The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) Summer Conference & Expo, July 30-31, in Toronto, gathered leaders in energy efficiency program development, marketing, implementation and evaluation. More than 250 industry professionals from utilities, public benefits groups, regulatory agencies, as well as consultants and manufacturers, attended.
The conference featured a series of educational and networking opportunities, as well as exhibitors showcasing new products, services and solutions from industry innovators.
Sessions addressed a wide range of industry topics:
- Innovative approaches to natural gas efficiency programs
- Using Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) protocols to help you
- Marketing energy efficiency programs to ethnic communities
- Getting Commercial & Industrial customers to participate in demand response programs
- Energy benchmarking
In addition, attendees discussed the need for trained workers in this field, even as unemployment remains high elsewhere.
"We are seeing that many of our members are looking for talented workers and that energy efficiency remains a hotspot for hiring," said Meg Matt, president and CEO of AESP. In a recent survey of AESP members, more than half said that they were actively hiring, and a majority of these jobs were in the $50,000 - $100,000 annual salary range.