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Technical Reference Manual


The Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) Technical Reference Manual (TRM) consists of a set of standardized energy efficiency and conservation measure specifications for calculating and reporting energy savings and cost-effectiveness.  Utilities may use these specifications directly in their CIP programs without prior approval by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER), or propose their own measure specifications, which are subject to DER review. The database will periodically be updated with new technologies or revised savings or cost estimates based on new research.

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Draft Measure Specifications for 2013-2014


In 2012, DER funded a comprehensive third-party review of the Minnesota Technical Reference Manual by Franklin Energy Services (FES) of Port Washington, WI. The final set of draft measure specifications and responses to comments from the utility advisory board were delivered in early 2013.

DER is in the process of completing an initial review and “triage” of the specifications. Based on the comments received and FES’s responses, we are placing each specification in one of two groups: those measures that we feel are sufficient for approval as is or with minor changes, and those that require further stakeholder discussion. These specifications are available below for public review and comment.

The deadline to submit comments is April 19. Please send all comments to Joe Plummer, TRM project manager. We appreciate your input.

DER will convene stakeholder meetings after April 19 once all comments have been received and reviewed. 

Third and Final Set of Draft Measures


Second Set of Draft Measures


First Set of Draft Measures

2012 Measure Specifications


Summary of Changes from Pre-2012 Deemed Savings Database

CI Lighting - version 2.6 (.xls)
CI Lighting Controls - version 2.1 (.xls)
Commercial Boiler Modifications - version 2.0 (.xls)
Commercial Boilers - version 2.0 (.xls)
Commercial Chillers - version 1.1 (.xls)
Commercial Gas Water Heaters - version 5.5 (.xls)
Commercial Unitary Systems - version 1.4 (.xls)
Efficient Computer Power Supplies - version 4.0 (.xls)
Electric Food Service - version 3.2 (.xls)
Energy Star Ceiling Fans - version 1.0 (.xls)
Energy Star Clothes Washers - version 1.0 (.xls)
Energy Star Dehumidifiers - version 1.0 (.xls)
Energy Star Dishwashers - version 1.0 (.xls)
Energy Star Refrigerators and Freezers - version 1.1 (.xls)
Energy Star Room ACs - version 1.0 (.xls)
Gas Food Service - version 2.2 (.xls)
LED Traffic Signals - version 1.1 (.xls)
Motors HVAC Retrofits - version 1.0 (.xls)
Motors Industrial Retrofits - version 1.0 (.xls)
Refrigerators Freezers Remove - version 1.0 (.xls)
Residential Central AC TuneUps - version 1.1 (.xls)
Residential Central ACs ASHPs QI - version 1.1 (.xls)
Residential Central ACs ASHPs - version 5.1 (.xls)
Residential Furnace Boiler TuneUps - version 1.1 (.xls)
Residential Furnaces Boilers - version 1.2 (.xls)
Residential Hot Water Drainpipe Heat Exchangers - version 1.0 (.xls)
Residential Hot Water Faucet Aerators - version 1.0 (.xls)
Residential Hot Water Insulation - version 1.0 (.xls)
Residential Hot Water Setback - version 1.0 (.xls)
Residential Hot Water Showerheads - version 1.0 (.xls)
Residential Hot Water Water Heaters - version 1.0 (.xls)
Residential Lighting - version 1.1 (.xls)
Steam Traps - version 6.0 (.xls) 
Vending Misers - version 2.1 (.xls)

Pre-2012 Deemed Savings Database


Electric Measures

ChillersAirCooled_v03.xls
ChillersCentrifugal_v03.xls
CommercialLighting_v01.xls
CommercialRefrigeration_v03.xls
CondensingUnits_Large_v01.xls
EfficientComputerPowerSupply_v03.xls
ElectricFoodService_v02.xls
LEDHoliday_v01.xls
LEDTrafficSignalGreen_v01.xls
LEDTrafficSignalPedestrian_v01.xls
LEDTrafficSignalRed_v01.xls
LEDTrafficSignalRedArrow_v01.xls
MotorsReplaceOnFailure_v02.xls
MotorsRetrofit_v03.xls
PTAC_v04.xls
ResidentialCentralAC_ASHP_v02.xls
ResidentialCFLs_v01.xls
ResidentialElecAppliancesPlugloads_v02.xls
ResidentialElectricDHW_v02.xls
ResidentialElectricDHWInsulation_v01.xls
ResidentialRoomAC_CentralACTuneup_v02.xls
ResidentialTorchieres_v01.xls
RooftopUnits_v03.xls
SplitSystems_v02.xls
VendingMiser_v01.xls

Gas Measures


BoilerCutOutControl_v02.xls
BoilerOutdoorAirReset_v02.xls
BoilerTuneup_v03.xls
CommercialGasWaterHeater_v04.xls
GasFoodService_v01.xls
HighPressureBoiler_v04.xls
HotWaterBoiler_v05.xls
LowPressureBoiler_v05.xls
ModulatingBurners_v02.xls
O2Control_v02.xls
ResidentialFurnaceMeasures_v01.xls
ResidentialGasAppliances_v01.xls
ResidentialGasDHW_v02.xls
StackDampers_v01.xls
SteamTraps_v06.xls
Turbulators_v03.xls

Please contact us at CIP.Info@state.mn.us if you have any questions related to deemed savings.