The Department of Energy (DOE) is developing new voluntary procedures or protocols designed to help standardize how state and local governments, industry, and energy efficiency organizations estimate energy savings. The protocols are being developed by technical experts through collaboration with energy-efficiency program administrators, industry stakeholders, and home energy assessors—including major firms that perform up to 70 percent of the home energy-efficiency assessments in the United States, according to the DOE.

The DOE is inviting stakeholders from the public sector, industry, and academia to participate in an online public review of these new protocols for estimating energy savings from energy efficiency programs. The DOE says the new procedures provide a straightforward method for evaluating the energy savings made possible through some of the most common residential and commercial building upgrades offered through ratepayer-funded initiatives in the United Sates. These voluntary protocols will help energy efficiency program administrators and local governments improve the objectivity, consistency, and transparency of energy savings data and help strengthen consumers’ confidence in the results expected from energy efficiency upgrades, according to the DOE.

In the announcement, DOE says the protocols are designed to standardize energy-savings estimates and improve their accuracy, in turn helping organizations more effectively measure, evaluate, and verify the benefits of energy efficiency programs.

The protocols are available for review  until July 27.



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