Energy Efficiency Opportunities--Best Practices in the South

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

McKinsey and Company has stated that energy efficiency offers a vast, low-cost energy resource for the U.S. economy—but only if the nation can craft a comprehensive and innovative approach to unlock it. When accomplished at scale, the potential benefits from energy efficiency are huge: savings of over 2X the capital investment, reduction of 23 percent of projected energy demand through 2020, and abatement of 1.1 gigatons of greenhouse gases annually.

Of the regions in the U.S., the Southeast has the greatest opportunities for savings. What strategies for improved energy efficiency work today or could work in the near future for this region–timely capital investment, creative tariffs/rates for utilities for energy efficiency practices, and effective demand measurement?

On Wednesday, March 27, join this expert panel as they consider this timely topic.

Jenah Zweig, Policy Manager, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
SEEA is the champion driving market transformation in the Southeast’s energy efficiency sector through collaborative public policy, thought leadership, programs, services and technical advisory activities.

Prior to joining SEEA, Jenah worked at the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta, Natural Justice in Cape Town, South Africa and the U.S. Department of Justice. She is currently a member of LEAD Atlanta’s Class of 2013, a LEED Green Associate, certified mediator in Georgia and California, and Board Member for Generation Green of the Georgia Conservancy. Jenah has also been honored as a Presidential Volunteer Service Award honoree.

Jenah earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Southern California.

Jim Kennerly, Regulatory & Policy Analyst, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA)
NCSEA works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency to the benefit of North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development.

As NCSEA’s Regulatory & Policy Analyst, Jim is primarily responsible for the evaluation of existing and proposed policies intended to maintain and/or expand access to affordable clean energy. In addition, Jim is an energy efficiency, demand-side management and regulated utility subject matter expert. As a regulatory analyst, he monitors and analyzes utility filings at North Carolina Utilities Commission that pertain to issues of concern for our membership. He has given expert testimony on behalf of the organization to the Commission, and is a recent graduate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Utility Rate School. Prior to joining NCSEA, Jim worked for ICF International and served as a consultant to EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program.

Jim holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. with Honors in Politics from Oberlin College.

Huiet Joseph, PE, Manager, Energy Conservation, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. Headquartered in Atlanta, Cox Enterprises, which includes Cox Communications, Cox Media Group, Manheim Auto Auctions and the AutoTrader Group, generates annual revenues of nearly $15 billion and has more than 50,000 employees.

Huiet is responsible for executing strategies, initiatives and capital projects to reduce Cox’s carbon footprint. He and his team have installed over 160 energy conservation and water conservation projects, eliminating thousands of tons of carbon, and saving millions of gallons of water. All of these were completed while driving an average rate return of over 25%.

Prior to Cox, Huiet worked at Colonial Pipeline Company, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Square D PowerLogic. In these roles, he was responsible for managing energy consumption, conducting energy audits, engineering design, and power quality studies for commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities.

Huiet holds a B.S. in Physics from Dillard University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also has a M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds several professional certifications.


Energy Efficiency Trends in the Southeast – Jenah Zweig

Best Practices for Incentivizing Regulated Utilities to Pursue Energy Efficiency Programs, Or, How Duke and Progress Energy Get Real Results from Energy Efficiency – Jim Kennerly


Find Us

The regular venue for the Series is the Hodges Room in Tech Square:

Centergy One
75 5th Street, NW; Hodges Room
Atlanta, GA 30308