Developing Consistency in EM&V Approaches for Performance Contracting
The “M.E.A.S.U.R.E.S.” Project
To enable policy makers, regulators and others to take advantage of the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, the states of Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia undertook a project to help translate the energy savings achieved through energy savings performance contracting into associated emissions reductions for a variety of air pollutants.
Desired outcomes include increasing the value, visibility and utility of ESPC investments, which may result in an eventual increase in penetration levels in the state and local government sectors. That higher penetration level should follow from statewide emphases on these strategies to meet not only existing goals in the states to reduce energy consumption, but also as key components in any future carbon reduction efforts.
Project Achievements and Status
The project team produced the following resources to support the project objectives.
- Development of a Consensus Approach for Energy Measurement and Evaluation of Energy-Saving Performance Contracts summarizing conclusions and commitments of the DOE Competitive Agreement’s MEASURES Partner States (Virginia, Kentucky, and Georgia) regarding a consensus approach to evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) of avoided electric energy consumption via energy-savings performance contracts (ESPCs).
- An Emissions Reduction Calculation Roadmap to guide the translation of energy savings into emissions reductions.
- State Energy Savings Performance Contract Process Changes to document any ESPC process changes they will pursue based on the consensus approach developed and roadmap for calculating ESPC projects emissions reductions.
- A Registry for Energy Savings From Energy Efficient Programs & Practices to present recommendations for a “registry” of energy savings and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reductions from energy-efficiency improvements to existing buildings, implemented through energy-savings performance contracts (ESPCs)
- Suggested Enhancements of eProjectBuilder (ePB) describing each state’s feedback to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on upgrades that could be made to the ePB tool to enable it to serve as a national standardized repository of verified energy savings from energy savings performance contracts.
- Recommended ESPC M&V Principles Development offers draft principles for improving ESPC M&V and tracking and better recognizing ESPC benefits.
- Solution Summary – Developing Consistency in EM&V Approaches and Emissions Reduction Calculations for Energy Savings Performance Contracting Programs documenting the project’s actual progress including solutions and responses to changed circumstances.
- Final Report (forthcoming)
For More Information
Contact Al Christopher, Director, Division of Energy, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy at email@example.com.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT: The information, data, or work presented herein was funded in part by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy, under Award Number DE-EE0006891.
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