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Evaluating Commercial Building Electricity Intensity: Leveraging National and Local Surveys (Abstract Only)

Date Published: January 1, 2005     Document Type: Conference publication

The main purpose of this research project was to develop a method for forecasting Pacific Northwest (PNW) commercial sector retail electricity sales using the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (the Alliance) Commercial Building Stock Assessment (CBSA) survey, completed in 2003, in conjunction with national data collected by the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) quadrennial Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). Exploiting the CBECS database offers energy planners several potential benefits, among them reducing the costs and effort associated with undertaking periodic large-scale commercial building surveys, increasing the frequency with which energy sales forecasts are made using building microdata, and aiding in an understanding of the relationship between national and regional energy consumption trends. In addition, comparing regional trends with national trends provides regional policymakers with another method for evaluating, in aggregate, the impacts of regional energy efficiency programs. (Abstract only)