Request for Proposals: Smart Thermostat Performance Metrics

This Request for Proposals is part of a regional research project for Smart Thermostats that is a collaboration between NEEA, the Bonneville Power Administration, Chelan County PUD, Clark County PUD, Energy Trust of Oregon, Northwest Power & Conservation Council, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County PUD, and Tacoma Power. The primary research objective is to develop a method to estimate energy savings for Smart Thermostats based on product characteristics and performance metrics. The research will establish if a statistically significant relationship between savings, product characteristics, and performance metrics is stable across thermostat models. From these performance metrics and regional baseline thermostat behavior, energy savings from a range of current thermostat models (and potential future models) will be determined. The envisioned method will align with ENERGY STAR® Connected Thermostat process and data requirements, using regional data as available, particularly for baseline usage. Data from new and existing thermostat models will be periodically collected from random samples of field installs to calculate up-to-date performance metrics. Because of the newly developed method, the Northwest will then be able to calculate expected energy savings from these performance metrics. This will enable Northwest utilities to quickly screen new products for inclusion in Qualified Products Lists and estimate energy savings without repeated one-off evaluations.

Contractors with experience with large-scale field experiment design and implementation, including thermostat and HVAC field studies; experience with development of complex sampling plans; experience with device data and billing systems data collection design and implementation; and experience with analyzing and interpreting complex energy and performance data are encouraged to apply.

Intent to bid submissions are due by June 7, 2019. Proposals are due by June 21, 2019.

RFP posted May 30, 2019.