Energy Efficiency Utility Performance Evaluation

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2012-2014 Evaluation Activities ♦ Forward Capacity Market Evaluations ♦ 2009-2011 Evaluation Activities2006-2008 Evaluation Activities

 

30 V.S.A. §209 requires that the Public Service Board provide for independent evaluation of programs delivered by Energy Efficiency Utilities.  Since the inception of the Energy Efficiency Utility (EEU) Structure in Vermont, the Public Service Department has been identified as the entity who would carry out this role.  The Public Service Department's evaluation plans and reports associated with this responsibility can be found below.  For access to appendices that may not be included with reports please contact Brian Cotterill.

  

Evaluation Activities Related to 2012-2014 Performance Cycle 

EEU Evaluation Plan for 2012-2014

The evaluation plan outlines the Public Service Department's plans for evaluation of EEUs and Vermont's efficiency markets within 2012-2014 performance cycle.  

Economic Impact of Energy Efficiency Investments in Vermont

The Public Service Department commissioned a study on the economic impact of Energy Efficiency Utility investment in Vermont, finding significant positive impacts.  

Thermal Energy Efficiency Impact and Process Evaluation - Residential Market

The Public Service Department evaluated the impact of Efficiency Vermont’s Home Performance with Energy Star program and Vermont Gas’s residential program portfolio. The evaluations cover program years 2008 to 2010.  Impact evaluations were conducted on two distinct tracks yielding two separate final reports.  Due to differences in program design, markets served, fuel types impact evaluation results from the two programs are not directly comparable.  A process evaluation of the two programs was also conducted to assess customer awareness, participation motivations, barriers to participation, and overall participant satisfaction.  Process evaluation results for both programs are reported in one final report.  Impact and process evaluation final reports also include recommendations for program administrators.

Process Evaluation - Vermont Gas and Efficiency Vermont
Impact Evaluation - Vermont Gas Residential Portfolio
Impact Evaluation - Efficiency Vermont Home Performance with Energy Star
 
Benchmarking EEU Electric Energy Efficiency Program Performance 2011 & 2012

The Department’s benchmarking evaluation compares electric energy efficiency service delivery performance of Vermont’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (Efficiency Vermont and Burlington Electric Department) for program years 2011 and 2012, versus the service delivery of energy efficiency program administrators in other jurisdictions. 

Standard Benchmarking Analysis 2011 & 2012
Specialized Benchmarking Analysis 2012
Highlights from Standard and Specialized Analyses

 

Administrative Efficiency Evaluation 

The Department evaluated the Administrative Efficiency of Efficiency Vermont's and Burlington Electric Department's key business processes. As part of this evaluation, the Department reviewed the EEUs methodology for developing, maintaining and updating changes to key business processes, including assessment of two initial key business processes, and recommended improvements. 

Click here for the Department's review and recommendations for EVT.

Click here for the Department's review and recommendations for BED.

The Department reviewed additional key business processes in order to recommend areas for improvement; and benchmark performance with comparable companies.

Click here for the Department's review and recommendations for EVT.

Click here for the Department's review and recommendations for BED.

Click here for the Department's benchmarking analysis. 

 

Activities Related to Evaluation of Resources Bidded into ISO-New England Forward Capacity Market

In 2006, the Independent System Operator of the New England electric grid (ISO-NE) created a Forward Capacity Market (FCM) to ensure that the region has sufficient capacity to meet its peak demand needs.  This market-based initiative allows for demand resources, including energy efficiency, to compete directly with generation resources to provide capacity.  In order to participate in the market, providers of energy efficiency resources must demonstrate that their efficiency savings are verified in compliance with the ISO-NE standards established for this purpose.  The Public Service Department was charged with conducting the independent evaluation required by the ISO-NE standards. 

Evaluation of Efficiency Vermont Savings Claims for FCM resource Delivery in: 2010, 2011, 2012

The Public Service Department has combined the annual verification of Burlington Electric Department’s (BED) savings claims with the Forward Capacity Market (FCM) evaluation. Thus, the FCM reports regarding BED serve to meet both obligations.

Evaluation of Burlington Electric Department Savings Claims for FCM resoruce Delivery in: 2010, 2011

 

Evaluation Activities Related to 2009-2011 Performance Cycle 

PSD EEU Evaluation Plan for 2009-2011

The evaluation plan outlined the Public Service Department’s plans to evaluate the Energy Efficiency Utility and Vermont’s efficiency markets for the 2009-2011 three-year performance cycle. 

Geographically Targeted Energy Efficiency Program Process and Impact Evaluation

Pursuant to an approved evaluation plan (see below), the Public Service Department commissioned a process and impact evaluation of geographically targeted energy efficiency services. 

PSD Geotargeting Evaluation Plan

In 2006, the Public Service Board directed a portion of the state’s energy efficiency investments to areas of the state where load reductions could defer or avoid transmission and distribution upgrades.  This Evaluation Plan defined the scope and timeframe for the above evaluation of geotargeting (GT) process, programs and results.

Verification of Efficiency Vermont Savings and Total Resource Benefit (TRB) Claim

The Public Service Department reviews EEU activities, and verifies energy savings, coincident peak savings and Total Resource Benefit ("TRB") amounts claimed. The following reports summarize the results of that review for the years 2009 through 2011.

Program Year 2011
Program Year 2010
Program Year 2009

 

Residential Market Assessments

These reports characterize the saturation of energy efficient equipment and building envelope features by EEU service territory in Vermont's residential existing buildings and new construction markets.  Results include comparison to past residential market assessments and an assessment of Vermont Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES) compliance.

New Construction On-site Report with RBES Compliance
Existing Buildings On-site Report
Multi-Family On-site Report

 

Commercial and Industrial Market Assessments

These reports characterize the saturation of energy efficient equipment and building envelope features by EEU service territory in Vermont's commercial and industrial existing buildings and new construction markets.  Results include an assessment of Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) compliance.  Supplemental market actor report and appendicies are available upon request.

New Construction and Major Rennovations Report with CBES Compliance
Existing Buildings Report

 

Evaluation Activities Related to 2006-2008 Performance Cycle

Benchmarking of Vermont's 2008 Electric Efficiency Programs: A Comparative Review of EVT and BED

The results of this benchmarking study profile the comparative Demand Side Management savings and costs of both Burlington Electric Department and Efficiency Vermont to a group of approximately 25 other organizations across the Northeast, Midwest, and Western states.

Report on 2006-2008 Evaluation Activities Related to Vermont's EEU

This report summarized the Public Service Department's Energy Efficiency Utility Evaluation activities and results for 2006 through 2008.

Residential Market Assessments
New Construction Report

The overall objective of the combined studies covered in this report provided residential new construction market assessments and baselines to help identify opportunities for increased energy efficiency in Vermont.

Existing Homes Report

A total of 156 onsite audits were conducted at existing single-family homes in Vermont, with 123 conducted at owner occupied single-family homes and 33 at single-family rental homes. This report provided an overview of the key findings of the onsite audits.

Commercial and Industrial Market Assessments

The Public Service Department commissioned a set of three reports that characterized the energy-related features and opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in Vermont’s existing and new construction business facilities.

Business Existing Facilities, Vol. 1
Business New Construction: Vol 1; Vol 2
Industrial: Vol 1; Vol 2
 
Evaluation of CFL Purchases in Vermont

The Public Service Department characterized the level of compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) purchases in Vermont, and the impact of EEU programs on those purchases. 

EEU Evaluation Plan for 2006-2008

The evaluation plan outlined the Public Service Department’s plans for continuing to evaluate the Energy Efficiency Utility programs for the three-year, 2006-2008 contract cycle.

Verification of EEU Savings and Total Resource Benefit (TRB) Claim

The Public Service Department reviews EEU activities, and verifies energy savings, coincident peak savings and Total Resource Benefit ("TRB") amounts claimed. The following reports summarize the results of that review for the years 2006 through 2008.

Verification for Efficiency Vermont Year 2008 Savings and Total Resource Benefit (TRB) Claim
Verification for Efficiency Vermont Year 2007 Savings and Total Resource Benefit (TRB) Claim
Verification for Efficiency Vermont Year 2006 Savings and Total Resource Benefit (TRB) Claim
Verification for Burlington Electric Year 2006 Savings