This report is an evaluation of NEEA’s participation in the Commercial Unitary Air Conditioners (CUAC) standard published by the Department of Energy on January 15, 2016 conducted by TRC Energy Services (TRC) in 2018. The evaluation assessed NEEA’s efforts to help establish the CUAC federal standard. The objectives of the study were to qualitatively assess NEEA activities to help establish the CUAC standard and quantitatively assess the combined influence of all energy efficiency stakeholders on the energy savings from the adoption of this standard.
TRC collected data via a literature review and conducted interviews with a variety of stakeholders that were involved in the adoption of this standard, including NEEA staff, energy efficiency stakeholders and manufacturers. TRC found that NEEA engaged in the following activities in support of the development and adoption of this standard: negotiations with manufacturers, public meeting participation, analysis of rulemaking documents, and collaboration with efficiency stakeholders. TRC estimates that 19% of the total savings that will result from the CUAC standard were due to efforts of NEEA and the efficiency organizations.