre-Reception Q&A"

NEEP and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) held a first-of-its-kind Q&A regarding an exciting efficiency initiative: state-level appliance efficiency standards. This session, geared towards businesses, was a great opportunity to learn about state standards and why companies should get involved. We heard from businesses that support state standards and met efficiency organizations from across the region that are planning to partner with industry to move state standards forward.
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Anchors Aweigh Reception   


Tuesday, October 2

7:30 a.m.

Set Sail Breakfast  

Registration Open

7:30 a.m.

Student Mentoring Breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Bon voyage: Address from Summit co-chairs

  • Sue Coakley, Executive Director, NEEP
  • Commissioner Carol Grant, Summit co-chair
  • Scott Johnstone, Summit co-chair
8:30 a.m.

Welcome aboard with our keynote speakers

Community Leadership to Scale Up Efficiency

  • Majora Carter, Majora Carter Group

Clean Energy DC: Decarbonizing Buildings with Efficiency

  • Tommy Wells, DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) - PDF icon Download slides
9:30 a.m.

Navigating the sea of change

Leadership in the Changing Landscape of EE. Policymakers from several Northeast states participated on this panel of experts.

Moderator: Commissioner Carol Grant

  • Tommy Wells, DC DOEE
  • Mary Sotos, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Judith Judson, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (invited)
10:15 a.m.

Meet The Crew

Networking Break in the exhibition hall

10:45 a.m.

POrts of Call: Concurrent Topical Roundtables (session 1)

Session 1A: Public Policy to Drive Advanced Efficiency in a New Energy Landscape

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States are expanding efficiency programs beyond least-cost gas and electricity to also reduce building sector carbon emissions, reduce system peaks, and grow jobs and business opportunities. This interactive discussion explored inspiring, cutting-edge policies and programs across the region that were developed to meet multiple goals and remaining challenges.   

Moderator: Steve Cowell, E4TheFuture

  • Mark Kresowik, Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign - Mid-Atlantic Perspective 
  • Deborah Donovan, Acadia Center - New England Perspective

Session 1B: Building a Green Workforce

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Improving our homes and buildings for resilience, efficiency, health, and carbon reduction at scale requires a wide range of skills and expanded market capacities. This session addressed the challenges and offer inspiring examples of how these challenges can be met. 

Moderator: Scott Johnstone, Packetized Energy

  • Phil Jordon, BW Research Partnership, and Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government - The Need for a New Generation of Tradespeople and Professionals
  • Tamika Jacques, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center - State Initiatives
  • Rich Nortz, Mitsubishi Electric - Scaling up for a New Generation of Smart HVAC
  • Ted Trabue, DC Sustainable Energy Utility - Industry and Labor Initiatives 
12:15 p.m.

Gather in the galley   

Networking Lunch in the exhibition hall

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker: 
  • Paula Glover, American Association of Blacks in Energy
1:30 p.m.

Ports of call: Concurrent Topical Roundtables (session 2)

Session 2A: Leadership for Efficient, Resilient, Carbon Neutral Communities

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Mirroring the inspiring example of large cities, smaller cities and communities across the region are leading the way with energy efficiency, clean energy and carbon reduction goals, policies and programs – in some cases assisted by state programs. Several communities have committed to zero energy and carbon reduction goals. In this session, we heard their inspiring stories.

Moderator: Liz Compitello, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

  • Leah Bamberger, Providence, RI
  • Shubhada Kambli, Hartford, CT
  • David Queeley, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation 

Session 2B: Metrics, Cost-Effectiveness, and Data for Advanced Efficiency

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The new perspectives on efficiency – integrated with other distributed resources to provide grid flexibility and as a strategy to accelerate decarbonization – invite questions like: How do we quantify these multiple values? How do we optimize efficiency? What are the tools and data sources available and needed? This session offered some answers to these important questions. 

Moderator: Rich Sedano, RAP

  • Paul Hibbard, the Analysis Group - New Goal Posts: Efficiency, Demand Response and Decarbonization
  • Bruce Biewald, Synapse Energy Economics - Broadening Cost-EffectivenessL Broadening the Value Stack
  • Pasi Miettinen, Sagewell - The Changing Future of EM&V
3:00 p.m.

Meet The Crew   

Networking Break in the exhibition hall

3:30 p.m.

NEEP EElympics: Swimming to Gold

This fun and interactive session featured rapid-fire presentations from our exhibitors, judged by the audience and a panel of "official judges".

5:30 p.m.

Sailor Overboard reception   


Wednesday, October 3

7:30 a.m.

Set Sail Breakfast   

Registration open

7:30 a.m.

NEEP State Partners and Allies VIP Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Captain's Log: Summit RECAP

  • Sue Coakley, NEEP
8:45 a.m.

Full Steam Ahead: NEEP Power Talks on Strategic Electrification

This session included “Power Talks” about transforming and decarbonizing our regional energy system with strategic electrification. Perspectives included an equipment manufacturer, a state regulator, a gas and electric utility, customers and cities. Following individual Power Talks, the presenters joined a moderated discussion to explore the need, benefits, barriers, and opportunities to drive regional-scale market transformation. With a focus on decarbonizing transportation and building heating, this session addressed several questions:

  1. What is strategic electrification?
  2. Why is it an important strategy for our region?
  3. What barriers stand in the way of realizing the multiple benefits of strategic electrification?
  4. What are the risks?
  5. Who is moving strategic electrification forward, and what are inspiring examples?
  6. Where is regional collaboration and coordination among stakeholders and states most needed to overcome barriers and build capacities for strategic electrification?

Moderator: Sue Coakley, NEEP

10:30 a.m.


Networking Break in the exhibition hall

11:00 a.m.

Ports of call: Concurrent Topical Roundtables (session 3)

Session 3A: Commercial Buildings as Grid Assets

Distributed renewables, energy storage, strategic electrification, efficiency, controls, and data have transformed buildings from passive loads to flexible grid resources able to respond to customer as well as grid reliability needs. This flexibility is critical as an increasing number of buildings use heat pumps for space and water heating. This session explored the concept of commercial buildings as grid assets, the promise they offer for consumers, grid managers, and distribution companies.

Moderator: Barry Coflan, Schneider Electric - PDF icon Download slides

Session 3B: Pathways to Residential Building Decarbonization

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NEEP’s 2017 Northeast Strategic Electrification Opportunity Assessment found that reducing the carbon footprint of existing buildings is essential to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, or 40 percent by 2030. The benefits of retrofitting existing homes and buildings for thermal efficiency and displacing carbon intensive fuels with renewable powered heat pumps are enormous, but the challenge is how to decarbonize existing buildings at scale and with equity especially for those who struggle to afford energy bills. This session explored pathways to achieve residential decarbonization. 

Moderator: Dave Lis, NEEP

  • Richard Faesy, Energy Futures Group - Home Energy Rating & Labeling to Scale-Up
  • Eugenia Gibbons, Green Energy Consumers Alliance - Residential Decarbonization Programs
  • Kerry O'Neill, Connecticut Green Bank - Financing Solutions
  • Keith Dennis, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association - Rural Electric Coops Role
12:15 p.m.

Land Ho: Closing Remarks

Luncheon and Closing Remarks

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Off-site Events

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Tour of the Child and Family Center in Middletown. This building is classified as a high performance building by National Grid’s Advanced Building program standards. The center is 20-30 percent more efficient than structures built to standard code. Learn more here.

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Tour of the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met in Newport. This high school was designed as the first net-zero public school facility in the region. The brand-new, state-of-the-art, 16,800 square-foot facility opened for classes in early 2014 and accommodates 180 high school students and 25 staff. Learn more on the examplar written by NEEP here.

3:00 p.m. Summit Adjourns


If you have any questions, please contact our Event Manager, Lucie Carriou



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