Presentations & Materials

Please find below presentations, videos and other materials from SGCC’s 2017 Consumer Symposium held on January 30, 2017. Materials are organized according to the agenda.


2017 State of the Consumer Report:

Patty Durand & Research Leaders
SGCC released the 2017 State of the Consumer report and attendees heard from Patty Durand, President & CEO at SGCC, SGCC Research Committee Chair Gomathi Sadhasivan, Lead – Customer Decision Sciences at DNV GL, and Bridget Meckley, Research Coordinator at SGCC about the findings and how to use SGCC research findings to effectively drive consumer engagement. Download the slides here.

Keynote Address:

Jesse Berst
Chairman of the Smart Cities Council and Co-Founder of SGCC, Jesse Berst, discussed the marriage of smart grids and smart cities and what this convergence will mean for utilities and customers. He looked at the shared technologies, the common challenges and opportunities for utilities and cities to partner. Download his slides here.

The Lightning Round:

Energy Provider of the Future
Moderated by Tanuj Deora, Chief Strategy Officer at Smart Electric Power Alliance, contestants each had a three minute pitch on their innovative ideas to the energy industry? Norman Levine, Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs at Direct Energy, Russell Ragsdale, Principal Manager of Strategic Planning at Southern California Edison, and Lincoln Wood, Planning & Regulatory Support at Southern Company, stateed their case for the future energy relationship between consumer and provider. Download the slides here.

CLEAR Consumer Education Awards:

2017 Winners
SGCC named Fort Collins Utilities, Illinois Citizens Utility Board and Whisker Labs as winners of the 2017 CLEAR Awards, which honor energy-focused organizations for their excellence in customer outreach and engagement. As pathfinders within with their communities, these organizations are leading the way in the development and implementation of consumer education programs. Read more here.

Consumer Driven Technologies:

Discussion Panel
Erika Myers, Sr. Manager of Research at Smart Electric Power Alliance, David Quin, Director of Marketing and Customer Strategy at CenterPoint Energy, and Larissa Koehler, Attorney, US Climate and Energy Program at Environmental Defense Fund looked into what’s driving the consumer market place in solar and electric vehicles. Access the study here.

Safely Unlocking the Value of Consumer Data:

Discussion Panel
Judith Schwartz, President at To the Point, Kristin Munsch, Deputy Director at Illinois Citizens Utility Board, Caitlin Hewitt, Product Marketing Manager at Oracle | Opower, Barry Haaser, Executive Director at Green Button Alliance, and David Steiger, North American Analytics Leader for Energy and Utilities at IBM discussed industry practices around the access, sharing and protection of consumer energy use data and how DataGuardSM can reassure your customers that energy data sharing will not compromise their privacy. View the slides here.

Consumer Value Proposition:

Communications Toolkit
SGCC Education Committee Chair Bernard Lecours, Senior Market Intelligence Leader at GE Grid Solutions and Vivian Kelly, CEO at Interprose Inc. presented SGCC’s Consumer Value Proposition Communications Toolkit, a research-based, industry wide communications tool for stakeholders to use when conveying grid benefits to consumers. View the slides.

Shattering the Myth of the Digital Divide:

Consumer Engagement Accessible to All
Jeffrey Weiser, CEO at PayGo, Elizabeth Corrado, Regional Lead Field Organizer at Elevate Energy, Liz Coyle, Executive Director at Georgia Watch, Christopher Raup, Director of Distributed Resource Integration at Consolidated Edison, and Jeff Gleeson, Head of West Coast Energy Partnerships at Nest presented thoughts on how to customize the messaging and empower low income consumers. Access SGCC’s Spotlight on Low Income here.

Customer Experience and Expectations:

Discussion Panel
Brad Langley, Director of Corporate Communications at Tendril, Katie Espeseth, VP of New Products at Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Nathan Shannon, Deputy Director at SGCC, and Bridget Meckley, Research Coordinator for SGCC, held a conversation on keeping up with tomorrow’s energy consumer. Access the research here.

SGCC Showcase & Concluding Remarks:

Patty Durand
President & CEO of SGCC Patty Durand showcased the new tools SGCC has created over the past year to grow consumer awareness about grid modernization and its associated consumer benefits along with SGCC’s 2017 plans for consumer research and consumer education. View the presentation.