First Australian 'Summer Study' on Energy Efficiency & Decentralised Energy
A three day, informal residential event set on the shores of Sydney's spectacular Manly Beach.

SYDNEY, 29 February – 2 March, 2012

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Call for Papers - Submission deadline extended!
New deadline for abstracts: 25 November, 2011

Join this informal international knowledge exchange on energy efficiency, demand management, distributed energy and carbon mitigation.

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About the Summer Study
Internationally, the Summer Study program is an 'institution', running for 30 years in the US and 16 years in Europe. Organised by Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE) partners - The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and its European counterpart the ECEEE - these are sell out events renowned for bringing together leaders in energy efficiency from government, politics, academia, private sector and NGOs

Keynote speakers include:
Kateri Callahan - President, The Alliance to Save Energy (USA)
Steve Nadel - Executive Director, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (USA)
David Sweet - Executive Director, World Alliance for Decentralised Energy (CANADA)
Phillip Sellwood – Chief Executive, Energy Savings Trust (UK) 
Grayson Heffner - Senior Analyst, International Energy Agency

Who should participate?
The Summer Study is designed to bring together the entire spectrum of energy stakeholders including energy efficiency practitioners from government, politics, academia, private sector and NGOs who have new and innovative research and experiences to share.

How is the Summer Study different from other events?
Spread over three days on the idyllic beach at Manly, our Summer Study offers a unique balance of formal presentations by local and international experts with working sessions and plenty of time set aside for informal networking and collaboration. The relaxed, informal, live-in format allows for in-depth discussions to develop across the event. Proven to be a great environment for cross fertilising ideas and making lasting connections, Summer Study delegates return year after year. 

The Program: markets, technology and culture
Abstracts should relate to the stream and sessions set out below:

Markets and RegulationTechnology and PracticeCulture & Communication
1a. Unwrapping the package: What the 'Clean Energy Future' package means for energy efficiency

PANEL LEADERS:Tristan Edis, Grattan Institute; 2nd Leader TBC
4. Follow the Leaders: Company leadership in efficiency and decentralised energy

PANEL LEADERS: Louise Vickery, Dept of Resources, Energy and Tourism;  Dominic Zaal, Dept of  Resources, Energy and Tourism
8a. Engaging the Community - Effective efficiency strategies for energy affordability

PANEL LEADERS: Giles Parkinson, Climate Spectator, 2nd Leader (TBC)
1b. International best practice 1: in efficiency focussed carbon mitigation policy

PANEL LEADERS:Tristan Edis, Grattan Institute; 2nd Leader TBC
5a. Mining 'Negawatts': Demand management as a resource

PANEL LEADERS: Ross Fraser, EnerNOC; Paul Myors, Ausgrid
8b. Making Efficiency Sexy: The media's role in communicating energy efficiency to engage the public

PANEL LEADERS: Giles Parkinson, Climate Spectator; 2nd Leader (TBC)
2a. International best practice 2: Effective policies for demand management

PANEL LEADERS: Dr David Crossley - Energy Futures Australia; Mark Lendich, Energex
5b. Demands at Home: Effective residential demand management

PANEL LEADERS: Ross Fraser, EnerNOC; Paul Myors, Ausgrid
9a. Creating an Efficiency Culture: Communicating to business, change management and engaging staff

PANEL LEADERS: Bruce Precious, GPT Group; Siobhan Toohill, Stockland
2b. Watts in a NEM?: Reforming the National Electricity Market for energy efficiency and distributed generation

PANEL LEADERS: Dr David Crossley - Energy Futures Australia; Mark Lendich, Energex
6. It's Parity Time!- Optimising distributed generation

PANEL LEADERS: Glenn Platt, CSIRO; Prof Hugh Outhred - UNSW
9b. International best practice 3: Developments in energy and carbon management for business

PANEL LEADERS: Bruce Precious, GPT Group; Siobhan Toohill, Stockland
3. Raising the Bar: Efficiency Standards for appliances and building

PANEL LEADERS: Mel Slade - Department of Climate Change & Energy; Phil Harrrington – pitt&sherry; Lloyd Harrington, Energy Efficient Strategies
7. Energy efficiency skills and training

PANEL LEADERS: Prof Suzanne Benn, UTS Business School; Jenniy Gregory, Dept of Primary Industries
10. Driving change in transport: Efficient mobility and electric vehicles

PANEL LEADERS: Chris Baker, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Philippe Reboul, RBL/Electric Vehicle Conference

Evaluation criteria:
The selection committee of panel leaders will judge  abstracts based on the following criteria:

- Clarity of thought and presentation
- Relevance to the focus of the Summer Study
- Presentation of new material
- Likelihood of stimulating discussion and debate

Submission information:

Abstracts should be submitted as a Word document and include:

Session and stream (refer to the program above)
The title
Key ideas

Abstract submissions should not exceed 350 words. If selected, authors will need to prepare a 20 minute Powerpoint presentation.

21 September 2010 

Energy Efficiency News (USA)

The World Bank is providing $2.5 million to support private sector energy efficiency efforts in Jamaica.

The funds from its World Energy Security and Efficiency Project will support a pilot energy efficiency financing mechanism that will give the private sector access to renewable and energy efficient equipment.

If the pilot scheme is successful, additional resources could be made available, said Jamaican Minister of Energy and Mining, James Robertson.

“We have applied for additional funding from the World Bank for up to $4.5 million for this and other programmes. We anticipate approval as soon as the current initiatives prove successful,” he says.

The additional funds would expand the load scheme to householders to support installation of solar water heaters and other energy conservation and efficiency systems at low interest rates.

The support mechanism could also pave the way for introducing an energy saving and efficiency condition into home improvement loans provided by the National Housing Trust.

Robertson also announced that the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has earmarked $700 million from the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Agricultural Support Fund as credit for energy efficiency and conservation measures, along with $500 million for SMEs. 

23 September 2010

Bloomberg (UK)

The British government will create a ''whole new industry'' supporting as many as 250,000 jobs and insulating 26 million homes, said the Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne.

The ''Green Deal'' measures are aimed at curbing heat loss in homes, which account for a quarter of the country's carbon dioxide emissions, Mr Huhne said at the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Liverpool.

He said the British use more energy to heat homes than in Sweden, where average temperatures in January are 7 degrees colder.

''We might as well be standing outside burning £50 notes,'' Mr Huhne said. ''By stopping this waste, we can make big savings on bills, and use them to pay businesses for the cost of insulation.''

British utilities need to spend £200 billion over the next decade to replace plants and infrastructure, according to the energy regulator, Ofgem.

Mr Huhne said he will push to develop renewable energy, nuclear power and carbon capture and storage for both coal and gas-fired power plants to bring down emissions.

''The days of dirty fossil fuels are over,'' Mr Huhne said. ''We in Britain can become to clean coal and gas what Germany is to solar and wind, and France is to nuclear. And our low-carbon policy will insure consumers and businesses against the oil price shocks to come.''

Mr Huhne plans to publish a draft law by the end of the year to make energy providers pay to insulate every home in the country, with consumers paying them back through the ensuing energy savings. The Green Deal could see the insulation industry expand from 26,000 jobs to 250,000, he said.

Mr Huhne's party is the junior partner in a coalition government led by the Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron. Mr Huhne said he would deliver on both Liberal Democrat policies, and Conservative measures, such as boosting nuclear power, that are opposed by his party but included in the coalition agreement.

''I'm fed up with the stand-off between renewable and nuclear, which means we have neither - we will have both,'' he said. ''We will have low carbon energy, and security of supply.''

Calling climate change ''the challenge of a generation'', he said he would aim to boost the use of electric cars, high-speed rail and ground and air-source heat pumps.

Mr Huhne said he would use his powers to intervene if energy companies did not tell customers about price rises, and the government would insist on energy bills providing more information about better deals available to clients

21 September 2010

Energy Efficiency News (USA)

Four new homes built in East Tennessee will serve as laboratories for energy efficiency in a public-private research effort.

The ZEBRAlliance project, founded by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Schaad Companies, will analyse the performance of the four homes to determine which technologies are most cost effective.

The four homes, which will be unoccupied during the testing, are designed to use 55-60% less energy than conventional houses with the same facilities.

The project will simulate an average family’s use of lighting, water, heat and appliances over the next 30 months and identify the most affordable energy-saving options for new and existing homes.

Schaad built the homes over two years with features including high efficiency and/or 100% fluorescent lighting, Energy Star appliances, ClimateMaster’s high efficiency water-to-air heat pumps, water-to-water heat pumps, ground-source heat exchangers, triple-pane low-e gas-filled windows, grey-water systems, structural insulated panels and exterior insulation.

“The question is which innovative technologies can be cost-effective for consumers who want to improve their existing home or build a new one. We hope to gain that knowledge from the ZEBRAlliance project,” says Jennifer Banner, CEO of Schaad Companies.

After the testing period, the four homes will be offered to the public for sale.