Purpose of Evaluation

In Decision (D.) 05-11-011, the Commission authorized funding for Energy Division to assume the management and contracting responsibilities for all Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (EM&V) studies that will be used to (1) measure and verify energy and peak load savings for individual programs, groups of programs and at the portfolio level, (2) generate the data for savings estimates and cost-effectiveness inputs, (3) measure and evaluate the achievements of the performance basis, and (4) evaluate whether programs or portfolio goals are met.

Basic Methodology

California's energy efficiency programs, covering the utility service areas for Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas, and San Diego Gas and Electric were grouped into one of the four contracts listed below.  The approved sub-contractors conducting the EM&V studies for the four prime contracts are also listed.  These prime contractors, or one of their sub-contractors, will contact both residential and non-residential customers to participate in phone surveys or to schedule on-site visits, for the purposes of collecting EM&V data and measurements for evaluation work during the 2018-2022 program cycle. More detail on each contract group evaluation plan can be found at: www.energydataweb.com/cpuc.


The State of California has specific laws that protect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals and businesses that choose to participate in this research. As such, all information collected during the course of this study will be subject to these laws and will be held in the strictest confidence. All information related to this project, whether provided by utilities or collected directly from participants will not be released to anyone in a form that could allow the identification of any business, individual or facility.

Who is Conducting the Survey?

The CPUC has contracted with the following private firms that specialize in energy efficiency evaluations:

Contract Group 'A' Prime Contractor: DNV Energy Systems
155 Grand Ave, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612

Contract Group 'E' Prime Contractor: Guidehouse, Inc.
101 California Street
San Francisco, CA  94111

Contract Group 'B' Prime Contractor: Opinion Dynamics
1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1420
Oakland, CA  94612

Contract Group 'D' Prime Contractor:  DNV Energy Systems
155 Grand Ave, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612

Additional Firms

The following is an alphabetical list of approved sub-contractors to the prime contractors listed above, who may be contacting customers as well:

Updated May 2022

  • BluePoint Planning
  • DNV Consulting
  • Dunsky Energy Consulting
  • Erik Page, LLC
  • GC Green, Inc
  • Grounded Research and Consulting, LLC
  • Guidehouse, Inc
  • Jai J. Mitchell Associates
  • Jane S. Peters Advising
  • Market Logics
  • Nikhil V. Ghandi & Associates, LLC
  • NMR Group, Inc
  • Opinion Dynamics
  • Pacific Market Research (PMR)
  • Quantum Energy Analytics LLC
  • Ridge & Associates
  • Sound Data Management LLC
  • Tierra Resource Consultants, LLC
  • Verdant Associates, LLC

To view the Valid Survey page, please go to the webpage locate at www.cpuc.ca.gov/validsurvey 

Since you are viewing this webpage, one of these firms may have contacted you by letter to provide basic information regarding the evaluation. If you have further questions or would like additional information, please contact:

CPUC Consumer Affairs
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102