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Mickey M. vs. Energy Efficiency

Disneyland won’t be the biggest attraction in town, in Anaheim, on February 17 to 20. Nope. It’ll be the thirtieth annual conference of the Association of Energy Services Professionals over at the Anaheim Marriott. A thousand or so from our industry — our industry’s top experts in energy efficiency — will be gathered there to celebrate what increased end-use efficiency has accomplished in the last three decades and to plan the next strides of the next decades.

Why don’t you drop by? Not to see Mickey M. But to see where energy efficiency is headed. At, that’s where you can find the details on the annual conference. I went over to that corner of the Internet and in the conference’s agenda found — quite efficiently — the sessions that most fascinated me.

A series of sessions are on electrification. Since we’re working on a special issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly on electrification — and on the upcoming Electrification 2020 giga-conference this April — I was naturally interested in those sessions.

One of the workshops at the AESP annual conference is going to be on critical regulatory issues concerning electrification. Like, how to deal with cost-effectiveness. And, how to measure benefits. And, whether (and how) utilities will be financially compensated for their programs. Bill LeBlanc, the chief instigation agent at E Source, is leading that workshop. Ok, that’s a cool job title.

Then there will be a session on the “road to electrification,” with panelists such as Katie Sloan of Southern California Edison and David Jacot of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Katie’s the director of eMobility & building electrification at SCE and David’s the director of efficiency solutions at LADWP.

There will be sessions on heat pumps, electric vehicle adoption, how to sell electrification – the speaker being Jason Snyder of Tennessee Valley Authority, a regular in the pages of PUF — and electric vehicle charging, among so many others on electrification.

So you can come up to speed in Anaheim on electrification, in mid-February, at the AESP annual conference, and then really push the pedal to the metal in Charlotte, in mid-April, at Electrification 2020. In an electric car of course.