The West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) is the largest energy conference and technology expo held on the U.S. West specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. It brings together the top experts in all areas of the field to help you set a clear, optimum path to energy efficiency, facility optimization and sustainability, as well as innovation solutions to improve your ROI.
You can explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply and alternative energy options, and learn about innovative project implementation strategies. The multi-track conference covers a variety of topics, many specific to the region.
Association of Energy Engineers
Bill is responsible for the day to day operations of the Association of Energy Engineers. He is responsible for managing programs for membership, certification, publications, and conferences. He has worked with many local, state and federal agencies to develop workforce training programs and led the initiative to gain ANSI 17024 Accreditation and U.S. DOE Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines recognition of the AEE certifications.
Bill attended the University of Georgia and has over 25 years’ experience in energy management, automation and controls in both sales and engineering roles. He is a Certified Energy Manager® (CEM®), a member of the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council Board of Advisors, and was previously Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Varec, a Leidos company.
Customer Operations & Communications Puget Sound Energy
Andy Wappler is vice president, Customer Operations & Communications.
Wappler leads the company's customer service, customer engagement, communications, community engagement, and strategic business intelligence teams. His groups are charged with coordinating customer/community outreach, enhancing our data capability, developing our customer service platform, and generating internal customer communications.
Wappler is also the chairman and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, dedicated to promoting safety and emergency preparedness within PSE's service territory.
Wappler has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in English from the University of Washington.
He is married and has two children.
Better Buildings Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy
Maria Vargas, Director of the Better Buildings Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy, will discuss how leaders across the country are realizing the energy savings potential of their buildings. For example, through the Better Buildings Challenge, more than 350 organizations – companies, universities, and state and local governments – have set a public goal to reduce their building energy use by at least 20 percent over a ten year period and are sharing their technological and organizational strategies with others. Based on partnerships with these organizations, Ms. Vargas will offer her insights on the shared – and sometimes surprising – features of organizations that are delivering high-impact energy efficiency solutions and key opportunities for scaling up our collective actions.
Maria Tikoff Vargas is a Senior Program Advisor and the Director of the Better Buildings Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The goal of Better Buildings is to make American buildings, plants and housing 20 percent more efficient in the next decade. Through this leadership challenge, DOE works with state and local leaders, chief executive officers, and university presidents who have committed to upgrading buildings across their portfolio and providing their energy savings data and strategies as models for others to follow. Previously, Ms. Vargas worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) starting in 1986. There she worked on issues of ozone depletion and climate change. She was also the brand manager and marketing Director for the ENERGY STAR program for more than 15 years, promoting the benefits of energy efficiency to businesses and consumers. In 2014, she was inducted into the Energy Efficiency Forum Hall of Fame.