ERS is a quantitatively motivated firm that provides defensible program impact studies through measurement-driven evaluations that determine not only energy and demand impacts but also non-energy effects such as avoided/reduced operations and maintenance costs. We also provide practical recommendations on how to improve future program cost-effectiveness, delivering practical evaluation findings that can be used to improve future performance and quantify program benefits and costs beyond those measured at the meter.
Agricultural and Food Processing Programs
Commercial Energy Code Compliance
Agricultural and Food Processing ProgramsERS was an engineering subcontractor for six of the eight Contract Groups evaluating California’s 2006 – 2008 commercial, industrial, and agricultural energy efficiency programs for the California Public Utilities Commission. For the PG&E Agricultural & Food Processing evaluation, ERS was responsible for a wide variety of activities, all based on our intensive experience assessing energy efficiency opportunities in the industrial and agricultural sector.
Impact EvaluationERS is leading the impact evaluation of fifteen utility efficiency programs operated by Consolidated Edison and Orange & Rockland Utilities. The evaluation includes the development of program-level realization rate and net-to-gross factors, cost-effectiveness analysis, and measure-level key parameter analysis to inform the DPS’s New York Standard Approach for Estimating Energy Savings.
Commercial Energy Code ComplianceThe utility companies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island provide code assistance as part of their commercial new construction and renovation programs. The goals for these evaluation efforts were to assess compliance rates on an energy impact basis, as well as to target specific code provisions in IECC 2009 and 2012, which have contributed to low compliance levels. ERS developed an evaluation methodology that was modified from a DOE‐endorsed code compliance calculation method that had been developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. Drawing a statistical sample from all commercial new construction projects in the two states, we reviewed plans sets and performed multiple site surveys for well over 150 commercial buildings.
NJCEP ProgramsERS conducted a process evaluation of the NJCEP efficiency programs on behalf of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and Rutgers University as follow-on work from a benchmarking study conducted in 2014–2015. The NJCEP portfolio includes more than a dozen programs spanning residential and commercial sectors. The first stage used secondary research and extensive interviews with program staff and stakeholders to identify research areas of greatest interest to the program, and the second stage used surveys, vendor interviews, and additional analysis to provide supporting information for each research area. The ultimate goal of the work was to provide actionable recommendations to improve the portfolio’s effectiveness through its goal-setting, marketing, communication with contractors, tracking systems, incentive design, and more.