Review of Prior Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit Evaluation: A Report to Snohomish Public Utility District

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Snohomish County Public Utilities District (“the District” or “Snohomish PUD”) provides electricity to about 325,000 customers in Snohomish County, Washington. The District has an incentive programs to encourage commercial customers to improve energy efficiency: the District partially reimburses the cost of approved retrofits if they provide a level of energy performance improvement that is specified by contract. In 2013 the District contracted with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to provide a third-party review of the Monitoring and Verification (M&V) practices the District uses to evaluate whether companies are meeting their contractual obligations. This work helps LBNL understand the challenges faced by real-world practitioners of M&V of energy savings, and builds on a body of related work such as Price et al. (2013).

The District selected a typical project for which they had already performed an evaluation. The present report includes the District’s original evaluation as well as LBNL’s review of their approach. The review is based on the document itself; on investigation of the load data and outdoor air temperature data from the building evaluated in the document; and on phone discussions with Bill Harris of the Snohomish County Public Utilities District. We will call the building studied in the document the “subject building,” the original Snohomish PUD report will be referred to as the “Evaluation,” and this discussion by LBNL is called the “Review.”


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