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A Net or Gross Energy Savings Approach: Perspectives at the MEEA 2012 Annual Meeting of the Membership

In July 2012, MEEA held its Annual Meeting of the Membership in Chicago, Illinois.  A key focus was a panel of experts who remarked on their experiences determining the energy benefits of end-use efficiency programs.  The panel consisted of energy efficiency evaluators, regional policymakers, and utilities, who provided three distinct perspectives on the benefits and challenges inherent in using a net savings or a gross savings approach.

This paper summarizes  panelist remarks, and provides the key policy implications for energy efficiency programming and attribution in the Midwest.  We also provide foundational information on net and gross savings calculations, and the controversies inherent in using either approach.

MEEA and experts in the field will address this – and other EM&V issues –in future conferences, webinars, and policy papers.

Download the report here. [PDF]