Do Distributed Energy Resources Call for Integrated Evaluation? The Value of Understanding Each Tool in the Energy Resources Tool Box

March 19, 2018

By: Chelsea Petrenko, Ph.D. The effort to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into a seamless instrument began nearly a decade ago. While disparate demand-side management tools existed in the early 2000’s, more recently, utilities have leveraged them as a package to address energy and carbon emission reductions. Distributed energy resources include energy efficiency (EE), demand […]

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Normalized Metered Energy Consumption: It’s All About Context

February 26, 2018

Jeremy Eddy

  Many in our industry have become enamored with Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) as a fresh new metric that we can use to measure baselines, determine energy savings and help value energy efficiency.  If you work outside of California, you may not have heard of NMEC–it is emerging as a valuable tool in the […]

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Great Influencers in Energy: Thomas Edison may not have invented the light bulb; but where would it (or we) be without him.

February 12, 2018

        Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb. He did, however, patent the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb in 1880. Twenty-three different iterations of the light bulb existed prior to Edison’s, and even after filing his initial patent, Edison and his team were still working on improvements. His pre-occupation was […]

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2017 IEPEC Conference Presentations and Papers

August 11, 2017

Opinion Dynamics delivered thought leading presentations on a wide range of topics at the recent International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) in Baltimore, MD.  Download the cutting edge papers, presentations and posters below. Financing or Incentives: Disentangling Attribution   Antje Flanders Download the paper Download the presentation How Much of that Savings is Really Attributable […]

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Duck Hunting with a New Generation of Demand Response in California

June 21, 2017

By: Hilary Polis The afternoon of March 11, 2017 was a historic date for energy in the state of California—on this date, 40% of the electricity supplied to the California grid was generated from solar power, a new record high. This comes as the result of total solar capacity in California skyrocketing from less than […]

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Customer Journey Mapping: Take a Walk in Your Customers’ Shoes

March 30, 2017

By Jennifer Watters & Emma DeCotis Our industry has started to embrace customer journey mapping as another tool in the process evaluation toolbox. Energy efficiency programs can be complex, often with multiple components, goals, and stakeholders, each with a unique set of needs and desires. Because of this, program implementers sometimes struggle to develop programs […]

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Celebrating National Energy Efficiency Day!

October 5, 2016

We Measure Energy Efficiency Through Program Evaluation.

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The Ethnography-Technology Nexus

August 16, 2016

Ellen Steiner

By Ellen Steiner, Ph.D., Vice President The world has moved from the “age of information” (1990 – 2010) into the “age of the customer.” This is no longer the “customer-centric” paradigm that companies have embraced over recent decades. It’s a period characterized by the rise of the empowered customer who is armed with more information […]

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CEEIC Spring Educational Symposium

May 9, 2016

By Kara Downey As a member of Opinion Dynamics’ Data Science Group, my work focuses on non-traditional projects with non-traditional data.  Attending the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council’s (CEEIC) one-day symposium, held May 3 in Berkeley, provided a timely update on the challenges and issues regarding the integration of EE and DR into California’s distributed […]

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Zero Net Energy: What it is and the Evaluation Challenges It Presents

May 3, 2016

By Isabelle Gecils Imagine a future where buildings produce as much energy as they consume. Tenants of these buildings cannot only save on energy costs, but also boast how they are reducing their carbon footprint. Welcome to the world of zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. The latest energy consumption values associated with commercial buildings support […]

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AESP National Conference

February 11, 2016

By Ann Speers, Project Manager “Energy is Hot, Hot, Hot!” – that was the official theme of last week’s AESP (Association of Energy Services Professionals) National Meeting which attracted over 850 attendees to Phoenix, Arizona. The annual event brings together a diverse group of vendors, consultants, utilities and regulators with one goal: to exchange ideas […]

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President Obama’s Executive Order on Using Behavioral Insights to Better Serve the American People: A Nudge in the Right Direction!

December 9, 2015

Olivia Patterson

By Olivia Patterson For those of us working in the behavioral sciences focusing on end-use energy efficiency, it was invigorating to read President Obama’s Executive Order “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People,” as well as the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team’s (SBST) Annual Report.  The term “nudge,” as so playfully used […]

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