DEED Webinar: Four Award-winning Programs Highlight Public Power Innovation in their Communities

August 23, 2017

2 – 3:30 p.m. EST

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Webinar Description:
Public power is a collection of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 48 million people or about 14 percent of the nation's electricity consumers. Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service. This webinar will present innovative, award-winning programs developed by four public power systems.

The Village of Minster in Ohio developed its own Solar and Energy Storage System which resulted in rates far lower than the standard market rate. The storage system reduces peak load and generates revenue through land rental payments, which are then fed back into the budget and used to purchase the power generated from the solar array. The project resulted in transmission and capacity savings of $120,000, lowered electrical peak demand, and proved that even small utilities can undertake ambitious distributed generation projects.

Tacoma Power’s energy conservation program was recognized for its Video Chat Inspection pilot. The pilot was designed to test whether high quality video could replace in-person home inspections for ductless heat pumps, effectively saving the utility time and money. Moving inspections from the physical to the digital realm resulted in shorter inspection times, higher customer satisfaction, and shorter commutes for utility employees – at no additional cost to the utility.

Fort Collins’ Efficiency Works Neighborhood Pilot tested a new model for comprehensive home performance contracting. The aim was to overcome barriers to customer participation and project implementation common to traditional energy audit programs. The model used a combination of direct mail marketing and an efficiency assessment performed by a third-party contractor and also took advantage of Fort Collin’s On-Bill-Financing HELP loan. The new program reached twice as many customers as Fort Collins’ traditional efficiency audit, and significantly decreased customers’ approval time.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District in California has long recognized the heavy demand that summer air conditioning puts on the grid. Eighty percent of commercial HVAC systems are located on rooftops, leading to startling inefficiencies as outside temperatures rise. However, alternative systems using indirect evaporative cooling showed potential in reducing peak demand. SMUD ran multiple field tests with large commercial customers to evaluate the feasibility of the technology. It found that despite the high initial cost of converting to a different cooling technology, the conversion results in significant energy savings over time, and can reduce peak demand by up to forty percent.

Learn about the challenges and successes of these four pioneering initiatives, all of which have won awards from APPA’s research and innovation program, DEED.

Who should attend?

  • Energy Management Professionals
  • DER Management Professionals
  • Energy Efficiency program planners


  • Kim DeVoe, Energy Services Engineer, Fort Collins Utilities, CO
  • Jacob Corvidae, Program Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute, CO
  • Jordan Whiteley, Conservation Coordinator, Energy Efficiency Conservation, Tacoma Public Utilities, WA
  • Donald Harrod, Village Administrator, Village of Minster, OH
  • Jim Parks, Program Manager, Smart Grid, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, CA

Registration Information

  • No charge for all attendees
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  • Log-in information for each webinar will be sent out the morning of the event (around 10:30 a.m. Eastern). If you do not receive the reminder email, please contact Emma Wright 202/467-2942;
  • Registration is for one phone line and one computer. If you have multiple employees participating in this webinar from the same organization and all are in the same location, it is permissible to have multiple people listen in via speaker phone.
  • Attendees can also use voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) when they log into the webinar, as an alternative to using their phone line. This option allows participants to play the webinar audio through their computer’s microphone and speakers.


  • This webinar is worth 1.5 CPE/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits
  • The completion certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar and attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log.
  • Links to all presentations and an audio recording will be sent out 1-2 days after the webinar occurs.

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