Once again this year, CIET took part in the AESP National Conference, which took place from the 21-24th of January in San Antonio. AESP’s flagship event was attended by around 800 participants from utilities companies, program implementers, evaluators and other program service providers, as well as manufacturers and software companies from Canada and the United States.
If Blockchain and big data collection were the key themes of last year’s conference, this year Electrification was the hot topic, with several well-attended sessions devoted to its different aspects. One utility – Tennessee Valley Authority – announced that in 2018 it had shifted its energy efficiency budgets to advance electrification. Such shifts also enable utilities to prepare to accommodate more vehicle electrification, which is rapidly progressing toward maturity. Two utilities discussed local and regional efforts to build electrified transportation corridors on the American highway network, and others discussed early stage work with partners to offer widespread EV charging.
Another theme of late for utilities and LDCs is the use of modern technologies to connect with traditional customers. Among the innovations discussed this year was the efforts by an American utilities company (Duke Energy) to make learning about energy conservation and available CDM programs fun for residential customers by disseminating this information using a game app to be made available for free download to phones and tablets. Another innovation in the works is the use of smart speakers and voice control gadgets (such as Echo and Google Assistant) to transmit energy efficiency tips, check energy usage, and get information about locally available EE programs and subsidies.
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COVID-19 Information for CIET Winter-Spring 2021 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!
Last Updated: January 6, 2021
With more than 90 virtual real-time courses offered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis under our belt, and based on feedback received from more than 800 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered in the winter-spring of 2021 will still be delivered through virtual real-time classrooms.
This will allow everyone to continue accessing CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens with the pandemic. You can register for these virtual courses in confidence, knowing that they will provide the same quality of training that you expect from CIET. These real-time training sessions will be available to all participants across Canada, and abroad.
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Through all these measures, CIET hopes to provide as much flexibility as possible to training participants while respecting its commitments to other participants, trainers and partners, as well as public health recommendations.
We thank you very much for your trust and collaboration and look forward to welcoming you in our virtual classrooms!
The CIET Team