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Assessing the Effectiveness of a Concurrent Impact Evaluation Process

Assessing the Effectiveness of a Concurrent Impact Evaluation Process

Leaving the Rearview Mirror Behind: Assessing the Effectiveness of a Concurrent Impact Evaluation Process Betsy Ricker and Nick Collins, ERS, and Cheryl Glanton and Carley Murray, NYSERDA Presented at the 2015 IEPEC. Image credit: tinabold A traditional post-installation impact evaluation of industrial energy efficiency programs is conducted several years after the completion of energy projects. Because

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Lessons Learned from a Successful Efficiency Program

Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Offers Lessons for Energy Efficiency Energy Manager Today, September 24, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures The Department of Energy’s detailed warts-and-all evaluation of its $500 million stimulus-funded Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) — an innovative initiative to explore the potential for new marketing strategies and program designs to encourage building energy upgrades that result in

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Are Low-Income Customers More Responsive to Energy Efficiency Programs?

Want your energy efficiency program to succeed? Aim it at poor people Grist, September 1, 2015. Image credit: geralt So, say you are a government, and you want to persuade people to conserve electricity — because using less energy is one of the easiest ways out there to fight climate change. You could institute something like

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MIT Awarded $4 Million Grant to Design & Trial Energy-Saving Travel Program

MIT awarded Dept. of Energy grant to create and deploy energy-saving travel information and incentives system MIT News, August 6, 2015. Image credit: WikimediaImages The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced that MIT researchers, along with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts (UMass), received a $3,990,128 grant to design, build, and

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The Energy Efficiency Debate – Cost vs. Savings

Solving the Energy Efficiency Quandary MIT Technology Review, July 8, 2015. Image credit: PeteLinforth That debate has gotten hotter since the release, in late June, of a study by researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley. Entitled Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program, the study examined

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Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification: The Value of Energy Efficiency

Measuring and Verifying Energy Efficiency ACHR News, July 13, 2015. Image credit: DomenicBlair Accurately measuring and verifying energy efficiency not only ensures a job was done correctly, but it also shows customers they’re getting exactly what they paid for. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), providing evidence of real and reliable savings

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Shining a Light on the Real Issues with the E2e Weatherization Study

The E2e weatherization study: generating more heat than light ACEEE, July 2, 2015. Image credit: geralt Methodology First, parts of this study use an experimental research design called a randomized controlled trial, where researchers define a pool of eligible customers and randomly assign some of the eligible customers to a treatment group and some to a

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Why the E2e Study Reinforces the Importance of Field Testing & Program Evaluation

Gita Subramony for Zondits, July 1, 2015. Image credit: Jeff Perkins A new study examines the cost-effectiveness of Michigan’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program. The study concluded that the program in Michigan did help families reduce energy usage by 10%–20%, but that the program only saved $2,400 per household on average compared with costs of about

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