The next generation of EE, DR and iDER portfolios of programs is facing increasing challenges in meeting cost-effectiveness criteria. These challenges stem from declining avoided costs and limits on the savings from recent program mainstays, i.e., lighting programs, home and small business energy reports, and smart thermostats. Now, new cost-effectiveness issues involve benefit streams from integrated/stacked programs, locational avoided-costs, and benefits not now fully captured, e.g., resiliency and hedge benefits.
The next generation of programs will need new designs and rationales to meet cost-effectiveness criteria, and the very way cost-effectiveness is analyzed will undergo substantive changes.
This webinar addresses needed changes going forward, both in the regulatory setting and in program design, as well as how current changes in best practice cost-effectiveness assessment can address critical near-term issues.
The speakers include experts in evaluation and regulatory issues, a utility DER planner, and a next generation program designer.
Dan Violette, Director – Lumina Decision Systems
Dan Violette is a recognized industry leader in the areas of demand-side management and distributed energy resources. He has led integrated supply-side/demand-side resource planning assignments for utilities and collaborative processes. Dr. Violette has managed projects on innovative pricing, customer end-use technologies, monitoring and verification for demand-side activities, and he has provided regulatory support on these topics including testimony in over a dozen jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Violette served three elected terms as the Chair of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP), two terms as the Vice Chair of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), and was a member of the DER Advisory Council at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). He received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC), and the 2018 “Industry Leader” award from Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP). He has over 100 papers in journals, books, and conference proceedings and has been a keynote speaker at industry events.
Dr. Violette was a founder and CEO of Summit Blue Consulting prior to its acquisition by Navigant Consulting. After the acquisition, he served as a Managing Director in Navigant’s Energy Practice for 10 years. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado where he was awarded honors in the fields of econometrics and industrial organization.
Michael Goldman, Director, Energy Efficiency – Regulatory, Planning, & Evaluation, Eversource
Michael Goldman is a Director on the Energy Efficiency team for Eversource Energy, the largest energy delivery company in New England. At Eversource, Mr. Goldman has two main responsibilities – his team of research analysts is responsible for overseeing all energy efficiency evaluation, measurement, and verification activities. He is also responsible for the development of behind the meter peak load mitigation programs, from program conception to execution. Prior to his role at Eversource, Michael worked as a strategy and operations consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s energy and resource practice area. He received a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in economics and energy policy from the Johns Hopkins University.
Susan Gilbert, CEO – Apogee Interactive, Inc.
Susan Gilbert is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of APOGEE Interactive, Inc. Apogee provides the energy industry’s most comprehensive and well-established customer engagement platform and omnichannel personalized messaging service. Through her leadership, Apogee has honed its wide-ranging applications to achieve undisputed analytical superiority, extraordinary innovation, and performance excellence. Susan leads the company’s marketing and strategic direction helping hundreds of North American utilities cost-effectively achieve project goals. She earned her Bachelor of Science in physics, and her MS in curriculum and instruction, at the University of Kentucky.