CLASP News, March 27 2013

27 March 2013

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Read more about CLASP’s monitoring, verification, and enforcement (MV&E) web resources, the Super Efficient Dryer Initiative’s efforts to introduce highly efficient clothes dryer to North America, and a new report on Russia’s air conditioner market.

CLASP Launches Web Resources for Global MV&E Practitioners

MV&E frameworks and activities are critical to safeguarding the credibility of S&L programs and realizing expected energy savings. However, there are often limited guidance and resources on MV&E international best practices available for policymakers and practitioners.

CLASP recently launched MV&E resources – including the MV&E Publication Library, MV&E Guidebook, and MV&E Economy Access – which provide quick and direct access to technical and policy studies, best practices information, and economy-specific links and resources.

Please visit our new online space and contact us if you have suggestions for improvement.

MV&E Publication Library 

CLASP and SEDI Take Further Step toward Introducing Super-Efficient Clothes Dryers to North America

Super Efficient Dryer Initiative LogoClothes dryers account for 6% of residential electricity consumption in the United States and cost U.S. consumers about $9 billion every year. Despite this high rate of usage, there has been little to no improvement in energy efficiency for North American dryers over the last two decades.

CLASP is supporting The Super Efficient Dryer Initiative (SEDI), a multi-year market transformation effort that brings together manufacturers, the U.S. ENERGY STAR program, utilities, and appliance retailers to accelerate the introduction of highly efficient clothes dryers into the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Under SEDI, CLASP and partners published a study demonstrating that European clothes dryers using advanced heat pump technology are 50-60% more efficient than the conventional electric dryers used in North America. The report and corresponding activities are paving the way for state utilities to design financial incentives, making new super-efficient dryers more affordable to consumers. SEDI is in communication with manufacturers that plan to introduce a 30% more efficient dryer into the U.S. market in 2013.

Download the report, or view our factsheet to learn more.

New CLASP Report Provides Overview of Russia’s Fast Growing Market for Air Conditioners

Factsheet of AC mapping report for RussiaRussia’s air conditioner (AC) market has been expanding rapidly over the past decade. Annual sales of ACs in Russia have grown more than tenfold – from 145,000 units in 2000 to 1.8 million units in 2010. It is estimated that, in 2011 alone, Russian AC units used 12 TWh of electricity – enough power to keep New York City’s 1.6 billion passenger subway system running for six years.

With support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the SEAD Initiative, a new report from CLASP provides an overview of the historic and current residential AC market, including estimated energy consumption and peak load impacts. The report provides recommendations for additional research and concludes that, without more efficient ACs, growth trends in the Russian AC market could significantly affect overall electricity consumption.

Read more about the report