DOE has funded the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) to develop a rating, certification, and labeling program for window attachments (shutters, blinds, shades, and awnings) to give consumers a way to compare the energy performance of products. As AERC’s program manager, D+R is responsible for planning, organizing, and monitoring organizational development; developing organization and program policies; organizing meetings and events; developing communications policies; recruiting new members; supporting committee work; and facilitating interactions among stakeholders, including DOE, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA), and attachment manufacturers and retailers.
Since 1996, D+R has worked with EPA and DOE to make the ENERGY STAR logo the national symbol for energy efficiency. We have helped revise existing product specifications and introduce new technologies to keep ENERGY STAR relevant in the marketplace. D+R provided support to DOE on setting specifications for clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, CFLs, windows, doors, and skylights, LED lamps, and water heaters, and continues to provide similar support to EPA for many of the same product categories. Our support includes providing technical and market analyses on the state of advanced technologies; costs and benefits to consumers of various efficiency levels; ability of the manufacturing community to deliver quality products at a variety of efficiency levels; willingness of program sponsors to support ENERGY STAR at various efficiency levels; and opportunities for accelerating the commercialization of next-generation technologies, such as heat pump water heaters and solid-state lighting.
D+R serves as the Independent Administrator and Auditor for the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes. In this role, D+R collects data from pay television service providers on new set-top boxes purchased and prepares a public annual report covering cable set-top box performance, improvements in energy efficiency, and trends across the industry. D+R aggregates service provider reports of new set-top boxes purchased in the prior year, assesses service provider compliance with the Voluntary Agreement, evaluates proposals for alternative credits toward compliance, conducts an annual random procurement audit of one service provider, and conducts additional audits when instructed by the Steering Committee.
State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
From 2009 to 2015, D+R supported DOE in coordinating design and implementation of the $300 million State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP). In the first phase of the project, we helped determine qualified products, cost-effective rebate levels, and appropriate approval processes for 56 U.S. states and territories. We worked with stakeholders from manufacturing, retail, utility, and state groups to address their concerns and incorporate their input. In the second phase of the project, we provided direct technical assistance to the 56 State and Territory Energy Office representatives, advising them on meeting DOE requirements for plan submission, analyzing products and rebate levels, and facilitating dialogues about plan administration and execution, including establishing product recycling efforts for used appliances. In the third phase of SEEARP, D+R assisted DOE with program close-out and final reporting. In the final phase, we prepared a pair of reports for DOE, providing detailed analysis of program results and synthesizing lessons learned to guide future rebate programs. D+R’s team developed multiple data tools to monitor and track state programs and methodologies to gather the data, as well as a customized database to track, calculate, and report the energy and monetary savings for nearly 1.8 million rebates in 20 product categories. D+R used these tools to help DOE ensure state compliance with ARRA requirements and to estimate energy, water, and dollar savings.