RFP #9-10

Evaluation and Prioritization of Energy Savings through the Expansion of the ENERGY STAR Program in the United States

Introduction

The Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) is an international non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency standards and labeling (S&L) for commonly used appliances, lighting, and equipment. CLASP joined the ClimateWorks Foundation’s network as a Best Practice Network (BPN) in March of 2009. As a BPN, CLASP has expanded its efforts to support nations around the world that seek to improve energy efficiency in appliances, lighting, and equipment and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

CLASP supports technical analysis that assists the activities of policy-makers involved in the development of energy efficiency S&L, which will result in reduced carbon emissions in the United States.

This RFP requests a study that will lead to recommendations on the expansion of the ENERGY STAR program for residential and commercial lighting, appliances, and equipment.

The study will accomplish the following:

  • Identify where the ENERGY STAR program can be expanded to include new products or broaden the scope of existing products.
  • Prioritize products based on their potential for CO2 and energy savings; and identify the high priority products which need test procedure development and revision.

Background

The ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary endorsement label identifying the top energy efficient products on the market. The program currently covers over 60 products. In 2011, ENERGY STAR will initiate an aggressive plan to expand the scope of products covered and to begin a comprehensive review of all existing product specifications. As a result, ENERGY STAR will develop 9 new product specifications, revise 17 existing specifications, and scope 16 products for adoption in 2012.[1]

Energy efficiency labels developed by ENERGY STAR in 2011 will reduce appliance related CO2 emissions well beyond 2020. In order to support endorsement labeling activities in 2011 and to ensure that they result in the greatest amount of CO2 and energy savings possible, CLASP is funding a study that will assist with the identification and prioritization of opportunities for additional savings.


Scope of Work

The study will provide ENERGY STAR, policy-makers, and US S&L practitioners with a comprehensive roadmap for the expansion of the ENERGY STAR product program in the US. The roadmap will prioritize opportunities based on CO2 and energy savings, as well as identify where there is a need for test procedure development and revision.

The study has been divided into two tasks; each task will be conducted separately and are described below:

Task 1: Gap Analysis

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the ENERGY STAR program, including:
    • ENERGY STAR's list of qualified products;
    • ENERGY STAR’s timeline for expanding the program to include new products;
    • ENERGY STAR’s timeline for revising product specifications for existing products; and,
    • ENERGY STAR’s plan to scope new products for future program expansion.
  • Review relevant test procedures, labels, and standards developed by key institutions; including state governments, international governments, trade associations, and international accreditation bodies.
  • Identify products which have the potential for energy savings through endorsement labeling yet are not currently part of ENERGY STAR.
  • Identify products which have reached a limit where increasing efficiency levels no longer result in meaningful energy savings (e.g. external power supplies) and suggest alternative options for energy savings (e.g. sufficiency limits, network standby power, etc.).
  • Produce a final report that documents the sources of data, methodology, and findings of the task presented in a manner that demonstrates to practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders a comprehensive overview of program gaps and opportunities for CO2 and energy savings from an expansion of the program. The final report should include specific recommendations on the utilization of pre-existing test procedures, energy efficiency labels, and MEPS to speed up the expansion of the program.

Task 2: Analysis of CO2 and Energy Savings

  • Conduct a product by product analysis of program gaps in order to determine their potential for annual CO2 and energy savings. Analysis shall include:
    • Expansion of the ENERGY STAR program to include new products;
    • Broadening the scope of existing products; and,
    • Implementing alternative energy saving options for products where increased efficiency levels will have diminished results.
  • Calculate product CO2 and energy savings on a 5, 10, and 20 year timescale, as well as the total CO2 and energy savings from all products combined.
  • Prioritize products based on their potential for CO2 and energy savings.
  • Prioritize products based on their need for test procedure development and revision.
  • Produce a final report that documents the sources of data, methodology, and findings of the task presented in a manner that demonstrates to practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders a comprehensive summary of CO2 and energy savings in the US from an expansion of the ENERGY STAR product program. The final report should include a product by product calculation of CO2 and ENERGY STAR, as well as a prioritization of products based on CO2 and energy saving.

These tasks should be undertaken with a clear understanding of ENERGY STAR’s Guiding Principles. The Contractor for each task will be expected to maintain consistent dialogue with CLASP. In particular, the Contractor will be expected to collaborate with CLASP on the selection of products for analysis and the composition of draft recommendations, as well as input on both the interim and final reports.

The intended goal of this work is to support ENERGY STAR’s accelerated plan for the expansion of the ENERGY STARlabeling program. CLASP will present the findings and recommendations of this study to US policy-makers in order to support the development Energy Star labels which capture the full potential of CO2 savings. These reports may also be used by CLASP to support additional studies.

Deliverables

Each task must produce a final report that documents the sources of data, methodology, and findings of the task presented in a manner that demonstrates to practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders a comprehensive summary of the report's conclusions.

Criteria

A committee appointed by CLASP will evaluate qualifications received from respondents. Selection of qualified experts will be based upon the following criteria:

  • International reputation as a leading evaluator in appliance energy efficiency;
  • Experience working with or for multilateral ventures and on US cooperation in the realm of energy efficiency standards and labeling;
  • Top-of-mind familiarity with US and international legislation and regulation for energy-using products, as well as comprehensive knowledge of international standards and labeling programs;
  • Additional consideration will be given to demonstrated knowledge of national and international energy efficiency regulation of industrial equipment;
  • Track record of successful project management, with credit given for direct experience in a management role on behalf of CLASP.

CLASP will give preference to teams including leading experts on US DOE appliance standards, US EPA appliance labels, and international appliance energy standards and labels.

Additional information about CLASP's selection process is available at here.

Submittal

An interested party may apply to one or both tasks and should submit:

  • A full resume of the individual conducting the task or, if a team effort, of each member of the team, including contact information and professional references. CLASP reserves the right to mix individuals that it selects from posting teams to build the best team possible.
  • A detailed statement explaining why the proposed project leader is the best suited expert for this task. If a team is proposed, credentials for all team members and the approach to joint work should be summarized in one additional page per member.
  • A detailed statement (3 pages) of the general approach he or she would undertake in conducting the research, describing data, sources, analytical methodology, etc.
  • A budget estimating costs broken down by major expense category, including information on hourly rate, if a team effort per team member.

We request that these documents be submitted as a single electronic file (preferably in PDF format). We further request that the file be named as per the following example: “Contractor Name: RFP #9-10 Task #(Please indicates the corresponding task number; enter multiple numbers if applying to work on more than one task)”

If necessary for the selection process, CLASP may request additional information from any applicant.

Interested Implementing Partners must submit the requested information by e-mail (please include "Response to RFP #9-10" in the subject line) to Chris Wold at: cwold@clasponline.org

All questions may be directed to Chris Wold at cwold@clasponline.org. We request all inquiries be made by email and not by phone. 

Summary of Bids and Decisions

We regret to inform you that CLASP cancelled this bid; therefore, we did not select a winner. Please contact us if you have any questions.