A Conversation About the Present and Future of Utility Rebates and Incentives for Labs

Matt Smith, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Utility companies play an important role in driving energy efficiency in laboratories. Learn about incentives, rebates, and other programs that have been implemented locally by San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to help curb energy consumption, and hear about new and upcoming programs specifically designed to address plug loads in labs.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn how to engage and work with local and state stakeholders to enhance their plug load management strategies.
  • Participants will learn about programs designed to incentivize energy efficiency in labs.
  • Participants will learn how local organizations have taken advantage of utility incentives to reduce energy consumption in their labs.


Matt Smith is a Project Manager in the Emerging Technologies group at San Diego Gas & Electric. Since joining SDG&E in October of 2013, Matt has been involved in evaluating technologies to help drive energy efficiency and demand response programs in the SDG&E territory and all over California. Previously in his career he performed financial analysis on solar PV developments, supported operational studies of concentrated solar and advanced biofuels technologies, and developed visualization software for missile defense applications. Matt has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.


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