GUEP Community Spotlight – Columbia, MO Goes Deeper with Energy Data
February 23, 2016 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Learn how Columbia, MO is going deeper with their data to shape how all members of their community use energy. Get a preview of their custom data mapping tool at www.gocolumbiamo.com/comoenergy/map/
What Cities Need to Know About Home Performance
Learn secrets that make the biggest gains in home performance (hint: it’s not lightbulbs and shower-heads, or even windows and insulation). Building forensics guru Corbett Lunsford gives a 1 hour crash course in home performance to city leaders and policy makers. The Building Performance Workshop is a proud sponsor of the Georgetown University Energy Prize.
Understanding the Economic Impact of Energy Efficiency and Effective Program Managment
This webinar will feature a discussion with WattzOn and GUEP communities to discuss the positive economic impact of energy efficiency programs, and how they are leveraging this data and insights to manage their program more effectively and increate their outcomes.
- Download the Webinar Presentation (1mb .pdf)
- Download the Recorded Webinar (37mb .mp4)
- Link to learn more about the economic analysis cited in the webinar
Working with Home and Building Contractors on Energy Efficiency
This webinar will feature a discussion with the leaders of the Building Performance Institute (BPI), who will discuss effective ways of engaging local home and building contractors on energy efficiency. Join us to learn strategies for connecting with certified contractors in your community.
Maximizing Building Efficiency by Understanding Your Consumption
This webinar will feature experts from ICONICS, the software firm that has built the GUEP dashboard. The session will start with a national understanding of energy efficiency data and an update on the development of the dashboard. The webinar will then delve into specific use-cases for energy data and discuss how proactive energy management can drastically improve building energy efficiency. We’ll walk through a specific case study from Arlington, MA and share other best practices for building energy efficiency.
Utility Energy Efficiency Programs
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | 2pm – 3pm EST
This webinar will go into depth the different categories of utility energy efficiency programs and discuss best practices for utilities and communities to work together on the implementation of these programs. The webinar will feature utilities who are working on the Georgetown University Energy Prize discussing how they have worked to implement innovative programs to help communities save energy. The purpose of this webinar is to provide examples of successful utility-driven energy efficiency programs that can be replicated in other communities.
Maximizing Utility Energy Data
Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 2pm – 3pm EST
Learn how to go deeper with energy data to better implement energy savings by accessing the data you have now. This webinar features experts from EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and from Schneider Electric, whose focus is helping utilities and their customers access and analyze their energy data. The webinar covers best practices in utilizing energy data, and be discussing to a range of tools that can help both utilities and communities better manage their energy data.
“Energy as a Service” – Innovative Program Financing Models
Thursday, July 9, 2015 | 2pm – 3pm EST OR Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 2pm – 3pm EST
Aaron Block (CEO, Allumia) describes how Efficiency Service Agreements (ESAs) can be used to help communities achieve sustainability goals without the upfront costs or risks of directly implementing efficiency measures themselves. He dives into the ways in which contemporary metering technologies allow efficiency service companies, like Allumia, to make actual savings and energy use reductions readily accessible, visible, and verifiable, while guaranteeing positive cash-flows from day one. Aaron addresses particular resources and capital structures that can be tapped by communities seeking innovative ways to fund their efficiency upgrades.
DOE Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center Demonstration and Walk-Through
Thursday, June 18, 2015 | 3pm – 4pm EST
Accessing and Leveraging Utility Data for Community Energy Programs
Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 2pm – 3pm EST | 11am – 12:00pm PST
WattzOn’s software platform engages residents and rolls up energy use, savings, and actions into community-level reports. They have partnered in community energy savings programs across the U.S. with participants saving up to $20 per month from habits and easy changes alone.
Data has always been the missing variable in the energy savings equation. Community programs are challenged to coordinate with local utilities, which are often not able to provide resident-level data needed to refine and improve program strategies. WattzOn has solved these coordination problems via consumer-permissioned data access, and built data collection tools for 170 utilities across the U.S. The webinar will cover how the tools work and how data builds a foundation for customizing community programs.
Maximizing Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Webinar
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST | 11:00am – 12:00pm PST
This webinar, hosted by the American Gas Association and the Energy Solutions Center, helpped municipal staff, non-profit leaders, and utility officials work together to maximize the natural gas components of your energy efficiency program plan for the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The webinar included a discussion of:
- Efficiency attributes of natural gas.
- Applications of energy efficient, natural gas cooling, heating, and power generation equipment for use in government buildings, schools, correctional facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and other municipally managed facilities.
- Opportunities to promote the wiser use of natural gas in the residential sector.
People-First Approaches to Residential Energy Efficiency Program Delivery
– Presented by Laura Hutchings, Customer Experience Strategist, CLEAResult
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Customer experience expert Laura Hutchings describes how a People First, Buildings Second(TM) approach to residential program implementation can drive higher rates of customer adoption by building an ongoing relationship of trust with homeowners. She will share insights into the “energy advisor” or “energy coach” model that has achieved average conversion rates higher than 65% for homeowners making investments in energy efficiency upgrades. Beyond high rates of adoption, learn how energy advisor services have been successfully deployed to integrate a diverse base of residential programs including energy efficiency, water conservation, solar and wildfire mitigation. Whether driven by demand side management or climate action goals, communities and utilities are seeking innovative ways to engage homeowners and drive higher levels of program participation and savings. During the webinar, Laura referenced the book Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
Energy Efficiency Planning – Best Practices Webinar – Presented by Cadmus
Friday, October 10, 2014
This webinar previewed the release of and walked through the new Cadmus/GUEP Energy Efficiency Guide. The guide includes several energy efficiency program concepts that defines broad parameters for full development and implementation, such as program description and objectives, infrastructure and staffing needs, customer targets and eligibility, measures and incentive strategies, implementation guidelines, program barriers and mitigation strategies, marketing and outreach considerations, and budgeting rules of thumb.
Marketing Best Practices Webinar – Presented by Cadmus
Friday, November 7, 2014
This webinar announced the release of and walked through the new Cadmus/GUEP Marketing Plan Template to help communities to improve their residential outreach program (including social media and marketing). The template will include sample marketing calendars, segmentation targeting and a sample messaging platform, website recommendations, social media best practices, grassroots and community outreach tactics, recommended metrics and analytics, a press release template, and other resources.