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

See a list of our 2016-2017 research publications

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Meet the SEPA Research Team

Feel free to contact our experts with your research questions.

Brenda Chew

Research Analyst

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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

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Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung joined SEPA’s research team in 2014 to lead specialized solar research ranging from nationwide policy to utility customer offerings. She has also re‐launched the Utility Solar Database, a SEPA members‐only research tool for electric service providers, solar integrators, developers, and policymakers. She comes with years of process implementation experience as a thin‐films engineer at Samsung Austin Semiconductor, with specialization in process start‐ups, qualification, standardization, and failure and root-cause analysis through Six Sigma data analytics and strategies.

Phone: 202.559.2027     Email: dchung@sepapower.org

Erika Myers

Director, Research

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Erika Myers

Erika Myers joined SEPA in July 2015. In her role as Director, Erika manages the research content for the organization, oversees research collaborations with key partners, and generates materials related to distributed energy resource technologies. She specializes in renewable energy and plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure and staffs SEPA’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Working Group.

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.

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, electric vehicles, 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

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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 manages SEPA’s Utility Solar Database and assists in the day-to-day responsibilities of SEPA’s Advisory Services and Research teams.

Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Albany and master’s degree in solar energy engineering and commercialization from Arizona State University.

Phone: 202.559.1535     Email: nesch@sepapower.org