MN Energy Efficiency Potential Studies Seek Advisory Committee Members

Apr 4, 2017

CEE is contributing to all three studies, and is lead researcher for the demand-side study. (news release)


Background

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources is funding two studies that will fully explore Minnesota’s demand-side (customer-facing) and supply-side (utility infrastructure) energy efficiency potential: 

  • A demand-side efficiency potential study – This study will consider the technical and achievable potential for demand-side energy efficiency , and will inform the state’s Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) decision makers regarding which market sectors, geographic areas, utility service territories, end uses, measures, and programs can be targeted to help realize cost-effective energy efficiency potential statewide. The study will also make policy recommendations as part of a stakeholder process. 

  • A supply-side efficiency potential study – This study will look at the potential for Electric Utility Infrastructure (EUI) efficiency projects, i.e., utility-owned projects that improve the overall generation, transmission, and distribution efficiency of the electric system. The study will also make policy recommendations as part of a stakeholder process.  

Click here for more background information on each of these studies

As part of this effort, the project team hopes to engage a broad range of stakeholders in providing feedback and helping to guide the projects, and will be forming an Advisory Committee for each of the studies.  In addition to the Advisory Committees, there will be additional opportunities for stakeholders with particular technical or policy expertise to provide their input. Center for Energy and Environment will be leading this stakeholder work, as a contractor to the Department of Commerce.
 
A summary of the general expectations for each of the committees is provided below along with information about how to apply to serve as an Advisory Committee member.
 
Demand-Side (customer-facing) Study Advisory Committee

Areas of Input
Members of the Demand-Side Study Advisory Committee will provide input on the following areas (either themselves, or by consulting with others in their organization):

  1. Technologies that are suitable to be included in the potential study.

  2. Programmatic approaches that can help advance CIP achievements.

  3. Input on technical assumptions of potential study, including such topics as appropriate avoided energy costs from energy and capacity displaced by energy efficiency, energy sales forecasts in 2020 and beyond, existing energy-efficiency measure saturation rates, and the impact of codes and standards on CIP.

  4. Policy recommendations for the future of CIP.

Knowledge Sought
The Department is particularly interested in finding Advisory Committee members for the Demand-Side Study that have knowledge of and an ability to represent the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of natural gas and electric utility sector issues as it relates to CIP (including resource planning, CIP regulatory framework, etc).

  2. Knowledge of CIP implementation, policy and technical issues (including programmatic approaches, budgeting issues, specific technologies, etc).

  1. Knowledge of the impact of CIP policy on environmental, consumer issues and economic development issues (including impact on carbon reduction, regulatory issues, impact on rates, etc).

Supply-Side (utility infrastructure) Study Advisory Committee

Areas of Input
Members of the Supply-Side Study Advisory Committee will provide input on the following areas (either themselves, or by consulting with others in their organization):

  1. Technologies suitable to be included as measures for supply-side efficiency improvements

  2. Input on technical assumptions in the potential study, such as appropriate baselines to use for EUI technologies, 

  3. Input on policy recommendations for increasing supply-side efficiency 

Knowledge Sought
The Department is especially interested in finding Advisory Committee members for the Supply-Side Study that have knowledge of and an ability to represent the following areas:

  1. Knowledge and experience with EUI issues (including resource planning, regulatory framework, utility capital budget planning, distribution engineering issues, power plant generation expertise, utility project management knowledge, etc).

  2. Knowledge and experience with utility regulation and policy as it relates to EUI efficiency issues, including issues of cost-recovery in ratemaking, barriers to implementing EUI projects, etc.

  3. Knowledge and experience with consumer, environmental and economic development issues (including impact on carbon reduction, regulatory issues, impact on rates, etc).

Expectations and Responsibilities of Advisory Committee Members

Advisory members participating in either of the committees will be expected to review the potential study scope of work, attend approximately five full committee meetings on the project, provide input on mid-project deliverables, and provide an assessment of the final recommendations. In addition, sub-committees may be set up on appropriate topics. Expectations of committee members include:

  • Willingness and ability to attend 4-6 in-person meetings between May 2017 and June 2018.

  • Provide input on the scope of the study.

  • Review and comment on substantial documents in a timely manner (estimated time commitment of 5-10 hours outside of attending meetings). 

Application Information

If you are interested in joining an Advisory Committee, please complete our online survey to express your interest and summarize your qualifications by April 28. 

Final selection of Advisory Committee members will be made in May 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Carl Nelson at Center for Energy and Environment (cnelson@mncee.org).