3rd Party M&V is a Treasure Meant to Be Shared
Third party measurement and verification (M&V) is imbedded within energy efficiency programs around the world. In many cases this M&V complies with protocols (such as IPMVP) requiring metering, representative sampling, and expert normalization and analysis. This high-quality M&V is often used for custom or unique projects within a program. It can be used to evaluate large complex system improvements, but also smaller repeatable projects that do not fall into a prescriptive bucket. These M&V projects range across emerging technologies, novel concepts, or questionable “efficiency” products. Third party M&V is difficult to find outside of efficiency programs, and often gets buried rather than shared. Without sharing this data, manufacturers are at the mercy of biased vendor data, misconceptions, or cherry-picked case studies. To accelerate decarbonization, this precious M&V data should be better shared throughout the efficiency community to help educate clients, and help programs optimize focus, or create new prescriptive measures.
This paper pulls from a utility program database of high-resolution M&V projects and shares the energy savings results of potentially repeatable projects. Examples of repeated projects range from motor balancing, EC motors, extruder barrel controls, leak repairs, and reactive power correction. The goal is to both share useful data and to discuss methods for better sharing within efficiency programs.
3rd Party M&V is a Treasure Meant to be Shared
Kleinhenz, P., Brown, S., Tatari, M. ACEEE 2021 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry.