Thursday, March, 30 | 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Session: D2: Resiliency and Reliability | Track D: Resiliency and Reliability: Adapting to Climate Trends

Christopher Vogel

Center for Sustainable Energy | Senior Engineer

Presentation Title:

Evaluating the Value of Energy Resiliency Using a Hybrid Cost-Benefit Analysis Tool


The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will present on a hybrid cost benefit analysis (CBA) tool that analyzes qualitative and quantitative site characteristics to optimize a selection of distributed energy resources (DERs) to provide energy reliability and resiliency for the site and surrounding communities. Local geographical risks, economic, health and environmental burdens will be accounted for in the analysis to evaluate the added economic and social benefits of implementing energy resiliency.
Financial metrics including capital costs, return on investment and potential life cycle savings will be paired with reliability and resiliency scores to provide guidance on next steps for a site. The increased social and community benefits will be highlighted by the hybrid CBA for sites in areas of identified higher risk or burden and provide regional emissions rates, targeted action items and resources based on results. The goal of this analysis tool is to best understand the social, economic and environmental impacts of implementing DERs where the value of energy reliability and resiliency is higher for the surrounding community.


Christopher Vogel, CEM, Energy Engineer, has a diverse, 15+ years’ experience in the energy field ranging from managing multi-million-dollar performance contracts in the K-12 sector to completing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) feasibility studies for commercial applications. Chris performs energy consulting assignments such as ASHRAE Level 1 and 2 Energy Efficiency Audits and technical feasibility studies for commercial distributed energy resource applications. He assists in developing tools for in-depth modeling and analysis of various renewable technologies, distributed generation and energy efficiency applications as well as conducts technical reviews for projects in the Self-Generation Incentive Program. He also creates and compiles all necessary documents and calculations required to secure Prop 39 funding for California K-12 schools. Chris has specialized experience developing and deploying energy monitoring plans for various building equipment and processes and completes all aspects of feasibility studies evaluating all aspects of on-site generation including solar PV, energy storage and combined heat and power. Prior to joining CSE, Chris worked as an Energy Performance Engineer for Johnson Controls and as an Applications Engineer for Scales Industrial Technologies. Chris holds an M.S. in Energy Management and a B.T. in Mechanical Engineering, from New York Institute of Technology, and an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

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