EE and DR Research

EES Consulting frequently provides in-depth energy efficiency research and unique analytical support to clients who need customized solutions. Both market research and/or technical research are often needed for both EE and DR. The EE industry relies on innovative new technologies that can enter the marketplace to provide the same or better services while using less energy.

Regional Technical Forum

EES Consulting received a contract from the RTF to provide an update to its ProCost cost-effectiveness calculation tool. ProCost is used for the region’s planning process as well as for calculating the cost-effectiveness for each RTF-approved energy efficiency measure.

The Regional Technical Forum hired EES Consulting to develop a “Standard Cost Information Workbook” which includes data for EE measure costs and benefits that are common to multiple measures. Determining incremental costs for EE measures is especially important for calculating cost-effectiveness.

Bonneville Power Administration

EES Consulting developed the Utility Potential Calculator (UPC), a conservation potential assessment tool built on the platform of the Northwest Sixth Power Plan supply curve models. This tool enables utilities to obtain quick estimates of their potential using local service territory data.

EES also developed the “Handbook for Potential Studies in the Northwest” which describes methods for conducting potential assessments for NW utilities.

Electric Power Research Institute

EES Consulting conducted research among North American utilities and developed a report titled “Energy Efficiency Program Best Practices”. This report covers best practices of both energy efficiency and demand response programs and provides utilities with detailed examples of model programs.

Featured Projects

Los Angeles County Aliso Canyon

The County of Los Angeles asked EES Consulting to evaluate alternatives to mitigate the need to withdraw natural gas from the Aliso Canyon storage facility. The facility was used to supply gas during peak winter usage as well as to supply natural gas-fired generators during peak summer demand, but it was shut down after a massive leak released more than 100,000 metric tons of methane. EES found that measures put in place by utilities in Southern California to maintain system reliability without utilizing Aliso Canyon were working, and that resuming natural gas injections was unnecessary in the near term. In the longer term, the acquisition of demand response, energy storage, and energy efficiency could effectively displace the need for Aliso Canyon. EES also provided a series of recommendations to improve the implementation of the mitigation measures. (Image:Earthworks)

Grays Harbor PUD Integrated Resource Plan

EES Consulting prepared Grays Harbor’s 2020 Integrated Resource Plan. Grays Harbor is required to submit an IRP to the state of Washington every two years that demonstrates how it will meet the electric power needs of its members with a reliable supply of power delivered in the most cost-effective manner. The 2020 IRP was an evaluation of resource alternatives that could be deployed to meet Grays Harbor’s load and meet state of Washington renewable energy requirements under the Energy Independence Act and carbon-free energy requirements under the Clean Energy Transformation Act. Grays Harbor embarked on an IRP to study alternative sources of supply that could best serve its customers’ needs for the period 2021-2040.