What is Measurement and Verification?

Measurement and Verification (M&V) is the process of planning, collecting, measuring and analysing data to verify and report energy savings within a facility through the implementation of Energy Conservation Measures (ECM). 

Savings are determined by comparing measured energy use before and after implementation of an ECM and making suitable routine or non-routine adjustments for changes in conditions. Savings cannot be directly measured, since savings represents the absence of energy use.


Turn data into energy savings

Conservia provides M&V services with its Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) for a wide range of industries including commercial, industrial, health, educational and state and local governments. We believe that M&V is the key to any EPC as it allows us to demonstrate that savings are being achieved and system performance is maintained at optimum levels. A well-defined methodology is required for each ECM to ensure a high level of accuracy to minimise verification risk as well as make the implementation economical.

What does Conservia offer?

Conservia utilises the Efficiency Valuations organisation’s (EVO), International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) – Concepts and Options for Determining Energy and Water Savings guidelines as a reference for the preparation of our M&V plan. The savings will be calculated and monitored by the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP). Conservia has numerous accredited Certified Measurement and Verification Professionals (CMVP) on board who are experienced in carrying out various M&V activities such as:

How does Conservia assist clients with M&V?

To support the M&V process, Conservia assigns an in-house certified CMVP as the Performance Assurance Engineer (PAE) to prepare, implement and monitor the M&V plan as well as ensure that savings are being achieved. The PAEs will,

  • Monitor and manage the data recorded from data loggers and the EMS metering system
  • Investigate the causes of energy savings shortfalls and; 
  • Take prompt action to remedy and improve any deviations.

The PAE will develop an intimate understanding of demand and equipment performance across the facility through ongoing monitoring and maintaining an open dialogue with the site operation contacts.  PAE will also review data, trend logs, usage analysis, and maintenance logs, to develop a deep understanding of any additional ‘root cause’ issue that may be leading to deviations from expected energy usage.

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Strength in Collaboration

Conservia encourages a partnership approach, working collaboratively with the client to understand key operational parameters which may impact energy usage trends. This could relate to occupancy level fluctuations, equipment performance, load modifications, (eg additional servers, split units, etc)

Ensure Continual Savings

The implementation of the M&V plan will be driven by the Conservia PAE to ensure that savings are being achieved annually;

  • Include meetings/teleconferences with the Lead Agency/Client as required during year 1, to discuss and address any baseline alterations that may be necessary;
  • Include a work plan and program prepared to ensure ongoing M&V reports are prepared and issued to an agreed schedule – typically annual M&V Reports, with quarterly progress/update reports, to document any salient load changes, anomalies, baseline variations, outages, etc.
  • M&V Reporting Tracking

At all times, the PAE will maintain an open dialogue with the lead agency, and work collaboratively to verify the performance of the solutions, or the identification of rectification actions.

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