Consistency Needed in Energy Efficiency Measurement, Says Climate Registry

September 24, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

climate energy manageWhile many states are implementing energy efficiency programs, energy savings resulting from these measures are projected, estimated, reported and audited using a wide range of approaches, which presents a challenge for federal regulatory compliance, says The Climate Registry.

A new paper from the Climate Registry, “An Energy Efficiency Registry; a Flexible and Transparent way to Track and Report Energy Efficiency under the Clean Power Plan” proposes a framework for tracking, managing and reporting the impacts of energy efficiency.

The paper says a flexible, nationwide energy efficiency registry would help programs that could be used to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Energy efficiency is one of EPA’s four building blocks for states to comply with the new emissions regulations.

However, according to the paper, the EPA has recognized concerns that the energy efficiency data it needs to verify emissions reductions may not consistently apply definitions and data categories across utilities, states, and years. These discrepancies can significantly impact the accuracy of reported energy savings. For example, one energy efficiency program may report lifetime savings while another is reporting annual savings, making comparisons less accurate.

The Climate Registry proposed that an energy efficiency registry be created via a consensus-based stakeholder process.

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