Efficiency is measured through rigorous evaluation, measurement, and verification. New program approaches, such as behavior, demand revised measurement techniques, and new technologies such as connected, offer new sources of data. Led by specifically tasked working groups and enriched by the ongoing exchange of resources, CEE supports better understanding of program performance to inform and transform markets. As members interact, they identify and remedy gaps in understanding and develop new ways to achieve introspective learning.
Members come to CEE to achieve and claim savings with more accuracy, credibility, and comparability through shared information and research. In 2014 CEE developed case studies of member incorporation of non-energy benefits into their cost-effectiveness screening practices. The goal of this project is to disseminate information on the values used for certain non-energy benefits in various jurisdictions, how those values were derived, effective arguments made during regulatory proceedings in favor of incorporating the benefits, and useful resources to consider. This ongoing project allows members to consider successful processes for updating cost-effectiveness practices in their own jurisdictions.
Connected devices may also prove valuable for evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) of programs—particularly for measuring the persistence of savings associated with energy saving behaviors.
The Evaluation Committee collected information on member evaluation planning criteria to better understand how frequently members evaluate their programs and the types of evaluations used. An analysis of that information is expected in 2015.
Since 2006 CEE has surveyed efficiency program administrators to document trends in the size and impact of the industry. CEE collected, vetted, and analyzed data from 361 program administrators to successfully publish the CEE 2014 Annual Industry Report, creating a consistent and accurate picture of program expenditures, budgets, and savings across 49 states, the District of Columbia, and seven provinces.
CEE successfully collaborated with US EPA for a 15th year on the 2014 survey and analysis for the National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® report, demonstrating the successful impact of local and national brand promotion of ENERGY STAR.
The 2014 and 2015 Behavior Program Summaries detail member behavioral programs and evaluation techniques. These overviews include more than 100 programs each year and are likely the only compilation of energy efficiency behavior programs on such a scale.
CEE also publishes case studies on a variety of behavioral topics including innovative programs in schools and pilots using connected devices. These case studies focus on programs that incorporate a variety of behavioral insights and demonstrate quantitative energy savings, adding to member understanding of this new field.