Monday, September 20, 2021

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ESC Board of Directors Meeting

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sponsor Exhibit Tabletop Set-up

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Registration Open

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Welcome Reception in Exhibitor Space

5:00 pm
Austin BBQ Challenge

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Welcome and Introductions

David Terry, ESC Board President, National Association of State Energy Officials
Dub Taylor, ESC Executive Director
Fred Yebra, ESC Texas Chapter Public Co-Chair, Texas State Energy Conservation Office
Zachary Christensen, ESC Texas Chapter Private Co-Chair Johnson Controls Inc.

9:15 am - 9:30 am
Opening Keynote: Texas Legislative Outlook 

Moderator: Eddy Trevino, ESC Board Vice-President Public Sector, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

State Representative Craig Goldman

9:30 am - 9:45 am
Opening Keynote: Texas Economic Outlook and Energy Savings Performance Contracting as a Tool for Capital Improvements

Moderator: Eddy Trevino, ESC Board Vice-President Public Sector, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar 

9:45 am -10:45 am
State of the Market Panel – Interactive Panel Discussion

This panel will explore various aspects of the Energy Services Market in the United States. Discussions will cover such diverse topics as market activity in geographic as well as demographic areas. The panel will also include expertise that will help identify potential market growth areas in advanced buildings and lighting controls – where these controls can now provide a more integrated environment that allows interfacing with utilities, security and information technology. By bringing together expertise on new market expansion and potential technologies, this panel will explore what opportunities are available in energy services.

Moderator: Tim Unruh, ESC Board Secretary, National Association of Energy Services Companies

Rhonda Courtney, Eco Engineering
Rodney Sobin, NASEO

Vince Drieling, Ameresco

Eddy Trevino, ESC Board Vice-President Public Sector, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

10:45 am - 11:00 am
Networking Break with Sponsors

11:00 am -12:00 pm
The Future of GESPC in Texas – Interactive Panel Discussion

Listen and engage panelists influential in the Texas GESPC market from both a private and public market. The panel will be exploring a potential paradigm shift caused by changes from Energy as a Service, indoor air quality, and digitization in the Texas GESPC market.

Moderator: Cliff Holbeck, Texas ESC Chapter Secretary

Zach Christensen, Texas ESC Chapter Private Co-Chair, Johnson Controls Inc.

Song Deng, BeeUSA

Christian Barlow, IAQ CPR

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch in Mezzanine

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Introducing ePX: Reporting and Archiving Made Easy and The Modernization of Model Instruments

This session will provide an update from the ESC on its national efforts in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and U.S. DOE. Topics include eProject eXpress (ePX) -- a NEW streamlined pathway for municipalities, university/college, K-12 and healthcare to enter data and producing reports in eProject Builder. The presentation will also provide an update on ESC’s role in the national effort to update the model contract documents used throughout the country in support of performance contracts.

Moderator: Diane Pena, EarthTronics

Dale Hahs, ESC State Liaison

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Emerging Technologies/Strategies/Trends for GESPC Projects

States, cities and schools are increasingly investing in new energy efficiency technologies as a means to lower energy, operation and maintenance costs while improving service. The programs, technologies and other tools being implemented to address community energy needs are highlighted in this session.

Moderator: Alex Montano, Yearout Energy

Andy McMahon, BrainBox AI. From Smart to Autonomous: Pairing HVAC and AI to drive energy savings and reduce emissions.

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Networking Break with Sponsors

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
What Does a Successful State Program Look Like?

During this session we will highlight two state programs that are great examples of how performance contracting can successfully be administrated. These programs will showcase best practices and provide an overview of the size and number of projects being completed. Attendees will be able to hear about specific projects and what made them successful.

Moderator: Reid Conway, ESC Board Member, North Carolina Energy Office

Fred Yebra, ESC Texas Chapter Public Co-Chair, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Texas LoanSTAR Program Success

This session will provide an overview of the Texas LoanSTAR program with a special emphasis on performance contracting projects.

Moderator: Peter Berger, ESC Board Member, Minnesota Department of Commerce


Eddy Trevino, ESC Board Vice-President Public Sector, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Bipartisan Energy Infrastructure Investments -- Navigating Funding Opportunities

Congress and the Biden Administration are advancing proposed energy infrastructure investments, including funds for state and local governments to pursue public facility energy modernization. Innovative financing and melding of multiple federal funding streams, such as pending infrastructure funds, COVID-related funds, and other federal options have created new public facility energy modernization opportunities. This session will provide the latest news on federal infrastructure funds, as well as Biden Administration actions on existing federal funds for schools, mission critical facilities resilience, and other public facility energy efficiency, electrification, and renewable energy advances.

Moderator: Jonathan Hoesch, Jaykal LED Solutions, Inc.

Elizabeth Beardsley, U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
FEMA BRIC’s Multi-Billion Dollar Community Investment: Resilience, Extreme Weather and Efficiency

This session provides the latest news on how state and local governments and energy service companies can tap and leverage efforts, as well as project examples and opportunities through the Federal Energy Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program.  BRIC is undergoing dramatic expansion with over $1 billion in funding this year and annual funding for years ahead.  This program offers new opportunities for efficiency and resilience upgrades to mission critical state and local facilities. The session will focus on combining these funds with public-private financing to create a powerful tool for states and communities.  

Moderator: Häly Laasme, ESC Board Treasurer, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services 

Cassidy Ellis, Ameresco

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Speed Networking Reception with Sponsors

Sponsors will have 5 minutes to introduce themselves and their representatives at the conference before breaking off into one-on-one networking sessions.

Moderator: Tom Walther, ESC Board Vice-President Private Sector, WESCO Energy Solutions. 


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:30 am
Registration Opens

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Innovative Texas GESPC Projects Case Studies, including of Digitization and Microgrids

Hear client testimonies and case studies about three recent innovative GESPC projects in Texas.

Moderator: Matt Lombardo, Schneider Electric

Jennifer Lancaster, Johnson Controls Inc. and Jim Morris, St. Edward’s University, "St. Edward’s University: GESPC and Innovative Financing"

Vince Drieling, Ameresco, "Joint Base San Antonio Microgrid Project"

Jorge Moreno, McKinstry, "Using American Rescue Plan funds for Energy Savings Performance Contracting"

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Networking Break with Sponsors

10:15 am – 10:45 am
ESCO Showcase – Innovative Private Sector Programs

Energy Service Companies share examples of successful and innovative ESCO programs and services offered to customers to improve energy and water efficiency.

Moderator: April Frakes, Aeroseal

Ray Hinson, ESG -- Lighting Up Kentucky Prisons - Improving Safety and Security

Colby Geer, Yearout Energy and Richard Chavez, NM Department of Transportation – Paving the Way to Carbon Neutral

10:45 am – 11:15 am
State Chapter Roundtable

The network of ESC State Chapters provides a vehicle for the members of the ESC that are located in or do business in a particular state to work together to identify and develop solutions to state-specific issues to the use of GESPC. This roundtable will touch on the activities going on in State Chapters and State Energy Offices to address these challenges and increase awareness of GESPC.

Moderator: Dub Taylor, ESC Executive Director

11:15 am - 11:45 am
Capitol Complex Phase One Development Project

This session provides and introduction and overview of the Texas Facilities Commission's Capitol Complex Phase One Development Project, and will lead into a tour immediately following the conclusion of the conference.

Moderator: Fred Yebra, ESC Texas Chapter Public Co-Chair, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Speaker: John Raff, Texas Facilities Commission

11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Awards and Wrap-Up

ESPC Champion Award
Race to The Top Award

Meet the Board/Wrap Up

David Terry, ESC Board President, National Association of State Energy Officials
Dub Taylor, ESC Executive Director

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Capitol Complex Phase One Development Project and Offsite Tour

Join us for an interactive tour provided by the Texas Facilities Commission