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IEPEC Recap: Heady Topics Discussed at Annual Evaluators Conference

IEPECOver 500 evaluators, regulators, program administrators, students, and other interested stakeholders from across the U.S. and other nations descended on Chicago in August for the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC). NEEP’s Regional Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Forum team joined the crowd to tackle many hot button evaluation issues.

REED (the Regional Energy Efficiency Database) snagged a spot on the agenda for a quick takes session on “What Enquiring Minds Need to Know.” REED Manager Cecily McChalicher shared the tool with an international audience and opened up discussion on making the most of energy efficiency data through consistent reporting.

In the policy arena, panels on financing strategies, energy evaluation and load management opportunities for utility distribution systems, and public policy’s role in energy efficiency investments all drew large crowds. Conference goers passionately discussed papers on a variety of topics including:

  • Process and Market Evaluation of a Program that Integrates Green Legislation Components into a Residential Energy-Efficiency Program
  • Coast-to-Coast: An Update on On-Bill Financing Program Strategies
  • Riding the Financing Wave: Integrating Financing with Traditional DSM Programming
  • Driving Away From Off-Peak Vehicle Charging: The Need for an Evaluation of the Effects of Public Vehicle Charging Infrastructure on PEV Owner Charging Behavior
  • Conservation Voltage Reduction: What are the Savings?
  • Incorporating Energy Efficiency into the Transmission & Distribution Planning Process: Potential Financial and Reliability Implications
Danielle Wilson, Regional EM&V Forum Associate

Danielle Wilson, Regional EM&V Forum Associate

Anyone interested in more information about IEPEC or conference proceedings should contact Danielle Wilson from the EM&V Forum Team.

Update: EM&V Forum Cost-Effectiveness Guidance Project

Update: EM&V Forum Cost-Effectiveness Guidance Project  

While many states in our region are national leaders in energy efficiency, there is always room for improvement as efficiency policies are increasingly central to state’s overall policy goals.

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Because cost-effectiveness is the public policy instrument that establishes boundaries for energy efficiency investments, the Regional Evaluation Measurement and Verification Forum (EM&V Forum) aims to shed light on cost-effectiveness screening as practiced by Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

The EM&V Forum, in collaboration with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and Synapse Energy Economics, aims to describe and analyze state practices with regard to cost-effectiveness screening. The project will focus on the following questions:

  • What cost-effectiveness tests do states use?
  • What key components do states include in those tests?
  • How do states measure key test components?
  • What is the past history, rationale or policy direction driving the states’ practices?
  • Where do states document test inputs?

Stay tuned for a summary of this research coming in September. Moving forward, the Forum and its members will concentrate on guidance pointing the way to improvements in how the tests are applied throughout the region.

A Look at the 2013 New England Regional Avoided Cost Study

Synapse Energy Economics just released an updated version of the Avoided Energy Supply Cost (AESC) in New England Study for 2013. Conducted every two years for all New England states, results from this study provide consistent dollar values for avoided costs resulting from energy efficiency programs. States can adopt the values with the AESC study as inputs into their individual energy efficiency program cost-effectiveness analysis.

The study includes a variety of benefits such as capacity Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects (DRIPE), energy DRIPE, electricity cross-fuel DRIPE, avoided capacity, avoided energy, and non-embedded CO2 costs. Results from the updated report will reflect how recent downward trends in natural gas prices affect avoided cost values.  We look forward to monitoring how the study impacts future energy efficiency investments in New England.

REED: Big Data that Tells a Story

Cecily McChalicher, REED Manager

With the launch of the Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED) in February, energy efficiency stakeholders now have a one-stop resource to access energy efficiency program impact data from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. REED is hosted by NEEP through its Regional EM&V Forum, and is the first database in the country to publicly provide data on energy efficiency program savings and associated costs, avoided CO2 and other air pollutants, and job impacts across multiple jurisdictions.

REED users can generate state-level energy efficiency reports and download underlying program-specific data that can be used to analyze, compare or aggregate the impacts of state energy efficiency programs. The database currently includes 2011 electric and gas energy efficiency program data for 8 states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Annual energy efficiency data for program year 2012 from these states, along with Delaware and the District of Columbia, will be added to REED this fall.

The transparent and consistent reporting of energy efficiency impacts makes REED particularly valuable, as policymakers increasingly look to energy efficiency investments as a least-cost strategy to meet state and regional energy, economic and environmental policy goals. REED provides a reliable source of energy efficiency data that allows policymakers and other stakeholders to better understand the impact of energy efficiency programs across the region and have greater confidence in the credibility of energy efficiency as a resource.

REED is an important step towards creating a common platform for the use of energy efficiency data.  In order for energy efficiency impacts to be truly comparable, consistent methods must be used to calculate energy efficiency impacts in addition to consistent reporting. To this end, the Regional EM&V Forum issued its Regional EM&V Methods Guidelines in 2010, which helped inform the recently released US Department of Energy’s Uniform Methods Project Energy Efficiency Savings Protocols for key energy efficiency measures. Recognizing that disparate methods are currently used to calculate energy efficiency impacts, REED includes links to supporting documents in each state, including energy efficiency plans, technical reference manuals, and EM&V guidance documents.

This screenshot from the REED website shows the wide range of 2011 Net Annual Energy Savings (MWh) across all participating states.

This screenshot from the REED website shows the wide range of 2011 Net Annual Energy Savings (MWh) across all participating states.

NEEP plans to issue a REED Annual Report this summer based on the program year 2011 data that will include a regional profile of 2011 energy efficiency program impacts and will highlight key similarities and differences in reported data across the states that may indicate where greater effort is needed to help increase consistency in reported data (e.g., reporting definitions/categories, underlying EM&V methods, differences in program design, and other factors).   This analysis will also help to inform and share best practices across the region.

REED is a product of the Regional EM&V Forum, facilitated by NEEP, and was developed with the assistance of the Boston-based Peregrine Energy Group. It is funded by US DOE, US EPA and the EM&V Forum states. Please contact REED Manager Cecily McChalicher for more information.

NEEP’s EM&V Forum to Launch the Regional Energy Efficiency Database at its Annual Public Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2012 EM&V Forum Annual Public Meeting, which will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC from 9:00am – 4:30pm on December 12. The objective of the Annual Public Meeting is to increase understanding and awareness of the EM&V Forum’s scope and projects through interaction among a broad range of stakeholders from across the region and beyond. The meeting agenda includes panel discussions on an array of topics relevant to policymakers, program administrators, evaluation experts, merchant providers, ISOs and RTOs, and other relevant stakeholders.

Most exciting will be the launch of the Forum’s Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED), which will provide for consistent reporting of energy efficiency impacts to support energy and air quality policies, as well as more effective system planning across the region. Continue reading

Regional EM&V Forum Update

The pace never slows at the Regional Evaluation Measurement &Verification Forum.  In addition to conducting several ongoing projects, the Forum is launching two new projects – the HVAC Variable Speed Drive (VSD) Loadshape project and the Building Energy Codes project – and further developing it Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED).

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New EM&V Forum Project Results & 2012 Planning – Check out the latest newsletter!

Keep up with the latest developments at the Regional Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) Forum by reading its latest quarterly newsletter.  Topics in the August 2011 issue include:

 

  • EM&V Forum Releases New Research and Evaluation Project Results
  • 2012-2014 Forum Planning Underway
  • 2011 Annual Public Meeting – October 12 in Albany, NY
  • Regional Energy Efficiency Database Project Launched
  • National EM&V Update.

Read the newsletter here.

NEEP’s EM&V Forum Releases New Research and Evaluation Project Results

NEEP’s  Evaluation, Measurement & Verification (EM&V) Forum has recently completed two large research and evaluation projects.  The results of these studies advance energy efficiency by supporting program administrator calculations of savings from efficient lighting and unitary HVAC equipment and also serving as documentation for submissions to the region’s forward capacity markets. These were large, expensive studies that would have been impossible for many Forum sponsors on their own; they leveraged funds from the 10 states that participate in the Forum.  More information about the studies follows:

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NEEP Notes Hot off the Press

Have a look at what we’re covering in the latest issue of our newsletter,  NEEP Notes:

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A wrap-up of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit,  and a preview of new EM&V Forum Products!

Check out the latest NEEP Notes and subscribe to all of our newsletters on our website!

The Need for Common Measurements for Efficiency Savings

It’s not apples and oranges so why are Northeast states treating energy efficiency savings so differently?

Earlier this year, NEEP’s Evaluation, Measurement & Verification Forum agreed to adopt a common set of statewide guidelines for reporting energy efficiency savings and associated costs, emissions and job impacts.

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Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Join Forces to Accelerate Energy Efficiency

Leaders across the region agree to common reporting guidelines for efficiency savings.

Energy utility commissioners and energy efficiency leaders in the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic regions have agreed to implement a common set of statewide guidelines for reporting energy efficiency savings and associated costs, emissions and job impacts. This agreement by the Regional Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification Forum’s (EM&V Forum) Steering Committee marks a significant milestone in laying the groundwork for building greater transparency and credibility of energy efficiency as a reliable, plentiful energy resource in the region and further drives the energy efficiency agenda nationally. Continue reading