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ENERGY STAR appliances have been a successful program offer for many BPA utility customers. However, as ENERGY STAR specifications increase and rebate amounts decrease, it's time to find ways to reduce costs of program delivery, while still maintaining a compelling program. BPA has partnered with Northwest utilities to explore promising design options.
 
Have you seen the Momentum Savings Appliance Standards Page?
Appliance standards have a dramatic impact on energy demand in the region. For example, BPA analyzed appliance standards over a 25 year period, and found that the efficiency resource is enough to power more than one million homes. Over the years, federal and state efficiency standards have increased the stringency of regulated products, expanded scopes to include previously unregulated products, and  all but eliminated the least efficient products from the market. The Momentum Savings team has estimated savings from 45 federal appliance standards, not accounted for by the Council in the Seventh Plan baseline. For more information the savings from appliance standards or to download BPA’s models, check out the Momentum Savings webpage.
 
CEE Washer specification change
In February 2018, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) released a new specification that required a change to the associated tiers for ENERGY STAR® clothes washers. CEE changes resulting from the updated specification include:
  • Models previously in Tier 1 are no longer listed
  • Models previously in Tier 2 are now listed in Tier 1
  • Models previously in Tier 3 are now listed in Tier 2
  • CEE has replaced Tier 3 with the Advanced Tier
The new tiers do not match up with those currently listed in BPAs 2017 – 2019 Implementation Manual. BPA’s guidance is as follows:
  • Models that were considered CEE Tier 1, 2, or 3, when manufactured can still be claimed for that tier’s payment in the BPA Implementation Manual. 
  • Customers can search for model numbers in the historical CEE Qualified Product lists, available on the CEE website.
    • If a specific model can be found on an older list, utilities may claim that model using the measure and tier represented on that list. 
    • If the model cannot be found but is known to be ENERGY STAR qualified, the ENERGY STAR measures can be used.
  • BPA will correct the Implementation Manual and UES Measure list by adding Advanced to the Tier 3 measure category. Comprehensive changes will not occur to the measure set until October 2019. 
If preferred, utilities can move to the new CEE Tiers and claim the associated washer measures now available. These tier designations will be lower than on previous lists from before March 2018, and will result in fewer savings being claimed. An evaluation of using CEE Tiers for these measures will inform the October 2019 Implementation Manual.
 
Please note: BPA does not provide incentives directly to homeowners. Please contact your local utility for details.
The Benefits of Energy-Efficient Appliances​
ENERGY STAR appliances, such as clothes washers and dryers, use less energy and water than standard appliances. Although they cost a little more at purchase, the up-front costs are made up with savings on the consumer's utility bill in just a few years.
How BPA Supports Efficient Appliances​
BPA supports utility-run appliance offers in the following ways: 
  • Track upcoming changes in ENERGY STAR appliance specifications
  • Maintain Total Resource Cost effective (TRC) measures with BPA payment
  • Provide access to qualified products lists and regional marketing opportunities
BPA currently requires utilities to capture site and product information through an incentive form, proof of purchase, and verification that product meets the ENERGY STAR specification. The Simple Steps, Smart Savings program offers an option to captures sales and savings at the point of sale, without requiring forms. This approach utilizes the Retail Sales Allocation methodology. Find details about the Retail Sales Allocation methodology on Conduit.
Program Tools and Resources​
 
Utilities should always refer to the most current BPA Implementation Manual for specifications, documentation requirements, and current BPA reimbursement levels.
Contact​
 For more information please contact David Murphy, residential program manager, at demurphy@bpa.gov.