Webinar Unlocking a GEBs Future: Accelerating Coordinated Utility Programs: A Practitioners’ Perspectives Series September 14, 2022 2 - 3:00 pm EST Register for Webinar Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) are a key component of our transition to a carbon-free energy future. To help accelerate a GEBs future, building energy programs will need to transition to better integrate conservation and active management of electricity in buildings for the direct or indirect provision of grid services. A recent SEPA report Accelerating Coordinated Utility Programs for GEBs: Practitioners’ Perspectives, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, examines the barriers and potential solutions to this building energy program transition by gathering insights from utilities, other program administrators, technology solution providers, and regulators about energy program business models, regulatory frameworks, and key learnings. This webinar will feature a focus on practitioner perspectives from regulators and policy makers. The audience will learn: Overview of project and diverse stakeholder perspectives Key study findings on the challenges of transitioning to coordinated utility programs Key solution strategies to accelerate implementation and unlock a GEBs future Share Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedIn About the Speakers Kate Strickland Manager, Regulatory and Business Innovation, SEPA Kate works as a research manager at SEPA with a focus on utility business models and regulatory innovation. In addition, she is the staff co-lead for SEPA’s Energy Storage Working Group, and a team member of the Renovate Initiative, a collaborative effort focused on state regulatory process innovation. Previously at SEPA, she worked with the 51st State Initiative, shaping the evolution of the utility sector, and supported the engagement facilitating the D.C. Public Service Commission’s grid modernization (MEDSIS) initiative in the District. Prior to SEPA, Kate completed her master’s degree from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Relations & Economics, with a concentration in Energy, Resources & Environment. In addition, she completed a graduate consultant project for BP Global on the future of the U.S. transportation sector, as well as graduate internships at the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and Fresh Energy. Prior to SAIS, she worked in Kyoto-fu, Japan for the JET Programme, and was the development manager for Milkweed Editions, an independent book publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a B.A. in art history and political science. Kate has worked and lived in Japan, Italy, India, and South Africa, and is always planning her next adventure. Ann Rendahl Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Ann Rendahl was appointed by Gov. Inslee in December 2014. She previously was the Director of Policy and Legislation for the UTC. Prior to leading the UTC’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Section, Ann served as the Director of the Administrative Law Division, as an administrative law judge for the UTC, and as an assistant attorney general representing the Utilities and Transportation Division. Ann currently serves on the Electricity and Critical Infrastructure Committees for the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC). She recently served as co-chair of NARUC’s Task Force on Transportation, focusing on railroad safety issues. She serves as the vice-chair of the Body of State Regulators for the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market, having served as the chair from 2015 to 2017, and serves as a voting member of the EIM Nominating Committee. Ann also serves as the chair of the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) Committee. Ann is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco. Jocelyn Durkay Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Colorado Energy Office Jocelyn Durkay is the Manager of Regulatory Affairs in the Policy Unit at the Colorado Energy Office, where she has been employed since January 2018. In her current role, she helps fulfill the Office’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. Jocelyn supports the Office’s regulatory strategies before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, manages the day-to-day operations of CEO’s regulatory staff, and facilitates the Office’s approach to regulatory strategy development. In her time at CEO, Jocelyn has contributed to the Office’s regulatory strategy in Commission proceedings concerning performance incentive mechanisms, electric resource planning, demand side management, renewable energy plans and rules, interconnection, gas infrastructure planning, electric and gas utility decarbonization, electricity markets, transportation and building electrification, utility line extensions, and other topics. She has previously served as a Senior Regulatory Analyst in the Policy Unit at CEO and a Policy Analyst in the Low-Income and Residential Energy Services Unit. Previously, Jocelyn was a member of the Energy Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for five years, which is the nation’s largest bipartisan policy research organization for state legislatures. At NCSL, Jocelyn provided technical assistance on legislative actions and state programs, authored numerous publications and reports, and has presented on state perspectives and trends in energy policy before various audiences. Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver.