SELECT APEX PROJECTS
Apex staff have worked on a diverse array of projects in the past several years.
A selection of some of our recent work is below:
Increase the efficiency of small-to-medium commercial HVAC installations
NEEA HVAC Market Actor Profile
Apex led a research project to support NEEA’s HVAC project group’s efforts to increase the efficiency of small-to-medium commercial HVAC installations. The project drew on online focus groups and in-depth interviews with HVAC installers to understand their decision-making processes and the motivations and business considerations underlying those decisions. The research assessed HVAC contractor decision-making within different types of HVAC installation projects and identified differences in HVAC contractors’ approach to the market that NEEA may be able to use to better target intervention and outreach strategies.
Measuring if the lights remain on
NORTHWEST RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING LONG-TERM MONITORING AND TRACKING STUDY
Apex Analytics, along with DNV GL, has conducted a retail lighting market characterization study since 2018. The study includes both shelf stocking and sales data analysis to track the market transition to LEDs in the Pacific Northwest.
Looking at the whole picture
NATIONAL ENERGY SCREENING
PROJECT ASSESSMENT OF BENEFIT-COST ASSESSMENT MODELS
NESP commissioned a report to review how common BCA models support application of the NSPM framework. Apex's paper reviews five BCA models and the extent to which they allow for discrete accounting of a wide range of utility and non-utility impacts.
California IOU Evaluation
DNG VL, Itron, and Apex Analytics prepared an impact evaluation of the savings claimed by two programs – Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate (MFEER) and Multifamily Whole Building (MF-WB) programs during the 2015 program year, of which were implemented by the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) (June, 2017).
Heat Pumps and Smart Thermostats
Energy Trust and Apex Analytics published (April, 2015) a study using Nest Smart Thermostat as an alternative to existing heat pump controls.
Enabling a greener grid
STATE OF WASHINGTON DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES PLANNING
Apex, as a sub to Demand Side Analytics, supported the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in developing recommendations on best practices and policies for electric utilities to develop distributed energy resource plans.
Using past experiences to shape the future
FORTISBC SMART LEARNING THERMOSTAT PILOT EVALUATION
Apex led the evaluation of a FortisBC pilot that explored participant experience with smart thermostat use. This involved conducting two participant surveys and integrating findings from an electric and gas energy savings analysis.
Its all about the bills
CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE MULTIFAMILY EVALUATION
Apex conducted an impact and process evaluation for the statewide Multifamily programs. This included calibrated engineering models, stakeholder interviews, and participant surveys across IOU and Regional Energy Network projects.
Squeezing Every Last Drop
ENERGY TRUST SEASONAL SAVERS
Apex led an evaluation that determined the winter and summer electric and natural gas impacts of the Nest Seasonal Savings Service. The impacts were determined via statistical billing analysis and participant surveys.
Transparency and Collaboration
ARKANSAS STATEWIDE EVALUATOR
Apex has been part of the statewide evaluator team since 2013. As part of this oversight advisory role, Apex has led the development of residential protocols for the Technical Reference Manual, while providing guidance of the annual evaluation research.
Not created equally
ENERGY TRUST SMART THERMOSTAT
Apex oversaw the impact and process evaluations for a Smart Thermostat Pilot. This pilot reviewed the natural gas impacts across the Nest and Honeywell Lyric Thermostats. The Apex Team assisted with the statistical billing analysis and conducted participant surveys.
APEX'S PERSPECTIVE ON DOE'S FINAL RULE RELATED TO EISA 2020
On September 5th, 2019, DOE issued a final rule and a notice of proposed determination related to EISA which stated that the EISA 2020 backstop had not been triggered, which allows retailers and manufacturers to continue to sell and produce inefficient lighting products. The legal challenges and uncertainty caused by this ruling are intensified by the ramifications that the COVID-19 pandemic has on the lighting market. Read more about the latest market trends for residential LEDs, LightTracker's update on the regulatory environment for lighting, and our assessment of the implications it all has on lighting programs in our white paper.
What is Data Science in Energy Efficiency: 3 Core Elements
APEX ANALYTICS INFOGRAPHIC
As the Apex Analytics team welcomes aboard Dr. Jon Koliner we are excited to share our vision of data science in energy efficency in this infographic.
Optimizing temperature for significant savings
ENERGY TRUST OF OREGON RESIDEO THERMOSTAT OPTIMIZATION PILOT
Apex estimated the electric and natural gas savings associated with the "Connected Savings Pilot," which provided participants with the opportunity to optimize their thermostat setpoints and schedules for energy efficiency savings.
Adapting to the "new normal"
REVIEW OF RESIDENTIAL VIRTUAL PRE-ASSESSMENT OPTIONS
Apex researched virtual residential audit opportunities for delivering whole-home energy savings in response to COVID-19 restrictions for Connecticut utilities. This research categorized available options for virtual audits and recommended best practice approaches during this unprecedented time.