Determining Program Impacts (EM&V)

As funding for energy efficiency programs continues to increase, with much of the expansion coming from states with nascent programs for utility customers, policymakers and funders require sound means of ensuring the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of these activities.

To support that need, the EMP Group works to improve stakeholders’ ability to evaluate the performance—including energy-saving impacts—of energy efficiency programs through evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V). We conduct research and development on EM&V to achieve more accurate, credible, and timely results that accelerate deployment and improve management of energy efficiency.

The EMP Group supports:

  • EM&V capacity building,
  • new methods to address emerging issues and technologies, and
  • development of foundational documents and approaches to improving the credibility and the cross-jurisdictional comparability of efficiency investments.

These activities include technical and policy assistance to public service commissions in states that are just beginning or expanding energy efficiency activities for utility customers, including training for commission staff and stakeholders, defining options and infrastructures for implementing and regulating EM&V activities, helping define activities for independent evaluators, and reviewing EM&V plans and frameworks.

We also host an EM&V webinar series funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

For links to a wide range of EM&V resources, please visit SEE Action Network’s Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Resource Portal.