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Energy Efficiency Standards Group

The Energy Efficiency Standards (EES) Group is a research group in the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Composed of staff from various academic disciplines, EES offers a broad range of expertise primarily in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Appliance & Equipment Standards program and its mission to promulgate standards that achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is both technologically feasible and economically justified. EES has developed a unique and powerful set of core capabilities, including:

  • energy policy analysis,
  • cost-benefit assessment, including uncertainty and variability analysis,
  • product life-cycle cost analysis,
  • energy modeling and forecasting,
  • environmental impacts assessment,
  • economic research,
  • national impacts analysis, and
  • advanced technology and market assessment.

In addition to its analytical expertise, EES also constitutes a network of subject experts with strong ties to professional associations related to appliance and equipment efficiency and knowledge of leading experts and actors in the field.

EES Group

Energy Efficiency Standards Analysis

EES has primary responsibility for analyzing and reporting on the impacts and savings potential of energy efficiency standards on a range of products including:

  • residential appliances,
  • commercial and industrial equipment, and
  • lighting products.

EES expertise is employed in the following assessments that are critical to the development of energy efficiency standards:

  • Market and technical assessments to characterize and analyze the market and technical potential of increasing product and equipment efficiency.
  • Markups analysis to develop distribution channel markups that relate the manufacturer production cost (MPC) to the cost to the consumer.
  • Energy and water use analysis to evaluate the change in performance of a product resulting from higher efficiency.
  • Life-cycle cost (LCC) and payback period (PBP) analyses to calculate, at the consumer level, the savings in operating costs compared to any increase in purchase and installation cost likely to result directly from a given standard
  • Shipments analysis to forecast shipments of considered products, which are then used to calculate the national impacts of standards.
  • National impact analysis to assess aggregate standards impacts at the national level, as measured by the net present value of total consumer economic impacts and the national energy savings.
  • Emissions analysis to assess the reductions in carbon dioxide and other emissions that may result from standards.
  • Utility impact analysis to assess impacts of standards on electricity generation and capacity.