The Department of Energy (DOE) is developing energy efficiency evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V)protocols for energy efficiency programs in collaboration with energy efficiency program administrators, stakeholders, and EM&V consultants — including the major firms that perform up to 70 percent of energy efficiency evaluations in the United States.

Under the Uniform Methods Project, DOE is developing a framework and a set of protocols for determining the energy savings from specific energy efficiency measures and programs. The protocols are intended to provide a straightforward method for evaluating gross energy savings for common residential and commercial measures offered in ratepayer-funded initiatives in the United Sates. They have been written by technical experts within the field and reviewed by industry experts.

The protocols include the most common residential and commercial energy efficiency measures found in utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs in the United States and address the following energy efficiency measures:

  • Commercial lighting
  • Commercial lighting controls
  • Commercial unitary air conditioning
  • Residential boilers and furnaces        
  • Residential lighting
  • Residential refrigerator recycling
  • Residential whole-house retrofits

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