Here you'll find brief descriptions of recent Energy Market Innovations projects by category. The full reports, where available, are linked below the descriptions.
Oregon Photovoltaic Market Assessment (Energy Trust of Oregon)
The Energy Trust of Oregon engaged EMI to benchmark existing market activity and trends prior to launching a residential and commercial program to stimulate demand for Photovoltaic installations. Using a variety of data sources, and surveys with recent purchasers of PV technology, EMI painted a comprehensive assessment of the market. One innovative component was the application of a new product diffusion framework to serve as a baseline for future technology diffusion analyses. With this well documented snapshot of the market, the Energy Trust is in a better position to gauge the success achieved by this new program.
Industrial Customer Market Research (Energy Center of Wisconsin)
The Energy Center of Wisconsin contracted with EMI to interview senior management at sixty industrial companies to assess experiences with the Wisconsin Focus on Energy initiative and to explore energy efficiency investments. Senior staff conducting interviews investigated energy-related costs, corporate decision-making, quality of assistance provided by Focus on Energy, and barriers to making energy efficiency upgrades/investments. Salient trends were summarized, and recommendations were offered to enhance program offerings.
Wisconsin Renewable Energy Market Assessment (Energy Center of Wisconsin)
The Energy Center of Wisconsin contracted with EMI to conduct an assessment of the near-term potential for renewable energy in Wisconsin. EMI interviewed program participants and non-participants to provide an overview of how consumers make decisions about installing renewable energy systems, including motivation, competing options, information sources, barriers, and customer need. EMI also provided estimates of installation rates for photovoltaics, wind, anaerobic digestion, and thermal hot water systems.
Evaluation Planning for the Utility of the Future (Puget Sound Energy)
Since 2002, savings targets have more than doubles for Puget Sound Energy. As a result, staff was challenged to plan and implement projects to meet increasingly complex demands of the utility’s stakeholders. EMI initiated a comprehensive approach to evaluation planning that: (1) mapped all existing data sources/bases and reporting tools, (2) completed a needs assessment that provided stakeholders with a framework for defining their evaluation and market research requirements, (3) prioritized and budgeted potential evaluation and market research projects, and (4) standardized program documentation and project management tools. This resulted in more clearly defined responsibilities within the utility, improved allocation of resources, and a more efficient, confident and effective evaluation staff.
Small HVAC O&M Market Test Evaluation (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance)
For the Northwest Efficiency Alliance, EMI provided real-time evaluation services for an innovative program targeting O&M opportunities in small commercial rooftop HVAC units. In this project, we conducted in-field observations with technicians and trainers; conducted in-depth interviews with owners and sales managers of service providers; and coordinated with a diverse set of utility representatives in order to provide on-going feedback to program staff and funders.
Emerging Technology Program Evaluation (Southern California Edison)
Southern California Edison places considerable emphasis on the identification and promotion of cutting edge, emerging technologies. EMI was contracted by SCE to conduct an evaluation of its Emerging Technology Program in order to provide recommendations for improving the effectiveness of this important program. EMI interviewed staff and participants to identify areas where the program is successful and areas where refinements were recommended. Recommendations focused on formalizing the selection process for technologies and improving the communication of results.
Home Energy Savings Program Evaluation (Energy Trust of Oregon)
The Energy Trust of Oregon contracted with EMI to conduct process evaluation research in support of its flagship residential energy efficiency program – the Home Energy Savings Program. EMI worked with program implementation staff early-on to document program processes and the underlying program theory, and to provide quick turn-around feedback on program operations. EMI interviewed participating trade allies, multifamily building managers; and surveyed customers to assess program experiences and free ridership. Results were used to refine the program design.
Evaluation of the California Statewide 20/20 Demand Reduction Programs
EMI teamed with Wirtshafter Associates to evaluate the results of the 2005 Statewide 20/20 Demand Reduction Programs implemented by San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). The goal of the evaluation was to assess the design and impact of the program, and to provide recommendations regarding the future use of this type of program for achieving demand reduction goals. Surveys were conducted with residential and C&I customers, to ascertain the influence of the 20/20 marketing efforts and overall program effectiveness. The data from these surveys were then combined with billing data to estimate the energy and demand reductions attributed to the 20/20 Programs.
Comprehensive Packaged AC Systems Program Evaluation (Southern California Edison Company)
EMI performed a comprehensive assessment of this cornerstone residential/commercial energy savings program. Program design, project management processes, operations, contractor business models, and overall market strategy were assessed using an aggressive “quick turnaround” methodology. Strategic and tactical recommendations were provided in order to ensure the long-term success of this program. Strategic recommendations included addressing program design, delivery, and measurement issues with the other investor owned utilities (IOUs) for program alignment. Tactical recommendations centered on refining third party implementation business processes and reporting.