Midwest Regional Meeting

July 19-20, 2012
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, July 19, 2012

8:00 am – 8:30 am

8:30 am – 8:45 am
Welcome and Introductions
Janet Streff, NASEO Board of Directors Midwest from Minnesota
Jeff Pillon, NASEO Midwest Regional Coordinator

8:45 am – 10:15 am
Brief Overview Each Midwest SEO, SEO Directors
This session will provide a forum for State Energy Office directors to:

  1. Describe the current focus of SEO (size, priorities, etc.),
  2. Exchange successful practices in his/her agency,
  3. Share one key lesson learned in operating energy efficiency programs,
  4. Share one key lesson learned in operating renewable energy programs,
  5. Share what about being an SEO director he/she likes best, and
  6. Identify state and regional needs that NASEO can support.

(Ten minutes each for IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, and WI plus questions)

10:15 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am– 11:15 am
Regional Initiatives
Discussion of a proposal for a coordinated Midwest program to provide Technical Assistance on energy efficiency and renewables to mid-size to small manufacturers and suppliers and other ideas or suggestions.

11:15 am– 12:00 pm
The Changing Nature of Our Energy Future
Long Term Energy Outlook: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and an examination of Midwest energy use and issues, and Energy Assurance Planning.
Jeff Pillon, NASEO Midwest Regional Coordinator
EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2012

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Luncheon - SEP Budgets and Congressional Support
David Terry, NASEO Executive Director

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
State Energy Program - Closeout and Future Challenges
This session will focus on the State Energy program, and topics such as:

  1. ARRA closeout issues
  2. EM&V
  3. Future directions and focuses for SEP
  4. Discrepancies between US DOE and Midwest SEOs regarding available categorical grant balances
  5. Challenges regarding FY 13 funding,
  6. Potential supplemental funding sources for Midwest SEOs, including
    • Partnerships with other federal agencies such as EPA, Ag,
    • Regional foundations, and
    • Certain military operations.

Greg Davoren, SEP Program Manager, US DOE by teleconference
David Terry, NASEO, Moderator

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Financing Programs
Michael Flanagan, Director of Equity Services within the Capital Markets Group, Michigan
Economic Development Corporation by teleconference
Mark Clevey, on Michigan Saves by teleconference
Lease financing and other tools using in the marketplace for financing commercial energy efficiency retrofits will be discussed. Michigan Saves is the co-Better Building for Michigan and SEP Competitive Better Commercial Building grant recipient.

In addition, some states expressed more interest in the Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL) Program. Below are additional details regarding WHEEL:
WHEEL Primer
Introduction to WHEEL Webinar

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Role of EPA and State Energy Offices in Improving Air Quality
Janet McCabe, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air & Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Incorporating Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy in State and Tribal Implementation Plans

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) Update
Robert Berntsen, VP for Government and Regulatory Affairs, Midwest
Eric Thoms, Senior Planning Engineer, Transmission Asset Management Department
Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Website

Friday, July 20, 2012

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast and Recap of Yesterday's Discussion
NASEO Regional Board Members - IL and MN

8:30 am – 9:30 am
MEEA Update
Stacey Paradis, Deputy Director, MEEA | Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
MEEA Website

9:30 am – 10:15 am
Agriculture Energy Initiatives and Future Opportunities for the Midwest
LeAnn M. Oliver, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy and Rural Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable, U.S. Department of Energy

10:15 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Final Discussion Items and Action Items - All
This session will allow time for the Midwest States to conduct any outstanding regional business or discuss other topics of interest. Possible topics include EA, comprehensive, strategic energy planning, utility and SEO linkages, multi-state efforts, and opportunities for regional SEO coordination or collaboration in the Midwest. Topics for State presentations during regional monthly conference calls will be identified. Session will conclude with a review of action items that have been agreed to and officials assigned to each.

Meeting Adjourn
Next Regional meeting to be held during NASEO 2012 Annual Meeting on September 9, 2012 - Minneapolis, MN

If you have questions or need assistance contact: Garth Otto: gotto@naseo.org, 703.299.8800, ext. 16.