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Energy Efficiency Program Performance. Dian M. Grueneich, Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission. NARUC Winter Meeting - February 16, 2008  Washington DC. National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency.

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Energy efficiency program performance

Energy Efficiency Program Performance

Dian M. Grueneich, CommissionerCalifornia Public Utilities Commission

NARUC Winter Meeting - February 16, 2008  Washington DC

National action plan for energy efficiency
National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency

  • Released on July 31, 2006 at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners meeting

  • Goal:To create a sustainable, aggressive national commitment to energy efficiency through gas and electric utilities, utility regulators, and partner organizations

  • Over 60 member public-private Leadership Group developed five recommendations and commits to take action

  • Additional commitments to energy efficiency – exceeds 120 organizations

  • Facilitated by US DOE and EPA


  • National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency

  • Recommendations

  • Recognize energy efficiency as a high-priority energy resource.

  • Make a strong, long-term commitment to implement cost-effective energy efficiency as a resource.

  • Broadly communicate the benefits of and opportunities for energy efficiency.

  • Provide sufficient, timely and stable program funding to deliver energy efficiency where cost-effective.

  • Modify policies to align utility incentives with the delivery of cost-effective energy efficiency and modify ratemaking practices to promote energy efficiency investments.

Model energy efficiency program impact evaluation guide
Model Energy Efficiency Program Impact Evaluation Guide

  • Guide was developed because a need was identified for documents that foster best practices and promote consistent evaluations of programs

  • Provides a structure and several model approaches for:

    • Calculating energy and demand savings

    • Calculating avoided emissions

  • Published in November 2007 after a year long national committee process


  • To provide:

    • A model impact evaluation process that can be used by individual jurisdictions (states, utilities, etc.) with their own specific evaluation requirements

    • Basic descriptions and guidance, in a policy neutral manner, of evaluation options and issues

    • List of reference documents and resources

  • Readers should be able to:

    • Define the basic objectives, structure and evaluation approaches that will be used for their own program-specific, impact evaluation

    • Using the Guide and other documents referenced in Guide, prepare a complete program impact evaluation plan.

The participants
The Participants

  • Advisory Group

    • Commissioner Dian Grueneich, California PUC (co-chair)

    • Diane Munns, EEI (co-chair)

    • Chris James, formerly of Connecticut DEP

    • Rick Leuthauser, MidAmerican Energy Company

    • Jan Schori, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    • Peter Smith, formerly of NYSERDA

  • Technical Group

    • Steve Schiller, Schiller Consulting (Principal Author)

    • Derik Broekhoff, World Resources Institute

    • Nick Hall, TecMarket Works

    • M. Sami Khawaja, Quantec

    • David Sumi, PA Consulting

    • Laura Vimmerstedt, National Renewable Energy Lab

    • Ed Vine, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

  • Reviewers

    • Draft sent to “hundreds”

    • Comments received from about 25 organizations

What is EE in CA…

Energy Efficiency is California’s highest priority resource to:

  • Meet energy needs

  • Save money

  • Reduce GHG emissions

    EE is # 1 in loading order

What ee can generate
What EE Can Generate …..

Source: California Green Innovation Index, 2008 Inaugural Issue – Next 10, page 21.

Ca s approach to em v protocols
CA’s Approach to EM&V - Protocols

  • California’s Protocols establish a uniform approach for:

    • Conducting robust and cost-efficient energy efficiency evaluation studies;

    • Documenting ex-post evaluation-confirmed (i.e. realized) energy efficiency program and portfolio effects;

    • Supporting the performance bases for judging energy efficiency program and portfolio achievements;

    • Providing data to support energy efficiency program and portfolio cost-effectiveness assessments;

  • EM&V budgets about 8% of program costs; and,

  • EM&V overseen by CPUC, independent of IOUs.

What it takes ….. Integration, Innovation, Collaboration…

The “Next Generation” of California EE

  • Long-term (through 2020), statewide utility strategic plan

  • Integration across customer demand resources

  • Real time/interactive Energy Efficiency Web Portal

Big BoldEnergy Efficiency Strategies

Commercial New Construction

  • All new commercial construction in California will be zero net energy by 2030.

Residential / Small Commercial HVAC

  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry will be reshaped

Residential New Construction

  • All new residential construction in California will be zero net energy by 2020.

Low-Income Energy Efficiency

  • All eligible homes energy-efficient by 2020.