Energy Futures Group (EFG)
Energy Futures Group is a consulting firm specializing in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies to promote investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, with a particular emphasis on cutting-edge strategies. They have worked for program administrators, government agencies, the renewable energy industry and advocacy organizations in more than 30 states and provinces, as well as China and several countries in Europe.
Energy Futures Group (EFG) provides expert consulting services informed by national and international experience in the design and evaluation of energy efficiency programs and policies. They have assisted in the development or engaged in the review of numerous leading programs, including 5 of the Top 10 states in the ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and several countries in Europe.
EFG brings to its work a unique combination of technical, economic, program and policy expertise. Their staff’s participation on the Board of Directors of Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the Northeast HERS Alliance and the Program for the Evaluation and Analysis of Residential Lighting (PEARL); the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA’s) national quality installation committee; and various other national efficiency forums is testament to their extensive knowledge of building science and important technical aspects efficiency measures.
They have critically reviewed hundreds of gas, electric, fuel oil and multi-fuel efficiency programs, and they have played key roles in developing a number that have won national awards for excellence. They have helped Massachusetts achieve its number-one ranking in ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, assisted the British government in assessing innovative policy mechanisms like energy-efficiency feed-in tariffs, and developed a regional lighting strategy for the Northeast residential sector on behalf of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). They have also helped shape a variety of policies for the promotion of energy efficiency including Ontario’s first shareholder incentive mechanism for meeting efficiency program goals, federal efficiency standards for central air conditioners, rules for participation of demand resources in the New England ISO’s Forward Capacity Market, and adoption of ENERGY STAR standards as building codes in several Long Island Communities. They have taught short courses for the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) and made conference and webinar presentations on numerous topics in the energy efficiency field.
EFG uses its expertise to assist clients with a variety of needs, such as the following:
Program design – designs or critical reviews of others’ designs of electric, natural gas, fuel oil or multi-fuel energy efficiency programs, with an emphasis on cutting edge strategies that are necessary to achieve deep levels of participation and savings.
Program implementation support – development of annual program goals and budgets, selection and oversight of implementation contractors, presentation of programs to key trade allies, technical trouble-shooting, and various other needs.
Policy development – support for the development of regulatory or legislative policies addressing goals and budgets for efficiency initiatives, administrative structures for program implementation, utility shareholder incentives, cost-effectiveness tests, equipment efficiency standards and building codes.
Building energy codes – support for the development of programs, policies and strategies that promote code adoption and maximize compliance.
Collaborative engagements between utilities and other stakeholders – serve as technical, program and policy advisors to non-utility parties, but work closely with utilities to develop innovative approaches to efficiency initiatives.
Savings estimation – development or critical review of assumptions or algorithms for the savings, cost, and lives of efficiency measures, often structured in the form of what are increasingly known as Technical Reference Manuals.
Baseline studies – assessments of new construction practices, existing home conditions, HVAC sales or other markets to inform program design, development of building codes or savings potential.
Program evaluation – planning for program evaluation needs, support in overseeing evaluators work and/or conducting process or impact evaluations themselves.
Cost-effectiveness screening – assessments of the cost-effectiveness of all types of efficiency programs, as well as the relative merits of different cost-effectiveness tests.
Efficiency potential studies – high level or detailed assessments of technical, economic and achievable efficiency potential, carefully calibrating analysis to local conditions.
Expert witness testimony – develop and stand cross-examination on testimony on efficiency program proposals and/or related policy issues.See more