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?


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.


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

Senior Manager, Research

Brenda Chew

Brenda leads SEPA’s Research team and has focused much of her time at SEPA investigating the proliferation of flexible resources along the grid. 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:

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Daisy Chung

Manager, Industry Solutions

Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung joined SEPA in 2014. 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:

Erika Myers

Principal, Transportation Electrification

Erika Myers

Erika H. Myers joined SEPA in 2015 and leads SEPA’s transportation electrification research. She has 16 years of experience in the clean energy sector and specializes in the nexus between the grid, electric vehicles, and renewable energy.

Erika currently serves on an electric vehicle (EV) steering committee for the U.S. Department of Energy and is an EV advisor for the National Energy Foundation, a non-profit organization developing curriculum to increase EV literacy in K-12 schools. She was awarded the 2019 Public Utility Fortnightly “Fortnightly Under 40” award for her work on vehicle-grid integration.

Prior to joining SEPA, Erika worked as a consultant with ICF International where she helped electric utilities and local governments develop EV readiness plans. She also served as the Renewable Energy Manager for the South Carolina Energy Office and was a Clean Cities Coordinator for the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition. In these roles, she oversaw the development and execution of key state renewable energy and clean transportation policies, regulations, and grant programs.

Erika has a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in clean energy and climate science.

In her spare time, Erika volunteers for her city’s Energy Transition Subcommittee where she identified donations for the city’s first bank of public EV chargers. She also volunteers as a regular guest speaker for the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and mentors young professionals interested in a clean transportation career.

Phone: 202.379.1615     Email:

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Nick Esch

Manager, Research, SEPA

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 is SEPA’s subject matter expert on all things 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:

Mac Keller

Senior Analyst, Research

Mac Keller

Mac SEPA in December 2018 after having interned and worked as a research assistant on SEPA’s Utility Market Snapshots. He currently supports SEPA’s annual Utility Data Collection Effort and subsequent Snapshot Series development.

Mac holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in sustainability from the University of Maryland, College Park. In his free time, he enjoys cooking up a storm and playing ultimate frisbee.

Phone: 202.559.2030     Email: