Chris provides consultant services to government, nonprofit, and clean energy industry stakeholders.
Current projects include the "Exploring Advanced Rate Structures to Expedite Solar + Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Deployment" grant from the Solar Energy Innovation Network, a National Renewable Energy Laboratory program. The project will create a DER rate structure design tool that captures the value of DER projects (including distributed solar photovoltaics, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand response); can be readily adopted, customized, and updated by electricity providers in response to load management imperatives, policy directives, technological advances, and customer demands; and enables informed and expedited deployment of DER resources.
Recent projects include the 2017 white paper, State of Solar Energy in Sonoma County: Paths to Accelerate Adoption detailing the role of the solar industry in the transition to a Distributed Energy Resources system and co-author of the 2016 white paper, Data-Driven Path to Economic and Environmental Sustainability: A Roadmap for Community Choice Innovation, in partnership with the North Bay Clean Energy Forum.
Previously, Chris served as policy manager for Efficiency First California, a 501(c)6 trade association for the home performance industry, where she led statewide advocacy campaigns for market-based building efficiency solutions working with the California residential efficiency program working group, issue-based industry coalitions, and software calibration advisory group and in meetings with government, utility, and industry partners. As policy manager, Chris facilitated monthly collaboration forums for utility, program, and industry stakeholders in the residential energy efficiency sector to identify market barriers and actionable solutions to increase homeowner participation in rebate programs. While with Efficiency First California, she also led the program implementation team for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Home Performance Program, the most successful residential rebate program in California.
As energy efficiency implementation manager for the Center for Climate Protection, Chris participated on implementation teams for Energy Upgrade California® — Home Upgrade retrofit program and two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings programs including the award-winning Windsor Efficiency PAYS® water and energy efficiency program. In addition, she was co-author of a California Public Interest Energy Research report describing data analysis and modeling performed to establish renewable energy portfolios for the Sonoma County Renewable-Based Energy Secure Community (RESCO) project.
As an independent consultant, Chris authored the 2010 Sonoma County Solar Implementation Plan to increase local renewable energy generation and energy efficiency retrofits under a DOE Solar America Cities grant; launched a successful initiative to establish a countywide residential efficiency program securing $419,000 in local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds and contributing to the procurement of $10.75 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds that were used to establish the statewide Energy Upgrade California® — Home Upgrade program; and designed and launched an early whole-house program prototype called the Green Energy Loan, which provided resource-blind home audits to identify efficiency, water, and renewable generation opportunities and access to a network of local home equity financing providers.