We bring to our work a unique combination of technical, economic, program and policy expertise. EFG staff have critically reviewed literally hundreds of efficiency programs and played key roles in developing a number that have won national awards for excellence. Recent work includes serving as advisors on the development of efficiency program portfolios and policies in eight of the ten highest ranking states in ACEEE’s 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. We have also published reports on the feasibility of achieving 30% electricity savings in 10 years, lessons learned from leading residential retrofit programs in North America and Europe, U.S. experience with using geographically targeted efficiency programs to defer T&D upgrades, experience with bidding of efficiency into New England and PJM capacity markets, key pitfalls that can be encountered in performing potential studies, assessments of the effectiveness of leading efficiency financing initiatives and a variety of additional energy efficiency topics.
Our staff also have extensive expertise in renewable energy, including the development of renewable portfolio standards (RPS), feed-in-tariffs, net metering standards, permitting requirements, tax structures and other state policies, as well as the design and management of a statewide customer-sited renewable energy rebate program for hydro, solar, biomass and wind technologies. We have a particular interest and experience in integrating promotion of efficiency and renewables. For example, we are currently designing and managing a unique pilot program which would simultaneously promote home efficiency improvements, fuel-switching to high performance electric heat pumps and pellet heating systems, and installation of sufficient photovoltaic capacity to meet resulting electric demands.
Our staff has served on the Board of Directors of Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and the Program for the Evaluation and Analysis of Residential Lighting (PEARL); the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA’s) national quality installation committee; Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships’ Evaluation, Measurement and Verification forum committees, municipal utility commissions and renewable energy non-profits, as well as other various regional and national efficiency forums. They have also taught courses on efficiency program design and implementation for both Affordable Comfort and AESP and presented on numerous stages regarding renewable energy expansion and deployment opportunities and challenges.