The following are examples of EFG’s clients and projects that demonstrate the firm’s qualifications:
- External reviewer, supporting ACEEE’s 2019 Exemplary Efficiency Program award selections.
Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance
- Drafted a White Paper on policy mechanisms for institutionalizing the valuing of energy efficiency as a resource.
B.C. Sustainable Energy Association
- Provide expert witness testimony on behalf of environmental advocates in regulatory proceedings regarding electric and natural gas energy efficiency.
- Provide on-going technical assistance, program design guidance, and implementation support for residential and small business statewide energy efficiency financing pilots.
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana
- Submitted and defended testimony before the Indiana Public Utilities Commission that advocated for and quantified higher levels of energy efficiency as an alternative to a new natural gas power plant. Provided critical review of market potential study methodologies and findings.
- Performed research and developed a forecast for utility energy efficiency savings potential from commercial and industrial LED lighting and networked lighting controls. Provide on-going research and technical support for the DLC product performance specifications.
GMP CEED – Capstone – BPPA
- Developed and implemented innovative “Zero Energy Now” Program that bundled efficiency measures and renewable heating sources (e.g. weatherization, heat pumps, solar PV, wood pellet heat, geothermal systems) in existing Vermont homes to deliver greater than 75% total energy savings for the participants.
Green Mountain Power Corporation
- Supported the initial development of GMP’s compliance plan for the Vermont RPS “Tier 3” requirement that utilities reduce their customers’ direct consumption of fossil fuels (with growing annual fossil fuel savings targets). Also provided feedback to GMP on the reasonableness of estimates of fossil fuel reductions from custom C&I projects.
Green Mountain Power Corporation
- Developed a 10-year forecast of the impacts of electrification of residential heating, residential water heating and vehicles on electricity sales.
- Provide support for carbon footprint tracking based on a tool that captures all of their energy use for regular reporting and presentation to the Board of Trustees. Support for periodic energy savings projects that help drive down Groton’s carbon footprint.
High Meadows Fund
- Wrote various white papers on topics including fuel dealers and Vermont’s Tier 3 initiative with a goal of reducing fossil fuel use.
Institute for Market Transformation
- Assisted IMP with development of “Program Implementation Plans” for various innovative program ideas in support of the District of Columbia’s Sustainable Energy Utility.
Iowa Environmental Council
- Provide expert witness testimony in energy efficiency proceedings before the Iowa Utilities Board to improve utility DSM program offerings. Long-standing support of Iowa energy advocates to advance clean energy in Iowa.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Implementation support of LBNL’s “PV Auto-Pop” efforts to populate the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system with solar PV data.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
- EFG is the project lead for the “Solar Access Program”, which includes the design, development and implementation of residential retrofits incorporating heat pumps and solar power. This unique program, available only to 60-80% of median income homeowners, rolls all available efficiency and renewables rebates, incentives, discounts and tax credits into a ten-year loan that results in their annual residential energy expenses to be cash-flow neutral or positive. The program also includes an energy savings guarantee and real-time data monitoring of 25% of the homes through the eGauge monitor.
MN Center for Environmental Advocacy
- Submitted and defended testimony before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that advocated for and quantified higher levels of energy efficiency as an alternative to a new natural gas power plant.
- Team partner for U.S. DOE’s EMPRESS (Energy Metrics to Promote Residential Energy Scorecards in States) Project that developed a home energy labeling toolkit and case studies while advancing the harmonization of energy modeling tools through EnergyPlus.
- Team member and lead the business development for HELIX (Home Energy Labeling Information exchange) database that has been designed as a repository for energy certification information that will feed into Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems, among other uses.
New Hampshire Consumer Advocate
- Filed expert witness testimony on the merits of including a non-wires alternative pilot project in the state’s utilities’ efficiency program plans.
NH Electric Coop
- Provide support for development of a renovation/remodeling/additions program as an enhancement to New Hampshire’s Residential New Construction Program.
NMR Group Inc.
- Senior advisors in a series of Vermont baseline market assessment studies for new and existing homes in which EFG provided expert review and insight.
NRDC – Mid-Atlantic Region
- Provide technical expert support for improved energy efficiency programs in regulatory proceedings in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
NRDC – Midwest Region
- Assist NRDC in reviewing Illinois, Michigan and Ohio utilities’ energy efficiency program plans, distribution system plans and demand response plans, including goals, budgets, shareholder incentive mechanisms, and other related features. Draft and defend regulatory testimony as required. Also, support NRDC in both ongoing statewide stakeholder-utility collaborative processes addressing a range of energy efficiency policy and program issues and bilateral NRDC-utility collaboration on non-wires alternative pilot projects. In Ohio, provide analysis and expert testimony regarding the need for an EDU (electric distribution utility) to procure 900 MWs of in-state solar and wind energy.
NRDC – West Region
- Provide expert witness testimony in IRP and DSM proceedings in Nevada and Colorado.
- EFG leads the design, development and implementation of a research and demonstration project that assesses the real-time energy use of heat pumps in Hudson Valley homes with and without solar. The project includes a third-party evaluator to assess dollar and mmBTU savings, and incorporates a “technology transfer” component focused on contractors, installers and potential heat pump purchasers.
Ontario Energy Board
- Serve on provincial gas DSM “Evaluation Advisory Committee”, providing on-going input on evaluation planning, draft evaluation work plans and products, and audits of utilities’ annual savings claims. Also periodically serve on advisory committees providing input on efficiency potential studies, carbon price forecasts and related issues.
- Provide expert witness testimony on behalf of Pueblo County to support improved energy efficiency programs for County residents and businesses.
Sierra Club – Washington DC Chapter
- Provide expert witness testimony to support energy efficiency in Kentucky Power proceeding before the Public Service Commission.
Southern Environmental Law Center
- Provide technical support for various energy efficiency issues as well as expert witness testimony in energy efficiency proceedings in Virginia and North Carolina.
Synapse Energy Economics
- Helped draft the National Standard Practice Manual for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Resources. Assisting state regulators and other parties in understanding and applying the Manual.
The Regulatory Assistance Project
- Conducted analysis of the societal and program cost-effectiveness, as well as the net cost per ton of carbon dioxide emission reduction, from potential statewide programs to reduce carbon emissions from the buildings sector.
Toronto Atmospheric Fund
- Helped draft an assessment of efficiency potential from retrofitting of cold climate heat pumps into electrically heated multi-family buildings in Ontario.
- Serve as strategic planning lead and technical policy support for NJ Clean Energy Program.
VT Public Service Department
- EFG is the project lead for the 2019 Vermont Code update, encompassing Commercial and Residential Building Energy Code (CBES and RBES, respectively) including CBES and RBES stretch code. Per the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan guidance, this is the first code update to incorporate a stepped pathway to achieving “net zero by design” in 2030 for all new construction. Key topic areas include improvements in mechanical/electrical/thermal efficiency requirements, a shift to strategic electrification and incorporation of electric vehicles and renewable generation. The Scope of Work entails measure identification and selection, editing and developing code language, updating the Vermont Residential Handbook, offering and overseeing stakeholder involvement, assisting in the regulatory rulemaking process, providing
trainings and ensuring energy tools (REScheck and COMcheck) are available.
VT Public Service Department
- EFG is the lead researcher, writer and presenter on the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Vermont Clean Energy Finance Reports. The first Clean Energy Finance Report (completed in 2018) compiled the available financing products for clean energy projects (efficiency and renewables), surveyed homeowners/contractors/business owners/lenders to assess the overall clean energy finance market, and identified opportunities for improvement in the market place.