Energy efficiency is the least expensive, most quickly deployable, and cleanest of all energy resources, according to research by ACEEE and other organizations. But providing evidence of real and reliable savings is essential to assure funding and public support for energy efficiency programs.
Evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) demonstrates the value of energy efficiency programs by providing accurate, transparent and consistent assessments of their methods and performance. The goals of evaluating energy efficiency programs are numerous, including: savings attribution, or the savings attributable to an energy efficiency program; understanding the benefits and costs of programs, and analyzing the efficacy of program design and implementation in order to understand program performance.
With rigorous program evaluation, program administrators will be able to make more informed decisions when augmenting or revising their energy efficiency programs. Our Toolkit pieces below provide best-practice resources on program evaluation, which will help stakeholders understand which methodologies and metrics will best serve future program development and implementation.