Enabling the Future


CEE deploys binational strategy to increase energy efficiency. Central to the process is thinking through the evolutionary and big picture forces that influence the industry. Members count on CEE for actionable initiatives that advance efficiency. As per unit savings become the new minimum standards and savings targets remain high, program administrators need to take advantage of rapid innovation, particularly to support the move from individual products and components to controls, sensors, whole systems, and new program strategies.

New technologies and program approaches are prepared for member consideration through the Emerging Technologies Collaborative. For three years, CEE has anticipated the introduction of connected devices and now has a framework for developing specifications for priority products. ENERGY STAR® has long been the important market platform for efficiency programs. CEE consults with relevant federal agencies in an ongoing process as we collaboratively navigate market changes.

Emerging Technologies Collaborative

CEE members bring information to the table from multiple sources, including field trips. Source: CEE staff photo at GTI

In 2014, the Emerging Technologies Collaborative (ETC) encouraged accelerated program and market adoption of priority emerging technologies. Leveraging its catalog of over 700 technology assessments, the ETC identified advanced rooftop unit controls, advanced lighting controls, variable capacity heat pumps, and heat pump water heaters as potentially viable for customer program promotion.

In partnership with leaders from program committees, the ETC developed guidelines for assessing rooftop unit controls and lighting controls. They brought together dozens of assessments of both technologies to inform decisions on program readiness. Based on this work, committees are now developing binational strategies for accelerating uptake of these technologies. Similar efforts for residential variable capacity heat pumps and heat pump water heaters are ongoing.

Connected Devices

With the advent of connected devices, the CEE Board seized the opportunity to enhance value for both utilities and customers starting in 2012. After working steadily to identify the value streams that members will support for both utilities and customers, the Board initiated a member committee with representation from 30 program administrators—with both countries and both fuels represented. In addition, expertise from six research organizations, EPA, and DOE lends expertise in realizing these goals:

  • Develop consensus requirements for products that will serve needs identified for the US and Canada for energy efficiency, demand response, load management, and customer engagement.
  • Collaborate with AHRI, manufacturers, members, and EPRI to establish a national definition and test procedure for a smart, connected, demand response ready, efficient HVAC system.

Given our diverse membership, established process, and relationship with industry, CEE is well positioned to specify consensus requirements for products that serve both efficiency and load management objectives.


“The line between energy efficiency and demand response is blurring. CEE is a key entity enabling this market evolution, which provides value for consumers and utilities.”Robert Wilkins, Vice President Government Affairs, Retired, Danfoss
Goals of Connected
Specifying data streams for customer engagement and utility benefit is an important goal for CEE members. Source: iStockphoto

Specifying data streams for customer engagement and utility benefit is an important goal for CEE members. Source: iStockphoto

The Connected Committee has identified these areas for incorporation within relevant CEE initiatives:

  • Scope and definition
  • Communication architecture and protocols
  • Customer data security
  • Product physical location
  • Discoverability and availability
  • Automatic rejoin and local data storage
  • Configurability for local peak period avoidance
  • Demand response functionality
  • Response times necessary for participation in wholesale energy and capacity markets
  • Data reporting capabilities
  • Newly enabled energy efficiency, including diagnostics and behavior
  • Consumer engagement capabilities
  • Testing and verification requirements

AEP
Location: AR, OH, TX
Fuel: Electric

ALLIANT ENERGY
Location: WI
Fuel: Combo

AUSTIN ENERGY
Location: TX
Fuel: Electric

AVISTA UTILITIES
Location: WA
Fuel: Combo

BALTIMORE GAS AND ELECTRIC CO
Location: MD
Fuel: Combo

BC HYDRO
Location: BC
Fuel: Electric

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
Location: WA, OR, ID, MT
Fuel: Electric

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Location: CA
Fuel: None

CAPE LIGHT COMPACT
Location: MA
Electric

COMMONWEALTH EDISON COMPANY
Location: IL
Fuel: Electric

CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY
Location: NY
Fuel: Combo

DTE ENERGY
Location: MI
Fuel: Combo

DUKE ENERGY
Location: NC, SC, FL, IN, KY, OH
Fuel: Combo

EFFICIENCY VERMONT
Location: VT
Fuel: Efficiency

EPRI
Fuel: None

EUGENE WATER & ELECTRIC BOARD
Location: OR
Fuel: Electric

EVERSOURCE
Location: MA, RI, NH, CT
Fuel: Combo

FRAUNHOFER CSE
Fuel: None

NATIONAL GRID
NY, MA, RI
Combo

NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA
Location: Canada
Fuel: Efficiency

NORTHEAST ENERGY EFFICIENCY PARTNERSHIPS
Fuel: None

NORTHWEST ENERGY EFFICIENCY ALLIANCE
Location: OR, WA, ID, MT
Fuel: None

NV ENERGY
Location: NV
Fuel: Combo

ONCOR
Location: TX
Fuel: Electric

PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
Location: CA
Fuel: Combo

PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY
Fuel: None

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC
Location: OR
Fuel: Electric

PSEG LONG ISLAND
Location: NY
Fuel: Combo

QUESTAR GAS COMPANY
Location: UT
Fuel: Gas

SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT
Location: CA
Fuel: Electric

SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY
Location: CA
Fuel: Combo

SEMPRA ENERGY
Location: CA
Fuel: Combo

SNOHOMISH COUNTY PUD
Location: WA
Fuel: Electric

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Location: CA
Fuel: Electric

SOUTHERN COMPANY
Location: GA, AL, MS
Fuel: Electric

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
Location: TN
Fuel: Electric

US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Fuel: None

XCEL ENERGY
Location: CO, MN
Fuel: Combo

ENERGY STAR®
Most Efficient products are identified annually and frequently align with advanced CEE tiers. Source: US EPA

Most Efficient products are identified annually and frequently align with advanced CEE tiers. Source: US EPA

The future of ENERGY STAR may be influenced by market changes including the advent of connected devices, growing focus on capacity savings and integrated DSM programs, and regulatory treatment of non-energy benefits that are affecting the role of DSM programs in utility business models. In 2014, CEE facilitated a meeting between the Board Committee on ENERGY STAR and senior management at EPA and DOE to consider enhancements to the federal labeling program for high efficiency products and buildings. During this meeting, attendees shared market trends that are influencing local efficiency programs and identified potential implications for the future of ENERGY STAR as the marketing platform for voluntary efficiency programs.

CEE conveyed members’ support of Most Efficient product recognition to ENERGY STAR. EPA and CEE plan to frequently align the performance requirements within their respective initiatives for the Most Efficient appliances and HVAC equipment. EPA also expanded its marketing strategy to build demand for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designations in the marketplace.

CEE also shared with EPA and DOE the emerging consensus of CEE members for the desired functionality of connected products to help enhance ENERGY STAR efforts. Concurrently, CEE staff facilitated a working group of utilities and other program administrators to develop recommendations to the federal agencies regarding use of open communication standards in connected products; the goal is to meet administrator needs for consistent access in the market.

In addition to the traditional CEE role of providing consensus recommendations for energy efficiency requirements represented in ENERGY STAR specifications, CEE provided EPA and DOE with substantial technical feedback on the demand response capabilities of connected pool pumps on behalf of members and EPRI.