2015 Energy Efficiency and Technology Conference
Giving you more energy efficiency tactics
2015 Energy Efficiency and Technology Conference
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Learn money- and energy-saving strategies and how you can maximize innovative natural gas technologies.
Energy experts will discuss energy-efficiency strategies and cutting-edge natural gas technologies you can take back to your facility at this educational seminar. In just a few hours, you’ll come away with practical, ready-to-implement information to positively impact your business.
||Tuesday, May 12, 2015
| 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Continental breakfast and lunch included
- Earn up to 3 Continuing Education Credits
Keynote part 1: CenterPoint Energy: Investing in the future
Joe Vortherms, Division Vice President – Regional Gas Operations, CenterPoint Energy
Vortherms will discuss current and future natural gas infrastructure updates, safety initiatives, community involvement and the growing use of energy-efficient natural gas vehicles in the company’s fleet. In addition, he’ll provide a brief overview of the new Minnesota headquarters slated to open by May.
Keynote part 2: Exploring energy efficiency as an investment
Randy Gunn, Managing Director, Navigant
Learn the value of investing in energy efficiency in your facility. This presentation explores rates of return for typical energy efficiency projects and compares these to other uses of investment capital. Selection of economic evaluation criteria can have a big impact on project decision making. Gunn will also discuss risk and cost of energy efficiency projects versus renewable resources and traditional generation sources, and finally how investing in energy efficiency can serve as a hedge against uncertain future utility expenses.
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|Future outlook on natural gas pricing
Hear an update on the current and future outlook of natural gas prices, supply and demand.
Conservation Improvement Programs: How can you take advantage of the savings?
With a wide variety of rebates, custom programs, grants and other programs available, how can businesses and organizations maximize their money and energy savings? This presentation will discuss CenterPoint Energy's prescriptive and custom rebates, design/engineering programs, the CARD (Conservation Applied Research and Development) grant program, the Natural Gas Energy Analysis program, a new multi-family program (in partnership with Xcel) as well as trap surveys.
Demand control ventilation systems
Presented by Paul Albinson, Key Account Manager and Eric Johansen, Energy Efficiency Engineer CenterPoint Energy
Ventilation systems in commercial buildings deliver a constant flow of fresh air to occupants, assuming full occupancy all the time -- but buildings are rarely full. Demand controlled ventilation (DCV) adjusts the amount of fresh air according to actual occupancy, saving significant heating energy while maintaining indoor air quality. This presentation will discuss the results of a field study of several DCV systems in the Midwest and share best practices for implementation, going beyond the basics.
Presented by Scott Hackel, PE, LEED AP, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
|State of the State – Natural Gas Vehicles in Minnesota
Learn about CenterPoint Energy’s role in the natural gas vehicle market, the effects of changes in the market on the economics, and industry happenings including legislation potential, updates on technology, and new stations.
Presented by Jen Stokes, NGV Key Account Manager, CenterPoint Energy
Developing an Energy Efficiency Plan
Saving energy means saving money for most businesses. This presentation will help you to make a strong case for increasing your energy efficiency by discussing benchmarking, sub-metering, steam trap surveys, having a Natural Gas Energy Analysis conducted at your facility and more.
Presented by Paul Riemer, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Dunham Engineering Cx + Energy Services Group.
Combined Heat and Power: How big can it be?
A director of engineering from the University of Minnesota will discuss their Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project, including what was involved in the master plan to fully understand the long term needs of the service area, the carbon reduction goals, the financial aspects (capital and operational costs), engineering design selection, the timeline, selecting a contractor, permits required, and the construction process.
Presented by Jerome Malmquist, Director of Energy Management, University of Minnesota
New Natural Gas Technologies
This session will highlight emerging natural gas technologies for commercial and industrial applications. Technologies will range from high efficiency rooftop unit (RTU) controls and equipment, central DHW controls, advanced commercial dryer controls, multi-family high-efficiency in-unit heating, destratification fans, and more. You will also learn the background of the Gas Technology Institute’s experience piloting these technologies with an emphasis on cost-effectiveness, reliability, installation best practices, and how to apply these emerging technologies to your next project.
Presented by Ryan Kerr, Manager of Emerging Technologies, Gas Technology Institute
Managing an Energy Efficient Steam Distribution System
This presentation will review a typical steam system layout and where savings can typically be found. Specifically, this session will include valve insulating blankets, steam traps, electric and non-electric condensate return systems, automatic steam trap monitoring systems, and the importance of a regular steam trap survey schedule. If your job responsibilities include saving energy on your steam system or making money from implementing energy savings measures, this presentation is the perfect fit.
Presented by Charlie Thomas, Industrial Sales and Marketing, Campbell-Sevey.
Replace or Upgrade Your Boiler System
Deciding if you should replace your current boiler system or maximize your existing system can be a tough decision. This presentation will provide guidelines and review strategies that can be put into place to maximize the efficiency of an existing boiler including control strategies (reset and cut-out as well as linkageless), outdoor temperature reset curves, basic piping strategies and providing the ability to weigh the decision of replacing or maximizing the existing equipment.
Presented by Joe Mozeika, Technical Applications Specialist, Mulcahy Co.