WEBINAR: Developing a Common Language: Introducing a Glossary and Program Typology for Regional and National Energy Efficiency Program Analysis

April 1, 2014

This webinar was hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency on April 9th, 2014.

LBNL has developed a common language for classifying efficiency programs funded by utility customers and standardizing expenditures and savings associated with those programs, in order to analyze program costs and performance. CEE worked with LBNL to adapt this typology used for the 2013 State of the Efficiency Program Industry survey, which was fielded to energy efficiency program administrators across the US and Canada. Over 70% of electric respondents reported data using this program taxonomy, indicating an overall understanding and ability to group program-level data according to this classification scheme. This effort has enabled program-level data collection by CEE and LBNL. LBNL used the program taxonomy to collect data and determine the cost of saving energy across different geographies and program types. Likewise, CEE used program-level data to collect budgets, expenditures, and savings data by program type.

The common language has two parts: (1) A program typology of more than 60 different program types covering all customer classes and markets; and (2) A glossary of efficiency program terms and definitions, grounded in the consensus-based work of the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Working Group on Evaluation, Measurement and Verification.

This webinar discusses both the glossary and the program typology and showcases how each organization has used these tools to further their research efforts and observations of trends in the energy efficiency industry. The organizations also discuss ways in which a common language could benefit the industry.

To view the recorded webinar, click here

Download the policy brief describing the program typology and glossary of efficiency program terms here.

To view CEE’s 2013 State of the Efficiency Program Industry report, click HERE.

To view LBNL’s reported entitled The Program Administrator Cost of Saved Energy for Utility Customer-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs, click here.

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