Alice Napoleon

Senior Associate

Alice Napoleon

MA Public Administration, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

BA Economics, Rutgers University

Alice Napoleon is an electric system policy analyst focusing on review of energy efficiency program design, administration, cost recovery, and cost-benefit analysis. In her 12 years at Synapse Energy Economics, she has co-authored dozens of reports and led major projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on quantifying the benefits of clean energy resources and for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on strategic energy management. In collaboration with the Industrial Energy Analysis group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she managed the development of a toolkit for energy efficiency program administrators to incorporate DOE’s Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) into their portfolios. Also for the U.S. DOE, she currently heads the effort to develop program design resources for program administrators on more general strategic energy management.

Ms. Napoleon has provided testimony and testimony assistance before public utility commissions across the United States and Canada, including in California, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Nova Scotia, South Carolina and Virginia. She conducted extensive research on current federal weatherization and ratepayer-funded low-income electric energy efficiency program efforts in U.S. states and submitted testimony regarding program design and administration of low-income energy efficiency services in South Carolina and Nova Scotia. Ms. Napoleon provided extensive and ongoing expert analysis and support for the State of New Jersey regarding its state- and utility-administered residential, low-income, commercial, and industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power programs. As a part of this effort, she conducted expert analysis, drafted testimony, and provided litigation support for the state regarding program design, budgets, performance, marketing, evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, and overlap between utility- and state-administered programs.

In addition to energy efficiency, Ms. Napoleon works at the leading edge of alternative utility regulation, providing ongoing consulting services in New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision process. She has drafted comments for the National Resources Defense Council and other stakeholders in the NY REV process. Other work related to the Utility of the Future includes co-authoring a report on utility performance incentive mechanisms for the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) and testifying on implementation of advanced metering in Nova Scotia.

In addition to strong analytical skills, Ms. Napoleon has expertise and extensive experience facilitating collaborative stakeholder processes, including facilitating and providing technical analysis in support of demand-side resource policy working groups in Colorado, Maryland, and South Carolina. Currently, she serves as a member of the National Energy Efficiency Registry Advisory Committee to develop its functionality and operating rules.

Ms. Napoleon previously worked at Resource Insight, Inc. where she supported investigations of electric, gas, steam, and water resource issues, primarily in the context of reviews by state utility regulatory commissions. She holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.

Selected Recent Publications

Direct Testimony Regarding South Carolina Electric and Gas Energy Efficiency Efforts

Synapse Energy Economics for South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, 2016

Authors: Alice Napoleon

Utility Performance Incentive Mechanisms: A Handbook for Regulators

Synapse Energy Economics for Western Interstate Energy Board, March 2015

Authors: Melissa Whited, Tim Woolf, Alice Napoleon

Opportunities to Ramp Up Low-Income Energy Efficiency to Meet State and National Climate Policy Goals

Synapse Energy Economics, 2016

Authors: Jenn Kallay, Alice Napoleon, Max Chang