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.
“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
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
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).
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