Over 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
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
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.
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.
“Safe!” The Uniform Methods Protocol Project rounds the bases.
NEEP caught up with Michael Li of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and asked him a few questions about the recently released Energy Efficiency Savings Protocols, part of the Uniform Methods Project or UMP. The voluntary protocols draw from best practices used across the country and are the first national protocols to provide detailed guidance on evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) for many hard-hitting energy efficiency program measures and types. Developed by DOE and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) with Li leading the effort, the protocols help provide ground rules for program evaluation and allows for direct comparison and improved credibility of energy efficiency, much like an umpire provides in the game of baseball. Here’s what Li offered in response to our questions about this important new resource: Continue reading
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).
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 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:
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.
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