Market Research and Evaluation Reports
Providing market-critical data
NEEA's market research drives our programming, defines the challenges within our work, and provides critical market data and analyses about regional energy consumption for NEEA and our stakeholders.
Our evaluation reports assess our current initiatives to ensure we achieve our goals in a cost effective manner. Our Long-Term Monitoring and Tracking Reports measure the continued energy savings delivered by NEEA's previously-funded initiatives.
NEEA’s Emerging Technology Reports document the exploratory work we do to assess and develop market intervention concepts for emerging technologies. These reports typically are not based on statistically valid market research. When we find a promising technology, additional, disciplined, and statistically valid market research is completed to benchmark performance and savings, understand market conditions and barriers, and test intervention strategies associated with a market transformation initiative.
NEEA funded the Drive Power initiative between 1999 and 2004 as an effort to increase motor efficiency and transform the electric motor market. Since then, NEEA had been conducting long term monitoring and tracking (LTMT) studies to continue to assess the impact of that initiative in the Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) region.
This 2014 LTMT report concludes that green motor rewinds have not become standard practice, and therefore, the region's efforts have not transformed the market for green motor rewinds. Green Motor Practices Group members reported that green motor rewinds comprise 30 percent of all motors rewound, and 25 percent indicated performing no green motor rewinds in 2014. This suggests that opportunities remain for NEEA to support interventions to transform the market for motor rewinds.
From 1998 to 2004, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) administered an initiative to transform the building commissioning market in the Northwest. NEEA’s goal was to make commissioning standard practice in public buildings and to create a standardized professional certification body for commissioning providers. NEEA assesses the outcomes of previously funded initiatives through the long term monitoring and tracking (LTMT) efforts. This report does not focus on market progress, but on the assumptions that NEEA used to determine energy savings forecasting and reporting.
Key conclusions from this latest LTMT effort are: commissioning activity could be underreported due to the presence and activities of commissioning firms not based in the Northwest; the nine-month adjustment applied to data to obtain the market size of newly constructed buildings is likely underestimating the average duration of the commercial new construction projects. This report recommends that NEEA apply at least a 12-month lag to new construction starts for future LTMT studies.
Ductless split system air conditioners and heat pumps exist primarily in Europe and Asia. In North America, ductless air conditioners and heat pumps were a small niche market until the early 2000s, but have been gaining in market share since that time. This study assessed international DHP markets to determine how international experience can enhance market uptake of this technology in the Northwestern United States.
In an effort to transform the residential space heating market in the Northwest, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has focused on promoting inverter-driven ductless heat pumps (DHPs) as a promising technology for displacing electric resistance heat. The market for this technology is evolving rapidly. The key objectives of this study are to identify relevant market segments in the Northwest, and quantify the maximum technical potential for displacing electric resistance heating in each segment. This study also identifies current market barriers and likely market adoption issues for standard DHPs as well as other related specialized equipment in the Northwest. It forecasts the likely total displacement of electric resistance heating by standard and specialized DHPs over the next 20 years under different market adoption scenarios.
NEEA seeks to accelerate high-performance new construction practices across the region through development of programs and resources that reinforce the value proposition and equip market actors to successfully implement high-performance projects.
The report highlights trends, barriers, and opportunities for high-performance projects, with a focus on Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.
This 2014 study discusses potential intervention strategies to increase adoption of new design and construction best practices for high-performance commercial buildings. CLEAResult led this project - which includes literature review, market data and stakeholder interviews - with additional support from New Buildings Institute.
The growing availability of electric interval data from smart meters is driving development of consumer-facing analytical software that has the potential to offer automated measurement and verification (M&V) of savings from energy efficiency projects. This capability would present new opportunities to utilities including supporting financial transactions based on measured energy savings, or allowing for a greater variety of program measures.
This report provides the results of analytical research on establishing a method for developing a robust energy baseline regression model and evaluation of how the model performed on the electric interval dataset from NEEA’s Residential Building Stock Analysis metering study. The report presents results of a literature review and a high-level review of home energy management system (HEMS) M&V capabilities. The results of the analytical research provide a strong foundation for future efforts toward an automated M&V approach using interval data, while the literature review confirmed the team’s initial belief that utilities have not yet applied M&V approaches for residential applications using interval data. Additionally, the HEMS research uncovered no instances of products performing utility program M&V.
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) contracted with Ecotope, Inc. and Cascade Engineering Services, Inc.to run the 50 gallon GE model #GEH50DFEJSRA heat pump water heater through the northern climate test procedure.
The new GE product passes the tier three specification and is now available through distribution and retail channels. Read this test report to get all the details on the results.
In 2013, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) supported efforts in the state of Oregon to enact legislation setting new energy efficiency standards for battery chargers. This work is part of on-going efforts to implement stringent energy performance requirements for appliances and commercial equipment.
NEEA commissioned a study to document its activities within the Oregon legislature, and to review the battery charger market assessment provided by the California Energy Commission (CEC), which served as the basis of projected savings estimates. This study also validates NEEA’s estimates of the energy savings from enacting the battery charger energy efficiency standard.
Based on the data provided by the CEC and NEEA, the report estimates that the full stock turnover savings are 230.68 gigawatt hours and that 2020 annual energy savings amount to 219.71 gigawatt hours.
Updated 06/15/15: The Hospital & Healthcare Initiative began in 2002, and targeted hospitals and hospital systems that have their headquarters in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington). Historically, the primary goal of the initiative was to have these organizations adopt Strategic Energy Management Plans (SEMPs), which can guide long-term changes in business practices and lead to reduced energy consumption.
Replicating a market survey conducted in 2010, this market progress evaluation report finds that adoption of energy efficiency practices increased among non-participating hospitals from 20 percent in 2010 to 41 percent in 2014, suggesting diffusion of the initiative’s efforts to the wider market. SEMPs are in place at half the hospitals in the total market.
Eighty-seven percent of hospitals have seen an improvement in the energy performance of their buildings in the last three years. Hospitals are changing their delivery approaches to provide a more efficient, higher quality, integrated clinical care at lower overall cost. Continuing barriers to strategic energy management include: decreasing hospital revenue streams and limited capital availability; lack of executive level commitment at some hospitals; high levels of risk aversion; and perceived high opportunity costs.
As of 06/15/15, the savings validation for 2014 provided in a memo has been appended to this report.
NEEA, through its Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Program, is seeking to drive the adoption of energy efficiency best practices. These best practices include behaviors and tools that continuously support effective implementation of energy management. This report provides insights to better understand the delivery, partnership strategies and program channels for promoting the adoption of such best practices to CRE executives.
Key recommendations of this report include providing clear and consistent messages around a limited set of best practices; setting a progressive path of action that defines best practices; promoting the adoption of corporate sustainability policies; leveraging ENERGY STAR® Energy Star brand recognition; creating peer networks focused on energy efficiency; creating market clarity on available education and training; assisting internal champions in promoting energy efficiency best practices through case studies, specific tools and resources; and leveraging existing CRE partnerships.
Since 2007, NEEA has offered an initiative to encourage the Northwest’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) market to adopt Strategic Energy Management (SEM) practices to reduce energy use. SEM is a holistic approach to managing energy that involves the use of efficient equipment and behavioral activities and requires engagement from building staff at all levels. NEEA provides technical advice and training to ensure that building managers have the knowledge and tools they need to track and measure energy consumption.
This report concludes that NEEA's CRE SEM initiative has been successful in helping CRE cohorts adopt SEM. Please note while this report does not include standard Market Progress Evaluation Report (MPER) components, given the focus on this effort to provide an indication of initiative progress, the current title was chosen. It shows that 56 percent of the firms participating in the Market Partners Program met all CRE SEM requirements, while 100 percent of the Office Competitions program met at least one of the five SEM requirements. These findings compare favorably against the 8 percent of the CRE market having all five SEM elements, and 72 percent of the market having at least one element of SEM.
The Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) Savings Validation Study integrates all prior work in the Northwest on HPWHs, to establish a proven unit energy savings (UES) estimate for the Regional Technical Forum (RTF).
This project draws comprehensively on laboratory studies and two previously conducted field studies that studied seventy sites. It augments those important field studies by measuring water heater performance in new climate zones, and in an additional fifty field sites.
The project approach also developed a field calibrated engineering model of performance that provides information for simulation purposes. This simulation-based approach allows for collecting of independent performance variables across the region, measuring dependent variables (energy use) at selected sites, and then predicting energy use for the myriad equipment types and installations.
This report is the second Market Progress Evaluation Report (MPER) of the BOC-E Initiative. The report concludes that BOC-E is progressing towards its goals, especially those supporting expanded outreach. It further finds that non-credentialed building operators are interested in BOC, but that employer support is critical to achieving certification. There is a general upward trend of BOC participation from 2005 to 2013, with a current market penetration of approximately 18 percent for the region.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)’s Agricultural Irrigation Initiative ran from 2011-2014. A series of twelve reports thoroughly documents NEEA’s experience and insights gained through three years of market research, market activity, and demonstrations associated this initiative. Center pivots are an important method of irrigating farmland, comprising the largest amount of pressurized irrigation of acreage in the Northwest. This report provides a basic introduction and overview to a center pivot systems.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)’s Agricultural Irrigation Initiative ran from 2011-2014. A series of twelve reports thoroughly documents NEEA’s experience and insights gained through three years of market research, market activity, and demonstrations associated with this initiative. Soil properties are critical to understanding the amount of water applied to a field of crops. However, soil science terminology and principles can be complex and a bit overwhelming to understand at first glance. For those who are not soil scientists, this report provides foundational concepts and definitions.