Michael Perry, Ph.D.
Dr. Perry works primarily in experimental design, applied statistical and economic analysis, utility program implementation and survey research. Before joining FSC, he worked for the litigation consulting firm of Ashenfelter & Ashmore and for the Boston Consulting Group.
Dr. Perry has extensive experience managing the evaluation of demand-side management programs. He recently managed FSC’s 2010 evaluations of four direct load control programs around North America.
Dr. Perry led FSC’s 2010 evaluation of PG&E’s Customer Web Presentment and Energy Alerts programs – two informational programs focused on energy efficiency. In addition, he is leading the 2011 evaluation of PG&E’s SmartRate program, the largest residential critical peak pricing program in North America. He is also leading FSC’s evaluation of PG&E’s Opower Home Energy Reports program and the 2011 evaluation of PG&E’s Permanent Load Shifting program.
In the last year he has also worked on the designs for half a dozen pilot programs to test the effects of various pricing and informational treatments on energy usage. Dr. Perry has also done extensive experimental design work as part of the Technical Advisory Group that advises the Department of Energy (DOE). The purpose of the group is to provide guidance on the proper designs for DOE’s SmartGrid Investment Grant-funded consumer behavior studies. These studies focus on the impact of price and information-based treatments on consumer energy use.
As part of several of the above projects, Dr. Perry has also worked on the design, implementation and analysis of consumer surveys on the topics of satisfaction with utility programs, attitudes towards energy conservation and comfort during demand-response events.
His statistical and quantitative skills include: experimental design, survey design and analysis, regression, sample size determination and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Dr. Perry holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.