While developing its 20-year integrated resource plan, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (“IPL”) needed to incorporate electric vehicles (“EV”) and behind the meter distributed solar photovoltaic technology (“PV”) into its load and sales forecasts. The regulator and stakeholders were interested in seeing the effect of these two electro-technologies on the IPL forecast that would drive development of its preferred resource portfolio. With the goal of developing a reasonable and defensible forecast that could be easily explained, IPL approached MCR for help.
It is well known in the world of energy efficiency that it is particularly challenging to achieve energy and demand savings in the low income residential sector. Like many utilities, Duquesne Light Company offered a program focused on serving low income multifamily properties. After the winning bidder of the implementation contract abruptly withdrew from the contract, Duquesne Light turned to MCR to help implement a Passive House program internally.
With the expansion of EE programs, the utility found itself struggling with the volume of EE-related data. The number of sources and uses of data had gotten so complex that key EE staff no longer understood what data they had, where it was coming from, or how external contractors were getting data from the utility. With the goal of developing a baseline “Data Map” to understand the supporting data systems and data flows, our client approached MCR for help.
Pennsylvania Act 129 requires electric distribution companies in the state, including Duquesne Light Company (DLC), to develop cost effective Energy Efficiency (EE) plans that would reduce electricity consumption across their service territory. In developing an EE plan, DLC wanted to design and offer a unique program that would get students and teachers involved in learning about energy use and how they could reduce energy consumption in their own schools.
The Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 340 of 2014 rolled back mandated annual energy efficiency savings and eliminated joint, statewide delivery of several programs in favor of utility-specific program portfolios and goals based on utility integrated resource plans. Indianapolis Power & Light asked MCR to help build a robust tracking system capable of meeting reporting requirements and capturing information required for calculating lost sales.
Pennsylvania’s Act 129 required Duquesne Light Company to develop cost effective plans that will reduce electricity consumption across their service territory by 1 percent by 2011 and 3% by 2013. In order to meet these requirements Duquesne Light selected MCR to design and implement an energy efficiency plan.
Pennsylvania American Water was planning to invest over $100 million in infrastructure updates to improve its Pittsburgh area water system.
A large New England state, experiencing high growth for natural gas usage, recently passed legislation to significantly increase energy efficiency activity. For our client, the increased activity created a requirement to manage and report on a greater volume of program information. The company had been operating energy efficiency programs for decades using a variety of spreadsheet tools and a central database but this system was no longer viable. MCR worked with our client to define and implement a new program management and reporting system.
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.
Duquesne Light Company faced different options for implementing its portfolio of energy efficiency programs recently approved by the Pennsylvania PUC, but was apprehensive about turning over all of its customer relationships to third party contractors. MCR was asked to assist in identifying and managing key commercial and industrial customer projects.
The Cape Light Compact is a municipal aggregator that serves as the energy efficiency program administrator to the towns and counties of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. While successfully promoting and administering programs for over a decade, Cape Light Compact wanted to identify opportunities for increasing participation of commercial & industrial customers in its energy efficiency offerings.