Peter Larsen is Staff Scientist/Leader of the Electricity Markets and Policy Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Research Fellow at the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Peter conducts research and analysis on the economics of electricity reliability and resilience; energy service company industry and project trends; long-term electric utility planning; risk to infrastructure from extreme events; and islanded power systems. Peter has published his research in a number of reports, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Global Environmental Change, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Energy Policy, and Energy Economics. Earlier in his career, Peter worked at the Institute of Social and Economic Research in Anchorage, Alaska, the Societal Impacts Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Stratus Consulting (now Abt Associates). Peter holds a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University; M.S. degrees from Stanford University (Management Science and Engineering) and Cornell University (Natural Resource Economics); and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Montana at Missoula.
2018 R&D 100 Award: eProject Builder - November 16th 2018
eProject Builder (ePB) is a secure, web-based data management portal for the energy service company (ESCO) industry. The system comprises two key components: an Excel-based project proposal template where users develop project financial performance scenarios and upload project-level data; and the online system, where projectlevel data is uploaded and tracked on an ongoing basis, and from which users can generate useful statistics for benchmarking, reporting, and responding to audits. ESCOs and their customers face several challenges managing data, including lack of standardization and transparency and inconsistent project performance tracking. eProject Builder provides a novel system to manage the way retrofit projects are proposed, tracked and benchmarked—through data standardization across markets and organizations, preservation of and ready access to project and portfolio-level performance data, and user-friendly reporting and tracking tools. eProject Builder was designed to transform the way the entire ESCO industry and its customers manage project data—to increase transparency and accountability; empower agencies to make more informed decisions using reliable, comparable data; and ultimately reduce barriers to tapping a $100+ billion ESCO industry market potential.
Spot: Peter Larsen - July 06th 2018
Peerless representation of Berkeley Lab and invaluable contributions at Alaska National Lab Day.