#51 Rebate Programs, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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With Dan Mellinger

11/12/18 – Lighting Episode 51(Full Version) – Dan Mellinger 55:07

Energy Efficiency is the answer to sustainability in the future. And if you’re about to make the shift, make sure you know what’s the best utility incentive programs for you.

In this episode of the Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast, Michael and Greg chat with Dan Mellinger, Senior Consultant at Energy Futures Group, about energy efficiency and everything about rebate programs. EFG has been providing energy-related expertise to clients across North America – governments, utilities, and environmental organizations for years now.

Discover today what’s working and what’s not with the available rebate programs for residential, commercial or industrial customers. Dan also discusses how EFG ensures energy efficiency & cost-effectiveness and how they package a good rebate program design for their customer. Challenges in energy monitoring and the implementation of rebate programs happen, so to make sure you make the best choice, Dan delves deeper into these topics. Aside from these, know also what’s the ethics behind rebate programs and what place do they hold in the future of the lighting industry.

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You’ll Learn:

• [02:24] Dan gives an overview of the Energy Futures Group.
• [03:52] Even if there’s energy surplus, you still have to do energy efficiency.
• [06:25] Dan shares his experience in the lighting industry.
• [08:06] What makes up a good energy efficiency rebate or incentive program?
• [10:00] 2 Types of General Utility Programs.
• [12:48] The Problems with Prescriptive Programs.
• [17:00] Predicting energy savings from connected lighting controls.
• [19:00] The Midstream Lighting Program.
• [21:48] Ensuring that rebate designs are defensible and legitimate.
• [23:40] Measurement and verification of energy efficiency are done by an independent party.
• [26:34] Is cost-effectiveness of programs only based on assumptions?
• [27:44] A good program design should be based on how the lighting technology and the market work.
• [28:48] Michael, Greg, and Dan share examples of rebate programs that have gone wrong.
• [31:45] Using connected lighting system to monitor and measure energy usage.
• [33:22] Challenges with energy monitoring: Data Breach.
• [35:40] Challenges with energy monitoring: Pay for Performance.
• [37:18] Dan’s forecast: By 2020, a majority of residential utility programs will be gone and commercial and industrial programs will stay strong.
• [38:46] Converting linear lighting to LED is just around 6-7% in the US.
• [42:00] Where does the rebate funding come from?
• [43:06] The reverse robin hood syndrome of rebate programs.
• [45:40] Is criteria being met in terms of administration costs?
• [48:00] Do rebate programs always make sense for both the end user and the utility company?
• [49:00] The future of lighting rebate programs.
• [50:15] The percentage being collected based on energy consumption is different among residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

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Your Resources

Energy Futures Group
Energy Independence and Security Act

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