States face some difficult problems overseeing energy efficiency efforts:

  • How to collect accurate program performance data
  • How to create and enforce engineering standards for savings calculations
  • How to oversee compliance

Collecting EE Program Performance Data

Collecting energy efficiency program performance data is often a legislative requirement of the state energy office or PUC. Typically, this task is viewed as a “survey” activity, with data flowing one way; from Portfolio managers to the oversight agency.

Performance data are collected and perhaps loaded into a central repository for archiving and analysis.

Centralized Data Stores

If data are stored in a centralized location and are accessible during the data collection process (e.g. Smart MeasuresTM), this means:

  • Online data collection forms can contain historical data specific to the user, giving context to the data entry process and thus improving accuracy.
  • Data are collected directly into the repository, instead of being emailed around in spreadsheets or re-entered from paper. Data do not need to be “uploaded” into a database.
  • Data collection forms can include summary data for the organization, and/or the entire state.

Energy Savings Platform (ESP®) provides a central data repository in the cloud for all EE data.

Standardized Savings Calculations

Many states publish a “Technical Manual” that specifies the algorithms and values used to calculate energy savings for a measure. The Technical Manual is only a start. Every Program manager in the state must then come up with their own way to ensure that their calculations conform to the Technical Manual.

The result is different savings and rebate calculation spreadsheets, spread all over the state, all attempting to accomplish the same goal.

Smart MeasuresTM on ESP

Energy Savings Platform (ESP) provides savings and rebate calculations in the form of Smart Measures. Smart Measures calculate savings and rebates on the fly as the user defines their EE project. ESP Project keeps a running total of savings and incentives.

When the user saves the project, savings are “safe” for the organization because the state has pre-approved the Smart Measures. Smart Measures are the live implementation of a Technical Manual’s savings algorithms. They can be shared by the all the utilities in a state. Utilities or their trade partners can create a project on ESP® and reap the savings from pre-approved, automated calculations. And the state logs reporting data in real time as projects are implemented.

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