"My focus is on helping organizations make wise choices about energy resources."
Frank Stern is the Director of Engineering in the Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management group within the Energy practice. He has a breadth of experience in a variety of areas in the energy industries, including energy program evaluation and planning, renewable energy, climate change policy analysis, generation asset and contract valuation, and competitive bidding resource selection.
With more than 25 years of experience, Frank advises some of the world’s largest energy companies and utilities. He has significant experience in both supply and demand sides of the electric utility industry, giving him insights into the multi-faceted problems that frequently arise. On the supply side, Frank forecasts wholesale market and renewable energy credit prices, values fossil, nuclear and renewable assets, evaluates competitive bids for meeting generation requirements, and assesses the potential for renewable resources. On the demand side, Frank manages multi-year, multi-program evaluations of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand response programs, including the consideration of cost-effectiveness and economic impacts, and assesses the potential for such programs going forward. His work frequently involves complex modeling using various types of tools.
Select engagements include:
- PECO Energy Efficiency and Demand Response (EE/DR) Portfolio Evaluation and Redesign. Frank is currently managing a multi-year effort to evaluate a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency and demand response programs. The evaluations include both impact and process evaluation. The project involves coordination with the statewide evaluator and other electric distribution companies on issues related to protocol development, technical reference manual revision, measure cost estimates, avoided cost estimates, and sample design. Frank and his team developed comprehensive and practical operating plans for each program by leveraging their existing knowledge of PECO’s programs. The team also provided recommendations for utility financial incentive mechanism options associated with implementation of successful EE/DR programs to align PECO’s interests with the Commissions.
- Potential Role of Demand Response Resources in Maintaining Grid Stability and Integrating Variable Renewable Energy. For California’s Demand Response Measurement & Evaluation Committee, Frank and his team evaluated the potential for using investor-owned utility DR resources to facilitate the integration of the renewable energy that will be needed to achieve California’s recently established 33 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard. The team found that certain types of DR resources could play a key role in renewable energy integration in California, if the right regulatory framework exists and the programs are cost-effective enough to compete with other sources of integration services. Frank managed a task to evaluate the amounts and types of renewable integration resources the California Independent System Operator will need as a result of achieving that “33% renewable resources by 2020” requirement.
Frank has been an invited speaker on over 30 occasions at major industry conferences, has over 30 publications in journals and conference proceedings, and has testified on a variety of energy industry issues before state commissions and regulatory agencies. He is on the Building Energy Modeling, Rating, and Labeling working group in the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative of the American National Standards Institute. He is a registered professional engineer (mechanical).
In the News
Evaluation Training and Clean Energy Technology. Training delivered to the General Electric Company of Libya. Istanbul, Turkey. 2013.
• International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Evaluating a National, Renewable Market Transformation Program over a Decade of Massive Change. Chicago, 2013.
• International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Conservation Voltage Reduction: What Are the Savings? Chicago, 2013.
• Sustainable Development Conference, Potential Use of Demand Response Programs for Integration of Wind and Solar Energy Needed to Achieve California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard. Taiwan. 2012.
• International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Comfort and Load Control:
It’s Getting Hot in Here – But is the Utility to Blame?, Rome. 2012.
• Distributech. Conservation Voltage Reduction: What are the Savings? Distributech. 2012.
• EUCI, Geothermal Financing. Webinar. April 2011.
• Infocast, Generation Strategic Planning in an Increasingly Uncertain Environment. Webinar. April 2011.
• Infocast. California Renewable Portfolio Standards. Webinar. February 2011.
• EUCI. Electric Vehicles. Webinar. April 2010.
• Colorado Public Utilities Commission. DSM Incentives. March 2010.
• National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Benefit-Cost Analysis Training. November 2009.
• Association of Energy Service Professionals Advanced DSM Training. DSM Economics (developed and presented module). August 2009, October 2010, December 2010, December 2011.
• Infocast. Renewable Compliance Strategies (moderator). Webinar. July 2009
• EUCI. Impact of Electric Vehicles for Electric Utilities. Carbon Emissions: Will Utilities Be Able to Capitalize on the Emissions Reductions that Will Come with EVs? May 2009.
• EUEC Energy and Environment Conference. Coming Climate Change Regulation and the Effect on Renewable Markets. 2009.
• Energy Insights Outlook. Future of Renewable Energy. 2008.
• American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Climate Change Regulation and Energy Efficiency. 2008.
• Association of Energy Service Professionals. Climate Change Regulation and Energy Efficiency. 2008.
• Windpower. Climate Change Regulation and Renewable Markets. 2008
• Infocast Energy and Generation Planning, Incorporating Non-Generation in Planning. 2008.
• Infocast Renewables Finance, Utility Procurement of Renewable Energy. 2008.
• Windpower, Renewable Energy Credit Pricing. 2007.
• Financial Research Associates. Renewable Energy Finance and Investment Summit. Renewable Energy Credit Pricing. 2006.
• PA Consulting Internal Training. Financial Analysis, Logic in Writing and Thinking, Proposal Writing, 2004-2006.
• EPRI Workshop on Electric Company Adaptation to Climate Change. Load Forecast Impacts of Climate Change. 2005.
• 25th Annual North American Conference of the USAEE/IAEE. Renewable Economics. 2005.
• Infocast Renewables Finance. Renewable Energy Credit Pricing. 2005.
• PowerGen International. Renewable Trends. 2004.
• PowerGen International. Power Market Outlook. 2002.
• Infocast. Ancillary Services. 2000.
• Wisconsin Center for Demand-Side Research, Engineering Methods.1995.
• Association of Demand-Side Management Professionals. DSM Program Evaluation 1993-1995.
• Electric Power Research Institute. Impact Evaluation. 1994-1995.
• American Council on an Energy-Efficient Economy. Quantification of Uncertainty in Engineering Calculations. 1994.
• World Environment Center. DSM planning and evaluation. Thailand. 1993.
• American Council on an Energy-Efficient Economy. Gas Avoided Cost Calculation. 1992.