Step 4 - Measurement and Verification

What?

Once EEMs (Energy Efficiency Measures) have been implemented, it is essential to track energy performance through ongoing data collection and analysis. Measurement and verification (M&V) is the process of quantifying energy consumption before and after the implementation of an EEM.


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Why?

Verifying and reporting on the achieved level of savings is critical for assessing and providing feedback on actual energy performance. Without feedback, behavior change campaigns are likely to be limited in their effectiveness. Seeing and understanding the positive changes that employees actions are having helps them stay motivated, while managers will need evidence of savings from implemented EEMs in order to maintain or increase funding. The bottom line is that measurement and communication of energy successes is vital.


How?

Energy performance can be measured and verified with respect to both individual EEMs/projects, or aggregated to evaluate the achievements of an energy efficiency program as a whole. An M&V plan may assist with this task, providing a comprehensive and objective framework for measurement and verification.

Energy savings cannot always be directly measured, as savings represent the avoidance of energy costs. Therefore, energy savings are often estimated by comparing energy use before and after the implementation of a project (compared to the baseline).

Visual presentation of energy use can be the most effective way of communicating progress and achievements, providing quick and accessible information about:

  • Real time energy consumption
  • Progress made in reducing energy consumption
  • Where further energy efficiencies could potentially be made

 

 

What?

Once EEMs (Energy Efficiency Measures) have been implemented, it is essential to track energy performance through ongoing data collection and analysis. Measurement and verification (M&V) is the process of quantifying energy consumption before and after the implementation of an EEM.


Why?

Verifying and reporting on the achieved level of savings is critical for assessing and providing feedback on actual energy performance. Without feedback, behavior change campaigns are likely to be limited in their effectiveness. Seeing and understanding the positive changes that employees actions are having helps them stay motivated, while managers will need evidence of savings from implemented EEMs in order to maintain or increase funding. The bottom line is that measurement and communication of energy successes is vital.


How?

Energy performance can be measured and verified with respect to both individual EEMs/projects, or aggregated to evaluate the achievements of an energy efficiency program as a whole. An M&V plan may assist with this task, providing a comprehensive and objective framework for measurement and verification.

Energy savings cannot always be directly measured, as savings represent the avoidance of energy costs. Therefore, energy savings are often estimated by comparing energy use before and after the implementation of a project (compared to the baseline).

Visual presentation of energy use can be the most effective way of communicating progress and achievements, providing quick and accessible information about:

  • Real time energy consumption
  • Progress made in reducing energy consumption
  • Where further energy efficiencies could potentially be made

Related Case Studies

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