The International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) was first published in 1996 by IPMVP, a committee of volunteers who came together under a US Department of Energy initiative. Now known as the Efficiency Valuation Organization or EVO, a not-for-profit private company, the group's main goal was to develop an international M&V protocol that would help determine energy savings from energy efficiency projects in a consistent and reliable manner. This was particularly important in energy performance contracts where savings data was a required client-reporting component that could form the basis of a payment to an ESCO.
Now in its fourth edition, IPMVP is published in three volumes, which can be downloaded on the EVO website, and provides an overview of current best practice techniques available for verifying results of energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects in commercial and industrial facilities. Some specific energy conservation measures (ECMs) covered in the IPMVP include fuel saving measures, water efficiency measures, load shifting and energy reductions through installation or retrofit of equipment, and/or modification of operating procedures.
IPMVP helps clarify often contentious or ambiguous M&V issues by outlining common terminology and defining full disclosure. It documents the state of the art, but does not specify project design since it is a high level framework.
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