PLMA Demand Response Dialogue
PLMA Demand Response Dialogue

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Austin Energy's Green Building Initiative

with Beth Crouchet and Sarah Talkington, Austin Energy, with Nicholas Corsetti, National Grid

recorded on Thursday, June 7, 2018; 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Thank you for your interest in this PLMA Demand Response Dialogue. This will be a 30-minute conversation with no Powerpoint slides.

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Learn why Austin Energy's Green Building Initiative was a 15th PLMA Award Winner as a Thought Leader. 

Austin Energy influences city of Austin codes through partnership with Green Building (GB) initiatives managed by its Customer Energy Solutions activity. In order to build energy efficient homes and businesses, local code amendments were added to facilitate DR program participation. Energy codes require new buildings with automation systems controlling HVAC and/or lighting systems to have OpenADR capabilities and smart/WIFI thermostats to be installed in new single and multifamily construction. GB and DR programs work together to promote DR participation through the rating process. Ensuring commercial design teams follow a set of DR implementations, buildings can earn additional points on the rating when enrolled in the utility's commercial and industrial program Load Cooperative. The utility further encourages installation of smart/Wi-Fi thermostats with $25 rebate for single and multifamily customers. The utility partners with an implementer to operate a retail program with national home improvement stores to offer instant discounts for products such as LED lighting and ENERGY STAR appliances. Thermostats are advertised with signage to promote PPT thermostats and rebates to influence customer choice.

Beth Crouchet
Austin Energy
Beth Crouchet

Beth Crouchet is the Conservation Program Coordinator for the Power Partner Thermostat Program at Austin Energy. As part of the Demand Response and Special Projects teams, she is responsible for research, coordination and implementation of residential demand response pilots and programs. She recently implemented a $25 installation rebate in the Commercial, Residential, and Multi-Family sectors, increasing customer awareness and participation for both energy efficiency and demand response programs.

Sarah Talkington
Austin Energy 
Sarah Talkington

Sarah Talkington manages the Commercial Austin Energy Green Building team. In this position, Ms. Talkington coordinates with local developers, owners, design teams and other building professionals to find best practice, sustainable design & construction solutions for Austin.  She is responsible for the development and adoption of the Commercial Energy Code for the City of Austin. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the United States Green Building Council’s Technical Committee .

Nicholas Corsetti
National Grid and PLMA Award Planning Group Co-Chair
Nicholas Corsetti, National Grid

Nick Corsetti has held various roles at the northeast electric and gas utility National Grid, including in residential energy efficiency program strategy, the customer lead for National Grid's Smart Energy Solutions smart grid pilot program, and most recently as a lead architect of the Company's grid modernization strategy for Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

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 DR Dialogue Works. When you register, you may submit a comment or question in advance. After brief introductions, the two featured speakers will have an informal 30-minute conversation. You're welcome to use a speaker phone so an unlimited number of people may participate. After the Dialogue, 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.