Société indépendante d’exploitation du réseau d’électricité (IESO)
Econoler’s scope of work consisted of annual process and impact evaluations of programs and pilots offered by local distribution companies throughout Ontario, as well as the province-wide residential New Construction program. The latter posed evaluation challenges in accurately establishing the baseline for the new construction market because the implementation and enforcement of a new building code often occur years after official adoption. The Econoler team interviewed builders across the province to understand prevailing market practices and adjusted participant HOT2000 simulation files to account for local market practices. Econoler also carried out comprehensive process evaluations based on both in-depth interviews with stakeholders and participant surveys to identify program design and delivery issues and potential solutions. The impact evaluation also served to quantify avoided greenhouse gas emissions and non-energy benefits, such as job creation, and these factors were included in program cost-effectiveness analyses. Econoler’s analyses and recommendations helped the IESO and local distribution companies to meet their aggressive electricity reduction targets by providing proven, rigorous, and transparent analysis to measure impacts, improve program design, and build stakeholder engagement.