BPA has supported a version of the EPM measure since 2009. While the details have changed over time, the core intent has remained consistent. Rather than focusing incentive payments on an equipment-upgrade project or a change in equipment operation that saves energy, the EPM measure provides milestone payments to help overcome staffing-resource barriers.
The EPM measure requires the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Site Plan by a site’s designated energy project manager, with the goal of achieving additional verified energy savings beyond what would have been achieved without the involvement of the energy project manager. The savings and costs for each project in the Comprehensive Site Plan are reviewed and approved through the typical process specific to each measure type , but BPA tracks projects with EPM involvement to assist in the evaluation of their impact.
As described in the notice for Section 9.2.1. in the April 2021 Implementation Manual release, BPA will sunset the existing EPM measure and releasing a new EPM measure, effective April 1, 2022. The guiding principles behind the changes were to streamline the offering with reduced administrative costs and expand its use to more end-users, including smaller and non-industrial sites.