This report was JUST published with our partners at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). Its primary objective is to assess opportunities for identifying, improving, and expanding behavior-based energy programs. Energy conservation behavior can deliver up to a 20% reduction in energy usage but previous definitions of what constitutes a behavioral program in California (and beyond) have limited claimable savings to a narrow subset of behavioral interventions. This definition has expired, driving the need for a new framework to support utilities pursuing behavior-based energy savings. By analyzing programs within the PG&E landscape, we identify a new method for characterizing (vs. categorizing) behavior-based energy programs. We conclude with a framework to guide future work to define, design, and evaluate behavior-based energy programs.
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