See Change CEO Beth Karlin has been invited to serve as an advisor on the Penny grant. Funded by the European Commission, Horizon 2020 Program, PENNY (Psychological, social and financial barriers to energy efficiency) applies a behavioral science approach to better understand individual behavior in the domain of energy efficiency. As part of PENNY's External Advisory Board, we're excited to announce that the website has been launched! Beth will be travelling to Germany in September as part of this project and will be enthusiastically reporting back on what she learns as part of this exciting initiative.
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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We're thrilled that CEO Beth Karlin is presenting on our behavioral program report in this week's DOE Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange webinar Master Key: Unlocking Innovative Approaches to Program Design. Design and strategic planning are at the center of every successful energy program. This webinar will explore how energy programs are focusing on the human experience of their programs, ensuring consistent program processes, and re-imagining their residential programs to achieve higher energy savings. Other presenters include Jenni Cathcart from Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) and Michael Lukasiewicz from Navetas Partners.
Register to join here.
We published Assessing Players, Products, and Perceptions of Home Energy Management in December 2016 with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). It explores the potential role various stakeholders may play in the emerging home energy management (HEM) marketplace and develops a roadmap to leverage, promote, and enable the use of these technologies for energy savings and grid load reduction. It takes a comprehensive view of HEMS by evaluating the evolving market in which they are developing, the technological capabilities of the products and systems, and the consumer attitudes and perceptions of these technologies. Each of these three lines of inquiry – the Industry Assessment, Technology Inventory, and Consumer Assessment – informs both immediate and longer-term recommendations for successful engagement with HEMS.
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