Thematic Workshop: Defining the technical aspects of MRV systems

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Thematic Workshop: Defining the technical aspects of MRV systems

November 10, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The ENSMOV consortium invites you to join our upcoming webinar, focusing on technical aspects of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes and alternative measures under Article 7 of the EED. MRV of Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes and alternative measures is an important requirement under Article 7 of the EED. MRV not only serves to understand policy impacts but also plays a role in informing the continuous improvement of these obligation schemes. The difficulty often faced by Member States (MS) on MRV in the context of Article 7 is how to deal with the sometimes complex requirements, without this becoming a burden on time and finances.

Results from the ENSMOV Stakeholder needs assessment indicate that the technical and practical aspects of MRV is an area in which policy makers think they would benefit from knowledge exchange. The technical aspects refer to the specifics of how energy savings are measured, how they are recorded and communicated and how their compliance is verified.

To support MS with these challenges this webinar will focus on two approaches to monitoring energy savings. The first is the most common method currently used across MS and relies upon standard measures of energy savings – deemed measures. The second, under ‘future outlooks’ will look ahead to what could be possible with smart meters, pay for performance methods and direct measures of energy savings – measured savings – with relevant case studies provided for each. Within the EED, Member States can choose how best to calculate energy savings arising from EEOs and alternative measures. To help explore the different methods available the session will be broken down into the following discussions:

Relevant to schemes using either deemed or measured energy savings:

  • Definition of the terms monitoring, reporting, and verification.
  • Ensuring compliance: Periodic audits to ensure the measures have been implemented in line with the policy requirements. How many and when?
  • How deemed and measures saving fit with energy saving projections

Common approaches and related issues (deemed savings):

  • Defining sample size and the parameters for monitoring and verification to make it representative.
  • Choosing the right sample size in order to be cost–efficient whilst still collecting robust data.
  • Avoiding double-counting when determining energy savings per policy measure

Future outlooks and potential pitfalls (measured savings):

  • What are the benefits and constraints of this approach? How could this approach reduce evaluation costs and or incentivise more savings.
  • Baseline calculations. How to define the length of the baseline period and the reporting period to ensure it is sufficient to provide representative measurements.
  • How are adjustments in weather, occupancy, and usage patterns accounted for.
  • Case study examples.

In the first part, the webinar will aim to show how common technical MRV issues have been dealt with across Member States, by sharing best practices and give an indication of how the learnings could be applied in other countries.

In the second part, we will look ahead to what could be possible with smart meters, pay for performance models and measured savings within energy efficiency programmes, and present relevant case studies.

In order to facilitate the discussion, the webinar will be governed under the Chatham House Rule*.


10.30   Connection time

10.35     Welcome, aims of the webinar and agenda

10.40     Introduction from ENSMOV Coordinator, Vlasis Oikonomou, IEECP

10.45     Common technical issues in MRV and how they have been approached

  • Monitoring and verification under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
    • Patrick Etheridge, Ofgem, UK
  • Monitoring and verification in Austria
    • Gregor Thenius, Austrian Energy Agency

11.25 Q&A

11.40 Future outlooks: Using metered savings in energy efficiency programmes

  • Metering energy savings via advanced M&V: applications in the UK
    • Alex Rathmell, EnergyPro, UK
  • Italian experience of using metered savings in White Certificate Scheme
    • Dario Di Santo, FIRE, Italy

12.15 Q&A

12.30     End of webinar

Participation is free upon registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

* The Chatham House Rule reads as follows:

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. This Rule allows those attending to speak openly in the meeting to express their views, which may be their own and not those of the organization that they represent. The most interesting outcomes from the meeting will be shared by the project consortium in the project documents and transmitted to the European Commission, ensuring that such contents are complaint with the Chatham House rule. The list of participants at the webinar will be shared in the reports sent to the EASME and the European Commission.

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