Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Renewables Integration Team Kickoff Meeting

Renewables Integration Team Kickoff Meeting

February 11, 2014
2:00-3:00 PM EST

Key agenda items include:

  • • Identify interested members
  • • Discuss the vision, key objectives and priorities for Renewables Integration Team
  • • Present and obtain feedback on a solar photovoltaic (PV) decision guide outline

Audio:1-800-811-9285, code 415-399-2191, weblink

Conference Call

Judge the 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition

Calling All Motivated Efficiency Experts: Judge the 2014 Better Buildings Case Competition

February 11, 2014
4:00-5:00 PM EST

Presenters: Jessica Knapstein (Energetics Incorporated)

On March 14th, 350 of the nation’s brightest students from 48 universities will compete to solve some of the commercial building industry’s most challenging energy efficiency problems. Since its start in 2012, the Better Buildings Case Competition has grown as an industry-recognized forum for innovative problem-solving. The Department of Energy (DOE) chooses topic areas which highlight endemic barriers to energy efficiency. Then, industry and public partners familiar with these issues are recruited to provide their knowledge and perspective. The overall issue, as well as details from each of the participating partner's experiences, is summarized in a "case" which is distributed to interdisciplinary student teams from universities across the country. Register here.

Cases that will be featured in the 2014 competition:

  • Welcome Home to Savings:Distributed Generation in Multifamily Housing- Students will develop a replicable strategy to expand energy efficiency and distributed generation at federally assisted housing complexes.
  • Picking up PACE: Taking Commercial PACE Financing to Scale- Students will develop a program structure and a business plan that states can use to effectively implement PACE financing and achieve scale.
  • Electri-City:Energy Management in Public Buildings- Students will recommend a scalable, sustainable, and replicable data acquisition and management strategy for publicly owned buildings.
  • Experimenting with Efficiency: Greening the Grant Process for Research Institutions- Students will develop the business case and implementation strategy for universities to promote energy efficiency in all projects funded with external grant funds, considering every perspective (research facility, grant management, and researcher).
  • Here Comes the Sun: Satisfying RPS with Solar- Students will develop a cost effective solar incentive program strategy for utility companies charged with RPS satisfaction, including a solar carve out.
  • A Side of Savings: Energy Efficiency in the Restaurant Franchise Model- Students will develop a strategy for franchise’s to promote energy efficiency in franchisee locations, including consideration of the complicated ownership, investment, and management.

The student teams have three months to formulate solutions and submit a case paper. On March 14, the teams will come to the DOE headquarters in Washington, DC to present their solutions before panels of expert judges. Participating industry professionals have found it to be a great place to shape the minds of tomorrow’s leaders as well as recruit fresh and qualified applicants to open positions within their organizations.