It was a fantastic event on Thursday, February 15, 2024!
Join us on Thursday, February 15th at the David Brower Center in Berkeley for the Council’s Annual EM&V Forum. This year’s theme is Changing Paradigms to Achieve California’s Clean Energy, Decarbonization, and Equity Goals.
The EM&V Forum brings together EM&V, data science, and implementation professionals from across the energy efficiency, demand response, and DER communities to explore critical technical topics that are essential for addressing California’s clean energy policies.
Insights from the CPUC
Energy Division staff will present recent research results and preview priority studies for 2024.
Tracking Equity Progress
Early results and new research on what may be the hottest topic in energy efficiency.
It’s been a year since the IOUs presented their respective plans for MAP. Panelists will discuss differences in program designs and implementation across the state and sectors, and share lessons learned.
Program Innovations and their EM&V
Programs have now expanded well beyond rebates for widgets. The session will present several new initiatives and how their effectiveness may be assessed.
The Future of NMEC
A panel of program administrators, regulators, implementers, and developers share their perspectives on the role and application of NMEC going forward.
IOUs, RENs, CCAs, Government, Students, Academics, Non-Profits: $75
The EM&V Forum, Expanding Opportunities in a Changing Landscape, on February 15, 2023, was a great success, with more than 150 participants, 2/3rds of whom attended in person. This year’s EM&V Forum focused on new opportunities for our members in the face of many industry and policy changes. The Forum was rich and diverse in topics, speakers, attendees, and opinions.
Prominent speakers from the CPUC, Program Administrators, Implementers, and EM&V practitioners kicked the day off by painting the big picture. Speakers and participants addressed CPUC-led market transformation initiatives (e.g., TECH BUILD and the newly launched California Market Transformation Administrator (CalMTA), analyzing and engaging in other markets, suggesting a broader view of evaluation, innovations in EE programs and policy and consequences of the changing landscape. These sessions stressed the need for more deliberate coordination for data collection and access as the number of implementers and programs increases.
Speakers and participants covered the importance of appropriate metrics for assessing both programs and markets through many of the day’s sessions. Presenters focused on experiences with newly emergent or newly applied metrics, the importance of capturing value with these metrics, and the challenges of assembling sufficient data to measure that value. Collectively, the experiences underscored the call for more concerted coordination and accessibility of in-period data collection.
Another recurrent thread raised by participants and panelists was the need for data to enable evaluations and support metrics better. Practitioners provided stories of successes and challenges with new measurement technologies and analytical methodologies across the sessions, addressing measurement, data access, analytics, and NMEC*. The Energy Commission updated participants on their ongoing development of a database warehouse that accepts, processes, and shares large-scale program data, including billing and interval-level meter data, rate information, and program participation-related data. That data stored in the “warehouse” could be used to: understand and improve program performance, verify contract performance, evaluate cost-effectiveness, support electricity system planning, validate demand flexibility value, and support energy policies and programs.
The day closed with participants and panelists suggesting topics and issues for future venues, be it Council Member meetings or major events, such as the Spring Forum and Fall Conference). Those suggestions included: PA updates on their priorities, planned studies, and program evaluation challenges; expanding SEM to other markets; best uses for embedded EM&V; best EM&V practices from other industries; and engaging community-led organizations and groups to share their experiences and work in EE policy, design, implementation, and EM&V.
The Council greatly appreciates those who volunteered their time and expertise and truly made our 2023 EM&V Forum a success! We look forward to continuing these collaborative efforts and further engaging these topics with our members.
* Normalized Metered Energy Consumption – Overall, NMEC is a set of tools and standards that, when applied to interval data, provides quantifiable and statistically significant reporting of normalized energy usage and energy savings due to an intervention, such as an energy efficiency project.