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DLC Controls Summit


March 15, 2018  •  San Ramon, CA
This one day interactive workshop brings together manufacturers, energy efficiency programs, and industry experts to discuss ways to increase the adoption of networked lighting controls (NLCs).

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Who Should Attend?

To provide a forum for robust audience input and discussion, the DLC limits this event to 100 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Manufacturers are limited to two attendees per manufacturer. The DLC encourages utilities, energy efficiency programs, and lighting controls manufacturers to register for this event.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Help shape the future of lighting controls technology
  • Discuss partnership opportunities with DLC utility Members
  • Provide input to DLC’s forthcoming V3.0 Networked Lighting Controls Specification
  • Provide input on how energy efficiency programs can better support NLC technology
  • Discuss how the DLC can further the adoption of NLCs in the market


7:30am – 8:00am Breakfast
8:00am – 8:20am Welcome and Introductions
8:20am – 10:00am Panel Discussion: Utility Networked Lighting Controls Program Design

  • Examples of utility networked lighting control programs
  • Results of new DLC study on utility program needs and best practices for networked lighting control program design
  • Scaling Up Education: How to train the workforce on networked lighting controls technology?
10:00am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 11:00am Breakout Sessions
Small group breakouts on various topics related to NLC program design and technology adoption:

  • Preparing for Full Scale Adoption
    What market and technology characteristics are necessary to allow for full scale adoption? What can the different stakeholder groups do to prepare for this change?
  • Program Marketing
    What is the best way to market and message a controls program? What are the ways to make contractors, end users, and manufacturer representatives more aware of available incentives and product benefits? What are the attributes of an effective promotional program?
  • Training
    What kind of training is needed? What content is online versus in-person? How should training be incentivized?
  • Ease of Use 
    How can we make it easier for contractors, end users, and manufacturer reps to participate in incentive programs? Is an incentive worth the trouble to get it? What are attributes and characteristics of a simple, easy-to-use NLC program?
  • Utility Incentives
    In this scenario, utilities would like to increase their incentives for networked lighting controls but are concerned about the cost-effectiveness and risk of not realizing the savings they predict. How do they justify higher incentives and mitigate risk?
  • Non-Energy Benefits
    The value of each of these benefits varies by vertical market segment, and may be described in various ways by different actors. When the value of these benefits can be clearly communicated and/or quantified, they can be leveraged to increase sales and adoption of the technology. As the IoT market grows, new benefits are created, and the scope of known benefits expands. When quantified, some utilities may even be able to incorporate them into their cost-effectiveness calculations.
11:00am – 11:20am Break
11:20am – 12:30pm Breakout Session Presentations
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 4:30pm NLC Technical Requirements Update with Live Polling
The DLC will provide an overview of the proposed V3.0 Networked Lighting Controls Specification and a summary of comments received from stakeholders. With each revision topic, the DLC will open up the discussion to the audience for input and live-poll attendees for their perspective.
     1:30pm – 2:30pm Topic 1: Energy Monitoring
     2:30pm – 3:30pm Topic 2: NLC System Security
     3:30pm – 3:45pm Break
     3:45pm – 4:30pm Additional V3.0 Specification Topics
4:30pm – 5:00pm Wrap Up/Adjourn