2017 Regional Strategic Electrification Summit


Hosted at Schneider Electric Boston One Campus
800 Federal Street
Andover, MA 01810
United States

Event Date

NEEP’s 2017 Strategic Electrification Summit brought together public officials, energy and air regulators, industry, and advocates to discuss recent research regarding opportunities and pathways associated with electrifying those segments of our building stock, transportation sector, and industry that are currently on direct use of fossil fuels. The Northeast’s unique dependence on fossil fuels and combination of policy leadership to reduce carbon emissions, climate vulnerability, and infrastructure position it well to be a national leader in the shift toward economy-wide decarbonization enabled, in part, by energy efficiency strategic electrification. But questions remain: “What are the opportunities, benefits and challenges of strategic electrification?” and “How do we get there from here?”



Welcome/Opening Remarks

Sue Coakley, Executive Director, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Barry Coflan, Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric

Keynote speaker –“Brave new energy world”

David W. Cash, Ph.D., Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston


Assessing the Regional Strategic Electrification Opportunity

Presentation of Assessment Report Findings (download the Executive Summary here)

Additional Resource: NEEP 2017 Strategic Electrification Project Resource Catalogue (June, 2017)

  • Dave Lis, Director of Technology and Market Solutions, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
  • Asa Hopkins, Principal Associate, Synapse Energy Economics
  • Philip Kreycik, Consultant, Meister Consulting Group

Stakeholder Perspective Panel

Moderated discussion of Strategic Electrification with key stakeholder constituencies and audience questions and comments.  Moderator: Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP.

  • National Perspective: Paul Donohoo-Vallett, Technology & Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
  • Consumer Perspective: Rebecca Tepper, Energy Chief, MA Attorney General 
  • Technology/Industry Perspective:  Eric Dubin, Sr. Director Strategic Accounts and Utilities, Mitsubishi
  • Regulatory Perspective: Marion Gold, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission
  • Municipal Perspective: Adam Jacobs, Energy Manager, City of Boston
  • Air Regulatory Perspective:  Arthur Marin, Executive Director, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management

Moving from Assessment to Action

Audience exercises aimed at informing a regional strategic electrification action plan to realize the potential benefits 
  • Dave Hewitt, Advisor, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Breakout groups to inform Regional Strategic Electrification Action Planning

Breakout groups will convene to identify priority near term actions, research needs, partnerships/activities to build upon, etc. Breakout Group Topics:
  • Communication and Education
  • State & Regional Public Policy Leadership & Solutions
  • Municipal Leadership & Solutions
  • Business case beyond Carbon
  • Leveraging existing efficiency program infrastructure 
  • Low-income Opportunities, Challenges & Solutions

Reconvene/Breakout Group Report Out

Dave Hewitt, Advisor, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Wrap-up/Next Steps

Dave Lis and Sue Coakley, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships


Summit Adjourns


Optional Tour of Schneider Electric's recently completed MicroGrid



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