The Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network

January 06, 2017

On 6 January ELEEP released a new Podcast Episode featuring a conversation on "Efficiency First" with Edith Bayer (Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project).

The concept of Efficiency First is gaining increasing traction in European energy policy discussions. In a nutshell, efficiency first refers to the principle that the potential value of investing in energy efficiency (including both end-use savings and demand response) should be assessed in all decisions affecting the development of the energy system. As such, it represents an organizing principle that prioritizes energy efficiency and demand response investments whenever they would cost less or deliver more than building new supply or grid infrastructure.

In this podcast episode, Edith Bayer and Andreas Graf (ELEEP Network) discuss concrete examples of what efficiency first means in practice for Europe and the US, including experience with utility-driven energy efficiency measures in the United States and what role it could play in EU legislative developments going forward.

The episode can be listened to on SoundCloud using the embedded frame below:

To find links to the publications referred to in the episode, please see the "Further Links" section at the bottom of this page.

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Edith Bayer

Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project

Edith Bayer liaises with policymakers, regulators, think-tanks, and key stakeholders to provide responsive policy advice to decision-makers in Brussels and around Europe. She supports RAP’s work on topics including energy efficiency obligations, power market design, and climate and energy policy. Recent projects include supporting implementation of the European Energy Efficiency Directive, developing profiles of the power sector in various European Union Member States, supporting a stakeholder process focused on power solutions in Poland, and developing recommendations for industrial energy efficiency policy in Russia.

Prior to joining RAP, Ms. Bayer spent a year working on international climate policy in Moscow with the Alfa Fellowship Program and law firm Baker & McKenzie. Ms. Bayer earned her juris doctor from New York University School of Law, where she participated in the NYU Environmental Law Clinic, focusing on public health and safety issues in post-Katrina New Orleans, and on domestic and international climate policy.

She has also worked as a teacher in Japan and a Peace Corps volunteer in Siberia. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University with a double major in Russian and Spanish, and speaks fluent Polish, Spanish, Russian, and conversational Japanese. Ms. Bayer is a member of the New York State Bar.

Edith Bayer
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