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How can efficiency organizations intervene in the market for clean water pumps to encourage adoption of efficient models?

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)

Program Development Support for Extended Motor Products (XMP)

Cadeo worked closely with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) to design a strategic intervention in the commercial and industrial pump market, focusing on midstream equipment distributors.

In 2016, the US Department of Energy approved a pump standard requiring that pumps be tested and rated on energy performance. Using this rating, calculating the energy savings potential from specific pump models at the point of sale became possible. This facilitated a rebate program using a simplified list of energy savings measures instead of complex site-specific calculations.

NEEA wanted to develop a region-wide midstream incentive program and hired Cadeo to help them develop it. Cadeo researched midstream program best practices, evaluated software approaches to accepting and analyzing full-category market data, characterized the market actors participating in the pump supply chain, and worked with the Regional Technical Forum to develop and validate unit energy saving measures for pumps and circulators. Cadeo then supported NEEA in piloting a program to understand the potential value proposition for participating entities. Ultimately, NEEA asked Cadeo to continue implementing the program once it graduated from pilot status, providing incentives on more than 5,000 pieces of equipment. As a result, this move reduces energy consumption by more than 2,000 megawatt hours in each year of program operation.

Read more about the XMP program and check out our report on savings validation research on clean water pumps and circulators.

Program Design, Support, & Implementation

Cadeo leverages our market research and data science expertise to shape and support our clients’ programs. We help our clients obtain and build on market intelligence and weave these insights into real-time support of program implementation. We ensure systematic research and market analyses are available to inform program adjustments well before annual evaluation cycles.