DOE and NREL Release Protocols for Efficiency Savings Under its Uniform Methods Project

The U.S. Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory have published additional protocols for estimating energy savings for residential and commercial energy efficiency programs and measures.

DOE has collaborated with the nation’s leading experts to develop these documents, which can be adopted by public utility commissions, utilities, program administrators, evaluators, and others. The protocols provide a straightforward method for evaluating gross energy savings for each of the most common residential and commercial measures and programs offered by ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in the United States.

Using a single measurement and verification protocol to calculate the energy savings from a particular measure or program will increase the credibility of the reported savings. This increased credibility will give regulators, policymakers, and other stakeholders a greater level of confidence about reported savings and reduce the risks of investing in energy efficiency.

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