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Helping the Indiana Demand Side Management Coordination Committee meet the “Energizing Indiana” energy savings goals


“The report had a good balance of what should be the level of the Core portfolio, the costs and key programs, and the DSMCC voted to adopt or agreed to stay with the majority of programs that MCR recommended.”

—DSMCC member utility

“There were various stakeholders, consumer advocates, industrial groups, utilities…MCR was able to find a place for all the stakeholders in the end-product. We reached some middle ground on almost all of, if not all of the issues.”

—DSMCC member utility

 “MCR offered much insight into our process and how to make it better.”

—DSMCC member utility


Background

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission issued an order requiring the formation of a Demand Side Management Coordination Committee (DSMCC) responsible for developing a portfolio of uniform statewide energy efficiency programs. The programs, known as the “Core” programs, were to be implemented by a single, third-party administrator and offered to all Indiana customers for the period 2015-2019. The DSMCC, a statewide stakeholder group of utilities and consumer advocates, selected MCR to help it develop the Core portfolio of programs.

Solution

MCR approached the engagement by reviewing a body of existing information and studies, and performing an independent benchmarking and analysis. The results were then presented and discussed in workshops with the client, which served to validate our analysis and gain alignment among the various stakeholders of the DSMCC. From the iterative analysis/workshop process, we developed a set of recommended programs, designed in detail, that would achieve the stated goals of the Commission.

Results

The resulting report described the recommended Core portfolio of programs and served as the basis for regulatory filings and a request for proposal for a third-party program administrator. The report also provides valuable insights to the DSMCC utilities as they undertake development and regulatory approval of their utility-specific programs.