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|Attributing Building Energy Code Savings to Energy Efficiency Programs|
|Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED) & Common Statewide Energy Efficiency Reporting Guidelines -NEW!||Incremental Cost Study-NEW!|
|EM&V Forum Evaluation||Load Shape Studies||Commercial Lighting Measure Persistence Study||Data Collection Protocols|
|Net Savings Projects||Codes Workshop||Regional EM&V Methods & Savings Assumptions Guidelines||Mid-Atlantic TRM Version 2||Glossary of Terms & Acronyms|
February 2013 - Building energy-efficiency codes have received considerable attention lately because of the energy-savings opportunities they present for utilities and other program adminstrators (PAs). By providing PAs with an incentive to support energy codes, their focus can move towards a productive engagement with code officials, builders, developers, contractors, architects, and the market.
The purpose of this report is to examine what mechanisms have been and could be used to encourage the development of PA code programs in an environment comparable to the resource acquisition one in which conventional energy-efficiency programs function. The report is intended to inform and assist PAs and other organizations, such as utility regulators, interested in exploring and pursuing opportunities for supporting building energy codes. It presents information on the following:
• The building code adoption and implementation process
February 2013 - This is the second phase of the EM&V Forum Incremental Cost Study. It includes cost curves for the following efficiency measures: residential combined heat and hot water systems; ventilation fans; residential cellulose attic insulation; economizers; ductless minisplit heat pumps; prescriptive chillers; and variable frequency drives as well as findings from an examination of non-energy features of residential air conditioners.
September 2011 -The overall goal of this study was to determine baseline and efficient measure costs for a series of energy efficiency measures of interest to the Subcommittee and the incremental costs of moving from baseline to efficient measures. Phase 1 of the Incremental Cost Study (ICS) determined the cost of material/equipment for baseline and efficient measures, the cost of baseline labor and, where appropriate, incremental costs of labor. This report describes the methods and results of the ICS to investigate and update incremental costs for a number of common measures employed in energy efficiency programs. The objectives of this study were to develop electric and gas efficient measure incremental cost assumptions that will improve the ability of efficiency program planners, program administrators, program evaluators and regulators to:
January 2013 - This report presents the results of secondary research and analysis of several emerging technologies and new efficiency program approaches performed as the initial phase of a multi-phase project. The team investigated seven emerging technologies and four innovative program approaches with the overall objective of providing performance and savings guidelines to help develop measures and programs that realize associated savings. As markets are transformed, best practice becomes standard practice and new technology and programmatic developments offer new opportunities. This current research effort seeks to provide solid strategies that support the introduction of innovative measures and programs while establishing defensible savings methodologies that will be supported by future process and impact evaluation results.
December 2012 - These protocols are intended to facilitate the sharing and leveraging of metering study data for the following priority end-uses where metering is an important element of evaluation:
The protocols will help increase overall quality of evaluation and cost-effectiveness by leveraging information and data.
This report presents the results of an evaluation conducted of the Regional Evaluation, Measurement & Verification (EM&V) Forum for NEEP to assess the effectiveness of the first three years of the Forum's operation. Consistent with the Forum's Three-Year Plan (2009-2011), the purpose of the evaluation was to assess and document the Forum's activities and accomplishments to date, the extent to which it is meeting its value proposition, and to inform strategic planning for the future with regard to Forum structure, function, scope and funding construct.
This webinar was presented by Pam Rathbun and Mimi Goldberg (TetraTech and KEMA), evaluation experts and key authors of Massachusetts' recent evaluation project on commercial/industrial free ridership and spillover. The purpose of this webinar was to share the Massachusetts work with Forum members and provide an opportunity for discussion and Q&A about lessons learned/best practices pertaining to C/I net savings methods, as well as the Massachusetts statewide approach.
To be clear, NEEP and the Forum are not endorsing or advocating any specific net savings method/approach at this time. With regard to net savings, we see this webinar as a valuable first step toward the Forum goals to encourage and increase quality, transparency, and consistency in EMV methods within the region.
Commercial Lighting Load Shape Study
This project developed weather normalized 8,760 (representing every hour of the year) lighting end-use load shapes representative of hourly savings for efficient commercial lighting equipment. These load shapes were based on the results of previous evaluation studies, including
The primary objective of this study was to conduct primary and secondary research and analysis to provide the sponsors with estimates of measure lifetimes that included on-site verification of CFL bulbs and fixtures, LED exit signs, HID fixtures, and T8 fixtures installed by commercial and industrial lighting programs in New England and New York. A second objective was to determine the expected operating lives (in hours) for the same equipment categories based on secondary data. A primary driver of this study was the need for lighting measure lives for use in submitting demand resources into the ISO-NE Forward Capacity Market.
This C&I Unitary HVAC Load Shape Project developed weather normalized 8,760 (representing every hour of the year) cooling end-use load shapes representative of hourly savings for the target population of efficient unitary HVAC equipment promoted by efficiency programs in the New England, New York and mid-Atlantic regions.
The unitary HVAC load shapes developed in this project further support program administrator calculations of savings in the forward capacity markets. These load shapes were based on results of primary data collection, including metering, completed as part of this study, as well as data available from existing sources.
The intent of these Guidelines, which include recommended state-level reporting templates and several process recommendations, is to provide for consistent definitions and the reporting of electric and natural gas energy-efficiency program energy and demand savings and associated costs, and their emission and job impacts across the region. If the Forum states can collectively successfully implement these Guidelines, the region would benefit from a common "currency" of reported energy efficiency data to support multiple state and regional energy and environmental policies/objectives.
The scope of the Guidelines focuses on electric and gas energy efficiency savings, impacts and program expenditures, where such investments are funded by gas and electric service ratepayers. The Guidelines may evolve in the future to include the broader range of public policy driven energy efficiency investments as well as demand resources.
The purpose of the Net Savings Scoping Paper is to improve Forum members' understanding of how net energy savings is defined, how stakeholders use net savings, and the opportunities and barriers to increasing the consistency of and quality in net savings definitions and measurement in the region.
Three issues motivated the request for the study: 1) the prevailing lack of consistency in definitions and measurement in the Northeast; 2) expanded use of energy savings estimates by diverse audiences, particularly with applications to climate change policies; and 3) increasing challenges of determining program "attribution"- that is, demonstrating that an energy efficiency program in a given year caused savings to occur in the face of extensive prior program activity and the existence of additional influences promoting efficient actions.
The paper explores these topics through a literature review of over 100 sources, interviews with 12 experts on energy efficiency programs and air regulation, and feedback from Forum members.
|Regional EM&V Forum and NEEP Public Policy Workshop: Roadmap to Claiming Savings from Building Energy Codes and Appliance Standards |
This workshop, held on September 28, 2010 in Marlborough, MA, provided an opportunity for regulators, program administrators and other energy efficiency stakeholders in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic to interact and learn about ongoing codes and standards policies, programs and evaluation plans, with the goal of helping the region achieve more aggressive savings goals and claim benefits associated with building energy codes and appliance standards. For more information, view the workshop summary.
The EM&V Methods and Savings Assumptions Guidelines have been developed to provide a common understanding of methods to consider when determining the savings from energy efficiency programs.
The Forum developed these guidelines because it is believes that if implemented and used, EM&V guidance can benefit the Region by:
The Mid-Atlantic Technical Reference Manual (TRM) project was sponsored by Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Version 2 TRM documents in detail common savings assumptions for approximately fifty prescriptive residential and commercial/industrial electric and gas energy efficiency measures for use in program planning and calculation of program savings. It is one of the few TRMs in the country to serve a multi-jurisdictional audience.
End-Use Load Data Update Project - Final Report, Phase 1: Cataloguing Available End-Use and Efficiency Measure Load Data
This study was commissioned jointly by sponsors of two regional organizations, in response to a widespread interest in updating end-use load data. It represents a first step - "Phase 1" - toward a goal shared by the east and northwest (the Regions) of developing a coherent method of warehousing, distributing, and updating end-use and efficiency measure load data for the regions to eventually have a full array of data for all end-uses and efficiency measures.
The Glossary defines and explains terms used in the evaluation, measurement, verification (EMV), and market research of electric and gas energy efficiency, conservation, load management, demand response, and other demand reduction activities that regulators, policymakers, and other non-technical readers will encounter as they pursue their work. Included are terms commonly used in the processes of EMV; terms associated with the energy efficiency measures being installed and the equipment or facilities within which they are installed; terms associated with program strategies that might be included in E, M & V studies; and other terms often found in evaluation reports. Version 1 of the Glossary was completed in 2009. Version 2.1, which adds about 65 terms that were not included in the first version of the Glossary, including environmental terms, was completed in 2011.