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  • Welcome

    Conservation Applied Research & Development (CARD) Webinar

    December 5, 2018 The Electrified Frontier: Sharing Results from Stakeholder Interviews

    Presenter Presentation Notes

    Welcome to this Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) Webinar.

  • The Electrified Frontier: Sharing Results from Stakeholder Interviews

    Mary Sue Lobenstein R&D Program Administrator

    Anthony Fryer Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) Coordinator



    Carl Samuelson, C.E.M. Manager Client Solutions

    Michaels Energy 612.418.5496

    Presenter Presentation Notes I am Mary Sue Lobenstein, the R&D Program Administrator at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.

    In today’s webinar we will review the results of a White Paper project which investigated electrification as it relates to Minnesota, and more specifically within the utility Conservation Improvement Program (CIP).

    With me today is Anthony Fryer who is the CIP Coordinator at the Division of Energy Resources. Anthony will provide some context for this topic as well as review the Department’s plans for future engagement.

    Our main presenter today is Carl Samuelson who is the Manager for Client Solutions at Michaels Energy. At Michaels Carl works to bridge the technical and human elements of energy efficiency. Carl has been the project manager on several past CARD projects, and led the research behind the White Paper results we are presenting today.

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    Webinar Basics


    Chat box contains URLs for handouts

    • Attendees in listen-only mode

    • Type your questions into Q&A box

    • Questions addressed at end

    • Webinar recorded & archived

    Presenter Presentation Notes Before we start, I’d like to go over a few webinar basics All attendees will be in listen-only mode As questions occur to you during the presentation, type them into the Q&A box on the WebEx panel and send them to “All Panelists.” To display the Q&A box, click the Question Mark Icon in the upper right corner of the WebEx dashboard We will do our best to answer all questions within the time allocated, but if for some reason we don’t get to all questions. we will answer them later and email all participants a copy of the Q&A from the webinar. This webinar is being recorded and a link to it will be available on both the Department’s and Michaels’ websites at a later date. The slide set will also be available.

  • Minnesota Applied Research & Development Fund

    State Capitol Image: Courtesy Minnesota Department of Administration

    • Purpose - to help Minnesota utilities achieve 1.5% energy savings goal by:

    • Identifying new technologies or strategies to maximize energy savings; • Improving effectiveness of energy conservation programs; • Documenting CO2 reductions from energy conservation programs.

    Minnesota Statutes §216B.241, Subd. 1e

    • Utility may reach its energy savings goal • Directly through its Conservation Improvement Program (CIP); • Indirectly through energy codes, appliance standards, behavior, and other

    market transformation programs. 4

    Presenter Presentation Notes This webinar is one in an ongoing series designed to summarize the results from research projects funded by Minnesota’s Applied Research and Development Fund, which was established in the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007.

    The purpose of the fund is to help Minnesota utilities achieve their 1.5% energy savings goal.

    $2.6 million of this fund is set aside annually for the CARD program which awards research grants in a competitive Request for Proposal process.

    Results from CARD projects provide utilities with information to enhance energy efficiency program designs within their CIP portfolios.

  • CARD RFP Spending by Sector thru June 2018 (FY2018)

    • 9 funding cycles • Over 420 proposals • 107 projects funded • Almost $24.5 million in research 5

    Multi-sector (26), 24.6%

    Commercial (41), 36.6%

    Residential 1 - 4 unit

    (18), 20.4%

    Industrial (11), 7.8%

    Multifamily 5+ unit (5),


    Agricultural (6), 3.4%

    Presenter Presentation Notes

    As you can see by the pie chart, CARD projects funded to date have been in all building sectors.

    The subject of today’s webinar is multi-sector and will present an introduction to electrification in Minnesota in order to provide baseline information and resources on this topic.

    Now, I’ll turn it over to Anthony to start today’s presentation.

  • Current CIP Fuel Switching Policy

    •Department order issued in 2005 prohibits inclusion of targeted fuel-switching projects in CIP.

    •Department guidance issued in 2012 provided exception: • Electric utilities may provide direct space heating and domestic hot

    water energy savings measures to low-income delivered fuel customers and low-income small gas utility customers offered in conjunction with the Weatherization Assistance Program.


  • Department of Commerce Initiatives

    Electrification White Paper

    Fuel Switching Stakeholder Process

    US DOE Funded Electrification Action Plan





    Presenter Presentation Notes Recent discussion around beneficial electrification, has led the department to revisit the conversation around fuel switching though 3 related initiatives:

    White paper – Michaels Energy (expected this fall) Fuel switching stakeholder process – revisit current policy in 2019 2019 we will commence a DOE funded stakeholder process to develop a beneficial electrification state action plan

    Passover to Carl when done.



    Presenter Presentation Notes Thank you Anthony, and thank you all for attending the webinar today. I would like to thank the Department of Commerce for their leadership engaging stakeholders and exploring what this topic means in Minnesota. I would also like to thank the staff from the 24 different organizations that participated in this research. I am always deeply grateful that I work in a such a collaborative industry in Minnesota.

  • Who We Are

     Headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin

     Engineering and energy efficiency consulting

     Program implementation and program evaluation

    Michaels Energy

    On-going Commissioning for Outpatient Medical Facilities

    Presenter Presentation Notes By way of brief introduction, Michaels Energy is an engineering and energy efficiency consulting firm headquartered in La Crosse, WI, with offices in a number of other Midwestern cities – including Minneapolis. Locally in MN and Iowa we partner with utilities to implement programs for Commercial and Industrial customers. In the context of this presentation, I want to mention that Research and Evaluation is a core part of our company. In the past 10 years we’ve conducted eight CARD funded studies for the MN Department of Commerce, and we also have conducted dozens of program evaluations for utilities, regulators, and program administrators across the country.

  • Overview of White Paper

     Explore the topics of electrification and fuel switching – in the context of Minnesota and CIP

     MN Policy Context  Literature Review  Technology Review  Policy Review  Stakeholder Interviews

    The Electrified Frontier

    Presenter Presentation Notes This webinar is an oral/visual version of a white paper that will soon be published by the Department of Commerce. Please look to that white paper when it gets published for more information. I was not able to fit everything into the presentation today. In the paper you will find more background on MN policy, specific reviews of recently published research, a wealth of information about technologies, and more quotes from stakeholders.

  •  Provide Minnesota-centric analysis  Be a primer to inform CIP

    stakeholders  Frame-up key questions

    Project Goal

    The Electrified Frontier

    Presenter Presentation Notes This work focuses on Minnesota’s policies, stakeholders, program dynamics, our state’s fuel mix, and our even our weather in order to pare down the focus of a very wide topic and add something unique to what is becoming a sea of research on electrification.

    As a contribution to that abundance of research and writing, I hope this presentation and white paper serve to raise the baseline level of knowledge on the topic here in Minnesota so that more people can feel competent and able to participate in the dialogue. And finally, one of the goals was to frame up key questions for stakeholders to engage with in the future.

  • Background

    Presenter Presentation Notes Let’s begin with some background on Minnesota Policies and review the key concepts.

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