Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)

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Opinion Dynamics is conducting a multi-year market, process, and impact evaluation of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Clean Energy Initiative (CEI) programs and the newly implemented Efficiency Long Island (ELI) Initiative. This project includes a comprehensive review and assessment of past evaluation studies and market assessments commissioned by LIPA to assess the performance and efficacy of the portfolio of CEI programs. This assessment and our review of program designs and implementation plans for existing ELI efforts will inform the evaluation planning process. The evaluation process began at the transition between LIPA’s existing CEI programs and the inception of the ELI initiative to allow Opinion Dynamics to integrate the evaluation with early program efforts and provide program managers and implementers with actionable results on a near-real time and ongoing basis. The evaluation effort will include evaluation planning and management, coordination of and participation in a statewide stakeholder process, program tracking database review and design support, quantitative and qualitative research, on-site data collection, and engineering and other data analysis. The project deliverables include an annual report of program impacts, including an examination of net effects (free-ridership and spillover), program and portfolio cost-effectiveness, an assessment of market effects, and actionable recommendations for continuous program performance improvement derived from process research activities.