Smart Energy Research

Our best-in-class smart energy research offers data and insights that equip our members with the knowledge they need to make educated decisions about solar power, demand response, energy storage and other enabling technologies.

What makes our research valuable?

Trusted

We approach a problem holistically. As an educational non-profit, our members rely on us to provide objective insights that they can rely on.

Industry Driven

Through collaborations, contributions and partnerships, our industry members power our research content.

Practical

Our explorations and market intelligence helps our members in their day-to-day work from planning to program implementation.


Latest Research

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Meet the SEPA Research Team

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Brenda Chew

Research Analyst, SEPA

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Brenda Chew

Brenda joined SEPA in 2017. She manages SEPA’s Annual Utility Survey and Snapshot Series, and supports a range of research efforts on the integration of distributed energy resources. Prior to SEPA, Brenda worked as a consultant at ICF, focusing on distributed energy resources, Utility of the Future and grid modernization efforts.

She holds a master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of St. Andrews, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies from Emory University.

Phone: 202.753.8955     Email: bchew@sepapower.org

Daisy Chung

Manager, Research, SEPA

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Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung joined SEPA’s research team in 2014 to lead specialized research ranging from nationwide policy to utility customer offerings. She focuses on utility deployment at the distribution level, with specialty in asset management and operations & maintenance. She also collaborates with industry stakeholders such as electric service providers and integrators.

Daisy comes with seven years of thin‐films engineering, process implementation, as well as technical knowledge transfer experience from Samsung. Through her global experience, she specialized in system start‐ups, qualification, standardization, and failure and root-cause analysis through Six Sigma data analytics and system monitoring strategies.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, with minors in Business Foundation and Chinese Language from the University of Texas; she is also an honor’s graduate of the Master in International Public Affairs program, specializing in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Longhorns and badgers play nicely together in her household.

Phone: 202.559.2027     Email: dchung@sepapower.org

Erika Myers

Director, Research, SEPA

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Erika Myers

Erika Myers joined SEPA in July 2015. In her role, Erika directs research team activities, oversees research collaborations with key partners, and manages the development of content. She specializes in renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure and staffs SEPA’s Electric Vehicle Working Group. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports, briefs, articles, and blogs while at SEPA and regularly speaks at trade events around the country.

Prior to joining SEPA, Erika spent nearly four years as a consultant with ICF International and five years with the South Carolina Energy Office with a focus on renewable energy and alternative transportation fuel policy and regulatory planning and development. She also had a short stint as a supervisor at a solar installation firm in the southeast, before deciding she much preferred being behind a desk and not on top of a roof.

Erika has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clemson University and a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources from the University of South Carolina.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email: emyers@sepapower.org

Medha Surampudy

Research Associate

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Medha Surampudy

Medha joined SEPA as a Research Associate in 2017. Her research areas include clean energy deployment, policy, utility customer programs, state and local incentives, and overall grid security. She regularly administers and conducts research data collection and audits. Medha also supports a range of research reports, SEPA working groups, and member research requests.

Prior to SEPA, Medha worked as a Research Assistant at Bloomberg BNA and the University of Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University.

Nick Esch

Senior Associate, Research, SEPA

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Nick Esch

Nick Esch joined SEPA as a Research Associate in August 2015 after interning with the research team since January 2015. Nick is the lead on SEPA’s annual Utility Data Collection effort, leads SEPA’s Energy Storage Working Group and as of late his research is focused on the topic of energy storage.
Nick was a Fall 2016 Fellow in the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) in Washington D.C., a leadership development organization dedicated to building a diverse community of professionals to advance innovative clean energy solutions.
Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in climate science from the University at Albany and master’s degree in solar energy engineering and commercialization from Arizona State University.

Phone: 202.559.1535     Email: nesch@sepapower.org

Sharon Thomas

Senior Analyst, Research, SEPA

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Sharon Thomas

Sharon joined SEPA in 2018. She is responsible for developing research content on a variety of distributed energy resource (DER) topics, specifically for SEPA’s 51st State Perspectives and Beyond the Meter series. Prior to joining SEPA, Sharon worked at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on DER, smart grid, and critical infrastructure protection topics. Sharon holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University with a concentration in energy policy, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with majors in political science and organizational studies.

Phone: 202.869.4289     Email: sthomas@sepapower.org