Active Efficiency and the Collaborative

Active Efficiency is a key enabler for creating an equitable, adaptable,
and decarbonized energy system.

As energy efficiency enters the digital age, we must coalesce around a shared vision that integrates well-established energy efficiency approaches with the capabilities of smart and connected technologies, distributed energy resources, and key decarbonization strategies. 

Active Efficiency

The past decade has witnessed a transformation of our energy system, driven by advances in connectivity and the prevalence of electrified devices, distributed renewables, and energy storage. Today, we can control not only how much energy is consumed, but when and where, offering tremendous potential to optimize energy consumption across an increasingly integrated and dynamic energy system.

But innovation is outpacing industry response. Stakeholders have competing visions for the future; policymakers and regulatory commissions are working with lagging regulatory and incentive structures; and most consumers lack the ability or access to take advantage of these new opportunities.

As energy efficiency enters the digital age, we must coalesce around a shared vision that integrates well-established energy efficiency approaches with the capabilities of smart and connected technologies, distributed energy resources, and key decarbonization strategies. We call this Active Efficiency.

    Active Efficiency optimizes the use of energy by integrating the benefits of traditional energy efficiency measures with the opportunities presented by digital technologies.

    The Collaborative

    To take full advantage of this critical moment, we’ve brought together the Active Efficiency Collaborative. The Collaborative is a community of industry leaders, NGOS, and public sector institutions working to accelerate the adoption of Active Efficiency, which encompasses these new innovations working alongside traditional methods. It does this by deepening collaboration among stakeholders, cultivating champions, and developing strategies and policies to scale up Active Efficiency at federal, state, and local levels.

    Active Efficiency Collaborative Vision

    A world that values Active Efficiency as a key enabler for creating an equitable, adaptable, and decarbonized energy system.

    Active Efficiency Collaborative Mission

    To accelerate the adoption of Active Efficiency principles by deepening collaboration among stakeholders, cultivating champions, and developing strategies and policies to scale up Active Efficiency.

    Join Us

    Find out how you can get involved and join the Collaborative.

    Find out more about the Active Efficiency Collaborative structure.

    Meet the Active Efficiency Steering Committee

    What is Active Efficiency?

    As energy efficiency enters the digital age, it incorporates a wider range of features, becoming more dynamic, connected, and multifaceted. These elements can be visualized by the three dimensions of a cube. 

    1. Time-dependence: from static to highly time-dependent and responsive (e.g. building envelope improvements to demand response);
    2. Integration: from component-level to multi-system integration (e.g. LEDs to building-to-grid integration);
    3. Benefits: from energy savings and economic productivity to resilience, health, and emissions reductions.

    Twenty-first century problems call for 21st century solutions. While traditional energy efficiency has been essential for keeping energy use and emissions in check for decades and will continue to be the foundational base moving forward, critical considerations such as climate, grid resilience, and equity issues call for leveraging all the tools at our disposal to maximize opportunities across the full cube.

    This is Active Efficiency. It optimizes the use of energy by integrating the benefits of traditional energy efficiency measures with the opportunities presented by digital technologies.

    Join the Active Efficiency Collaborative

    Interested in working together to accelerate the adoption of Active Efficiency? Join us!

    Our growing membership includes leaders in industry, utilities, public sector agencies, NGOs, and research institutions who are passionate about deepening collaboration among stakeholders, cultivating champions, and developing strategies and policies to scale up Active Efficiency at federal, state, and local levels.

    There are three main tiers of engagement with the Collaborative:

    Steering Committee

    $25,000 Contribution

    The Steering Committee oversees the Collaborative, providing guidance and approval on priorities, projects, and deliverables; and promoting the work of the Collaborative as a spokesperson and at events.

    Working Teams

    $10,000 Contribution

    The Collaborative’s Working Teams develop high-impact deliverables – including case studies, utility program model guidelines, and value propositions – designed with input from the Steering Committee to help achieve the Collaborative’s mission of accelerating the adoption of Active Efficiency. Find out more about the 2020 Working Teams here.

    Partners

    In-Kind Support

    The Collaborative works with non-profit organizations and public agencies who have a mutual commitment to advancing Active Efficiency. Partner organizations receive acknowledgement and exclusive engagement opportunities in return for promoting the Collaborative’s deliverables.

    Contact us to join or find out more about the Active Efficiency Collaborative.

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