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New York State’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. Bill Saxonis Office of Energy Efficiency & Environment New York State Department of Public Service . Encore? Energy Efficiency Program Performance NARUC Workshop – Washington DC February 16, 2008.

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New York State’s

Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

Bill Saxonis

Office of Energy Efficiency & Environment

New York State Department of Public Service

Encore? Energy Efficiency Program Performance

NARUC Workshop – Washington DC

February 16, 2008


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The Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) Proceeding

  • The Proceeding was born on May 16, 2007 by Commission Order (Case 07-M-0548).

  • Reduce electricity usage by 15% from the levels forecasted for 2015

    (15 X15 goal).

  • Comparable reduction goal for natural gas usage.

  • Achieving the 15X15 goal will bring electricity usage in

    2015 to below the 2006 level.

  • About 25,000 GWh of sales reduction will be needed to meet the 15 X 15 goal.


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What did the Commission say about evaluation?

  • “Ensure transparent and technically sound methods for measurement and verification of net energy savings, benefits and costs, as well as assessment of customer satisfaction and program efficacy.”


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EEPS – A Transparent Process

  • Plenary collaborative meetings, technical conference, list-serve/web page…

  • Roundtable sessions for the general public.

  • Staff “straw proposal” to encourage feedback.

  • 4 working groups made up of key parties.


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The Four Working Groups

  • WGI - Administration (who does what?)

  • WGII - Program design

  • WGIII - Evaluation/EEPS targets

  • WGIV - Emerging technologies/demand response/peak load


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Issues for WG III

  • Comprehensive evaluation (impact and process evaluation).

  • Long and short term evaluation. Important to have an “early warning system” to identify program deficiencies.

  • Consistent evaluation terms and measurement techniques to accurately track statewide progress.


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Issues for WG III

  • Reliable cost effectiveness test.

  • Credible, timely and accurate results for ratepayers, regulators, and Independent system operator.

  • Transparency in reporting from routine program data to detailed evaluation results.


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Some Key WG III Questions

  • How do we deal with diverse evaluation issues, for diverse programs, implemented in a diverse state?

  • Should we establish statewide evaluation protocols ? Will everyone comply?

  • How do we assess impacts of Codes and Standards? R&D?


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Some Key WG III Questions

  • How do we effectively quantify the impacts attributable to the programs?

  • Do we need a statewide evaluation group to help guide the process over the short and long term and coordinate statewide studies?

  • How do we balance evaluation costs and data reliability?


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Sage Advice

  • “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” -- Duke Ellington, Musician, American Genius


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WG III Results

  • Strong support for rigorous evaluation.

  • Detailed evaluation plan for every EEPS program.

  • Sufficient evaluation funding to get the job done….up to five percent of overall program budget.

  • Transparent and regular reporting.


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WG III Results

  • Support for statewide Evaluation Task Force (ETF).

  • General agreement that the ETF could play a key role in establishing evaluation protocols and, in some cases, coordinate research of statewide interest.

  • Lack of consensus over key details such as exact role, authority, membership and funding.


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WG III Results

  • Support for Total Resource Cost (TRC) Test.

  • Consider modifying TRC to include benefits beyond avoided energy resources savings for worthwhile programs that do not pass the test.


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What did the ALJs say?

  • Rigorous evaluation “is critical to the success of the EEPS as a whole.”

  • Endorsed concept of a statewide Evaluation Task Force (ETF).

  • ETF needed “to ensure that all program administrators are evaluating programs and reporting results consistently, reliably and regularly.”

  • Support for TRC test as a screening tool.


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One More Thing…

  • “Ever onward and upward to the end where all ends end– just before the beginning.”

    Duke Ellington, Musician, American Genius


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To Contact Us About the EPS Proceeding

  • Visit our Web site:

  • http://www.dps.state.ny.us/Case_07-M-0548.htm

  • E-Mail: [email protected]

    • Call: (518) 486-1610

  • Write to us:

  • NYS Department of Public Service

  • Office of Energy Efficiency & Environment

  • Three Empire State Plaza

  • Albany, NY 12223-1350


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