How can I learn more?
Efficiency is legislated for different reasons in different states and provinces. As a result, each administrator is running programs for various purposes and measuring different aspects of efficiency. For example, one state may want to reduce summer peak load, while others want to create jobs or reduce carbon emissions. Evaluation, as a result, uses varying definitions and methodologies. For that reason, it's difficult to point to one comprehensive source of information about evaluation the way you might for accounting. You may find the following documents a helpful overview of energy efficiency program evaluation.
CEE Principles of Evaluation
The CEE Principles of Evaluation reflect consensus among CEE members on important principles that, if followed, increase the likelihood that evaluation of energy efficiency programs will be undertaken in a responsible and effective manner. These principles were adopted by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) for further distribution to the regulatory community. They are offered as the perspective of the energy efficiency program industry on evaluation, and are not meant to be a comprehensive, prioritized list.
Professional Evaluation Guidance Documents
- International Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP)
- Energy Efficiency Program Impact Evaluation Guide
- Uniform Methods Project
- Understanding Cost-Effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Programs
- Addressing Nonenergy Benefits in the Cost-Effectiveness Framework
- Best Practices in Energy Efficiency Program Screening: How to Ensure that the Value of Energy Efficiency is Properly Accounted For
- Energy Efficiency Cost-Effectiveness Screening: How to Properly Account for Other Program Impacts and Environmental Compliance Costs
Training and Discussion
- Metering the Unmetered Resource: (webinars)
- Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP): Energy Efficiency Cost-Effectiveness Screening (webinar)
- State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action): Energy Efficiency Webinar Series (webinars)
- SEE Action: EM&V Working Group
- Utilities and Efficiency (webinar)
- A Utility Perspective on Energy Efficiency (webinar)