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Seeking Cutting-Edge Programs and Program Results

By Rachel Reiss Buckley - Research Director

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve been in contact with many of you, but I’m still at E Source, just in a different role now. I took a few months off after my son Jacob was born in August 2010, and now I’m working in our Research department instead of Member Services. I’m leading our stellar team of demand-side management (DSM) researchers, while also pursuing some research projects of my own. I’ve picked up some of my old beats from when I was in the research department from 2000 to 2006, such as demand response. I’ve also published two articles in the past few months—one on new Energy Star specs for climate controls and another on sector-specific programs for businesses. Now, I’m collecting information about innovative programs, DSM trends, and program results—and we want to hear from you!

First, we’re looking for exemplary programs in advancing energy efficiency, demand response, or renewable energy systems for any customer segment. This could be a pilot, a new type of program, or just one aspect of an existing program. You can see some examples of what we collected two years ago in our report Ten DSM and Renewable Programs Worth Knowing About and corresponding web conference. We’re always looking for this type of information, but we’re going to be formalizing the research for a session at the upcoming E Source Forum, being held September 18–22, 2011, in Denver, Colorado. We may even have a speaking opportunity for you if you tell us about your ground-breaking program concept! Please fill out our short survey or simply contact me and let me know what you’re working on.

Second, we’re tracking how utilities either achieved or missed their DSM goals in 2010 and plan to share that information with E Source members. We’ve heard anecdotes about many utilities meeting or exceeding their goals, but we’d like to document that and add it to our Utility DSM Budget and Goals work. We’re collecting as many DSM Annual Reports (or other documents with results) from public utilities commission websites as we can, but if you have the document—or the link to the document—handy, it would be awesome if you could send it to me!

Third, I’m always looking for DSM industry trends and themes. Some of you may have seen me give a DSM Trends presentation when I visited you at your utility over the past year or two, but in case you didn’t, I basically report on how utilities are meeting goals, which sectors are participating the most, how the economy is affecting program participation, regulatory issues, and what’s working and what’s not. If you have anything to share, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for not only contributing to E Source research, but also for furthering the advancement of the DSM industry.

Feel free to contact me via e-mail or at 303-345-9104.

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