We need your data!

Blog Post | July 16, 2015 - 11:20 am
By Ethan Rogers , Program Director, Industry

ACEEE is participating in a collaborative effort to develop new energy performance labels for pumps, fans, and compressors that will become the basis of a new type of energy efficiency program with prescribed savings values. Our Industry Program has joined with the Hydraulic Institute (HI), Air Movement and Control Association International (AMCA), Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI), Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and a dozen utilities and energy efficiency programs to get this initiative underway, which ultimately will provide incentives to commercial and industrial energy consumers to purchase more efficient pumps, fans, and compressors.

The Extended Motor Product Label Initiative (EMPLI), which has been described in detail in a prior post, has reached the point where product category-specific application and operational data is needed by the working groups to determine the average potential savings. We are starting with collecting water pumping system operating hours and loads. This information will be used in program proposals to state public service commissions to document that labeled products save energy.

To collect, anonymize, and aggregate the data, the collaborative is working with the Hydraulic Institute and NEMA Business Information Services (NEMA Biz). A data collection sheet is available on the HI website for download, and NEMA Biz has been contracted to confidentially collect and analyze the data. Organizations interested in participating need only download the data collection form from HI’s webpage for this effort, fill it out, and submit it electronically to NEMA Biz at harrisons@nema.org. All individual company data will remain secure and will not be shared with anyone. The data being requested by the EMPLI pump working group is general in nature: hours of operation, percentage loading, product performance, and markets served. NEMA Biz will anonymize and aggregate the data and then provide it to the EMPLI pump working group in the form necessary for state public utility commissions to be able to use for program justification and evaluation.

Organizations that participate will also receive a copy of the aggregated data. This information will provide insights into the marketplace and enable participants to position their products for new utility-sector funding opportunities. The better the data, the more complete the report will be for all involved.

Collection of operational data is necessary for the success of the EMPL Initiative. The goal of this collaborative effort is the development of new voluntary product performance labels that can be used as purchasing specifications by companies and public institutions, and that can become the basis for an entirely new type of prescriptive rebate energy efficiency program that attributes or “deems” an average energy savings to a qualifying product.To all the companies that serve the commercial and industrial sectors, we join HI in requesting your participation in this survey. And to all who participate in this data collection effort, a big “Thank You!” from all of us participating in EMPLI. This is an important effort for the industrial energy efficiency community; so let others know and please forward this notice!