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Energy Efficiency Program Evaluation

Energy Division oversees the energy efficiency portfolios implemented by the investor owned utilities.  Beginning in 2006, the Commission directed Energy Division to conduct evaluations that are specifically tied to the impacts (energy savings, costs and emissions) of the IOU portfolios.  Prior to 2006, the utilities evaluated these programs with limited Energy Division oversight.  Program evaluation includes energy savings impact evaluation and program performance to guide direction for future programs and savings estimates.

Recent News

RFP: Contractors to Conduct Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification  of the California Investor Owned Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Programs - April 17, 2013 (Link goes to Bid Sync. The RFPs can be located by entering “Energy Efficiency” and “California” in the BidSync search engine at the bottom of the Bidsync home page. The three RFPs come up in the search results on the “Links bids” tab; not the “Links PLUS” tab.)

2013-2014 Evaluation

Energy Division and the IOUs collaborated on an Evaluation Plan for energy efficiency programs that comprise the 2013-2014 program cycle. The evaluation plan includes specific sector approaches, including market, process, and impact evaluations, as well as proposed budgets. Read the Evaluation Plan here and EM&V Statewide studies list here.

2010-2012 Evaluation

D.09-09-047 authorized approximately $3.2 billion in ratepayer funding for IOU-administered energy efficiency programs in the 2010-2012 program cycle. The Decision also directed Energy Division and the IOUs to develop a collaborative Evaluation Plan, including specific sector approaches and budgets, for the program cycle. Read the plan here.

Reports and Data

Energy Division released the 2010-2011 Energy Efficiency Annual Progress and Evaluation Report in September 2012. The report summarizes the best available information from ongoing evaluations of the IOUs’ 2010 – 2012 energy efficiency portfolio.

The report is based on 2010 –2012 portfolio savings reported by the IOUs through the end of December 2011 and research results available to date, which consist of a wide range of studies conducted by professional researchers managed by IOU and ED staff.

The savings values included in this report were not verified through field research by the CPUC, although the impact studies that provide this verification are underway, the results

of which will be included in 2013's annual report, expected in October 2013.

Read the report here.

 

  • Program Funding - Program-specific funding and projected energy savings for the utilities' 2010-2012 energy efficiency portfolios.
  • Program Reports - Monthly, quarterly and annual utility program reports, including reported energy savings and expenditures, for the 2010-2012 and prior program cycles.
  • Program Performance Metrics (PPMs) and Market Transformation Indicators (MTIs) - Resolution E4385 established PPMs and MTIs developed by Energy Division in collaboration with the utilities for the Statewide Programs of the 2010-2012 program cycle. The Complete PPM Worksheets referenced in the resolution provides a comprehensive framework of PPMs, MTIs, and associated objectives.

    2006-2009 Evaluation

  • D.05-01-055, established the EM&V administrative structure for 2005 and beyond, giving Energy Division responsibility for evaluating the IOU-administered energy efficiency programs.

  • Administrative Law Judge Ruling specifying reporting requirements and timeline for 2006-2008 program cycle evaluation.

  • D.05-09-043 approved $2.1 billion of rate-payer-funded energy efficiency programs for the 2006-2008 program cycle.

  • D.08-10-027 approved IOU-administered energy efficiency programs for the 2009 bridge funding year.

    Reports and Data

  • Energy Division's interim reports on verified costs and installations for 2006-2008 program activities are here.
  • Energy Division's final evaluation report for the 2006-2008 program cycle, including portfolio and program savings, cost-effectiveness, and GHG emissions reductions, is here.
  • The 60-day Report summarizes IOU responses to recommendations presented in the 2006-2008 impact and process evaluations and market assessments and how these recommendations would be addressed in the 2010-2012 and subsequent program cycles.
  • Final Commission-authorized energy savings and incentive awards for the 2006-2008 program cycle are found in the Evaluation and Scenario Analysis reports.
  • Evaluated savings for the 2009 Bridge Funding year are presented in the 2009 Bridge Year report.

    IOU-led evaluations for the 2004-2005 program cycle, including impact, market and process evaluations, can be found at on the searchable California Measurement Advisory Council (CalMAC) website at www.calmac.org.

  • See R.01-08.028 for all Commission decisions regarding the 2004-2005 program cycle.

    2002-2003 Evaluation

    See R.01-08.028 on the CPUC website for all Commission decisions regarding the 2002-2003 program cycle.

    The IOUs were responsible for all energy efficiency program evaluation for the 2002-2003 program cycle, with limited Energy Division oversight.

    IOU-led evaluations for the 2002-2003 program cycle, including impact, market and process evaluations, can be found at on the searchable California Measurement Advisory Council (CalMAC) website at www.calmac.org.

    Energy Division's summary report on the IOU-led evaluations is available here.

  • Public Meetings and Workshops

     

    Public Meetings

    Energy Division hosts regular quarterly meetings with the IOUs and stakeholders to review ongoing evaluation planning. To download materials from prior meetings and information on upcoming events, visit the Public Document Site here.

     

    Policy and Planning (PPD) and Energy Division (ED) workshop series on 2013-2015 Energy Efficiency EM&V - D.10-10-033 directed PPD and ED to hold a series of workshops focused on EM&V issues related to the 2013-2015 Energy. Four workshops, each focused on a specific issue, were held through summer 2012:

     

    - Experimental Design - materials available here.

    - Market Transformation Metrics - materials available here.

    - Load Forecasting -

    - Macro-consumption metrics -

    Energy Efficiency Financing Workshop - Pursuant to an ALJ Ruling, an EE Finance workshop was held February 8-10, 2012. EE Finance Workshop materials and presentations:

    Contracts

    2013-2014

    In April 2013, Energy Division posted the aforementioned Request for Proposals (RFP) entitled Contractors to Conduct Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification of the California Investor Owned Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Programs.

    Prospective bidders can access the RFPs via www.bidsync.com. The RFPs can be located by entering “Energy Efficiency” and “California” in the BidSync search engine at the bottom of the Bidsync home page. The three RFPs come up in the search results on the “Links bids” tab; not the “Links PLUS” tab.

     

    2010-2012

     

    Energy Division tracks the current status of ongiong evaluation work for the 2010-2012 program cycle. Project-specific budgets and expenditures may be found here.

     

    Reference Materials

    For more information

    • Real-time and historic IOU-reported energy savings for the 2013-2014, 2010-2012 and prior program cycles are posted on the Energy Efficiency Groupware Application (EEGA).
    • Energy efficiency program cost-effectiveness estimates for 2013-2014 and prior program cycles are found on Energy Division's Cost-effectiveness Calculators (E3).
    • The Database for Energy Efficiency Resources (DEER) contains information on selected energy-efficient technologies and measures, including estimates of the energy-savings potential for these technologies in residential and nonresidential applications.
    • Receive project updates and comment on specific documents, including project-specific evaluation plans and draft reports, on Energy Division's Public Document Site .  Site includes materials from the 2010-2012 program cycle.
    • The Project Status Reporting website is a project management system used by ED and its contractors to track ED evaluation projects.  See www.emvpsr.com.
    • If you are an IOU customer and have been contacted by an evaluation firm doing work on behalf of the CPUC, you can review our list of approved contractors and description of your privacy rights here.
     
     
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