Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency Potential Studies

Conducting an energy efficiency potential study is often one of the key steps to investment in energy efficiency programs. While technology efficiency is of key importance, stakeholders in energy efficiency have come to understand how people interact and use technology and equipment is a large driver of energy consumption. Increasingly, stakeholders are interested in understanding how much energy can be saved though changes in how people use technology and equipment.

SEE Action has been working with stakeholders, including utilities, academics, evaluators and states, to develop methodologies that can assist us in quantify these potential savings. The following resources will assist those interested in conducting behavior-based energy efficiency potential studies.

  1. DOE Behavior Potential Modeling Workshop Slides – These overview slides were presented at the workshop to provide background
  2. Method: Survey-Plus Overview – Presented by Bill Norton, Opinion Dynamics on the methodology that they used for the ComEd potential study.
  3. Method: Municipal Behavior Wedge – Presented by Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Navigant to estimate city level potential savings.
  4. Method: Carbon Footprint – Presented by Chris Jones on the methodology used to estimate carbon savings potential.
  5. Workshop Discussion and Insights – These slides summarize the discussion and next steps from the workshop.