Energy efficiency standards (EES) researchers produce technical, economic and environmental analyses, primarily to support the development of energy efficiency standards for appliances, lighting and other equipment. Composed of staff from various academic disciplines, the researchers in these fields offer a broad range of expertise primarily in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Appliance & Equipment Standards program and its mission to promulgate standards that achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is both technologically feasible and economically justified. They have developed a unique and powerful set of core capabilities, including:
- energy policy analysis,
- cost-benefit assessment, including uncertainty and variability analysis,
- product life-cycle cost analysis,
- energy modeling and forecasting,
- environmental impacts assessment,
- economic research,
- national impacts analysis, and
- advanced technology and market assessment.
In addition to its analytical expertise, EES scientists also constitute a network of subject experts with strong ties to professional associations related to appliance and equipment efficiency and knowledge of leading experts and actors in the field. These researchers are based in the Energy Efficiency Standards Group.