Matt Gee, CTO at Open Energy Efficiency
Data science is playing a critical role in changing the way societies invests in and realizes improvements in social outcomes. An exciting example of this data-enabled paradigm shift toward outcomes-based governance is the State of California's recently signed law, SB 350, which aims to help the State meet its ambitious energy efficiency targets by directly measuring and paying for realized savings from efficiency investments. At the heart of this new effort is a simple open source Python package called Open EE Meter built by a handful of data scientists that performs standard counterfactual estimation on time series data. Using the Open EE Meter as a case study, we'll discuss the technical, methodolocical, and political challenges in effecting a data-driven market transformation and the critical role that data scientists must play in enabling more public and private capital to be productively spent achieving societal sustainability goals.
Matt is a Senior Research Fellow at the University if Chicago's Center for Data Science and Public Policy, and Co-founder of both the Impact Lab and the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship. His work focuses on finding new, productive, and replicable uses of data that advance social equality, economic opportunity, and environmental sustainability. He has worked with the White House, the World Bank, Doctors Without Boarders and hundreds of other government and nonprofits organizations across the globe to build and implement data driven solutions to problems in healthcare, education, energy and the environment. One of his current efforts with the State of California, the Open Energy Efficiency Meter, is powering an outcomes-based market transformation in energy efficiency investment. He is an open source evangelist and an active advocate for improving access to STEM opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
-- unlike others, this talk is on a Monday!
-- we'll be charing $10 on the door to cover event costs
• 6.30pm: light refreshments
• 7.00pm: talk