The energy-efficiency gap is the subject of intense debate. How big is it? What policies can be implemented to help reduce energy consumption and close the gap? Centered among extraordinary multidisciplinary expertise at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, E2e is in a unique position to leverage cutting-edge scientific and economic insights on the causes of the persistent efficiency gap. E2e will focus these talents on solving one of the most perplexing energy questions today and communicate those findings to policymakers and the public.
The E2e Project’s research generates rigorous and accurate evaluations of energy-efficiency technologies and programs using state-of-the-art empirical methodologies. One powerful tool is the Randomized Control Trial (RCT). RCTs are a well-known form of experimental research, and are the gold standard for evaluating the effectiveness of programs in a wide variety of fields, including medicine, marketing, and social programs. For more information on the application of RCTs for energy efficiency, we have developed a brief primer - Randomized Control Trials in Evaluating Energy-Efficiency Programs.
2016 Funding for Energy Efficiency Research Projects
"Understanding the Energy Efficiency Investment Gap"
Erica Myers, Peter Christensen, and Paul Francisco (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"The Impact of Energy Efficiency on Housing Prices"
Sharon Shewmake, Reid Dorsey-Palmateer and Philip B. Thompson (Western Washington University)
"Industrial Energy Efficiency: The Role of Management Practices and Public Policy"
E. Mark Curtis (Wake Forest University), Gale A. Boyd (Duke University), and Jonathan M. Lee (East Carolina University)
"When Do Households Participate in Energy Efficiency Programs?"
Kevin Novan and Aaron Smith (University of California – Davis)
2016 E2e Research Design Competition Award Winners:
"Water-Based Behavioral Interventions and Energy Efficiency Investments"
Gabriel Lade (Iowa State University)
"Salience of the Energy-Efficiency Trade-Off and the Purchase of Energy Efficient Appliances"
Giovanna d'Adda (Milan Polytechnic)
"Trust and the Purchase of Energy-Efficient Durable Goods: Evidence from Cooking Stoves in India"
Prabhat Barnwal (Michigan State University)