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Tackling the Advanced Energy Frontier with TRC at ACEEE Summer Study

Carmen Henrikson | July 24, 2018

Ten years ago, when my first Summer Study paper for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy on new aggregator demand response programs was accepted, it was impossible for me to imagine the range of exciting challenges and opportunities we are grappling with today.

Since then, demand response graduated from a new program to a market-based resource through the demand response auction mechanism (DRAM). Energy efficiency is now being procured alongside other distributed resources to alleviate local capacity constraints.  And our industry is seeking new and innovative ways to integrate all types of advanced energy and distributed resources into the grid of the future.

In this new energy world, TRC is more committed than ever to next-generation solutions for efficiency, resiliency and reliability. It is a great time to work together, whether that means getting more from our energy efficiency programs, exploring new frontiers in high performance building research, engaging better with consumers or implementing new and effective distributed energy resources and microgrid solutions.

With this in mind, I am excited to join my TRC and industry colleagues at the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in early August. This valuable event in Pacific Grove, Calif., attracts a diverse group energy decision-makers and industry partners eager to explore innovation in technologies, strategies and programs for advanced energy.

TRC looks forward to sharing new insights and lessons learned from the work we’ve done in collaboration with clients and partners who share our vision for a sustainable, energized future. We encourage you to attend the TRC sessions below to learn more about space and water heating electrification, community-based distributed energy, business case models for microgrids and how cultural factors can impact energy use patterns.

My colleagues and I welcome the chance to connect with you throughout the week and hope to see you in August!

TRC Speakers and Sessions

Barriers for Space and Water Heating Electrification and Solar Generation
Farhad Farahmand, Project Manager |
Tuesday, August 14, 8:30 a.m.

Exploring electrification and distributed solar strategies to meet aggressive GHG emissions targets, including overcoming technical, operational and policy barriers.

Community Solar Challenges and Solutions: Essential Steps on the Road to ZNE
Abhijeet Pande, Associate Vice President |
Wednesday, August 15, 10:30 a.m.

Examining barriers and solutions for community-scale solar within Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings and communities, including programmatic, regulatory and business model needs.

Business Case Models for Microgrids that Support Sustainable and Resilient Communities
Alex Tang, Project Manager |
Thursday, August 16, 8:30 a.m.

Accelerating innovative microgrid solutions through streamlined strategies for distributed energy resources, ownership models, financing options and revenue streams.

Putting People Back into the Equation: Impacts of Cultural and Demographic Factors on Multifamily Energy Use Patterns
Abhijeet Pande, Associate Vice President |
Thursday, August 16, 4 p.m.

Sharing insights from a CEC EPIC-funded study on how cultural and demographic factors relate to multifamily tenant energy use, which can inform future policies and programs.

Current Practice for Design and Control of High Thermal Mass Radiant Cooling Systems and Opportunities for Future Improvements
Farhad Farahmand, Project Manager |
Friday, August 17, 8:30 a.m.

Best practices in radiant cooling / heating systems design and operation that deliver outstanding performance in energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

For more information, contact Carmen Henrikson at

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Carmen Henrikson

Carmen has over 17 years of experience in the advancement of clean and distributed energy resources with a focus on delivery and integration of energy efficiency, demand response and renewable technologies. At TRC, she provides strategic and policy direction for the design and management of utility-scale energy efficiency incentive programs. She serves as an Executive Committee member and Treasurer on the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council’s Board of Directors. Carmen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute of Global Sustainable Enterprise.

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