Planning & Evaluation
Energy efficiency is the least expensive, most quickly deployable, and cleanest of all energy resources, capable of displacing any advantages of coal, natural gas, nuclear power, wind-power, and other supply-side resources. Providing evidence of real and reliable savings is essential to ensuring funding and public support for energy efficiency programs. Evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) demonstrates the value of energy efficiency programs by providing accurate, transparent, and consistent assessments of their methods and performance.
 
Planning. Rouj supports utilities through the design of energy efficiency policies, portfolios, and programs, helping to set energy savings goals, incorporate energy efficiency into the integrated resource planning (IRP) process, and determine/evaluate funding levels for efficiency programs and policies. We analyze energy savings, identify causes and effects, and recommend program goals and funding levels drawing on many sources of information, both qualitative (such as focus groups) and quantitative (such as meter readings, on-site data collection, and demographic surveys).

Evaluation. One central objective of our evaluation methods is to determine the amount of savings to attribute to an energy efficiency program as opposed to other factors (such as weather). We compare savings to baseline levels to report the effects of individual measures as well as entire programs. We also compare benefits and costs for programs; the benefits may include but are not limited to: lower greenhouse gas emissions, improved public health, lower energy prices, job creation, increased income, improved national security, and reduced construction expenses for utilities. Rouj’s EM&V services include:
  • Process and impact evaluations
  • Detailed project technical review and due diligence
  • M&V planning and implementation
  • Baseline characterization
  • Benchmarking
  • Metering and monitoring, before and after implementation
  • Independent (third-party) verification
  • Training
Our engineering staff are skilled at developing appropriate data collection protocols, devising sample project impact evaluation approaches, and performing complex engineering analyses including facility energy simulation. Rouj’s team ensures that the sample project gross impact analyses comply with and, as appropriate, build upon the current EM&V best practices. Our field engineering and technical staff are industry experts in performing in-situ monitoring and other field M&V data collection; they are well-trained to perform on-site data collection activities efficiently and with minimal inconvenience to the customer.

Rouj’s multidisciplinary analysis and reporting group is tasked with developing and implementing statistically robust sample plans, performing engineering analyses for energy efficiency measures, and developing and ensuring quality control in utilization of appropriate project-level and program-level reporting templates. We perform process evaluations to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of existing and future energy efficiency programs, the portfolio as a whole, systems, processes, procedures, business controls, and other elements. The objective of process evaluations is to identify opportunities for program improvement; at the same time, the market data collected also is used to support the market assessment and impact evaluation tasks, including free ridership and spillover analysis. In defining the approaches used for energy efficiency program evaluation, Rouj accounts for the critical feedback loop between process evaluation and program design and implementation.