Why is it Open?
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES CAN’T BE OWNED
The efficacy of energy efficiency programs is bottlenecked by misaligned interests and inadequate feedback loops to evaluate real-time performance. The current lack of standard and readily accessible mid-program calculations of realized savings greatly restricts the ability of implementers, utilities, regulators, and contractors to develop new programs or make strategic changes to current implementations. These problems exist in spite of increasingly ubiquitous analytics resources, such as interval metering and readily available weather normalization.
In addition, the absence of timely evaluation using open standards and toolsets prevents ongoing comparisons of the effectiveness of different programs, approaches and players in the industry. Providing the means for such comparisons will foster healthy competition and benchmarking, or at least constructive juxtapositioning.
The EE-Meter system makes this all possible by creating a trusted and transparent system to measure and provide near real-time feedback on energy savings.
PROVIDING A FEEDBACK LOOP
The OpenEEmeter provides performance feedback information quickly and to a wide range of market actors, includes both program administrators and contractors. Like the US Department of Energy’s recently announced “Auto-tuning” energy model, vendors are increasingly relying on machine learning models that incorporate new information from the field to update their predictive engines. This OpenEEmeter is focused on providing a clear signal based on outcomes that allow the market to innovate and be rewarded for success.
The OpenEEmeter team is working with industry stakeholders to develop reporting dashboard specifications for the OpenEEmeter feedback systems that meet these market needs.
Programs, Utilities, and Regulators will no longer have to wait to understand program impacts. process that in that past took over a year in most cases can be compressed to months. Implementers will be able to identify problems and successes with project, contractors, and software vendors, and be able to adjust aspects of the program like incentives to take advantage of the new information and generate more cost-effective savings for the utility.
Contractors and Aggregators will be given insight into how they compare with their peers based on level of savings and accuracy of predictions. In addition they will gain insight into a variety of data points tracked by the program already, to give them tools to improve on follow-up time, install quality, and auditing accuracy. This feedback of performance data to industry is critical so that contractors and software vendors can improve their offerings and engage in a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement by paying for the right kind of results.
Homeowners will gain confidence in savings knowing that predictions are calibrated to actual results. Competition in the marketplace will lead to business model innovations in a race to provide homeowners with a simple and clear value proposition for energy efficiency.