Energy Efficiency Conferences 2019


Conferences are a great way to stay up to date with the latest policy and technology developments in the field of energy efficiency, and network with other industry professionals. The following are conferences taking place in 2019 all over North America – as well as a list of training resources offered by like-minded organizations.

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Check out this list for opportunities to network with your peers in the energy efficiency sector!


Canadian Conferences

2019 Energy Efficiency Summit // Edmonton, Alberta
February 26-27 2019
Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance

 The Alberta Energy Efficiency Summit will offer delegates a forum to learn about the latest trends in energy efficiency.


Smart Energy Event // Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 16-17 2019

Today’s demand for smart energy is changing how utilities, corporations, governments, researchers and consumers look at interfacing with one another. Join over 250 delegates as we share examples of energy ecosystems collaborating across North America. Hear how suppliers and startups are working together with utilities to create solutions thru technology and innovation.


Carbon Pricing for Canadian Industry // Toronto, Ontario
April 25-26 2019
Canadian Clean

With the Federal Backstop and provincial carbon regulations coming into effect, Canadian industry is being challenged by new benchmarks, timelines, pricing and rules. Energy-intensive sectors are now very focused on understanding the risks and opportunities presented by new carbon regulations and developing strategies for emissions reductions.Through expert panels and in-depth presentations, Carbon Pricing for Canadian Industry, April 25-26, Hilton Toronto, will provide industry with critical insight on benchmarking carbon strategies and managing compliance across various jurisdictions.

Special offer for friends of Efficiency Canada: enter promo code efficiency10 for a 10% discount on registration!


Smart City and IoT Expo // Toronto, Canada
April 30 – May 1 2019
Organized by smart city experts

Smart City & IoT Expo 2018 is organized by Smart City Experts with a mission to combine the power of collocated Smart City conference along with state-of-the-art IoT expo on a single floor in order to educate people towards smart cities and urban planning technologies. We aim to provide a platform where Govt. officials, City Council Representatives, Business managers, Directors, urban administrators, and researchers brainstorm ideas about cities of the future.


Energizing Efficiency Conference 2019 // Moncton, New Brunswick
May 7-8 2019
Énergie NB Power

As we transition to a low carbon economy, energy management is more important than ever before. That means energy efficiency is the most important tool your organization has to minimize environmental impact while maximizing productivity and profit. This conference is for those with an interest in managing energy consumption for the betterment of their community, business or workplace.


Solar Canada Annual Conference and Exposition // Calgary, Alberta
May 08-09 2019
Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)

Network with an estimated 2200 attendees and up to 100 exhibitors representing the entire supply chain: solar integration, development, engineering and EPC, equipment manufacturers, utilities, consultants, federal, provincial and municipal governments, communities, and students.


10th Clean Energy Ministerial and Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting // Vancouver, British Columbia
May 27 2019
Natural Resources Canada

Canada will host the 10thClean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and the fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI4) meeting in 2019. Co-located, CEM and MI bring together energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 24 member countries and the European Union, and provide a robust stage to accelerate global clean energy innovation and uptake.


Energy Solutions Expo // Stoney Creek, Ontario
May 28-29 2019
The Power Factory

Don’t miss the leading energy event of 2019. ENERGY SOLUTIONS EXPO (ESX) brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Southern Ontario. More than 500 attendees and over 70 exhibiting companies are expected to gather in order to gain insight into efficiency for the Commercial, Industrial, AGRI, MURB and Institutional workplaces. The event also provides educational sessions and expert-led presentations covering the latest trends and technology for energy, gas and water efficiency.


Building Lasting Change 2019 // Vancouver, British Columbia
May 28-30 2019
Canada Green Building Council 

The reality of climate change is upon us. Future-proofing Canada’s building stock to respond to our new reality requires actionable solutions that balance the need to reduce carbon emissions with enhanced resilience and improved health and well-being in the spaces where we work, live and play. New, low carbon green buildings are part of the solution, but it will also be essential to retrofit the millions of square feet of existing buildings to achieve our social, economic and environmental objectives. All CaGBC members are invited to apply for the opportunity to share their expertise and insight with Canada’s largest network of green building industry professionals.


International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2019 // Ottawa, Ontario
June 23-26 2019
School of Public Affairs and Administration, Carleton University 

In many sectors and regions sustainability transitions are gathering pace as new technologies, business models and social practices begin to transform existing systems of social provisioning. Yet the current political context is difficult. And in some areas there is increasing resistance to transformative change that promotes sustainability. Above all, progress remains slow when compared to the scale of damage being done to ecosystems and the climate. The theme of IST 2019 – Accelerating sustainability transitions – seeks to address this challenging context by encouraging researchers and practitioners to examine obstacles to transitions processes and strategies to speed up the transformation of systems of production and consumption.


iWise 2019 – International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability and Environment // Ottawa, Ontario (Carleton University)
August 7-9 2019
Ottawa Assembly of Knowledge and Science Target 

The conference is centered around the themes of water, informatics, sustainability, and the environment; all of which relate to global warming and climate change. Together, conference attendees will draw linkages between these themes, and learn about cutting-edge research, technology and practice in these fields. Field-leading experts will deliver keynote talks, while focused themed sessions will offer the opportunity to delve deeper into specific issues and solutions.


AESP Summer Conference and Expo // Toronto, Ontario
August 27 2019
Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) 

No description available.


Energy Solutions Expo // Mississauga, Ontario
September 17th 2019
The Power Factory

Looking for innovative ways to save on energy, increase efficiency and increase your bottom line? Are you responsible for saving money on electricity, gas and water?

Don’t miss the leading energy event of 2019. ENERGY SOLUTIONS EXPO (ESX) brings a wealth of innovation and technology in energy efficiency, generation and storage. Over 50 exhibiting companies. Learn from leaders in the field about efficiency for the Commercial, Industrial, AGRI, MURB and Institutional sectors. The event also provides educational sessions and expert-led workshops covering the latest trends and technology for energy, gas and water efficiency.


BuildGreen Atlantic 2019 // Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 30 2019

BuildGreen Atlantic 2019 will have three education streams focused on Retrofits, Energy Benchmarking and Accelerating to Zero.

The 2019 event will feature exciting speakers and innovative projects. Stay tuned for details on the breakfast Keynote, education sessions, closing plenary, tradeshow and Atlantic Chapter Leadership & Green Building Awards Ceremony. BuildGreen Atlantic always attracts the green building sector including architects, engineers, designers, policy makers as well as students.


Green Building Festival 2019 // Toronto, Ontario
October 8 2019
Sustainable Buildings Canada

The building industry has more challenges to meet than ever before and according to the IPCC, we have 12 years to cut carbon emissions almost in half. Simultaneously we need to design for the extremes of a changed climate and build in a way to reverse those changes. Do we need to throw ever more complex technology into buildings to meet the challenge? Sometimes very sophisticated green buildings perform poorly while some simple structures perform exceptionally well.

The 2019 Green Building Festival will look at both simple and complex strategies, techniques and technologies to inspire the building community in reaching the goal of zero carbon. Included will be an office building in snowy Austria that regulates comfort and temperature all without a mechanical system, Active House versus Passive House, 3D printed concrete forms that minimize waste, integrated mechanical and envelope strategies for new and existing buildings and innovative technologies that can reduce and possibly eliminate CO2 in concrete production.


Bright Business Conference & Awards // Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 23 2019
Efficiency Nova Scotia 

More than 1,400 people work in energy efficiency across the province – from contractors to certified energy auditors to heat pump installers. They’re tackling some of our toughest challenges like lowering bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving our energy security for future generations. It’s important work, and our Bright Business Conference & Awards connects these professionals in a one-day conference.


Decentralised Energy Forum // Banff, Alberta
November 5-6 2019
Decentralised Energy Canada

At the Decentralised Energy Forum we’ve seen profound changes in the way we create and consume energy. New technologies, climate change policies, and market drivers are all triggering the industry’s largest shakeup in over a century. There’s no doubt in our minds that the global economy is in transition and a new role has emerged for decentralised energy. It’s time we seize this opportunity and forge our power industry into the 21st century. We’re bringing together like-minded industry experts who are ready to make contemporary energy an integral part of our modern built environment. Where the journey to interactive and automated energy is showcased. Where you meet inspirational business leaders who spark your imagination and can put your business on a clear path to future success. Where innovation integrates into real projects.


American Conferences


2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo // Atlanta, Georgia
January 12-16 2019
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 

The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership.  The track focus areas include refrigeration, HVAC&R fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, common system misapplications and achieving high performance building operation after design. Others are aimed at moving building design, construction, and operation forward.


AESP Annual Conference and Expo // San Antonio, Texas
January 21-24 2019
Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP)

Attend the premier energy industry conference that draws the top program managers, implementers, marketers, evaluators, policy makers, consultants and manufacturers in Demand-side Management, Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and IDSM. Highly regarded experts in their respective fields will lead over 25 sessions that cover a range of current topics in marketing, implementation, program design, technology, research, evaluation, diversity, and more.


2019 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference // Chicago, Illinois
February 20-22 2019
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Once a year, MEEA invites all energy stakeholders to gather at our annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference to raise awareness and reinforce the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest. MES is about celebrating accomplishments in energy efficiency, as well as laying out the efficiency program and policy landscape for the coming year.


2019 Hot Water Forum // Nashville, Tennessee
March 11 2019
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 

Join us for ACEEE’s 2019 Hot Water Forum, where you will hear from experts on the latest technologies and techniques to improve how we make, distribute, and use hot water. In addition to improving water heating efficiency, these new tools can help us respond to the evolving energy paradigm that includes renewable energy and energy storage.


AESP Spring Conference, 2019 // Renton, Washington
May 6-8 2019
Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP)

No description available.


Efficiency Exchange 2019 // Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
May 14-15 2019
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Efficiency Exchange is the premier networking and learning conference for energy efficiency professionals from across the Northwest. Attendees from public and private utilities, consulting and research firms, government and non-profit organizations will come together to learn and connect to help the region more effectively achieve its energy savings goals.


Energy Efficiency Global Forum // Washington, D.C.
June 12 2019
Alliance to Save Energy

Over the last decade, EE Global has established itself as the energy efficiency elite’s gathering place – the one event that draws together business executives, government leaders, and advocates from across sectors and continents for actionable dialogues on advancing energy efficiency. From Washington, D.C. to Copenhagen Denmark, the Forum has spurred public-private partnerships, generated investment in efficiency and delivered, a lasting global impact. Our 400+ attendees are decision-makers, with 80% self-identifying as Director-level or above. They represent all sectors and disciplines, and hail from over 50 countries. EE Global speakers are visionaries, engaging the audience in informative and bold conversations. Our content is developed with guidance from the Energy Efficiency Global Alliance and our EE Global Working Group, comprised of energy efficiency experts from all regions of the world.


30th Anniversary Energy Fair: clean energy + sustainable living // Custer, Wisconsin
June 21 2019
Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Our mission is to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability
through education and demonstration.


2019 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry // Portland, Oregon
August 12-15 2019
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Our theme for this historic Summer Study on industrial energy efficiency is “Inspiring Action for a Sustainable Future.”  We chose our theme to wrap around the cycle of empowering people, establishing policy, enhancing processes, enabling action all towards inspiring a sustainable industrial future.  While the cycle continues, it begins and ends with people, like you, who are committed to industrial efficiency.


E-Source Forum 2019 // Denver, Colorado
September 17-20 2019

The E Source Forum keeps you current on today’s utility trends, best practices, and critical issues. We blend content and fun to create a unique atmosphere that fosters collaboration and networking among more than 600 utility professionals from across the US and Canada.


2019 National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource // Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 15 2019
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 

Held every other year since 2001, the “EER Conference” attracts a broad spectrum of energy industry stakeholders including utilities, regulatory commissions, state government, consultants, manufacturers, environmental organizations, consumer groups, and research institutes. It will highlight the latest developments in the design and delivery of customer energy efficiency programs, and in the regulatory mechanisms that help make them possible. Look for a robust discussion of the many issues facing utilities as they acquire and integrate this resource into their planning and operation.


2019 Behaviour, Energy and Climate Change Conference // Sacramento, California
November 17-20 2019
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC) is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making and using that knowledge to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Currently in its 12th year, BECC is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia.


Workshops and training

The following organizations provide a wide variety of seminars, training workshops and literature reviews, which can be perused on-demand or attended in person:

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)

Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE):

Passive House Canada

Passive House Institute U.S.

Prism Engineering


(Hat tip to the fine folks at Realized Worth – we “borrowed” their concept for this blog! If you’re looking for more CSR-oriented conferences, watch for their annual list here.)


About Efficiency Canada

Efficiency Canada is the national voice for an energy efficient economy. Our mission is to create a sustainable environment and better life for all Canadians by making our country a global leader in energy efficiency policy, technology, and jobs. We conduct rigorous policy analysis; communicate compelling narratives; and convene and mobilize Canada’s dynamic energy efficiency sector. Efficiency Canada is housed at Carleton University’s Sustainable Energy Research Centre.


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