September 22-23rd at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Postponed to Spring 2022

A Message from Executive Director Jeaneen Zappa

Dear EEA Members and Supporters,

EEA staff and board have decided to postpone our upcoming policy conference. Forging the Future for Energy Efficiency, which was scheduled to take place September 22-23rd, will now take place in spring 2022. We did not make the decision to postpone lightly, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused. 

Our goal is to hold a high-value, well-attended, and safe event featuring quality speakers and plenty of networking opportunities. Rising COVID cases made it clear that we can't hold that event this September. Rather than moving the conference online, we've decided to plan a robust in-person event next year.

While we are disappointed to be missing you in September, we are absolutely looking forward to an exciting and substantial in-person conference in 2022! We hope you'll join us next spring for two days of networking and content, featuring many of the same speakers slated to join us in 2021.

If you purchased a 2021 ticket, instructions for opting to apply your ticket towards 2022 are already in your inbox. You can find that email by looking for a subject line that reads "Please Read: 'Forging the Future' Conference Postponed". If you purchased a 2021 ticket but didn't receive an email, please contact Communications and Events Manager Katie Thompson (

We'll be sharing new conference dates and registration options with our newsletter subscribers closer to spring.

Thank you for your understanding and support during these uncertain times. We are all looking forward to seeing you at a safe, educational, and fun policy conference in 2022.


Jeaneen Zappa
Executive Director

The Conference

What does the future of energy efficiency look like? A difficult year has given us new appreciation for “business-as-usual” conditions. But as the industry recovers, we’re facing a unique opportunity to look beyond the old “normal” and shape the future. KEEA and EEA-NJ's first in-person event of 2021, Forging the Future for Energy Efficiency, presents two days of forward-looking programming examining the policies, technologies, and companies pushing our industry into a new period of growth and innovation.

The Venue

"The Coolest Shipyard in America" according to Politico, the Philadelphia Navy Yard is a unique 1,200 acre reimagining of one of America's most historically important ports. This cutting-edge space features many public green spaces, over 170 employers, and a nationally recognized microgrid. Conference attendees can take advantage of a walking tour highlighting the Navy Yard's many unique features. To reserve a walking tour space, please email (tour capacity is limited).

Not able to attend the conference in-person? You can still experience our programming virtually. Simply purchase a virtual ticket and enjoy remote access to all of Thursday's workshops and speakers.


2021 Agenda


Wednesday, September 22nd

1:15 - Walking tour of the Philadelphia Navy Yard begins
3:30 - Federal/State Policy Update
4:30-6:30 - Networking Happy Hour

Thursday, September 23rd

8:00 - Complimentary Breakfast
9:00 - Welcome and Keynote Address
Speaker: Kenneth Black
10:05 - Panel A: New Jersey EE Landscape - Utility Programs & Government Officials
Speakers: Susanna Chu (PSEG), Anne Marie Peracchio (NJNG), Stacy Richardson (BPU), and Hannah Thonet (Governor's Office) .
10:05 - Panel B: Pennsylvania EE Landscape - Utility Programs & Government Officials
Speakers: To Be Announced Soon
11:30 - Plenary Session
Speaker: William Ellis (Pepco)
12:15 - Lunch, Networking, and Exhibitor Tables
1:15 - Panel A: Workforce Development
Speakers: Alison Diehl (Clean Energy Center), Paul M. Douglas (JPI Group), Waltasia Mansano (PSEG), Crystal Pruitt (BPU), and Walt Yakbosky (Energy Coordinating Agency).
1:15 - Panel B: Building Electrification
Speakers: Weston Berg (ACEEE), Jamal Lewis (GHHI), and others.
2:45 - Panel A: Pushing the Envelope: Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Buildings
Speakers: Alex Dews (IMT), Douglas McCleery (MaGrann Associates),  Dareen Port (NEEP), and others.
2:45 - Panel B: Municipalities: Leading the Charge!
Speakers: Grant Ervin (City of Pittsburgh), LeAnne Harvey (GBU), and Kate Lawrence (City of Jersey City).
4:15 - Raffle, Awards, and Closing Remarks


Welcome Keynote

Kenneth Black
Utility Industry Advisor
Retired Chairman, E Source


Lunch Keynote

William R. Ellis
MD Regional VP, Government and External Affairs
Pepco Holdings, An Exelon Company

Weston Berg
Senior Researcher, State Policy
Alex Dews 
Managing Director of Programs
Institute for Market Transformation
Alison Diehl
Clean Energy Center
Paul Douglas
The JPI Group
Grant Ervin
Chief Resilience Officer
City of Pittsburgh
LeAnne Harvey
Program & Communications Manager
Green Building United
Katherine Lawrence, AICP, PP
Sustainability Director
City of Jersey City
Waltasia Mansano
Program Manager, Clean Energy Jobs
Anne-Marie Peracchio
Director of Conservation and Clean Energy
New Jersey Natural Gas
Walter Yakabosky, B.S., M.B.A
Director of Training
Energy Coordinating Agency

Check back again soon—we confirm more speakers every week!


Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Premier Sponsors

Networking Sponsors

Delicious Sponsors


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MaGrann logo

Exhibitor Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to get more involved in Forging the Future for Energy Efficiency?

Sponsorship puts you at the center of it all.

Sponsorship places your company in the most prominent position to impress new customers, demonstrate leadership in our industry, and build relationships across utilities, the PUC, and the BPU. Plus—this year, only sponsors have the option to exhibit at the Navy Yard’s beautiful event space.

EEA is offering a limited quantity of exclusive branded packages that represent the most valuable interactions with our attendees. Each exclusive sponsorship package includes a generous number of registrations, prominent placement of your branding on all conference-related communications, and attendee contact information before and after the event. Follow this link to learn more about these exclusive sponsorship opportunities.

Exhibitor sponsorship packages are now available! These packages all offer a high-value mix of complimentary tickets, exhibitor tables, and branding opportunities. Click here to learn more.

Questions about sponsorship? Interested in customizing your own package? Don't hesitate to contact Business Engagement Manager John Young (

Join KEEA or EEA-NJ Today!

Discounted event tickets are just the beginning of the benefits you'll enjoy when your organization joins KEEA or EEA-NJ. For more information about membership, please contact Business Engagement Manager John Young (

Promotional Exchanges

In exchange for promoting the conference through your organization's communications channels, you could receive ticket discounts. For more information, please contact Communications and Events Manager Katie Thompson (


About the Energy Efficiency Alliance

The Energy Efficiency Alliance deploys education, strategic outreach, and policy innovation to expand the market for energy efficiency in the mid-Atlantic region. As the largest and fastest-growing industry in the energy sector, our efforts are focused on growing a local workforce that cannot be outsourced, while reducing pollution and bolstering the local economy.


About the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Energy Efficiency Alliance of New Jersey:

The EEA’s mission is carried out on the ground in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by state affiliate 501(c)6 organizations. Representing more than 70 member businesses, KEEA and EEA-NJ engage with legislative and regulatory bodies to educate decision-makers on the benefits of energy efficiency.