Diane Shea, executive director of the National Association of State Energy Officials, was among the keynote speakers who engaged a group of about 25 HVACR and allied industry leaders Oct. 25 during a special symposium entitled, “The Future of Energy Efficiency Policy: The Role of States.”
The symposium was sponsored by Danfoss, a world leader in research, development and production of mechanical and electronic components, and marked the second event in the EnVisioneering Symposium series, which Danfoss launched in August.
The second symposium, held at the Chicago O’Hare Hilton, focused on how states are developing energy efficiency policy that will help America meet the energy challenges of the 21st century. In particular, the symposium explored the drivers and problems of state action.
In addition to Shea, the role of states was discussed by Craig Kneeland, senior project manager for the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority.
Following presentations by Shea and Kneeland, the symposium featured a roundtable discussion with some of the most respected thought leaders and practitioners in the industry. The roundtable discussion was led by Robert Cavey, president of Global Strategy Initiative, and John Suzukida, president of Lanex Consulting.
The roundtable discussion explored such questions as:
• What are the available alternative state strategies – especially on energy-efficient processes and comfort systems?
• Will current efforts by enough to create a critical mass for energy efficiency?
• What tools exist to help end-users accept higher first costs?
• Is lifecycle costing a reality of the marketplace – and if not, what will it take?
• What new technologies are capable of making a significant difference, and what is being done to ease their entry into the market?
Plans are currently under way for the third conference in the EnVisioneering Symposium series sponsored by Danfoss. Each symposium focuses on an important dimension of the emerging energy nexus, providing access to advanced ideas, information, analysis, networks and opportunities for leadership in this global transformation initiative.
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