October's Annual NW SEM Collaborative Fall Workshop has come back to earth. This year’s Getting More from SEM virtual conference, delivered around an outer space theme, was held October 20-22 and brought the community together for regional collaboration. On the first day, we were joined by keynote speaker Sergio Dias, who delivered a call to action to SEM programs to play a critical role in addressing climate change. The second day included a presentation by Erika Kociolek about an exciting new report published by the Energy Trust of Oregon and their new 7-year measure life for Industrial SEM. The third day included presentations by the NW SEM Collaborative Working Groups. All three days featured Action Sessions focused on seven different timely topic areas, as a well as fun, informal networking sessions.
Conference presentations included:
NW SEM Collaborative Leadership Team Vice Chair Sara York presided over the Fall Workshop closing ceremony, in which she challenged the community to take action and build on our workshop experiences and ideas. She encouraged the community to continue to explore and answer these questions:
In November, the NW SEM Collaborative Leadership Team will issue a survey and update about 2021 Working Groups with clear instructions about how to get involved. Email Suzi Asmus (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in joining the NW SEM Collaborative in 2021.
Participating in a Working Group is an effective way to work with your peers on shared challenges in SEM program management. To get involved in a Working Group, just email us and we will add you to the list for the Working Group(s) you are interested in.
Integrating SEM – Lionel Metchop (Puget Sound Energy), Leader
Looks at how SEM helps integrate all energy decisions, including renewables, storage, carbon impacts, building performance standards and more. Please email us to be added to the notification list.
Beyond the E – Kathleen Belkhayat (Energy Trust of Oregon) and Romana Cohen (Stillwater Energy), Co-leaders
Continues to identify the additional benefits (engagement, customer service, non-energy specific resource conservation) that SEM brings to energy management. Please email us to be added to the notification list.
Measurement & Verification – Gerard O’Sullivan (AESC, Inc) Jacob Schroeder (Cascade Energy) Kevin Campbell (Energy 350)
Continues to confront challenges, find opportunities and share insights on how to make M&V of SEM projects more effective, including alternative approaches, standardization, savings persistence and more. Please email us to be added to the notification list.
SEM Benchmarking – Kevin Wallace (BC Hydro), Leader
Focuses on establishing a database of Energy Management Assessment data to enable analysis of SEM practice adoption trends across SEM program participants to provide program and market insights to drive program innovation and increase results. Please email us to be added to the notification list.
Join us in accelerating the adoption of SEM practices.
NEEA and Northwest utilities are taking a collaborative approach to Strategic Energy Management (SEM). Visit the NW SEM Collaborative's Conduit community to learn more about its activities and discussions.