Little Rock to Host National Energy Efficiency Conference in 2015

Little Rock will host a prestigious national conference on energy efficiency in 2015, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Energy Office announced Tuesday.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will bring its 2015 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource to the Statehouse Convention Center Sept. 20-22, 2015.

The biennial event, which AEDC calls one of the country's premier conferences on the role of energy efficiency as a utility system resource, was first held in 2001 and will be making its first trip to Arkansas. Previous conferences have been held in Nashville, Denver, Chicago, and Berkeley, California.

"This is a great opportunity for Arkansas," said J.D. Lowery, director of the Arkansas Energy Office, in a press release. "Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important to individuals, businesses and to utilities across the country. Little Rock will host the nation's leaders in the energy-efficiency field. We look forward to learning from them and we are also eager to showcase the accomplishments Arkansas has made in energy efficiency.

"ACEEE’s decision to host this event in Little Rock is no doubt due, in part, to the leadership of our Public Service Commission, our utilities and many other partners who have established Arkansas as an energy efficiency leader in the southeast."

The conference is expected to draw more than 500 industry experts representing regulatory commissions, state governments, consultants, manufacturers, environmental organizations, consumer groups and research institutes.

Among other issues, the 2015 conference is expected to address advances in the design and delivery of consumer energy efficiency programs and the regulatory mechanisms that help make them possible.