Behavioral programs are on the rise – keep up with innovation at AESP

May 8, 2016

Here at Nexant, one of the hot topics on our minds is the rise of behavioral programs at utilities. Here’s a sneak peak of the infographic we’re showcasing at AESP. How will implementers and evaluators keep up with this behavioral program innovation? What strategies and practices can be used when concerns about cost and complexity associated with EM&V are causing stakeholders to hesitate implementing behavioral EE programs? Well….we can take a page from the entrepreneur’s playbook.

As Director of Nexant’s Innovation and Product Development team, I’m excited to bring Nexant’s “Adaptive Design Process” to utility programs as a way to overcome the shortcomings of empirical studies and engineering based estimates, and to more effectively measure program impacts and validate the value of EE programs. Using the concepts of Test-and-Learn and Minimum Viable Product, EE program implementers are now able not only to satisfy the desire of policymakers for more evidence-based evaluation and planning of energy efficiency programs but also to keep up with a diverse and dynamic utility customer base as well. The ability to measure the previously unmeasurable makes it infinitely easier to make sure EE programs are meeting customer and business goals as well as savings targets.

If you’re one of those kids who reads ahead, check out the Adaptive Design e-Book for a fuller discussion on Nexant’s Adaptive Design Process.

If you’ll be at AESP, come find the Nexant gang! I’ll be there with Evaluation experts Patrick Burns and Lynn Roy, and our VP of Global Marketing, Dan Gruidel.