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J.D./M.B.A., Stanford University, 2009
B.A.., Political Science, University of Michigan, 2003
2011–Present: Senior Consultant, Energy Futures Group, Hinesburg, VT
2009–2011: Senior Program Development Officer, Low Income Investment Fund, Los Angeles, CA
2003–2004: Professional Staff Member, United States Senate, Washington, DC
Chris Kramer provides consulting services to government agencies, utilities, and consumer and environmental advocates on the development of cutting-edge policies and programs to advance investment in energy efficiency. He serves as the lead financing consultant to the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board, a consultant on financing matters to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and a technical advisor in evaluating California’s recently approved suite of energy efficiency financing programs. He has led or contributed to several studies and papers on energy efficiency financing topics, including approaches to secondary markets, financing and regulatory issues, taxpayer-funded financing programs, on-bill repayment, and best practices in financing program design. He has served on the Advisory Committee of the ACEEE Financing Forum and has presented on energy efficiency financing at multiple conferences. He has educated NYSERDA staff on the launch of the New York Green Bank and advised Texas municipalities on the “PACE in a Box” financing model. While at EFG, he has also compared administrative costs across states and energy efficiency programs for the U.S. Department of Energy and separately for a large California utility, served as lead author of Ten Pitfalls of Potential Studies for the Regulatory Assistance Project, reviewed and critiqued Iowa’s energy efficiency residential programs for the state’s consumer advocate, researched building energy policies in cities across the U.S., conducted a residential market characterization for the District of Columbia’s Sustainable Energy Utility, helped draft an energy code compliance plan for Vermont, and developed guidelines to assist HVAC contractors expand into home performance. Prior to joining EFG, Chris helped launch an energy efficiency lending program at the Low Income Investment Fund and served as a financing expert on NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York Advisory Council.
- Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.. Review and advise on technical and policy analyses of the financial aspects of energy efficiency policy and program issues. Research topics have included secondary market approaches to energy efficiency financing, overlap of financing and regulatory issues, and lessons learned from taxpayer funded financing programs. 2014 – Present
- Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board. Lead financing consultant to the Board overseeing the state’s electric and gas residential efficiency program. Working closely with the state’s utilities and the Connecticut Green Bank to develop and attractive and consumer-friendly financing products to support energy efficiency improvements. 2012 – Present
- California Public Utilities Commission.. Technical Advisor to Opinion Dynamics and Dunsky Energy Consulting in evaluating California’s new $65.9 million energy efficiency financing initiative. Led review of proposed on-bill financing tariff language and managed other technical advice to CPUC on issues related to program implementation. 2013 – Present.
- Natural Resources Defense Council.. Review and draft comments on role of financing and Green Bank in New York’s energy efficiency program delivery redesign, as outlined in "Renewing the Energy Vision" and "Clean Energy Fund" proceedings.
- Vermont Public Service Department.. Contributed to program design and implementation of residential energy efficiency financing partnership between Opportunities Credit Union and local fuel dealers. 2014 – Present.
- Efficiency Vermont.. Assisted in program design and implementation of residential savings guarantee pilot. 2013 – Present.
- High Meadows Fund. Conducted research and engaged stakeholders to explore effective strategies, including financing and savings guarantees, to improve progress toward Vermont’s energy efficiency goals. 2013.
- Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Environment Northeast. Developed comparison paper of seven prominent residential energy efficiency financing programs across the nation, analyzing ten key elements of residential energy efficiency financing program design. 2012 – 2013.
- Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP).. Lead author on the ten most common pitfalls encountered when performing potential studies: Ten Pitfalls of Potential Studies. Co-presented webinar on report findings. 2012.
- Vermont Department of Public Service.. Provided support in developing a plan to increase statewide residential and commercial energy code compliance to 90 percent by 2017. Researched third-party code compliance mechanisms in other states; surveyed code compliance stakeholders and organized stakeholder input meetings. 2011 – 2012.
- Iowa Consumer Advocate. Provided support to the Office of Consumer Advocate in their oversight of the utilities’ statewide energy efficiency programs. Critically reviewed utility plans and provide strategic guidance for the state’s energy efficiency programs and DSM plans. 2011 –
- Integrated Building and Construction Solutions (IBACOS). Assisted IBACOS on project for the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Program (BTP) drafting technical guidance for HVAC contractors transitioning into whole house performance contracting. 2011.
- Low Income Investment Fund..Implemented a $3 million Green Opportunity Fund ("GO Fund") pilot program for energy and water efficiency retrofits in charter schools and community facilities serving low-income neighborhoods in the Los Angeles region. 2009 – 2011.
- San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing.. While at the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), helped establish a $2 million fund known as the Bay Area Multifamily Fund (“BAM Fund”) for financing affordable multifamily housing retrofits. 2009 – 2010.
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).. Served as financing expert on the Advisory Council of the Green Jobs/Green New York energy efficiency retrofit program. 2009 – 2010.
- Residential Financing on the Ground: Lessons Learned from Programmatic Examples. Proceedings of the ACEEE 2014 Summer Study Conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. August 2014.
- Selling an Energy Efficiency Loan Portfolio in Oregon: Resale of the Craft3 Loan Portfolio to Self-Help Credit Union (with P. Thompson, M. Borgeson, M. Zimring, and C. Goldman). Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. June 2014.
- Disconnection and On-Bill Repayment: An Analysis of Risks and Benefits. Submitted to the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board. April 2014.
- Residential Energy Efficiency Financing: Key Elements of Program Design (lead author, with Richard Faesy, Ann Grodnik-Nagle, and Peter Adamczyk). Environment Northeast and Connecticut Fund for the Environment. January 2013.
- Ten Pitfalls of Potential Studies (lead author, with Glenn Reed). Regulatory Assistance Project. November 2012.