The Regional Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Forum (EM&V Forum) consists of nine jurisdictions across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, from Vermont to the District of Columbia, and works to develop and support the use of consistent savings assumptions and standardized, transparent guidelines and tools to evaluate, measure, verify, and report the energy and demand savings, costs, and avoided emission impacts of energy efficiency.
The EM&V Forum is the only regional efficiency effort of its kind in the country that is steered by a committee of state public utility commissioners, energy office and air agency representatives.
The Forum participants who inform and guide projects include state energy and environmental agency staff, program administrators, regional system operators, and evaluation practitioners/experts, as well as national interests from federal agencies (U.S DOE and U.S. EPA) and energy service company representation.
With the growing investment in energy efficiency in the region, and focus on the resource as a priority strategy to meet a range of policy goals and market objectives, the need for transparency and consistency in EM&V and reporting practices is more important than ever. In 2008, the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners (NECPUC) and the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC) recognized this need, and each passed resolutions supporting the creation and funding for a regional forum a to build consistency in EM&V and reporting of energy efficiency.
One of the unique features of the EM&V Forum is that it bridges diverse interests in energy efficiency by strategically bringing together a range of stakeholders to build a common understanding of EM&V and efficiency data via a central platform.
All of the Forum efforts are working toward the long term goal of affordable, transparent, consistent, comparable, accessible, energy efficiency data. Good data derived from consistent EM&V practice and reporting is of paramount importance for the success of energy efficiency to meet key policy goals. See annual project descriptions below: