The RTF is exploring potential paths for providing additional guidance around non-UES type programs, starting with industrial SEM. The goal of this work is to explore a potential approach for the RTF to provide direction in support of consistent and reliable energy savings estimates for custom projects and address specific challenges to consistent and reliable savings estimation by focusing on specific measure types. Staff opted to start with Industrial SEM because they received a new measure proposal from a utility stakeholder.
So, at the July RTF meeting the group adopted a guidance document that is intended to supplement the RTF Guidelines by providing guidance specifically relevant to the evaluated program-level savings, costs, benefits and lifetimes of measures implemented by industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) programs. SEM is a collection of organizational practices, policies and processes intended to result in implementation of efficiency measures. Some programs target O&M while others pursue both capital and O&M measures. The guidance document lays out what is needed for evaluated savings claims to be consistent with other measures included in the Power Plan. It also provides some guidance on the level of effort and which important questions may be impractical to resolve empirically. The document is not intended to be a duplication of evaluation guidance like those from IPMVP or BPA or to offer requirements for site-level savings values used in program engagement contexts.
The ultimate goal of this work is to expand this type of product for other custom projects, so stay tuned for more efforts coming.
Industrial SEM Guidance Document (Approved July 2021, Review Date 2024)
RTF Evaluation Guidance Presentations: July 2021 RTF Meeting June 2021 RTF Meeting