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June 15, 2011
Brattle Economists Prepare Report Outlining Measurement and Verification Principles for Behavior-Based Efficiency Programs

A new report authored by Brattle economists Ahmad Faruqui and Sanem Sergici outlines the best practices in designing and measuring the impact of behavior-based energy management programs. As the number of utilities across the United States deploying or planning to deploy behavior-based energy efficiency programs has increased, the need for guidelines to measure program effectiveness has become increasingly evident. The Brattle report provides main principles of scientific research that yield a statistically valid program design and program impact metrics. The measurement and verification principles outlined by Drs. Faruqui and Sergici may apply to a broad group of residential energy efficiency behavioral programs that promote efficient usage behavior, customer engagement, and individual energy management. The report was prepared on behalf of Opower, a home energy management software company. To download the report, please follow the link below.