This paper summarizes basic information on efficiency, its potential benefits, and EM&V for assessing those benefits. The paper introduces the concept of multistate EM&V coordination in the context of assessing such benefits, including achievement of state and federal goals to reduce air pollutants and presents three coordination strategy options: information clearinghouse/exchange, EM&V product development, and a regional energy efficiency tracking system platform. The brief culminates with a discussion of options for next steps that Western states can take to consider multistate coordination on efficiency EM&V. This brief is intended to inform state public utility commissions, boards for public and consumer-owned utilities, state energy offices and air agencies, and other organizations involved in discussions about the use of efficiency EM&V.
This work was accomplished through a Idaho-WIEB State Energy Planning (SEP) project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, to foster regional and state energy planning in the West and identify opportunities for multi-state or region-wide collaborations to address emerging energy issues.