The new procedures provide a straightforward method for evaluating the energy savings made possible through some of the most common residential and commercial building upgrades offered through ratepayer-funded initiatives in the United States. These common energy efficiency upgrades include energy-saving lighting, lighting controls, commercial air conditioning, residential furnaces, and boilers. These voluntary protocols will help energy efficiency program administrators and local governments improve the objectivity, consistency, and transparency of energy-savings data and help strengthen consumers’ confidence in the results expected from energy efficiency upgrades.
The protocols will standardize energy-savings estimates and improve their accuracy; in turn helping organizations more effectively measure, evaluate, and verify the benefits of energy-efficiency programs. By adopting the protocols, efficiency program administrators can also more easily establish consistent practices because these organizations will no longer have to develop their own protocols. Implementing uniform protocols also enables more meaningful energy-savings comparisons between similar programs in different jurisdictions.
The protocols being developed under the Uniform Methods Project are available for review. The public review period ends Aug. 17.
Publication date: 8/13/2012