Introducing our thought leaders
The people behind EEAP
We invite you to be guided by our thought leaders through the varied topics, learnings and discussions involving energy evaluation.
The development of EEAP has been guided by an Organising Committee: Kevin Cooney, Phil Degens, Charles Michaelis, Li Pengcheng, Michael Reid, Nina Campbell, Melanie Slade and Edward Vine.
KEVIN COONEYBOARD MEMBER
In 10 years, we can reduce energy requirements across all sectors, and then produce the energy that is required from carbon free, renewable resources..
I’ve been involved with evaluation of energy efficiency and demand side management programs and policies for much of my career. I’ve contributed to a number of state, national, and international efforts to develop uniform methods and standards for consistent, high quality measurement & evaluation. I currently assist both the European and the growing Asian evaluation community to develop proven evaluation practices and to apply them to investments for all kinds of energy.
To assure that investments in efficiency and clean energy have the greatest impact, it is important to develop clear metrics and review progress toward established goals regularly. Evaluation is a key component of the investment lifecycle. When working to develop energy investment strategies, it has proven critical to assure evaluation is part of the process.
As policy makers and investors recognize how more efficient use of energy can both improve the lives of constituents and create economic value, recognition of the need to build evaluation into planning will grow. I want to continue to contribute to the field and make a difference in the way people buy and use energy, by using my engineering and managerial experience while learning from local stakeholders about the specific needs and available resources in their communities. Fostering strong evaluation practices can help decision makers see the full value of a transition to efficient clean energy systems.
Evaluation can guide us on the path to a clean energy future in ten years and beyond.
I have been working in the energy evaluation field for over 30 years. For the last decade I have been the Evaluation manager at the Energy Trust of Oregon in the USA. I am a IEPEC Board member and act as the liaison between the EEAP and IEPEC.
Charles MichaelisBOARD MEMBER
With good evaluation, in 10 years the world has a better chance to meet the Paris goals and be well below 2 degrees warmer.
I have 25 years experience of evaluating energy policies and am a board member of Energy Evaluation.
I am from the UK and have experience of working in China and South-East Asia, I bring 25 years experience of evaluation of policies relating to energy efficiency and security, renewable energy and climate finance.
Evaluation is critical to develop good policies that achieve social and environmental goals. I am particularly interested in sustainable development, climate finance and evaluation methods.
Many countries in Asia Pacific are at an early stage of developing their policies to meet carbon reduction targets. Effective evaluation will help them to get it right first time. Good evaluation of energy policy will help to reduce carbon emissions and other pollution, improving people’s lives and mitigating the effects of climate change.
Li Pengcheng works in Resource and Environment Branch of China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS).
Michael ReidBOARD MEMBER
With good evaluation, in 10 years the world will holistically manage energy systems embracing the economic, social and environmental risks and opportunities.
I am a strategist leading initiatives at the intersection of government, community and business to solution social, economic and environmental issues. I have been involved in EEAP since the International Workshop for Asia Energy Efficiency Policy and Program Evaluation held in Beijing in 2015
The jolt of perception is what evaluation is about. Inviting people to see things that may not be immediately evident, or to see things differently
Purposeful evaluation necessarily focuses attention on the sum total of impacts, both positive and negative. This highlights the need to understand and manage impacts with a view beyond the portfolio.
Evaluation prompts deep listening; a willingness to let go of fixed ideas and fosters openness to experimentation and failure. This is a challenging and rewarding way of working that forces a view of the whole and cut across silos.
Evaluators and policy makers need to work together to grow the evidence base.
I have been working in the energy efficiency and climate change policy field for 10 years, both at the international level (within the International Energy Agency) and the national level (in the New Zealand government). We urgently need to progress the energy transition, and, as a social scientist, I believe that step-change solutions can be found by drawing on social science perspectives which enable us to understand the role of energy-users in the system, and the wider socio-technical context that energy systems operate within.
Unique social norms and values, practices and identities give rise to an infinite array of different “energy cultures”, and our energy culture has a profound effect on the way we use energy, the way we respond to energy policy and to messages about sustainability and climate change. Through adaptive listening and robust and inclusive evaluation we can start to decipher these cultural influences, to understand what works and what doesn’t and how to do the job better.
What’s more, energy policies are having multiple benefits/ impacts across societies and economies that are often missed from traditional, KwH-focused policy assessment. As a result, we are undervaluing the role that energy and climate projects have in bringing about wider changes in society and improving quality of living across the board.
Awareness of this missed opportunity is growing fast, and evaluators and policy makers need to work together to grow the evidence base and our methodologies for doing so in innovative ways. Increased collaboration and international knowledge sharing is critical to this, especially in smaller countries of the Asia Pacific region, like New Zealand, and networks like IEPPEC and EEAP are where the action happens.
Mel has spent nearly thirty years in energy efficiency policy development and implementation in many parts of the world.
She started out working in the UK Government on industrial energy efficiency and has worked with many other governments to establish similar programmes, perhaps most notably, the Government of China in the 1990s.
She also spent six years chairing the Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee – the Australian and New Zealand Government committee overseeing the regulation of minimum energy performance standards and labels for lighting, equipment and appliances. One of the key policies Mel led while in Australia was the phase-out of inefficient lighting. Australia was second only to Cuba in this endeavour and has shared its experience widely both in the developed and developing world.
Mel moved to the International Energy Agency in February 2014 to manage the Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Programme. Mel and her team work with policy makers in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine to develop more effective energy efficiency policy, track its progress and assess its potential.
In 10 years, the world will have eliminated (or highly reduced) the use of fossil fuels as we use renewable energy for sustaining society.
I am currently an Affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where I was involved in the evaluation of energy efficiency programs and technology performance measurement for over 36 years. I have been working with colleagues around the world in developing a community of evaluators of energy programs in Asia Pacific. As part of this effort, I have been involved in organizing workshops in Asia, as well as organizing our first conference in Asia in Bangkok in November 2017.
Evaluation is critical for improving our way of life: Developing new energy programs and policies as well as improving existing energy programs and policies, for implementing the path to sustainability.
My work and career is evaluation! My close network of colleagues are involved in evaluation, and I look forward to working with others (especially the “next generation”) in promoting evaluation.
Effective evaluation will lead to many opportunities in the private and public sectors in the design, implementation and evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and policies.
I am interested in this area of energy evaluation because of the opportunities for improving society, and I am excited in working with new and experienced individuals and organizations in this effort. Evaluation is often misunderstood and under appreciated: I hope this community of evaluators will change that image.