Act 129 Statewide Evaluator (SWE)


The Act 129 Statewide Evaluator monitors and verifies data collection, quality assurance and the results of each electric distribution company’s (EDC) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (EE&C Plan) and the EE&C program as a whole.

Statewide Evaluator Act 129 Reports

The Commission is releasing the following Act 129 Statewide Evaluator Reports for the Act 129 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program. The findings, conclusions, and recommendations contained in the Statewide Evaluator’s Reports are the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Statewide Evaluator only and, as such, are not necessarily agreed to by the EDCs or the Commission. The Commission, while not adopting the findings, conclusions, and recommendations contained in the Statewide Evaluator’s Reports, may consider and adopt some or all of them at a later date in appropriate proceedings, such as the annual Technical Reference Manual update, Total Resource Cost Test Manual update, and individual EDC Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan revision proceedings.

Program Year 5

Act 129 SWE Phase II Program Year 5 Preliminary Annual Report - Submitted to the Commission on July 31, 2014.

Act 129 SWE Phase II Program Year 5 Semiannual Report - Submitted to the Commission in March 2014.

Program Year 4

Phase I Final Annual Report - Includes Program Year Four (2012-13) Annual Report

Program Year Four (2012-13) 3rd Quarter Report

Program Year Four (2012-13) 2nd Quarter Report

Program Year Four (2012-13) 1st Quarter Report

Program Year 3

Program Year Three (2011-12) Annual Report

Program Year Three (2011-12) 3rd Quarter Report

Program Year Three (2011-12) 2nd Quarter Report

Program Year Three (2011-12) 1st Quarter Report

Program Year 2

Program Year Two (2010-11) Annual Report

Program Year Two (2010-11) 3rd Quarter Report

Program Year Two (2010-11) 2nd Quarter Report

Program Year Two (2010-11) 1st Quarter Report

Program Year 1

Program Year One (2009-10) Annual Report

 

Statewide Evaluator Baseline Studies

The Commission tasked the Statewide Evaluator, as part of its Phase II contract, with performing residential and non-residential baseline studies.  The purpose of these studies was to establish baseline energy use and building characteristics for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors and to provide baseline energy equipment saturations.  The studies also describe the characteristics of energy-using equipment, the efficient electric equipment stock and building  characteristics present in the service territories of the seven electric distribution companies.

Release of Act 129 SWE Baseline Studies & Stakeholder Meeting Announcement – Regarding the release of the Act 129 Pennsylvania Statewide Residential and Non-Residential Baseline Studies. The Letter also announced a Stakeholders’ Meeting that will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2014, from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. in Hearing Room 1 of the Keystone Building.  Docket No. M-2014-2424864.  Served June 12, 2014.

2014 Pennsylvania Statewide Act 129 Residential Baseline Study  -  April 2014.  Submitted by GDS Associates Inc. in partnership with Nexant Inc., Research Into Action, and Apex Analystics.

Pennsylvania Statewide Act 129 2014 Non-Residential End Use & Saturation Study - April 4, 2014 Submitted by Nexant Inc., in partnership with GDS Associates, Research in Action, and Apex Analystics.

 

Statewide Evaluator Demand Response Study

On March 4, 2011, the Commission, via Secretarial Letter, directed the Act 129 Statewide Evaluator (SWE), GDS Associates Inc., to perform a demand response (DR) study.  The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of Act 129 DR programs in Phase I and to determine the optimum method, if any, to obtain cost-effective peak demand reductions in future phases of Act 129’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) programs.  The final report providing the results of the SWE’s study is to be submitted to the Commission in the spring of 2013.

Act 129 SWE Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Market Potential Studies Stakeholder Meeting Secretarial Letter - Dated June 12, 2014.  Docket No. M-2014-2424864. 

Final Order on Act 129 SWE to Perform a Demand Response Potential Study - From the Public Meeting of February 20, 2014 at Docket No. M-2012-2289411 and M-2008-2069887. Statement by Commissioner Cawley

Peak Demand Cost Effectiveness Determination Tentative Order – Entered Nov. 14, 2013.  Docket Nos. M-2012-2289411 and M-2008-2069887.

Act 129 SWE Demand Response Study Final Report - Amended November 1, 2013 – Dated November 1, 2013.  Released with the Commission’s Peak Demand Cost Effectiveness Determination Tentative Order at Docket Nos. M-2012-2289411 and M-2008-2069887.

Comments

EPGA IECPA, et.al.
PPL Electric OCA
PECO Energy Demand Response Providers
FirstEnergy Companies PennFuture/CAC/KEEA/Sierra Club
Energy Association of PA  

Act 129 SWE Demand Response Study Release & Stakeholder Meeting Secretarial Letter – By this Secretarial Letter, the Commission released the Act 129 Statewide Evaluator’s Demand Response Study and announced a Stakeholder Meeting to be held June 11, 2013, from 1-3 PM in Hearing Room 1 of the Keystone Building.  Served May 17, 2013, at Docket No. M-2012-2289411.

Act 129 Statewide Evaluator Demand Response Study Final Report – Dated May 16, 2013.

Demand Response Stakeholders' Meeting Presentation - June 11, 2013.

Feb 2013 Act 129 SWE Demand Response Study Stakeholder Meeting - Notification of Rescheduling – The Commission has rescheduled its February 12, 2013 SWE Demand Response Study Stakeholder Meeting to February 21, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in Hearing Room 3 of the Keystone Building.  Served February 5, 2013, at Docket No. M-2012-2289411.

Feb 2013 Act 129 SWE Demand Response Study Stakeholder Meeting Secretarial Letter - This Secretarial Announced a Stakeholder Meeting to be held on February 12, 2013.  Served January 14, 2013, at Docket No. M-2012-2289411.

Act 129 SWE Demand Response Study Stakeholders Meeting Secretarial Letter - Served July 20, 2012. Docket No. M-2012-2289411.

Demand Response Study Secretarial Letter – Served March 4, 2011, at Docket No. M-2008-2069887.

 

Statewide Evaluator Market Potential Study

The Commission tasked the SWE to conduct a market potential study to inform the Commission of the energy savings potential remaining in the large EDCs’ service territories.  In addition, the Commission asked the SWE to conduct baseline studies for the residential and the commercial and industrial sectors in Pennsylvania.  This information was used to aid the Commission in determining potential Act 129 EE&C Phase II consumption and/or demand reduction targets. 

Act 129 SWE Energy Efficiency & Demand Response Market Potential Studies Stakeholder Meeting Secretarial Letter - Dated June 12, 2014. Docket No. M-2014-2424864.

Statewide Evaluator Market Potential Study Presentation – As provided to stakeholders at the June 5, 2012 Stakeholder Meeting.

Statewide Evaluator Market Potential Study – Released with the Commission’s Act 129 Phase II Tentative Implementation Order on May 11, 2012, at Docket No. M-2012-2289411.

Statewide Evaluator Baseline Studies Secretarial Letter - Regarding the release of the Act 129 Pennsylvania Statewide Electric End Use and Saturation Studies. The Letter also announced a Stakeholders’ Meeting that was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Docket No. M-2012-2289411. Served May 8, 2012.

 

Statewide Evaluator Audit Plan


The Audit Plan was prepared by the SWE to audit the evaluation activities and program savings of the seven EDC Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Plans in accordance with the directive of Act 129. The Audit Plan contains detailed expectations for EDC evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) protocols and plans as well as the potential audit activities to be conducted by the SWE Team.

Phase II

Act 129 Statewide Evaluator II Evaluation Framework - Updated June 1, 2014.

Act 129 Statewide Evaluator II Evaluation Framework - Dated June 30, 2013.

Phase I

Act 129 Statewide Evaluator Phase I Audit Plan - Updated November 2011.

 

Statewide Evaluator Contract RFP


Phase II

GDS Technical SWE RFP Rebid Proposal with Appendices - Contract

Act 129 Statewide Evaluator Request for Proposals RFP-2012-8

The Commission has been charged by the Pennsylvania General Assembly pursuant to Act 129 of 2008 (“Act 129”) with establishing an energy efficiency and conservation program.  See 66 Pa.C.S. §§ 2806.1 and 2806.2.  The energy efficiency and conservation program requires each EDC with at least 100,000 customers to adopt a plan to reduce energy demand and consumption within its service territory.  See 66 Pa.C.S. § 2806.1.  In order to fulfill this obligation, on August 2, 2012, the Commission entered an Implementation Order at Docket No. M-2012-2289411.  As part of the Implementation Order and Act 129, the Commission seeks a Statewide Evaluator to evaluate the EDCs’ Phase II energy efficiency and conservation programs.

Bidders are invited to submit a proposal for the Act 129 Statewide Evaluator Contract in accordance with the enclosed request for proposal.

All proposals must be submitted to the address stated in Section I-11 of the RFP no later than 3 p.m., January 11, 2013, as stated in the Calendar of Events.  Late proposals will not be considered regardless of the reason.

All questions should be submitted by email (with subject line “RFP-2012-8 Statewide Evaluator RFP Question”) to Darren Gill at dgill@pa.gov by December 10, 2012, as stated in the Calendar of Events.  All Proposers will be provided with written answers to questions asked by any Proposer by December 21, 2012, as stated in the Calendar of Events.

In addition, a pre-proposal conference was held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Commonwealth Keystone Building.  Questions were submitted at the pre-proposal conference, and answered by December 21, 2012.  Attendance at the pre-proposal conference was not mandatory.     

Questions and Answers - Pre-proposal Attendance Sheet

Phase I

In 2008, the PUC sought a Statewide Evaluator Contract to evaluate the energy efficiency and conservation programs required by ACT 129 of 2008. Act 129 requires each of the seven major Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) in Pennsylvania to adopt a plan to reduce energy demand and consumption within its service territory. The Act requires a 1% reduction in consumption by May 31, 2011, a total of 3% reduction in consumption and a 4.5% reduction in peak demand by May 31, 2013. A Request For Proposal (RFP) went out asking that the RFP  contain provisions for an audit plan development, four annual audits of the EDCs' programs and a 2013 review of the entire program.

GDS Associates Inc. Engineers and Consultants was selected as the Act 129 Evaluator at the public meeting of June 25, 2009, by the Commission. Press Release

The Statewide Evaluation contract began in the summer of 2009 through December 31, 2013, following the Commission's approval of two one-year renewal options.

RFP Contract for Act 129 Statewide Evaluator - Contract for the Act 129 Statewide Evaluator, GDS Associates Inc. Engineers and Consultants.

GDS Associates Technical Proposal Submittal - RFP submission for the Act 129 Statewide Evaluator.  Dated June 16, 2009.

RFP for Act 129 Statewide Evaluator - Issued April 21, 2009. Appendices A-C included.
Appendix D - Act 129 Statewide Evaluator Contract

RFP Addenda - Issued May 19, 2009. Addenda to Act 129 Statewide Evaluator Request for Proposal.

Questions & Answers/List of Attendees - Q&A and the list of attendees from the Pre-Proposal Conference held on May 6, 2009. Posted on May 13, 2009.