Commercial Energy Metering Study

Businesses across the Northwest are helping the region reach greater energy efficiency by participating in the Commercial Energy Metering Study.

Please note: new installations are currently on hold due to COVID-19. We look forward to returning to the field as soon as possible.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and its partners are currently collecting data for the Commercial Energy Metering Study (CEMS). The first year of commercial energy metering data is expected to be made available in 2021.

About the Commercial Energy Metering Study

With changes in electric appliances, heating and cooling systems, water heating, and newer electricity uses like LED lighting and electric vehicles, there is a need for a better understanding of energy use in the region.

A group of utilities and regional organizations came together to collaborate on this long-term Northwest commercial study of electricity use. This group includes Avista Utilities, Bonneville Power Administration, Clark Public Utilities, Energy Trust of Oregon, Eugene Water & Electric Board, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, The Northwest Power and Conservation Council, PacifiCorp, Portland General Electric, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish PUD, and Tacoma Power.

NEEA and its partner DNV GL are currently seeking businesses to participate in CEMS. This study will measure energy use by businesses throughout the Northwest. Firms that participated in the Commercial Building Stock Assessment are welcome to join this study, but it is open to any managers or owners of commercial buildings that would like to help energy efficiency in the Northwest. No identifying information will be released.

There are various incentives for customer participation:

Incentive Package: The study offers a monetary incentive of $500 for each participant who commits to the five-year study. Incentives are paid on an annual basis at $100 per year. Participants may customize how those incentives are received (e.g., as one, $100 cash gift card or as split incentives (e.g., four $25 cash gift cards that can be issued to employees/tenants/building managers etc.) and/or a donation to a predefined list of charities.

Customized Report Package: Instead of the monetary incentive, customers may opt for a customized report at the conclusion of the study. This report will segment customer energy use and provide a dashboard of how usage changes seasonally. For a point of reference, the report will include comparisons with similar buildings and their performance metrics from the study.

Data Meter Package: For customers who can’t accept a monetary incentive, the research team can provide each customer the option to retain the meter after the study and obtain the license to use the energy monitoring software. Upon completion of the study, customers will have access to the trend data for their business. They have the option of keeping the installed meter and accessing the software (participants will be responsible for license extensions). Participants will be provided an opportunity to participate in a webinar to learn how to use the software.

Interested in learning more? For more information about the Commercial Energy Metering Study, please contact DNV GL at or call 707-205-5502.