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|Evaluation of Energy Trust of Oregon 2009-2010 Existing Buildings Program||Energy Trust of Oregon||2010|
|Examination of Concerns, Conditions, and Capacities for Consumer Response to Time-of-Use Rates||Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory||2008|
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In 2010, Research Into Action conducted a process analysis of Energy Trust of Oregon's Existing Buildings (EB) Program. Energy Trust has operated the program since early 2003 through a program management contractor. EB acquires cost-effective electric and gas savings through prescriptive and custom incentives for a range of lighting, mechanical, and gas-fired equipment. The program design is market-driven and builds on existing market relationships, working through a network of trade allies to identify and deliver energy-saving lighting and mechanical projects for their customers. Our analysis sought to reflect the program's current strategy and provided a real-time, in-progress approach with immediate feedback to Energy Trust. We had tested this "faster feedback" approach on other Energy Trust program evaluations; Energy Trust found that the approach allowed them to respond quickly to any problems, and provided metrics useful for their program management dashboard. For this evaluation, Research Into Action reviewed program processes and progress by analyzing program documents; conducting secondary market research in the commercial building sector and 10 target market sectors; and conducting in-depth interviews with program and PMC staff, representatives of key trade organizations, vendors, distributors, and selected program participants and nonparticipants. The in-depth interviews with the participants and nonparticipants identified decision-making processes and market trends and concerns.