The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) contracted with Michaels Energy to assess NEEA and its partners’ influence on the federal standard for commercial boilers. NEEA engages in federal standards processes to support the adoption of standards that advance the efficiency of equipment and appliances available in the market. Between October 2021 and February 2022, Michaels Energy reviewed documents and conducted interviews with key stakeholders to inform two assessments: 1) a qualitative assessment of NEEA and its partners’ influence on the commercial boilers standard, and 2) a quantitative estimate of the share of savings resulting from the standard that were influenced by the combined efforts of NEEA and its partners.
Michaels Energy reported that NEEA and its partners’ greatest influence on the standard was through their recommendations for which trial standard level the U.S. Department of Energy should adopt. Michaels Energy estimated that NEEA and its partners influenced 8.8% of the total energy savings for the commercial boilers standard.