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What is a Measure?

An Energy Efficiency measure is any action taken to conserve energy.

Tracking Measures

Many organizations are interested in tracking applied measures and savings. Some reasons to track measures are:

  • To measure the effects of EE efforts
  • To see which measures are effective and which ones are not
  • To track market transformation
  • To measure the effectiveness of a program (a collection of measures)
  • To provide data for evaluation studies

But if tracking the application of measures is “extra” work, data accuracy and completeness suffer. In addition, if measures are tracked on paper, in a spreadsheet, or in a local custom system, these problems remain:

  • On-site data may be gathered by a trade partner, who must describe the project and his savings calculations to the portfolio manager (utility).
  • Measure data are hand-keyed from paper notes or spreadsheets.
  • Calculations are suspect, and require “proofing” before projects are approved.

In short, project (measure) data are almost always translated several times from the place the application is applied to where they are reported, and those translations have a heavy cost in data accuracy and/or effort.

Smart Measures

Smart Measures are online computer models of EE measures. Smart Measures are implemented using object oriented software technology.

Smart Measures are a Technical Reference Manual brought to life. When utilities and trade partners use Smart Measures, they know that their savings calculations are pre-approved, and the project savings and rebates are recorded and reported automatically.

By encapsulating all relevant calculations and values of a measure in an object, Smart Measures are able to calculate their own savings, record and store all inputs in a specific application, produce other values such as multi-fuel impacts, labor hours, participant incremental cost, and more.

Smart Measures carry participant and trade partner incentive values, set by the EE portfolio/program manager.

Engineers can design Smart Measures online without having to write code.


We have created a library of Smart Measures that include all of the deemed savings algorithms specified by the MN Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources.

States, utilities and ESCOs can create their own libraries of Smart Measures, or simply copy Smart Measures from a standard library and adjust the deemed values in the calculations.


A project is simply a collection of Smart Measures and a geographic location which is used to provide weather and demographic data to the Smart Measures. Projects keep a running total of savings and incentive costs. A project in EEManager moves through several states: Plan, Approved, and Applied.

When a project reaches the Applied state it is counted in the portfolio’s savings and incentives cost totals.

Value Exchange

We created Smart Measures as a tool to be used by any organization that applies EE measures. This includes states, utilities, trade partners and ESCOs.

Since Smart Measures contain approved, proven savings calculations, organizations that use them in a project are guaranteed that their savings calculations are accurate. Smart Measures solve a problem for the organization applying the EE measure.

As they use Smart Measures to plan and implement EE projects, the Smart Measures are recorded directly in Energy Savings Platform for tracking and reporting.

Smart Measures solve problems for the user in a way that gathers tracking data.

Benefits to the user:

  • Guaranteed accurate calculations
  • Project planning, approval, tracking and storage
  • Elimination of “rekeying” measure data for reporting

Benefits to the State:

  • Standard engineering calculations everywhere
  • Accurate tracking data

Smart Measures Everywhere

Energy Savings Platform allows multiple organizations to collaborate and work on common projects.

For example, a utility can invite a trade partner organization to create accounts on ESP. The utility can give the new trade partner access to a specific EE program which defines a set of Smart Measures.

The trade partner can then create a project plan on-site with the participant and get instant savings and rebate calculations. When the trade partner saves the project in ESP, the utility can access it for approval if desired. When the trade partner applies the measures, they update the project status to Applied, and the utility reaps the savings in their portfolio/program.

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