ENERGY PROGRAM AND POLICY RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
WHO WE ARE
APPRISE is a nonprofit research institute dedicated to collecting and analyzing data and information to assess and improve public programs. Our current research includes work for federal and state governments, agencies, utility companies, and nonprofit organizations.
APPRISE conducts a wide variety of research activities to provide program administrators and stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of program design, operations, and impact. This research leads to informed recommendations for program improvement.
WHAT WE DO
APPRISE research focuses on programs that provide bill payment assistance, energy education, and energy efficiency services to low-income households; and programs that provide incentives for undertaking energy efficiency projects to residential, commercial, and industrial utility customers. The goals of bill payment assistance programs are to improve energy affordability and reduce the problems that are associated with high energy bills. The goals of usage reduction programs are to increase knowledge of energy-saving behaviors, improve energy practices, improve the energy efficiency of the home, reduce energy usage, and improve customer health and safety. The goals of other residential, commercial, and industrial energy programs are to reduce energy usage and transform the market for energy efficient products.
APPRISE staff members will be attending these conferences:
- 2018 ACEEE Conference on Health, Environment and Energy – New Orleans, LA, December 3-5, 2018
- 2019 Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) Conference – San Antonio, TX, January 21-24, 2019
- 2019 Home Performance Conference – Chicago, IL, April 1-4, 2019
- 2019 National Energy & Utility Affordability (NEUAC) Conference – Forth Worth, TX, June 3-5, 2019
- 2019 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference – Denver, CO, August 19-22, 2019
CURRENT RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
APPRISE is conducting a process evaluation to understand the contributions that Avangrid’s marketing programs make to encourage residential and non-residential customers to participate in Avangrid’s energy efficiency program offerings. The research will include in-depth interviews and surveys with program participants to assess the success of various marketing approaches.
Con Edison’s Commercial & Industrial program provides incentives to organizations that install qualifying energy-using equipment or who complete energy efficiency projects in their facility. As part of the program, Con Edison maintains a network of Trade Allies that have completed projects in the program, including installation contractors, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers, and energy consultants. APPRISE is supporting a process evaluation of the program by conducting in-depth interviews with these Trade Allies. The interviews will collect detailed information about the types of work the companies do, their experience and satisfaction with each aspect of the program, perceived barriers, and recommended areas for improvement.