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Establishing appliance and equipment standards

NEEA and its utility partners leverage the market power of the Northwest’s 12 million energy consumers to accelerate the market adoption of more stringent appliance and equipment standards at a regional and national level. NEEA does this by collaborating with its regional partners to develop strategies for advancing higher standards for appliances and equipment. These strategies rely on NEEA’s ability to leverage the market power of the Northwest to influence national processes, and many times includes collecting and submitting technical data and recommendations on behalf of the Northwest to the U.S. Department of Energy throughout the various stages of a standard’s adoption process.

  • Electric Motors Standard Evaluation
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) was an active participant in the U.S. Department of Energy process to establish a standard regulating the consumption of energy in electric motors. To assess the effectiveness of NEEA’s effort in the establishment of this standard, NEEA contracted with Cadmus. The electric motor standard was unique in that energy efficiency stakeholders and the manufacturers established a collaboration forum, the Motor Coalition, and used this forum to create a joint recommendation. NEEA was a member of the coalition, providing technical expertise and serving as a trusted voice in the negotiations. The work of the coalition fundamentally changed the structure of the Department of Energy’s original proposal as well as significantly accelerated the adoption date of the standard. The efforts of the Motor Coalition (NEEA, other energy stakeholders and manufacturers) were significant. Cadmus estimates that 61 percent of the savings from the Electric Motors standard will result from the Motor Coalition activities.
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  • NEEA Fluorescent Lamp Ballast Standard Evaluation: Final Report
    Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) participated in the Department of Energy rule making on Fluorescent Lamp Ballast Standard. On Nov. 14, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy published its final rule to adopt the “Energy Conservation Standards for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts,” which took effect Jan. 13, 2012, with a compliance date of Nov. 14, 2014. NEEA engaged TRC Energy Services (TRC) in January 2016 to conduct an assessment of NEEA’s effort and influence on the rule making. The scope of TRC’s evaluation was to investigate the barriers to adoption for this standard, the activities that NEEA conducted, the activities that other energy efficiency stakeholders conducted, and the effectiveness of these activities. Based on the results, TRC provided two estimates: 1. NEEA’s share of influence for the fluorescent lamp ballast standard – i.e., the percent of NEEA influence compared to that of all efficiency stakeholders. 2. The total share of influence on energy savings from the efforts of all efficiency stakeholders, including NEEA.
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  • Assessment of NEEA Influence on 2010 Small Electric Motors Standard
    The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) participated in the Department of Energy rulemaking on the Non-Residential Small Electric Motors Standard. The rule was released in 2010 and compliance with it was required beginning in 2015. NEEA engaged Cadmus in November 2015 to conduct an assessment of NEEA’s effort and influence on the rulemaking. The assessment: 1. Determined whether NEEA influenced adoption of the standard; 2. Enhanced NEEA’s understanding of the appropriateness and effectiveness of its efforts to influence the standard; and 3. Developed an influence score for Non-Residential Small Electric Motors Standard. The methodology used to estimate NEEA’s influence in establishing this standard was an initial attempt to devise a cost effective and repeatable approach to quantifying this essentially qualitative process. Subsequent studies will review alternative approaches. Cadmus reports that NEEA was effective as a technically knowledgeable resource, and that it served as an intermediary in facilitating issues discussion and exploring technically and economically viable options with a variety of opposing stakeholders.
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Charlie Stephens

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