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WCEA – San Francisco

WCEA Members will be meeting in San Francisco, CA in April.
April 12 & 13, 2012
Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115


8:30 am – Introductions, Agenda and Meeting Outcomes Review

9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Energy Efficiency and Demand Resources: Market and Policies
WCEA’s Clean Energy Vision relies heavily on increasing the efficient use of energy. The morning will be dedicated to understanding current markets for efficiency products and services, the industry’s policy goals in the west, state-by-state planning targets, and ways of identifying non-wires resources.

9:00 am – DSM Planning in the Western US: Utility company targets, state policy targets, and all cost-effective energy efficiency Galen Barbose, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

9:45 am – Current markets for efficiency products and services, the industry’s policy goals and policy support needs. Steve Schiller, California Energy Efficiency Industry Council

10:45 am – Break

11:15 am – Challenges in getting to the next level of market success Industry panel Greg Wikler of EnerNOC , Other speakers TBD

11:45 am – Analysis of Non-Wires Solutions Joshua Binus, Bonneville Power Administration

Discussion lead: Dave Olsen, Western Grid Group
Outcomes: Understanding commercial realities of selling energy efficiency and demand resource products, priority policy needs, confidence in CEV energy efficiency projections, WCEA advocacy role.

12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 5:30 pm
Building a Clean Energy Alternatives Case for Retiring Coal
When coal plants come off line the inclination is to replace that energy with gas-fired resources. To reach the CEV, advocates will need to build a case that clean energy resources can fill the gap. We’ll examine the Boardman Coal Plant in Oregon as a case study.

1:30 pm – Operational Issues of replacing a base load resource & building the alternative resource portfolio John Candelaria and Carl Linvill, Aspen Environmental Group/Western Grid Group

2:00 pm -Boardman – A Case Study of Replacing a Base Load Resource
Situation Analysis: History and Current Challenges Meghan Decker, Renewable Northwest Project

2:30 pm – System Operations and Reliability Issues associated with Retiring Boardman Speaker – TBD

3:00 pm Break

3:30 pm – What role can EE/DR play in a Boardman clean energy alternative portfolio? Nancy Hirsh, NW Energy Coalition

4:00 pm – What role can RE resources play in a Boardman clean energy alternative portfolio? Speaker – TBD

4:30 pm – Coal Retirement Roundtable- How much gas do we really need? Lessons Learned and Upcoming Challenges. Bill Corcoran, Sierra Club; John Nielsen, Western Resource Advocate; Bob Jenks, Citizens Utilities Board of Oregon (invited)

Discussion lead: Carl Linvill, Aspen Environmental Group/Western Grid Group

Outcomes: Understanding of analysis needed to create a credible alternatives case, need to match each plant with its own alternative resources, possibilities to limit gas replacement and what inquiring minds want to know – key questions for advocates.

5:30 adjourn for the day


8:30 – 10:00 am Smart from the Start – Examining the Gateway West Transmission Project: We’ll review the status of Gateway West project and advocate avenues to influence siting of generation and ultimately the transmission route. Speaker – TBD

Discussion Lead: Pam Eaton, The Wilderness Society

Outcomes: Determine if smart of the start planning can be applied in Gateway project and beyond. Next steps to advance smart planning.

10:00 – 10:30 Break

10:30 am – WCEA Business and Updates

➢ Doing our work in 2012 – discussion of elections and trends

➢ Upcoming Advocacy Opportunities
o Rate cases, IRPs, WGA, WECC
o Q2 Priorities

➢ CEV Materials Update
– Fact Sheets
– Outreach/education plans for next three months

➢ Order 1000 Work Group

➢ RTEP Work Group

Outcomes: Common base of knowledge on west-wide clean energy issues and plan for next quarter.

Noon – Adjourn

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.