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  1. ERG Colloquium: Sam Borgeson

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    sam_borgesonEnergy and Resources Group Spring 2014 Col­lo­quium Series (ER295)

    Targeted Efficiency: Using Customer Meter Data to Improve Efficiency Program Outcomes

    Sam Borgeson

    PhD Candidate
    Energy and Resources Group
    UC Berkeley

    Sam’s dissertation is on the potential for data from customer smart meters to be used to modernize the planning, execution, and evaluation of energy efficiency programs. This is one of many steps that will be required to deliver a clean, efficient, and flexible grid, which is itself a requirement of meeting mitigation goals.

    Using smart meter data from a representative sample of PG&E’s customer base, he will show how meter data can be used to estimate previously unobserved housing stock and occupant characteristics and applied to problems in planning and targeting energy efficiency and demand response programs. He will also discuss the policy ramifications of this work, which include significant challenges for the administrators of public interest energy efficiency programs, especially the need for effective customer privacy protections that do not foreclose on beneficial uses of the data.

    Sam Borgeson’s academic, and now professional, work is focused on understanding how to deliver reliable, widespread, and deep reductions in energy consumption. He recognizes consumption as driven by technological, social, cultural, and economic factors and sees significant opportunities in applying interdisciplinary approaches to energy efficiency programs. Sam received his PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley in the fall of 2013. He also holds a masters in Building Science from UC Berkeley. He studied physics as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University (1993-1997) and founded a software consulting firm (2000 to present) specializing in developing custom web-based software utilizing agile software methodologies.

  2. ERG chair named top architecture educator

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    hfrakerHar­ri­son Fraker, chair of the Energy and Resources Group, is the 2014 recip­i­ent of the Topaz Medal­lion for Excel­lence in Archi­tec­tural Edu­ca­tion, the lead­ing award in archi­tec­tural edu­ca­tion in the United States.

    “The prize was announced today (Tues­day, Dec. 17) by the Board of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects (AIA) and the Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­le­giate Schools of Archi­tec­ture (ACSA). The Topaz Medal­lion hon­ors an indi­vid­ual involved in archi­tec­ture edu­ca­tion for more than a decade whose teach­ing has influ­enced a broad range of students. In announc­ing the lat­est Topaz Medal­lion win­ner, the orga­ni­za­tions com­mended Fraker… for push­ing the aca­d­e­mic study of energy use in build­ings to the fore­front of the sus­tain­abil­ity movement.” Read more at the UC Berke­ley News Center.

    According to the American Institute of Architects: “Fraker is the 39th recipient of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion. The Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education is awarded jointly by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to an individual—who must be living at the time of nomination—who has spent at least a decade primarily involved in architectural education and whose primary contribution to architectural education has taken place on the North American continent.”