Here you'll find brief descriptions of recent Energy Market Innovations projects by category. The full reports, where available, are linked below the descriptions.
Five Year Conservation Resource Action Plan (Seattle City Light)
EMI is facilitating a year-long planning project, leading a team of consultants in a strategic assessment of current business processes and energy efficiency initiatives and the development of an action plan that will guide the utility over the next five years. The resulting blueprint will not only address important technical and economic issues, but will also address strategic marketing, organizational, and cultural dimensions that are essential for success as the utility optimizes existing initiatives, launches new programs, and re-invigorates its core processes.
Statewide HVAC Market Transformation Strategy (California IOUs)
The major Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) in California recognized the need to enhance their HVAC programs to meet future energy savings goals. Working directly with Southern California Edison, EMI has been enlisted to support the IOUs as they develop future HVAC programs and delivery strategies. EMI is providing technical expertise to this working group and, most importantly, facilitating a process among the utilities to develop a coordinated strategy that is fully aligned with broader state-level goals established by the CPUC and the California State Legislature.
Puget Sound CFL Saturation Study (SCL, PSE, SnoPUD)
Compact Fluorescent Lamps are slated to provide a significant portion of future energy efficiency resources in the Pacific Northwest. While substantial progress has been made in marketing CFLs, very little has been known about the actual penetration of these bulbs in regional homes. In order to establish an up-to-date baseline upon which future market potential can be assessed, the region’s utilities contracted with EMI to assess the current saturation of CFLs. This study collected detailed data that were analyzed to quantify CFL saturation by lamp placement and usage for both standard and specialty bulbs. Results are being used to inform future program designs and assess remaining market potential.
Encouraging Innovation in the Third Party Initiative Program (Southern California Edison)
Southern California Edison contracted with EMI and Wirtshafter Associates to review and assess alternative organizational and programmatic designs useful for soliciting innovative proposals in delivery of energy efficiency services. This review included an investigation of other organizations that seek innovative ideas, products, or services to determine aspects that might be applicable to TPI operations. Recommendations included within this study were subsequently incorporated as part of the on-going third-party program solicitation process.
EESP Program Opportunities: Large C/I Markets in California (Southern California Edison)
The objective of this study was to identify program opportunities that might use public-goods charge funding to support the development of energy efficiency service providers (EESPs) within the large commercial and industrial (C/I) marketplace. The focus was on large engineering firms and facility management firms, which have rarely participated in the programs offered by the utilities. This study researched energy service outsourcing and other services these firms typically provide. EMI also examined the use of performance-based contracts for energy services. The team interviewed decision makers at engineering firms and the largest property management/facilities management firms. The results of the research include recommendations concerning the role of the utility customer representative, a framework for program innovation, and improving communications with potential EESPs.
Olympic Peninsula Non-wires Solutions Detailed Study (Bonneville Power Administration)
On the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, the Bonneville Power Administration identified a risk of voltage collapse under severe winter weather conditions. In exploring alternatives to investing in an upgrade of this system capacity, BPA contracted with EMI to conduct a detailed assessment of energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation on the Olympic Peninsula. EMI teamed with Global Energy Partners to identify the potential resources available to the BPA, over the next five years and under three different investment scenarios, as an option for reducing current and future loads in order to prevent system failure.
Southern Oregon Coast Non-wires Solutions Detailed Study (Bonneville Power Administration)
On the Southern Oregon Coast, the Bonneville Power Administration has identified a risk of system capacity being surpassed due to rapid growth in new loads. In exploring alternatives to investing in an upgrade of this system capacity, BPA contracted with EMI to conduct a detailed assessment of energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation in this area. EMI teamed with Global Energy Partners to identify the potential resources available, including the deployment of carrier-line enabled direct load control for electric water heat and domestic hot water.