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The Research and Evaluation Topic Committee serves as a platform to inform our energy services industry through rigorous and thoughtful methodologies. We seek to drive the conversation on the evolving role of evaluation as a resource to manage and support energy programming. With the overarching objective of advancing energy policy through research and analytics, the Research and Evaluation Topic Committee collaborates and shares on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, customer and market-focused research;
  • Embedded and developmental research and evaluation;
  • Emerging M&V and verification approaches;
  • AMI-enabled research and
  • Evaluability support

Research powers the motor that pushes our industry forward, and we look to the energy services community to be part of our dialogue.

We offer opportunities to:

  • Contribute to cutting-edge thought leadership. The role of evaluation and research in our industry is changing rapidly. Be at the forefront of discussing how the evolving policy landscape creates new challenges and opportunities for research and evaluation to provide value to program implementation and policy.
  • Get engaged with your community. Topic committees are a great way to start getting involved with AESP membership, whether you are an industry veteran or just getting your feet wet. Here in the Research and Evaluation TC, we’re a bunch of data nerds who love chatting about policy, sharing innovative methods, and dissecting the latest research studies. We meet in person at least once a year at the Annual Conference and by web conference quarterly. Get involved by volunteering for numerous opportunities, including:

o   Quarterly member meetings

o   Conference abstract review opportunities

o   Opportunities to collaborate on Webinars

o   Writing a Strategies Article

o   And more!

See below for more specifics on what the Topic Committee has accomplished and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

All AESP group and individual memberships include membership in a topic committee.

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What’s Happening?

  • Emerging Valuation Approaches in Cost-Effectiveness and IRPs. Join us on October 31st, 2019 for a discussion of non-traditional valuation strategies that capture the non-energy benefits of utility programs, such as accounting for climate change impacts, the social cost of carbon, alternative transportation, economic development, and distributed energy resources.
  • Energy Efficiency: A Pillar of Customer Engagement in the South. View the October Strategies issue. This is the first in a multi-article effort to showcase policy and research developments across various regions. We are interviewing gas and electric utility program managers and/or policymakers to understand what topics are top of mind for them and where they see Research and Evaluation providing the most value.

Recent Events and Accomplishments

  • Conference Call on October 10th, 2019. We discussed recent accomplishments and ideas and plans for 2020.
  • AESP Annual 2019. We had an exciting and productive brainstorming session at the Annual conference in San Antonio.
  • Topic Committee Survey. We surveyed TC members to get their input on the hot topics we developed at the Annual Conference. Respondents ranked ideas and had opportunities to volunteer to contribute.
  • Website updates. What do you think of the new look? Let us know your thoughts or suggestions for better engagement by e-mailing us.
  • New Mission Statement. The evolving role of research and evaluation required a new mission statement, and a new motto: “Research powers the motor that pushes our industry forward”!

Webinars and Strategies Articles

To look at past webinars and Strategies Articles, go to the Resource Library. You must be an AESP member to view.

  • Energy Efficiency: A Pillar of Customer Engagement in the South. Strategies Article. October 14, 2019
  • Minding The Gap: Keeping Track of Program Recommendations. Webinar. September 12, 2019
  • Accounting for Health and Safety Benefits of Energy Efficiency. Webinar. March 21, 2019. 
  • Insights into EISA 2020: a gradual decline or a steep cliff? Webinar. November 29, 2018.
  • What’s on Their Mind? Designing & Refining Programs Through the Lens of Your Customer’s Journey. Webinar. November 15, 2018.
  • The Potential Economic and Health Hardship Effects of Time-Of-Use Rates. Strategies Article. August 10, 2018. Read it here
Click here to see third quarter 2019 committee report

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