Webinar Series on Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) for Energy Efficiency: Technical Reference Manuals (TRMs) for Energy Efficiency Evaluation Measurement and Verification

Event Date:

October 3, 2017 - 11:30am

Please join us for the eleventh in a series of webinars designed to support states considering and implementing EM&V activities to document energy savings and other impacts of energy efficiency programs.

Technical Reference Manuals (TRMs) for Energy Efficiency Evaluation Measurement and Verification

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
2:30-3:45 PM Eastern

Reserve your webinar seat now here!

Information on the webinar series, past webinar slides and recordings, and additional EM&V resources are available athttps://emp.lbl.gov/emv-webinar-series.

Technical Reference Manuals (TRMs) are valuable resources for state regulators, utilities, and program administrators and implementers for estimating the energy and demand savings of end-use energy efficiency measures. TRMs may also include information on non-energy impacts and factors that are used to calculate measure cost-effectiveness. TRMs are used extensively in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of utility customer-funded efficiency programs. High-quality TRMs with consistent savings values and methods can increase confidence in the quantification of impacts associated with efficiency measures and support increased implementation of cost-effective efficiency actions.

This webinar will present a new State and Local Energy Efficiency (SEE) Action Network guide on TRMs, as well as TRM experiences and approaches from experts working in three diverse states. Speakers also will give their perspectives on the guide's recommendations.

The new guide supports the development, maintenance, and use of accurate and reliable TRMs. It includes descriptions of existing TRMs in the United States and provides recommendations for best practices based on Berkeley Lab's review of TRMs and input from TRM developers and users throughout the country. The information and recommendations in this guide can be used to help improve the quality of existing TRMs as they are updated, and new TRMs as they are developed. The guide is posted here


  1. Steven Schiller, Senior Advisor, Berkeley Lab
  2. Katie Rich, Director, Infrastructure Policy and Homeland Security Coordinator, Public Utilities Commission of Texas
  3. David Brightwell, Economic Analyst, Illinois Commerce Commission
  4. Annette Beitel, Facilitator, California Technical Forum and President, Future Energy Enterprises, LLC

Who should participate?

This webinar series is intended primarily for staff from public utility commissions, state energy offices, state environment departments, and non-profit organizations and offers an opportunity to engage with others in similar roles. The webinars will be of particular value for state officials starting or expanding their EM&V methods for a wide range of efficiency activities including utility customer-funded programs, building energy codes, appliance and equipment standards, energy savings performance contracting, and efficiency programs that support pollution reduction goals or regulations.

Evaluation consultants, utilities, consumer organizations and other stakeholders also are welcome to participate. 

What topics are covered in this webinar series?

EM&V documents energy and demand savings as well as environmental benefits and market effects to determine performance of efficiency activities with respect to defined goals. EM&V can also be used to evaluate processes to improve implementation of efficiency programs. In this and future webinars we will provide an overview of the who, what, when, where, why and how of EM&V used to document energy savings and other impacts of efficiency programs.

For more information or questions about this webinar series, please contact EMVwebinars@lbl.gov

For information on Berkeley Lab EM&V projects and technical assistance, please see: https://emp.lbl.gov/projects/emv