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Beneficial Electrification Leadership Forum

Day 1 – NRECA Members Only

Wed., July 18, 2018, Arlington, VA

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:15 pm Our Purpose
Jim Spiers, Senior VP Business and Technology Strategies, NRECA
1:15 – 1:45 pm Background and Successes: Community Storage Initiative (CSI) and Overview of Beneficial Electrification

1:45 – 2:45 pm Co-op Successes and Lessons Learned
Moderator: Robbin Christianson, Senior Manager Engagement and Strategy, NRECA

2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 4:00 pm Discussion: Cooperative Experiences, Opportunities and Challenges with Beneficial Electrification

Discussion Questions
What can NRECA and co-ops do to affect this space moving forward? What are the opportunities and challenges in:

  • Residential
  • Commercial – Agriculture – Industrial
  • Transportation
4:00 – 4:30 pm Open Discussion and Preview of Tomorrow’s Agenda
Moderator: Keith Dennis, Senior Director Strategic Initiatives


Day 2: A Forum Discussion of Beneficial Electrification Leadership

Thurs., July 19, 2018, Arlington, VA

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast and Welcome
Jeffrey Connor, Chief Operating Officer, NRECA
8:30 – 9:15 am Framing the Promise and Potential of Beneficial Electrification

9:15 – 9:45 am Viewpoint from Leaders on Beneficial Electrification Opportunities
Moderator: Steven Koep, BE-A (Beneficial Electrification Ambassador)

  • Mike Hyland, American Public Power Association (APPA)
  • Derek Murrow, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Jim Spiers, National Rural Electric Cooperative Assoc. (NRECA)
  • Lisa Wood, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
9:45 – 10:00 am Break
10:00 – 10:30 am The Opportunity and Challenge: NREL and EPRI’s National Assessments

10:30 – 11:45 am Stakeholder Discussion 1: Technologies – Barriers and Lessons Learned
Moderator: Keith Dennis, NRECA

The Beneficial Electrification Technologies discussion will discuss the variety of residential, commercial and industrial BE technologies that will meet the needs of customers and utilities, while increasing overall emissions efficiency.

11:45 – 12:45 pmLunch
12:45 – 1:45 pm Stakeholder Discussion 2: Public Policy
Moderator: Robin Roy, NextEnergy US

The Beneficial Electrification & Public Policy discussion will explore the relationship between market development and public policy, specifically the legislative and regulatory environment as it relates to Beneficial Electrification.

1:45 – 2:45 pm Stakeholder Discussion 3: Public Engagement & Market Development
Moderator: Steve Koep, Beneficial Electrification Ambassador

The BE Market Development & Public Engagement panel will discuss coordinated BE market development efforts and public awareness strategies. What has been learned from our joint efforts to promote the ideas of grid-interactive water heating (GIWH), Community Storage and environmentally-beneficial electrification? Join us as we lay the groundwork for a nationwide initiative in support of BE.

2:45 – 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 – 3:30 pm Beneficial Electrification – The Path Forward
Closing Remarks & Next Steps, Gary Connett