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Energy-Efficiency Program Evaluations: Opportunities for Learning and Inputs to Incentive Mechanisms

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  • Kaufman, Noah
  • Palmer, Karen

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We analyze the evaluations of California energy-efficiency programs to assess the effectiveness of these evaluations in: 1) improving our understanding of their performance and 2) providing a check on utility incentives to overstate energy savings. We find that third-party evaluations are useful tools to achieve both ends because the programs largely did not meet their energy-savings projections, and the utility-reported savings estimates are systematically higher than the evaluated savings estimates. We also find evidence that the choice of the third-party evaluator was influential in determining the estimate of evaluated savings.

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  • Kaufman, Noah & Palmer, Karen, 2010. "Energy-Efficiency Program Evaluations: Opportunities for Learning and Inputs to Incentive Mechanisms," Discussion Papers dp-10-16, Resources For the Future.
  • Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-10-16
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    1. Lawrence C. Hamilton, 1992. "How Robust is Robust Regression?," Stata Technical Bulletin, StataCorp LP, vol. 1(2).
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    1. Levinson, Arik, 2014. "California energy efficiency: Lessons for the rest of the world, or not?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 107(PA), pages 269-289.

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    Keywords

    energy efficiency; third-party evaluation; energy-savings measurement;

    JEL classification:

    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • L95 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Gas Utilities; Pipelines; Water Utilities
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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