Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management
Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management Experience

Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management

Energy needs and population continue to grow in North America as do concerns about clean air, energy security and global climate change. Maintaining cost-effective and viable energy efficiency, demand-side management, and demand response programs is of crucial importance to our nation, as well as to utilities, government agencies, and end-use customers.

Our staff of highly qualified specialists assists clients with the complexities of planning, implementing and evaluating multi-faceted energy efficiency programs. GDS is an industry-recognized leader in numerous energy efficiency, demand response, and market transformation program areas including:

  • Strategic Policy & Program Design
  • Technical & Market Potential Studies
  • Market Transformation
  • Regulatory Support
  • Program Evaluation
  • Program Implementation
  • Load Response Assistance

Strategic Policy & Program Design

GDS experts understand the quantitative and qualitative issues associated with the design, implementation, and evaluation of successful energy efficiency plans and programs. We use our technical expertise to minimize financial risks and to maximize the benefits from energy efficiency programs and policies for our clients. Our services include:

  • Energy efficiency strategic policy design and program logic model development
  • Program identification and feasibility assessment
  • Cost effectiveness model development (energy efficiency, renewables/distributed generation)
  • Measure, program, and portfolio-level benefit cost analysis
  • Detailed program implementation and staffing plan development
  • Formal energy efficiency regulatory filing development
  • Settlement negotiation with stakeholders
  • Expert testimony
  • System benefits charge analysis
  • Strategic marketing plan development


Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission – Phase 2 of ACT 129 Statewide Evaluator

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
2013 through 2017

In February of 2013, GDS was awarded a new contract by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission as the Statewide Evaluator for Pennsylvania’s Act 129 energy efficiency programs. GDS will oversee all impact and process evaluations conducted on these energy efficiency programs for the period 2013 through 2017.

NYSERDA Small Commercial Program – Region 1

New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)
January 2014 to December 2016

GDS is lead contractor in a four-organization team responsible for implementation of NYSERDA’s Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Program for 10 counties in New York designated as Region 1.

Efficiency Maine Business Incentive Program

Efficiency Maine Trust
July 2013 – Present

GDS is the lead contractor responsible for implementation of Efficiency Maine’s Business Incentive Program. The Efficiency Maine Business Program provides incentives to commercial customers for energy efficiency projects including new, efficient electric and natural gas measures.

Small Business Program

Focus on Energy
April 2011 – December 2014

GDS Associates is part of a team that has been designing and implementing state-wide energy efficiency programs for the all sectors in Wisconsin since 1999.


Dick Spellman
Scott Albert
Rich Hackner
Joe Danes