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How to Conduct a Distributional Equity Analysis (DEA) to Inform DER Investment Decisions

June 17 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT


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Awards 0.2 - 0.8 CEUs / 2 - 8 PDHs (Click for more info)

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Many states and utilities are looking for ways to account for energy equity when deciding whether and how utilities should support DERs. This multi-day course will describe how distributional equity analysis (DEA) can be used in conjunction with benefit-cost analyses (BCA) to assess the equity impacts of distributed energy resources (DERs). 

The first day of the training (June 17) will be an overview on energy equity covering its various dimensions, key equity definitions, addressing equity in program design, and distinguishing between equity and low-income programs.

Days 2-4 (June 18, 20, 21) will focus on how to conduct a distributional equity analysis. The course will rely largely on forthcoming US DOE guidance titled: Distributional Equity Analysis for Energy Efficiency and Other Distributed Energy Resources: A Practical Guide (May 2024).

The training will describe the difference between DEA and BCA, where BCA looks at whether a proposed investment will provide net benefits for all customers on average, while a DEA considers the distribution of costs and benefits for customers with different characteristics, such as marginalized populations, relative to other customers. Instructors will walk through the seven stages of conducting a DEA, share definitions of marginalized (or priority) populations from across the country; describe examples of distributional equity metrics; provide an overview of geospatial tools that can be used to support DEAs; and provide data sources and opportunities to streamline the analysis. They also will discuss also how DEAs can be used to inform a variety of decisions to advance energy equity goals, including investing in a new DER program, continuing to support an existing program, or redesigning current programs.

In addition, instructors will discuss how to combine DEA results with results from benefit-cost analysis for distributed energy resources to inform decision-making.

After this course, students will be able to:

  • Define what equity means to themselves and their organizations.
  • Compare and contrast the differences between DEA and BCA.
  • Describe examples of distributional equity metrics.
  • Explain how DEAs can be used to inform a variety of decisions to advance energy equity goals.


Jasmine McAdams Stadler

Jasmine McAdams Stadler

PhD Student in Energy & Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jasmine is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Motivated by her personal experiences growing up in Florida, Jasmine’s academic and professional endeavors explore decision-making and community engagement at the intersections of climate change, electric grid resilience, and social equity. As a graduate research assistant at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she is piloting a method to evaluate the distributional equity of clean energy investments. Before beginning her graduate studies, Jasmine was a Senior Program Officer with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). At NARUC, Jasmine developed educational programs and resources for state public utility commissions on issues including transportation electrification, energy justice, nuclear energy, and carbon capture. Prior to joining NARUC, Jasmine was an associate analyst with Abt Associates where she provided technical assistance to The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) State and Local Climate and Energy. While at Abt, she also supported the EPA’s Office of Emergency Management, conducting evaluations on regional emergency preparedness and response exercises and developing after-action reports following hurricane and wildfire disasters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Brown University.

Alice Napolean

Alice Napolean

Principal Associate, Synapse Energy Economics

Alice Napoleon conducts technical and economic analyses of energy and environmental issues regarding energy efficiency, energy justice, alternative regulatory mechanisms, and the future of fossil gas. In her 19 years at Synapse Energy Economics, she has led major projects for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on policy interventions to improve energy justice; for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on quantifying the benefits of clean energy resources, energy efficiency potential, and low-income energy efficiency efforts; and for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate integration of strategic energy management platforms into utility portfolios. She is a co-author of the Distributional Equity Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources: A Practical Guide, funded by the U.S. DOE Buildings Technologies Office and E4TheFuture.

Ms. Napoleon has provided testimony before public utility commissions across the United States and Canada on a range of issues, including low-income energy efficiency services, implementation of advanced metering infrastructure, and the future of fossil gas utilities. Working at the leading edge of alternative utility regulation, Ms. Napoleon provides ongoing expert analysis and support to Natural Resources Defense Council in the New York Reforming the Energy Vision process on matters of benefit-cost analysis, utility performance incentive mechanisms, energy efficiency targets and program design, locational benefits of clean energy resources, and planning for the transition to a decarbonized energy system. She provides in-depth, long-term policy analysis and support on energy efficiency design, administration, and cost-effectiveness in Nova Scotia.

She holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.

Quinn Parker, CDP

Quinn Parker, CDP


Ms. Quinn Parker has over 15 years of professional experience, including regulatory finance and analytics, as well as program research, design, planning, implementation, and strategic planning. Ms. Parker is CEO of Encolor, a firm committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Encolor provides inclusive strategies and thoughtful guidance, helping clients achieve their operational and equity goals.

Ms. Parker is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Ms. Parker holds an M.B.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Parker is an experienced trainer and facilitator. She has delivered trainings virtually and in person around the country at industry conferences such as the Association of Energy Services Professionals, Energy Thought Summit, and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. She has also delivered trainings for education leaders such as EUCI.


June 17
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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