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 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.
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.
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.
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. Complex precision irrigation delivery systems require accurate mapping of soil water-holding capacity to determine an optimal irrigation schedule and approach. As NEEA conducted its demonstrations, it found inconsistent levels of soil mapping performance and results. This report details the reasons behind the variations in soil mapping.
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. This report introduces a range of evaluation methods for validating pivot performance and for diagnosing performance issues and defective components. It also provides recommendations to growers for cost-effective improvements based on subjective assessments of measured data.
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. This report provides an overview of the key technology and agronomic trends affecting irrigation in the Northwest. It examines current and emerging irrigation technologies, including next-generation technologies and irrigation management practices focused on economic optimization. It also provides strategies for guiding and accelerating the development and adoption of precision irrigation technologies.
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. NEEA discovered a number of unanticipated technical challenges associated with efforts to integrate irrigation equipment. This report offers actionable recommendations to irrigation dealers and manufacturers to improve customer experience, as well as recommendations to growers for successfully incorporating modern sensor and telemetry technologies into farm operations.