Virginie Letschert

Virginie Letschert
Senior Scientific Engineering Associate
(510) 486-7683

Virginie Letschert is a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with over a decade of experience in energy efficiency policy analysis and international program development. At Berkeley Lab, Virginie leads international collaborations and country technical assistance activities, working closely with experts and policymakers in order to raise the ambition of energy efficiency programs around the world.

In IES, Virginie has been involved since 2010 as one of the core technical experts on the “Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment” initiative. In this capability, she has led technical assistance activities in Indonesia, Chile, and Argentina, and supported activities in South Africa, ECOWAS and Mexico.  

Prior to this, Virginie’s analytical tools supported the development of U.S appliance efficiency standards for the U.S. Department of Energy. Virginie is also the lead developer of LBNL’s PAMS model, which she has used to provide trainings on technical analysis to support standards and labeling programs for key country partners. Finally, Virginie’s early research is foundational to the BUENAS model and has been featured in IPCC Buildings chapter. Virginie holds a master in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in France. She joined LBNL in 2004.


Zhou, Nan, David Fridley, Michael A McNeil, Nina Zheng, Virginie E Letschert, and Jing Ke. "Analysis of Potential Energy Saving and CO2 Emission Reduction of Home Appliances and Commercial Equipments in China." The 2010 American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Trans. Nina Khanna. 2010. LBNL-3617E.
McNeil, Michael A, and Virginie E Letschert. "Modeling diffusion of electrical appliances in the residential sector." Energy and Buildings 42.6 (2010) 783-790. LBNL-3729E.
Letschert, Virginie E, and Michael A McNeil. "Material World: Forecasting Household Appliance Ownership in a Growing Global Economy." European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) 2009 Summer Study. 2010. 8. LBNL-2403E.
Letschert, Virginie E, and Michael A McNeil. "Material world: forecasting household appliance ownership in a growing global economy." ECEEE 2009 SUMMER STUDY. European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 2009.
Letschert, Virginie E, and Michael A McNeil. "The Boom of Electricity Demand in the Residential Sector in the Developing World and the Potential for Energy Efficiency." 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Vol. 9. Pacific Grove, Ca, 2008. LBNL-2329E.