Our market research indicates that a significant volume of qualified residential insulation, heat pump and window jobs completed in the Pacific Northwest do not get counted through utility programs. The Council Supply curves (therefore most utilities’ targets ) include all measures, regardless of whether or not direct incentives are paid. However, with the exception of NEEA initiatives, utilities only count the savings for projects involving direct incentives. Seinergy collects site-specific data about market-induced non-programmatic savings. We deliver documentation of these savings to utilities, providing a more complete accounting of energy efficiency activity that takes place in their service territory.
EIA Advisory Opinion. Did you hear that thanks to the work we have done we now have clarity about the fact that causality is not a determining factor of whether or not conservation can be considered as a “qualified resource” towards utilities’ state mandates. Read more here:
Seinergy picks up where utilities leave off. Utility
programs add credibility, training, marketing leads for home performance contractors. However, for a variety of reasons, qualified is completed outside of your programs.
Documented Seinergy savings can be used to reduce your future conservation potential estimates, claim the energy savings, and reduce your exposure to future power supply costs. Call it “non-programmatic savings,” spillover,” “market effects,” or “market-induced savings.” Whatever the name, these savings are included in your Council-based targets and you should be claiming them.
How does Seinergy calculate the savings from each job? The same way that utilities do – by applying regionally accepted deemed (or Unit Energy Savings – UES) values.
What end-uses is Seinergy pursuing?
Residential heat pumps and shell measures (insulation, windows, air-sealing).
Isn’t BPA claiming these savings?
Only at the regional level, and only every 5 years. BPA has outlined a methodology for how to calculate these savings (quantity x UES), and gross estimates of how might be taking place. This is useful research at the regional level, however it does not allocate the savings back to the individual utility. Thus, BPA’s aggregate estimates do not help you achieve annual targets. Seinergy goes beyond regional estimates and uses site-specific real projects to determine savings.
How does Seinergy ensure that the work is being completed honestly and fully? First we validate every site with third party data and review each measure for credibility. We ensure that the data submitted is honest and accurate, and that the work being counted is in substantial compliance with industry best practices and our own specifications.
Does Seinergy evaluate the savings claims? We ensure data quality and consistency with the assumptions upon which the UES measures are composed. We do not perform impact evaluations for individual jobs unless requested by the customer. However, utilities have access to billing data and we are pursuing opportunities to help utilities measure the impacts of these savings.
How can Seinergy acquire more data than utilities’ extensive program efforts? By operating across all of Washington and by reducing paperwork burden we are able to get wide participation from installers. According to our market research, contractors struggle to manage the variations between different utility program requirements and fuel types, and as a result often ‘opt-out’ either on a job-by-job basis or altogether. We provide these contractors an alternative: a single point of contact and a streamlined intake process; allowing them to spend less time with paperwork, pre-qualifications, etc, and more time closing jobs (and we pay them, which helps).
Where does Seinergy operate? Anywhere in Washingon State. Expansion beyond WA State planned for 2017.