Evaluation, Monitoring + Verification

Lincus is widely recognized for their expertise in performing
Evaluation Monitoring + Verification services for many major utility giants.

In EM&V services, Lincus’ objectives are to document and measure the effects of a program and determine whether it met its goals with respect to being a reliable energy resource and to help understand why those effects occurred and identify ways to improve current programs and select future programs. With these objectives, Lincus EM&V consultants provide:


Develop EM&V Plans and Studies
Southern California Public Power Association (SCPPA):

Since early 2009, Lincus consultants have been providing EM&V services to SCPPA member utilities such as Anaheim Public Utilities, Azusa Light and Water, Banning Electric Utility, Burbank Water and Power, and Glendale Water & Power. These projects consisted of program process and impact evaluations along with recommendations on how to reduce costs and increase savings. Overall report included recommended improvements to more than 20 programs as well as comparison of program effectiveness as illustrated with the following graph:

Data Center Energy Efficiency Program
Southern California Edison:

Lincus has assisted Southern California Edison in reviewing the effectiveness of their data center energy efficiency program. Data center energy efficiency requires a holistic approach. In its M&V evaluation, Lincus provided technical consultation to SCE to evaluate the efficacy of their program, measured and verified energy savings from implemented measures. Lincus engineers have visually inspected all sites in which the energy efficiency measures have been implemented and that the server consolidation measures have been properly implemented. Further, Lincus engineers have done measurement and verification of energy savings pre and post installation and server virtualization. The results were analyzed to determine how they matched with the Ex-ante savings calculated by the third party contractor.

Market Potential Study
Arizona Public Service Company:

Lincus participated in a team effort to conduct Demand Side Management (DSM) baseline and energy efficiency market potential study in Arizona Public Service (APS) utility’s service territory. Study objectives were to help APS in policy setting for their DSM programs and determination of incentive level. Various tools including available research, phone and on-site interviews of the builders, customers, architectures, equipment suppliers, and on-site metering were used to estimate the existing baseline and market penetration of energy efficient technologies. Study provided APS with a list of potential DSM measures to implement under their DSM programs to best utilize the available resources. Study also provided APS with a baseline which was used in the successive program evaluation efforts.




Residential Energy Assistance Program
Imperial irrigation District:

Lincus has assisted Imperial Irrigation District in its Residential Energy Assistance Program (REAP) designed to assist IID’s low income customers meet their energy costs. Customer benefits include a discount on the monthly customer, consumption and energy cost adjustment charges of their energy bills. Lincus performed following tasks as part of the program evaluation:

a)  Detailed statistical analysis and assessment of the annual energy consumption of IID’s low income customers based on type of dwelling, household income levels and housing categories.  

b) Evaluated the potential energy efficiency measures such as CFL replacements, weatherization and HVAC maintenance on the total low income customer segment. Predicted impact of these measures on the energy consumption of the low income customer segment.

c)  Evaluated and recommended a possible “Pay As You Go” program that the low income customers could opt for and its impact on possible energy savings as a behavioral energy efficiency measure.

d) Developed a market sensitivity analysis based on various discount levels for different customer classes.

e)  Developed a weather normalization procedure for determining the normalized energy savings achieved by each low income based on the percent discount provided.  

f)  Recommended a list of improvements to track the progress and data for the low income customers and the success of the program.