EM&V Forum – Ready to Move Forward!
Perspectives on Decarbonization, Distributed Energy Resources, and NMEC
The Council is pleased to announce that registration is open for our next premier event – the 2021
EM&V Forum – which will be Thursday, February 4th 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
You can register here.
- Keynote Session – Strengthening the Value of Evaluation: This session will highlight the importance of evaluation, particularly during these critical times when all forms of clean energy are vital in our fight against climate change. Our keynote speaker will offer an historical perspective on how California first developed its energy efficiency evaluation protocols and insights on why a good evaluation process is so critical as California confronts head-on the drastic challenges brought about by climate change. Emphasis will be given to strengthening the role of evaluation for not only realizing our carbon reduction policies but for integrating demand-side solutions into grid operations and increasing the opportunities for a diverse clean energy workforce.
- Panel #1 – The Urgency of Decarbonization: With the dire heat storm events during the summer of 2020, there seems to be more of an urgency to ramp up decarbonization efforts in the state. A number of important initiatives are being launched under the direction of our state’s key energy agencies – the CPUC and CEC. One of the big questions emerging is how will these programs be evaluated. We will hear from regulators and administrators about plans to evaluate the newly-launched decarbonization implementation programs. We will also hear from the agencies about their priorities for accelerating decarbonization efforts in light rapidly deteriorating weather conditions brought about by climate change.
- Panel #2 – Calling for more DER’s: This panel is focused on many of the key evaluation issues for DERs that need to be addressed in order to realize greater levels of behind-the-meter resources, and enabling those resources through DR programs in order to combat the grid challenges brought about by extreme weather events. Given the nascent nature of these programs and the mountains of data generated as a result of DER measure performance, taking an early evaluation planning perspective is critical to ensure the success of DER programs and initiatives. Issues to be addressed during this session include DER valuation methods, DER counting methods, and other critical evaluation issues related to DERs. The panel will include regulators from the CPUC, implementers, evaluators, and program administrators.
- Panel #3 – The Promise and Challenge of NMEC: After several years of implementation, using normalized metered energy consumption (NMEC) as a method for demonstrating energy efficiency project savings has shown great promise but also has a number of technical challenges, particularly for site-based NMEC projects. The purpose of this session is to identify and discuss several of these challenges. The panel will include regulators from the CPUC, implementers, evaluators, and program administrators.
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