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What is a Grid-Enabled Water Heater?

Learn more about the legislation, the potential market impact, and the future prospects for Grid-Interactive Water Heating

When: presented June 11, 2015
12:30 PM
Where: recording now available
Contact: Ed Thomas
(707) 652-5333

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What is a Grid-Enabled Water Heater?
The Legislative Solution and The Future of GIWH!

with Keith Dennis, NRECA; Gary Connett, Great River Energy; Steve Koep, Vaughn Thermal Corp.;
and Paul Steffes, Steffes Corp.

presented June 11, 2015

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On April 16, 2015, the DOE rulemaking on large-capacity (55+ gallons) electric water heaters went into effect. The rule required that all residential electric water heaters larger than 55 gallons would have to be integrated electric heat pump water heaters. On April 30, President Obama signed into law S535, The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which established a new product category for large-capacity (75+ gallons) electric resistance 'grid-enabled' water heaters for residential demand-response applications. Our dialogue participants will review why and how the 'grid-enabled' product category came into being, as well as provide perspective from the viewpoint of a water heater manufacturer (Vaughn), an electric utility (Great River Energy - MN) and a GIWH (Grid-Interactive Water Heating) control provider (Steffes Corp.). Please join us to learn more about the legislation, the potential market impact and the future prospects for Grid-Interactive Water Heating!

Who Should Attend.  Utility and regulatory staff as well as other energy industry trade allies and organizations seeking thought leadership and insight on innovative demand response methods to meet peak energy load needs, mitigate price, and manage variable generation.

How Interest Group Discussions Work. When you register, you may submit a comment or question in advance. After introductory remarks, the three presenters will have an informal discussion where they include your comments and questions. You're welcome to use a speaker phone so an unlimited number of people may participate. After the Discussion, you will receive a recording web link. Unable to participate on this day and time? Register anyway and you will automatically receive the recording link.

Keith Dennis Keith Dennis

Keith Dennis is Senior Principal, End-Use Solutions and Standards for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).  Prior to joining NRECA two years ago, Keith served in the U.S. Department of Energy as Team Lead for Policy, Guidance, and Communications for the $3.2 billion Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and served as a Senior Program Manager for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Gary Connett
Great River Energy

Gary Connett is director of environmental stewardship and member services for Great River Energy. Gary most recently served as Great River Energy’s manager, demand response/member services, responsible for managing and directing the organization’s demand response, conservation and energy efficiency programs, as well as overseeing business development. He has been with Great River Energy for more than 30 years.

Steve Koep
Vaughn Thermal Corporation

Steve Koep has over 25 years of experience working with the electric utility industry to develop new markets for leading-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Vaughn Thermal Corporation builds long-life, high-efficiency electric water heaters and thermal storage tanks for the Demand Response, Renewable Storage and Geothermal Heat Pump markets.

Paul Steffes
Steffes Corporation

A native of Dickinson, North Dakota, Paul is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Steffes Corporation.

PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the national voice of demand response practitioners. PLMA grew to over 75 electric utility and allied organization members in 2014, an increase of over 80% within two years.  Click here to view the 2014 Annual Report.

PLMA Annual Report Cover

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