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Reaching Low Income, Learning Blockchain, Moving Ahead

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How can energy efficiency measures, now more commonplace than ever, reach low-income families, who could benefit the most? What will be the impact of blockchain technologies on energy efficiency and demand side management. And, we’ve all got LED bulbs in our homes by now, so when it comes to energy efficiency, are we there yet?

These are among the many thorny issues and topics that will be addressed at the upcoming Association of Energy Services Professionals Spring Conference May 21-23 in Atlanta.

Getting Help To Those Who Need It

Dave Bend of Nest Labs Inc, will outline how smart thermostats enable energy savings and the company’s current strategy for reaching 1million homes with this technology. Dave led an intensive research project involving interviews with program managers at more than 40 leading income qualified programs covering over half of the United States population to understand how they evaluate new technologies for inclusion in program designs.

This research led to Nest’s consumer-focused campaign (launched on over Earth Day) that continues to raise awareness and action on energy poverty. A panel at the conference will explore the national state of low-income programs, low-income work underway in the Southeast, and one of the most compelling low-income programs in the country.

Blockchain Technologies: A bitcoin for EE?

David Groarke of  Indigo Advisory Group will discuss the potential of blockchain in the energy and utilities industry could be transformative. Over the past 12 months, a number of utilities have engaged block chain technology and launched pilot programs. Currently we are seeing areas activity emerge: bitcoin bill pay, P2P trading, EV charging and sharing, renewable cryptocurrencies, wholesale trading and settlement and the creation of consortia and energy blockchain labs.

Are We There Yet? No

Can networked lighting controls deliver the next generation of savings? Are there market segments that still resist LED? What other measures offer the potential to replace lighting? How do innovative business & financing models impact the future of our programs? Does lighting have a role in helping shave utility peak?  

When it comes to energy efficiency, the question is, are we there yet? And the answer is no. But the experts who present at AESP conferences are constantly moving us forward.

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