AEG has performed three large-scale market potential studies for Ameren in the past five years. In 2010 and 2013, AEG completed comprehensive studies for Ameren Missouri. Both studies assessed various categories of electric EE and DR for a 20-year planning horizon and implemented saturation and program-interest surveys for all customer sectors. The 2013 study also assessed distributed generation/combined heat and power (DG/CHP) and demand-side rates. The studies developed estimates of high and low achievable program potential. In 2012, AEG performed market research and market potential studies for Ameren Illinois to assess electric and natural gas EE potential in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. AEG also developed programs and provided support through the regulatory filing.
Conduct a technical, economic, and achievable potential study and develop a portfolio of electric demand-side programs. This study will support both an IRP filing and a separate energy efficiency program portfolio filing. Avista Energy In 2011, AEG completed a CPA for electricity for Avista and in 2012, a CPA for gas. The objectives of these two studies were to establish cost-effective energy conservation targets necessary to meet the requirements of Washington Administrative Code 194-37 (I-937), to inform the utility’s 2011 Integrated Resource Plan, and to provide input to Avista’s DSM business plan. Per I-937’s requirements, the project used an approach consistent with the methodology used in the NWPCC Sixth Plan. The CPA covered all customer segments in Avista’s Washington and Idaho (and Oregon for natural gas) service areas. AEG also performed Avista’s 2013 CPA for electricity. We were able to update the study considerably since data from the most recent NEEA Residential Building Stock Assessment were becoming available. In 2014, we completed an update to the gas CPA.
Black Hills Energy
AEG has prepared regulatory filings, designed and implemented energy efficiency programs, provided direct implementation services, developed internet based solutions and hosted program websites. AEG has provided these services in Iowa. AEG has also provided assistance in regulatory matters in Missouri.
Empire District Electric
Developed a portfolio of electric demand-side programs with budgets, goals, benefit cost test results, and program plans, full documentation for regulatory approval, inputs for IRP analysis, ongoing regulatory support and implementation services for a C&I Custom and Prescriptive Rebate program. This work was done for both Empire District’s Missouri and Arkansas service territories.
Kansas City Power & Light
AEG provides implementation support services using VisionDSMTM for KCPL’s custom and prescriptive energy efficiency programs in both Missouri and Kansas. AEG’s responsibilities include application screening and processing, technical and economic analysis, customer interface, review and approval, reporting and program tracking.
Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
AEG has developed numerous programs for this electric utility which has over one million customers. Programs have been designed in the areas of energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy, including photovolatics and a 140 MW offshore wind farm.
MERC is the second largest gas utility in the state of Minnesota. AEG has been provides turnkey program design and implementation services for MERC. AEG’s scope of services for MERC include ongoing design and development of natural gas energy efficiency programs including budgets, goals, benefit cost screening, program plans, biennial program plan filing, annual status reports, evaluation analysis and plans; and ongoing regulatory support and implementation services for all programs.
Northwest Power and Conservation Council – Regional Technical Forum
AEG is providing quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) services for the Regional Technical Forum (RTF) in the Pacific Northwest. The work includes validating inputs, calculations, and all other items for measure workbooks and standard protocols to ensure that they meet the high standards of the RTF prior to their publication. AEG has reviewed dozens of RTF work products, which are widely used by utilities and other industry stakeholders for assessing measure savings.
Oklahoma Gas & Electric
AEG is performing impact and process evaluations for eight residential and C&I programs in Oklahoma and for six residential and C&I programs in Arkansas for OG&E. Across the two states, the programs include low-income and fixed-income weatherization, residential thermal efficiency, geothermal heat pumps, residential new construction, student energy education, commercial lighting, commercial tune-up, and C&I standard offer programs. The first three-year engagement (program years 2010-2012) in Oklahoma began in June 2010 with a planning phase in which AEG developed a customized approach for each program and used a variety of approaches, including engineering review, on-site field visits, simulation modeling, and billing analysis. For each program year, AEG has completed comprehensive reports that are filed with the regulator. In Arkansas, the process was similar, with the engagement beginning with program year 2011, and continued through 2013. OG&E renewed the contract for the 2013-2015 Oklahoma programs, and is extending the 2011-2013 cycle for Arkansas by two years, adding 2014 and 2015.
Pacific Gas & Electric
AEG is evaluating several of PG&E’s Smart Meter Enabled Programs and coordinating the preparation of PG&E’s OP10 report for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This includes the evaluation of the company’s Customer Web Presentment and Tier Alert programs across the four program years. AEG estimated impacts using matched control groups and stratifying based on web portal use frequency and duration, and the number of alerts received, showing statistically significant changes in energy use for some subgroups. AEG also worked with the PG&E Demand Response team to produce a comprehensive report for the California PUC describing the demand, energy, and financial impacts for all of the SmartMeter Enabled programs within the following three groups
SmartMeter Enabled DR Rates (e.g. PDP, PTR, TOU), Informational Energy Conservation Programs (e.g. web presentment and energy alerts), and HAN-Enabled Programs (e.g. in-home devices, programmable controllable thermostats).
Pacific Gas & Electric
AEG is providing technical due-diligence and measure review work for PG&E. The work involves verifying completeness of submitted project data, reviewing calculation methodologies and assumptions, recommending measurement & verification (“M&V”) requirements, documenting the review, and approving ex-ante savings and incentives. Upon PG&E’s request, AEG also conducts post-installation inspections to validate installation and operating parameters. AEG has performed hundreds of such reviews across a wide spectrum of end-uses and customer segments, including commercial, industrial, and institutional, and agricultural.
AEG provide support services for a residential and small business direct load control program.
Seattle City Light
In 2011, AEG conducted a conservation potential assessment (CPA) to quantify the amount, the timing, and the cost of electric conservation resources available within the Seattle City Light service territory. The primary objective of this study was to establish cost-effective energy conservation targets necessary to meet the legal requirements associated with Washington Administrative Code 194-37 and to inform the Department’s 2012 Integrated Resource Plan. To meet the objectives, AEG conducted a detailed, bottom-up assessment of the utility market to deliver forecasts of energy use and savings achievable through conservation programs. In mid-2012, Seattle City Light extended the contract to perform a comprehensive 2013 CPA study.
Southern California Edison
AEG is providing support for several aspects of SCE’s behavioral programs. AEG have set up randomly assigned participant and control group populations as part of a randomized control trial for their second wave of Opower implementation and worked with SCE to present and get approval for the randomization from the CPUC Energy Division. AEG is also helping SCE with implementation of their HEES Enhancement behavioral program, including randomization of participant and control groups, creation and selection of comparison groups for participants, and calculation of parameters for reports comparing customers with their more efficient neighbors. Lastly, AEG is evaluating the energy impacts of SCE’s first Opower wave.
AEG develops sector-specific programs consisting of projects and publications that address Southern Company’s end-use R&D priorities, including new and emerging technology solutions, technology demonstrations and pilots, and staff and customer training. This work has spanned several end-use segments, including commercial, industrial, agriculture, food processing, healthcare, and residential. AEG’s services help utility staff and customers improve their knowledge of advanced technologies and best practices, while the publications help inform and deepen relationships between utility staff and key customers.