The Transition Toward Energy Efficiency And Distributed Energy Resources
(Natural Resource Security, Energy and Environmental Policy)
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The first paper examines how investments in commercial building energy efficiency technologies through obtaining green-certificates can impact electric load profile, via a unique “Big Data” approach using account-level high frequency electricity data for precise impact evaluation. The results suggest that energy efficiency in commercial buildings helps reduce peak hour electricity demand and increase off-peak hour demand. Such impact has important implications for the cost-and-benefit analysis of utilities energy efficiency policies as well as for environmental benefit assessment. The second paper evaluates the role of collaborative governance as a causal factor that shapes utility and state energy efficiency savings, highlighting the role that expert stakeholders play in providing policy-relevant data and analysis. This mixed methods paper uses interview and archival data to generate hypotheses that are quantitatively tested with panel data analysis. The third paper investigates how difficult it is to deliver energy efficiency to consumers by utilities, analyzing the award-winning energy efficiency programs run by utilities. The study builds a unique database of 63 exemplary energy efficiency programs. By examining the implementation and effectiveness of these programs, the paper aims to find out the key design features of utility program to successfully deliver energy-efficiency. The last paper focuses on a critical but understudied population in this space – municipal and rural electric cooperative utilities, serving one in five electricity customers in the United States. Through qualitative data analysis on interviews with municipal and electric cooperative utilities in Minnesota, the paper provides insight to industry stakeholders and recommendations to policy makers on how to support distributed energy resources in this understudied segment of the electricity industry.
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