Slipstream
Energy Efficiency Summit
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | Monona Terrace, Madison, WI

Explore new advances in energy efficiency for your business and your customers. Join us in person for an inspiring morning of breakouts specifically designed for businesses and trade allies. Attendees will gain insights into new and emerging technologies to improve commercial & industrial buildings. 

The Energy Efficiency Summit is bringing local and regional energy experts to Madison to help solve your energy challenges. Our half-day summit includes:

  • Innovative, solutions-oriented workshops for C&I customers.
  • Exploration of new tools and technologies to help you identify and optimize energy conservation opportunities for your business.
  • Implementing city energy planning goals and strategies. 
  • Opportunities to engage with your local MGE staff, FOCUS ON ENERGY® representatives, and explore Commercial PACE financing solutions.
  • And more.

Whether you're just beginning to explore emerging technologies or navigating advances in HVAC and lighting controls, the Energy Efficiency Summit will have something for you.

Early registration is encouraged! 

Make sure you’re at the table for this information-packed morning. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. 

Who Should Attend? 

C&I customers, small, medium, and large businesses, energy managers, engineers, facilities managers, building operators, architects, and commercial building trade allies. 

COVID-19 Safety Requirements and Precautions

Slipstream is working closely with Monona Terrace to ensure the event is as safe as possible while following local COVID-19 guidance and protocols. The Energy Efficiency Summit will follow and enforce all Public Health Dane County & Madison orders, including masks and face coverings. In an effort to keep everyone safe, the following are required for entry:

  • Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours.
    • Please bring your documentation to the event or download the Clear app and upload your vaccine status or test results securely. If using CLEAR, please be prepared to share your status upon arrival in the app.
  • Masks will be required at all times. We will have a limited number of disposable masks onsite.

What to expect:

  • Slipstream selected Monona Terrace to host this event due to its spacious meeting rooms to accommodate social distancing.
  • We ask attendees to adhere to social distancing guidance and have made seating arrangements to allow for proper distancing throughout the event.
  • Hand hygiene stations will be located throughout the Monona Terrace for your convenience.
  • Meals will not be served, although we will offer complimentary water, coffee, and tea.
  • If you feel sick, please stay home. 

Learn more about Monona Terrace’s stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

All breakout sessions, EXCEPT for the panel presentation, will offer continuing education credits. Each session will offer the following: 

BOC These sessions offer up to 1 point for BOC certified operators.

BOMI These sessions are approved for 1 continuing professional development point toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

WI-PE These sessions are geared towards professional engineers in the State of Wisconsin and offers up to 1 professional development hour (PDH). The course participant must decide if this is a qualifying course as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code.

These sessions will not be pre-approved for GBCI CE Hours or AIA LUs; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential(s), you can self-report credits (note that while AIA CES does accept self-reported education, some architecture licensing boards do not accept such courses).

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits for attending a breakout session, you must sign-in at the start of the session and be present for the entire session; partial credit cannot be given.

 

The following breakout sessions will qualify for credits.

HVAC integration and building optimization
Presented by: Ryan Hoger, Director of Training, Temperature Equipment Corporation

Building automation systems are constantly evolving. The desire and need for integrated building systems is increasing exponentially. Gone are the days where the air handler could operate with “stand-alone” controls. Since we expect our systems to be smarter and figure out issues before the occupants do, the air handler must be able share data with the VAV boxes, the lighting system, and the work management tool. Join us for a discussion on the basics of BAS integration for HVAC systems, the current expectations for robust systems, and a look into what the future may hold.

As a result of this session you will be able to:

  1. Understand the benefits of building automation systems (BAS).    
  2. Determine a general comprehension of protocols and integration.
  3. Examine the differences between optimization, fault detection & diagnostics, and commissioning.
  4. Learn how to begin applying solutions to existing projects.

Current lighting practices for health and energy
Presented by Randy Johnson, former President, US Lamp, Inc.

LED lighting today provides a number of benefits from energy savings to aesthetic control, and can even address health concerns. In this session, we will cover how LED lighting continues to evolve and how it can improve your business and workspaces. Some key topics include:

  • How fixture, room, and building controls can provide enhanced energy savings while allowing precise control of lighting levels.
  • The advances in color tuning and dimming capabilities in LEDs and how light quality can offer enhanced health benefits to occupants.
  • How germicidal and near UV lighting can be used as a disinfectant to keep work environments safer.

As a result of this session you will be able to:

  1. Look at their current buildings and compare existing lighting systems to new LED solutions.
  2. Evaluate multiple building opportunities and rank order which to address first.
  3. Evaluate areas of your building where controls could and should be considered.
  4. Discuss health benefits of lighting technologies to determine which are beneficial for your building

Strategies to increase cooling tower efficiency (includes demos and props)
Presented by: Tom Tucker, Principal and Founder, Kinergetics; Kate Brebrick, Energy Engineer, Kinergetics

Knowing how to make your cooling tower as energy efficient as possible can save your facility energy, water, and operating costs. It can also help extend the equipment service life and decrease the amount of chemicals required for water treatment. So, how do you make your cooling tower more energy efficient?
This session will highlight components of a cooling tower system and opportunities for improving system performance. Our presenters will perform a cooling tower performance demonstration to show common efficiency opportunities and their impact. With these examples and real data, the session will illustrate energy efficiency gains in cooling towers.

As a result of this session you will be able to:

  1. Describe the difference between cooling towers and air-cooled units.
  2. Identify potential causes of poor cooling tower performance.
  3. Explain an example of cooling tower performance.
  4. Discuss cooling tower performance opportunities using cooling tower demonstration.

Advanced RTU controls and strategies
Presented by: Ryan Hoger, Director of Training, Temperature Equipment Corporation

Packaged rooftop units (RTUs) currently heat and cool more than 50% of all commercial buildings, but are they efficient? While  there have been some improvements in the last 10 years, they have been limited:

  • Refrigeration circuits have seen a slight improvement in cooling efficiency 
  • Average gas efficiency has improved from 80% to just 82%.  

The question then becomes, what else can we do to improve the performance of RTUs so they use less energy to heat or cool our buildings? A recent Department of Energy study explored this exact question and introduced the Advanced Rooftop Control or ARC in response. This course will explore that research and several methods for improving RTU functions to yield energy  savings from 24 to 35% through fan, cooling, and heating energy combined.

As a result of this session you will be able to:

  1. Learn the RTU related requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
  2. Determine the appropriate RTU accessories to maximize performance and efficiency.
  3. Describe technologies such as economizers, staged air volume, and demand controlled ventilation.
  4. Examine about the newest energy savings RTU option of multi-speed fan control.

Industrial chilled water systems: improving the performance of process cooling
Presented by: Tom Tucker, Principal and Founder, Kinergetics; Kate Brebrick, Energy Engineer, Kinergetics

This engaging course is designed to help you keep your systems running at their best throughout the year. Focusing on a holistic systems approach to optimization, we will highlight real-world examples of process cooling improvement opportunities. The session will emphasize system interactions and methods to reduce operational costs. In addition to identifying equipment-based solutions, we will also address operations and maintenance processes that can impact system efficiency.

As a result of this session you will be able to:

  1. Describe solutions to improve the performance of process cooling and understand relevant maintenance opportunities.
  2. Identify how summer conditions impact the performance of cooling towers and cooling system performance.
  3. Identify energy use reduction opportunities and demonstrate the potential cost benefit.
  4. Explain the value of “data mining”—what it means and when it should be used.
  5. Estimate the performance of cooling towers and heat exchangers.
  6. State how power factor impacts motor load calculations and learn about a graphical tool to estimate it.
     
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and exhibits
8:30 - 8:55 a.m.

Welcome and introductions
Syed Abbas, Business Development Manager, Slipstream

 

Opening remarks: MGE net zero carbon goal
Brian Driscoll, Senior Multifamily Services Manager, MGE

 

Bayview's redevelopment: Net zero for all
Presented by: Alexis London, Executive Director, Bayview Foundation and Kevin Frost, Energy Engineer, Slipstream

Learn more about Bayview and its design justice approach.

8:55 - 9:00 a.m.  Networking break and exhibits
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Breakout sessions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main room

HVAC integration and building optimization

Presented by: Ryan Hoger, Director of Training, Temperature Equipment Corporation

Room 2

Current lighting practices for health and energy

Presented by Randy Johnson, former President, US Lamp, Inc.

Room 3

Strategies to increase cooling tower efficiency (includes demos and props)

Presented by: Tom Tucker, Principal and Founder, Kinergetics; Kate Brebrick, Energy Engineer, Kinergetics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.  Networking break and exhibits
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Breakout sessions

 

 

Main Room

Advanced RTU controls and strategies

Presented by: Ryan Hoger, Director of Training, Temperature Equipment Corporation

Room 2

Panel Discussion: City energy planning - from community support to implementation

Presented by Megan Levy, Local Energy Programs Manager, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation; Stacie Reece, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Madison; Kelly Hilyard, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Middleton; Jeannette LeZaks, Director of Research & Innovation, Slipstream (moderator)
 

Room 3

Industrial chilled water systems: improving the performance of process cooling 

Presented by: Tom Tucker, Principal and Founder, Kinergetics; Kate Brebrick, Energy Engineer, Kinergetics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:15 - 11:45 a.m.  Closing Session 
 

Emerging technologies and trends to accelerate decarbonization
Presented by: Scott Hackel, Director of Research & Innovation, Slipstream and Joe Zhou, Principal Engineer, Slipstream

12:00 p.m. Energy efficiency summit concludes

 

Syed Abbas

Syed Abbas
Business Development Manager
Slipstream

Syed Abbas is a Business Development Manager at Slipstream. He is a strong advocate of energy conservation and educating developers and stakeholders about the advantages of Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing. He has been on the USGBC Market Leadership Board for the past two-years. Syed also serves on the City of Madison Common Council. Earlier this year, he was elected Council President. Syed has over 10 years of experience working in the energy efficiency sector and has had the honor to serve on various boards and committees at the City of Madison, advocating for environmental justice policies and initiatives, among other things. 

 

Kate Brebrick Kate Brebrick 
Energy Engineer 
Kinergetics, LLC  
 
Kate is an Energy Engineer at Kinergetics, LLC (2017 to present) and has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kinergetics provides detailed energy investigations for power and thermal energy use reductions as well as design, engineering, and debottlenecking. Kinergetics has extensive experience with process cooling, refrigeration, and cooling towers, including efficiency selecting, field testing, and design and verification of performance requirements. 
Kevin Frost

Kevin Frost
Energy Engineer
Slipstream

Kevin models energy efficiency in building and consults with building owners, architects, and engineers to implement building energy efficiency measures. His background in HVAC design and field experience as well as his analytical skills allow him to recommend advanced energy analysis and recommendations. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Scott Hackel

Scott Hackel
Director of Research & Innovation
Slipstream

Scott consults with architects and engineers on energy efficient building designs and systems. He also conducts applied research on technologies and processes through both field monitoring and extensive energy modeling. He has specialized in the study of ground source heat pumps and lighting and HVAC controls. Scott is an active member of ASHRAE at both the local and national level; at the national level being an integral part of the geothermal energy technical committee. He's also a member of USGBC Wisconsin. Scott has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a graduate certificate in energy analysis and policy.

Kelly Hilyard

Kelly Hilyard
Sustainability Coordinator
City of Middleton

Kelly is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Middleton. She has twenty years of experience working on sustainability projects as a landscape architect, organic farmer, and as a certified LEED AP+ project manager in the green building industry. She has worked primarily in the design field for the past decade, managing twelve LEED green building certifications in Wisconsin towns and cities. Kelly holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of Chicago, an ecological horticulture certificate from the University of California Santa Cruz, and an Master's degree from the University of Texas-Austin School of Architecture. 

Ryan Hoger

Ryan Hoger
Director of Corporate Training
Temperature Equipment Corporation

Ryan has been with Temperature Equipment Corp. since 1997. He was the 2007-08 President of the Illinois ASHRAE Chapter and is actively involved with several gas/electric utility committees. He has extensive experience with building automation systems (BAS), energy recovery ventilators (ERV), variable refrigerant flow (VRF), demand-controlled ventilation (DCV), and other energy conserving HVAC systems. Ryan has written HVAC articles for various publications and has a Bachelor's degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois.

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson 
Former President, US Lamp, Inc. 

Randy purchased US Lamp in 1986. The company was involved extensively in the lighting retrofit market and sale of energy saving products. In 2019, Werner Electric Supply Company acquired US Lamp, Inc. Randy remained with Werner Electric through 2019 as a Lighting Solutions Manager to provide lighting design, project management support, and to teach lighting technology classes for Werner Electric customers and other organizations.

Randy served as President and past President on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD). He is a state of Wisconsin licensed designer of engineering systems. Randy is lighting certified from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP). He teaches lighting technology classes for Wisconsin's FOCUS ON ENERGY® program, Slipstream, various school and business organizations, and regularly provides professional training for various utilities and organizations. Randy is also a lighting instructor for the Building Operator's Certification program.

Megan Levy

Megan Levy
Resilience Strategist, Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinator
Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Megan has spent more than a decade working with building energy efficiency both with the low-income weatherization program and with the Wisconsin State Energy Office (now known as the Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation). Megan is currently the Energy Emergency Assurance Coordinator for the state and also oversees the Energy Independent Communities program which counts more than 147 communities as members. Megan designed and is the manager of the Municipal Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program (MEETAP) in which the Energy Office provides expertise to municipalities, tribes, and schools across the state to facilitate successful energy efficiency projects. Formerly a member of the Board of Directors, Megan serves on the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Advisory Board. Megan has been co-chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials Energy Security Committee since 2017. In August of 2017, Megan was named Co-Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials Energy Security Committee. A chanteuse for the last 20 years, Megan performs jazz, jump blues, and swing all over Wisconsin under the moniker Madison Red, with her four piece band.

Jeannette LeZaks

Jeannette LeZaks
Director of Research & Innovation
Slipstream

Jeannette has 15 years of experience in developing and managing residential, commercial, and industrial energy efficiency research and planning projects. She applies technical research to examine how people use energy and combines billing analysis, planning, and econometrics to identify energy impacts and opportunities. Jeannette also develops survey and interview instruments, conducts interviews, and analyzes energy data to create advanced program approaches that help utilities and government entities reach their energy and efficiency goals. Jeannette also co-chairs the Sustainable Madison Committee, where she works to advance local environmental policy.
 

Alexis London

Alexis London
Executive Director
Bayview Foundation

Alexis London is the Executive Director of Bayview Foundation. She started as Bayview’s Community Programs Manager in 2015 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2016. As the Executive Director, Alexis provides vision and leadership for the organization. She ensures safe, affordable housing for the 102 families that live at Bayview and the delivery of a wide array of vital services at Bayview’s Community Center. Alexis is leading Bayview’s redevelopment project that will transform Bayview’s aging townhouses and community center into a vibrant neighborhood that emphasizes social cohesion, mutual aid, sustainability, and community health. Prior to her work at Bayview Foundation, Alexis had been in management roles within non-profit arts and education agencies for more than 20 years. She was the Education Director for seven years at VSA Wisconsin, a statewide organization with the mission of providing multidisciplinary arts programming for people with disabilities. Alexis holds Bachelor's degrees in fine art and art history from University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master's degree in community based art education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 
 

Stacie Reece

Stacie Reece
Sustainability Coordinator
City of Madison

Stacie is the Sustainability Program Coordinator for the City of Madison. Prior to working for the City of Madison, she was the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Middleton as well as the Director of Sustainable Business Initiatives for the nonprofit Sustain Dane. She holds a Bachelor's degree in sustainable management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an alum of Leadership Greater Madison. Stacie has been a resident member of the Sustainable Madison Committee where the resolution for Madison to achieve 100% renewable energy and zero net carbon by 2030 was drafted. The resolution was then adopted by the City of Madison in 2017. And in 2019, the City unanimously approved implementing the recommendations from the 100% Renewable Madison Report. Her current position with the City of Madison will be to help the City achieve these goals as well as helping build a more sustainable and resilient community.

Tom Tucker

Tom Tucker
Principal and Founder
Kinergetics LLC 

Tom is a licensed Professional Engineer and US Department of Energy Qualified Specialist with more than 20 years of experience in industrial energy efficiency, process optimization, engineering and design related to both thermal and power systems. He is Principal and Founder of Kinergetics LLC, a Madison, Wisconsin based company with energy experience and operating projects in four countries.

He has been an invited speaker at trade association events, energy conferences and university seminars. Tom holds Bachelor degrees in physics (College of Charleston) and chemical engineering (UW-Madison). 
 

Joe Zhou

Dr. Joe Zhou
Principal Engineer
Slipstream

Joe is a Principal Engineer at Slipstream leading and conducting commercial building energy efficiency research and demonstration projects. He brings 25+ years of experience in building HVAC, building controls, lighting and building performance M&V as an engineer, researcher, and project/program manager. Joe holds a PhD in mechanical engineering, and Bachelor and Master degrees in electrical engineering. He is also a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.

 

Event location

This event takes place at Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703


Tuesday, October 26, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monona Terrace
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703

Free
Early registration is encouraged.

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