The Clean Power Plan allows states to meet their emission guidelines through the use of demand-side energy efficiency (EE) measures so long as such measures are properly quantified and verified. State plans must include requirements for evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) procedures. The EPA has released a draft EM&V guidance document to assist states adopting rate-based plans, and EE providers, with implementing the EM&V provisions of the CPP and proposed model trading rule.
The draft guidance covers, among other things, baseline definitions and applicable EM&V methods, the appropriate use of industry-standard protocols and guidelines, and other topics for quantifying and verifying savings for purposes of generating emission rate credits (ERCs) and adjusting an emission rate.
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