Evaluating Demand-Side Energy Efficiency

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The draft guidance covers, among other things, baseline definitions and applicable EM&V methods, the appropriate use of industry-standard protocols and guidelines, and other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.

Comments should be submitted by January 21, 2016 to emvinput@epa.gov.

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