Today, jurisdictions around the country use proven energy efficiency policies and programs to meet electricity demand, support economic growth, and avoid generation and pollution from power plants. Every U.S. state currently administers some type of demand-side energy efficiency program, while 25 have adopted a statewide energy efficiency resource standard and others require utilities to deliver “all cost-effective energy efficiency.” To ensure this $6 billion investment is achieving intended levels of energy savings and emissions reductions, states and cities are adopting and refining requirements for evaluating, measuring, and verifying (EM&V) their energy efficiency investments.
EPA’s new Guidebook for Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification draws from and builds on decades of state, local, and private-sector experience quantifying and verifying savings from energy efficiency projects and measures.
The guidebook is designed to help state, local, and tribal air and energy officials—as well as key stakeholders such as utility energy efficiency implementers—learn about, establish, or refine their EM&V approaches. It can also help air officials understand the basics of EM&V and work with their energy counterparts to capture the air quality and public health benefits of these existing investments.
The guidebook is also designed to:
- Describe key EM&V topics, methods, and approaches
- Ensure that customer-funded EE policies and programs are achieving intended results in a cost-effective manner
- Ensure that EM&V is carried out in a well-documented, rigorous, and consistent manner
The EM&V Guidebook may also help jurisdictions who want to collaborate on air and energy goals, evaluate the resulting air and energy impacts, and plan new policies and programs.