Panel 4. Monitoring and evaluation for greater impact

The overall theme of the discussions that we hope to stimulate in the monitoring and evaluation panel is ”balance” – Balancing data availability, balancing client needs and evaluation integrity, balance between evaluation approaches, and finally the balance between reduction in energy consumption and a green transition.

Contributions touching on one or more of the follwoing topics are invited to the panel so that we can share techniques and lessons learned and ultimately contribute to continued high quality monitoring and evaluations.

Data availability

With data from smart meters pouring in there is an abundance of data. The evaluator dilemma of too little data might be changing to too much data. And the key question remains – do we have the right data? Smart data opens new pathways to information while data protection regulation enforcement presents obstacles.

Client and evaluator

Balancing client needs and evaluator integrity is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks of evaluation. What makes for a contented client AND a happy evaluator? How does one balance the client's political need for clear cut answers and proof of impact versus uncertainty in evaluation results? And does evaluating city initiatives pose different challenges as opposed to evaluation of national policies and programs? Can national figures be used regionally/locally and still reflect the local variations sufficiently realistically?

Evaluation approaches

Monitoring and triangulation using more than one approach to evaluate the same object can reduce uncertainty in evaluation results and also help limit required evaluation budgets. When can we say, "less does it"? Does reviewing completed evaluations suggest alternative approaches? Can e.g. case studies help identify sound indicators that can substitute entire program evaluation surveys and measurements – also at a time with smart data? Can unrealistic program targets be balanced with other indicators showing progress?

Flexible energy demand

There is an increasing integration of energy systems and mobilisation of energy demand as an active part of the energy system. The demand flexibility needed to lower costs and increase the share of renewable energy, can in some cases result in an increase in energy consumption. How does one evaluate EE program impact in such a system? Will data eventually become business "secrets" and create obstacles for evaluation?

Panel leaders

Kirsten Dyhr-Mikkelsen, EA Energy Analyses, Denmark

It all started with car free Sundays during the oil crisis in the mid 1970’s. What fun to turn the world upside down and going on a stroll in the middle of the street! Thus inspired, energy efficiency has become the livelihood of Kirsten Dyhr-Mikkelsen.

Kirsten Dyhr-Mikkelsen holds a Masters of Science in energy planning and international technology transfer from Aalborg University Centre. She is today an experienced project manager on multi-national energy planning and research projects globally and works for Ea Energy Analyses, a private Danish consulting company specialised in energy system analyses. Her work spans from education materials for school children to design of energy efficiency obligation schemes; from evaluation of EE and RE research and development programs to implementation of smart city demonstration. Her evaluation experience includes hands-on evaluation of EE policies and programmes as well as developing a common framework and basis for enhancing the quality of evaluations in the energy field.

Her career kicked off as part of a team of experts that introduced the concept of integrated resource planning to a large number of East and West European countries in the period 1992–97. Most recently she has analysed to which extent existing buildings, their installations, and white goods can contribute to energy system flexibility.

Lovorko Marić, Croatian Public Energy Institute, Croatia

Lovorko Marić has two master’s degrees from the University of Graz, Austria, in Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Business. Since July 2013, he is working at the Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Department as a researcher. His main focus of research are socio-economic analyses of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, along with project management of international projects such as multEE – Facilitating multi-level governance for Energy Efficiency and EPATEE – Evaluating into Practice to Achieve Targets for Energy Efficiency. Before his stint at EIHP, Lovorko was working in the renewable energy sector for a consulting company in Klagenfurt, Austria, as a trainee for a cross-border renewable energy centre project planning in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Along with native Croatian, he speaks fluent English and German, with a good knowledge of Spanish. He has held lectures and trainings on renewable energy and energy efficiency topics, e.g. within Horizon 2020 projects Bioenergy4Business, multEE and EPATEE.

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