The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) contracted with TRC Engineers, Inc. (TRC) to conduct an independent evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) process to establish an energy consumption standard for commercial and industrial pumps. In collaboration with other energy efficiency organizations, NEEA participated in the DOE-formed Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) Working Group in 2013 and the subsequent pumps standard rulemaking process in 2016.
To conduct this evaluation, TRC reviewed the DOE docketed materials and interviewed seven stakeholders active in the standard adoption process. TRC used the NEEA Codes and Standards Logic Model as a guide to determine relevant barriers to adoption, activities that were undertaken to address these barriers and how effective the efforts of NEEA and the other efficiency stakeholders were in influencing the final form of the standard. TRC estimates that these activities accounted for 24% of the total energy savings due to come from the standard.