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.