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					           WESTERN GOVERNORS’ ASSOCIATION
       ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS WORKSHOP
                                        JULY 17-18, 2007
                                         Red Lion Hotel
                                 4040 Quebec St., Denver, Colorado

                                              Agenda

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVE:
The overall objective of the Energy Efficient Buildings Workshop is to promote implementation
of energy efficient approaches and mechanisms that contribute 30 percent or greater
improvement over current IECC codes.

To achieve this workable goal, participants will discuss best practices, tools and incentives for
encouraging energy efficient buildings. Legislation and regulatory changes to promote more
efficient buildings will be identified for policymakers to consider. During breakout sessions,
participants will work collaboratively to make recommendations on the steps needed to achieve a
greater energy-efficient future.

TUESDAY, JULY 17
Registration will open at 8 a.m. in the Red Lion Hotel lobby. Main sessions will be held in the
Aspen II Ballroom. Room locations for the breakout sessions will be provided at the meeting.

8:30 – 9 a.m.           Continental Breakfast (Aspen II Ballroom)
                        Forest City Stapleton, Inc. will give a brief overview of their nationally
                        recognized sustainable community.

9:00 – 10:30            Tour of Stapleton Energy Efficient Homes and Development
                        Harvard Communities’ Near-zero Energy Home
                        Participants can speak with builder John Keith about his home's design
                        and the unique construction methods that will allow it to use
                        approximately 75 percent less energy than other new homes built to code.
                        Austin Signature Homes’ ENERGY STAR® Home
                        Participants will learn about this home’s sustainable features, high-
                        performance insulation and windows, and how builders and states can
                        easily adopt this national program into their home construction.

11:00 – 11:20           Welcome
                        Colorado Governor Bill Ritter




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11:20 – Noon            Progress with Energy Efficiency Initiatives in Western States Since
                        WGA Launched the Clean and Diversified Energy Initiative
                        Howard Geller, Executive Director and Founder of the Southwest Energy
                        Efficiency Project

Noon – 12:30            National Action Plan and Energy Star Homes
                        Sam Rashkin, National Director of Energy Star for Homes at the U.S.
                        Environmental Protection Agency

12:30 – 1:30            Lunch

1:30 – 1:55             Overview Presentation of Energy Efficient Homebuilding
                        Eric Borsting, National Association of Homebuilders

1:55 – 2:15             Promoting Higher Energy Efficiency Standards in Homes
                        Kim Calomino, Built Green Colorado

2:15 – 3:45             Innovative Energy Efficiency Programs and Legislation in the
                        Western States
                        State legislators and energy officials will discuss new legislative proposals
                        that encourage energy efficiency with special focus on the implementation
                        of similar policies and programs in the Western states.

                        o Jim Ploger, Energy Office, Kansas Corporation Commission
                        o Tom Fitzpatrick, Public Citizen Texas
                        o Karen Fraser, State Senator, Washington
                        o Tanya Pullin, State Representative, Kentucky
                        o Valerie Hall, California Energy Commission
                        Moderator: Kate Marks, National Conference of State Legislators

3:45 – 4:00             Break

4:00 – 5:00             Going Above and Beyond the Building Codes: The Role of Local
                        Governments and Energy Efficient Homebuilders
                        Panelists will discuss how local governments and homebuilders can strive
                        to attain a level of energy efficiency in communities that is well beyond
                        current building codes.

                        o George Burmeister, President, Colorado Energy Group
                        o Thor Peterson, City of Seattle
                        o Gil Rossmiller, Chief Building Official, Parker, CO
                        o Jay Woodward, International Code Council
                        Moderator: Tom Plant, Colorado Governor’s Energy Office




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5:00 – 6:00             Removing Impediments for Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Programs
                        Utility representatives will assess regulatory obstacles preventing utilities
                        from producing greater returns on energy efficiency programs and discuss
                        possible ways to overcome them.

                        o Roger Kranenburg, Edison Electric Institute
                        o Fred Stoffel, Xcel Energy
                        o Robert Balzar, Seattle City Light
                        Moderator: Ravi Malhotra, iCAST

6:00                    ADJOURN


WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
7:30                    Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15             Welcome

8:15 – 9:15             Financing Energy Efficiency in Public Building Projects
                        Panelists will focus on financing energy efficient public building projects
                        that have the potential to generate enormous energy savings.

                        o Carl Hurst, Johnson Controls
                        o Tom Fitzpatrick, Public Citizen Texas
                        o Don Gilligan, NAESCO
                        o Roger Flud, TAC Energy Solutions
                        Moderator: Chris Youngs, CitiCapital Energy Finance

9:15 – 9:30             Breakout Session Overview
                        Attendees will participate in two breakout sessions (multiple groups
                        during each session). Each group will include representatives from a cross
                        section of interests and perspectives at the workshop.

9:30 – 9:45             Break

9:45 – 11:45            Breakout Session #1 – Advancing Legislation, Building Codes, and
                        Incentives for Housing and Public Buildings
                        Building on day one presentations and discussion, the groups will:
                             examine legislative and regulatory changes that will assist in
                                promoting highly efficient buildings (homes and public buildings);
                             explore innovative approaches to going beyond building codes;
                             identify drivers that would encourage builders of both residential
                                and public properties to voluntarily build beyond required energy
                                efficiency standards; and


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                                determine specific actions and next steps that could be taken by
                                 participants and others (including actions the Governors and
                                 legislators should take).

11:45 – 1:15            Lunch

1:15 – 2:45             Breakout Session #2 – Breaking Down Barriers and Addressing
                        Incentives for Utility Energy Efficiency Programs
                        Building on prior presentations and discussion, the groups will:
                             examine legislative and regulatory obstacles that create
                                disincentives for utilities to invest in energy efficiency programs
                                and;
                             identify possible ways to overcome those obstacles (including
                                incentives) that would encourage utilities to implement energy
                                efficiency programs; and
                             determine specific actions and next steps that could be taken by
                                participants and others (including actions the Governors,
                                legislatures, and PUCs should take).

2:45 – 3:30             Workshop Summary and Wrap-Up

3:30                    ADJOURN




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