Residential Initiatives

As the industry shifts from products to systems to whole buildings, CEE enables new approaches that meet the increasing complexity of residential programs. One example is the combination of energy efficiency and demand response, which is becoming more plausible through connectivity and building system integration. Other key areas of focus include customer engagement strategies that leverage utility investments in smart grid and manufacturer investments in communicating product advancements. Taken together, these efforts will generate new and profitable interactions along the energy efficiency value chain.

In 2013 the residential sector absorbed 38% of US electricity sales and 36% of natural gas sales, and generated approximately 21% of total US carbon dioxide emissions. Space heating and cooling dominate energy use in the sector, followed by water heating appliances. Lighting continues to represent a large opportunity, as does consumer electronics. Explore…


Commercial Initiatives

With significant changes in the commercial lighting, air-conditioning, and heat pump markets in 2014, attention is focusing on the hard-to-reach small and medium business market, along with specifications review and exploration of new systemic and whole structure approaches. Where are the biggest savings opportunities? HVAC dominates commercial energy consumption, but data centers, food service, and hospitals are emerging as energy intensive subsectors with great potential. We are also exploring other opportunities to reduce energy consumption and related GHG emissions within the commercial sector.

In 2013 the commercial sector absorbed 37% of US electricity sales and 24% of natural gas sales. It generated approximately 18% of total US carbon dioxide emissions. Space heating and cooling dominate energy use in the sector, followed by lighting. Water heating continues to represent a large opportunity. Studies indicate that a reasonable range of economic savings potential in existing commercial buildings is 10–20% of current energy use. Explore…


Industrial Initiatives

Motivated by rising codes and standards that are driving regulators and administrators to explore new program approaches, CEE members develop national program strategies that identify efficiencies and pinpoint energy savings opportunities for each industry program dollar spent.

In 2013 the industrial sector consumed 25% of the US electricity sales and 40% of natural gas sales, while generating approximately 28% of total US carbon dioxide emissions. Process heating and cooling dominate energy use in the sector, followed by machine drives. Indirect uses and other facility support represent a significant portion of energy use as well.

According to the 2013 CEE Annual Industry Report, 40% of program industry expenditures are allocated to commercial and industrial programs, with $260 million dedicated to industrial programs alone. A continuing challenge for members is to identify strategies that use these program resources more effectively, resulting in the greatest possible energy savings. Explore…

HVAC Initiative

HVAC Initiative

This initiative’s objectives are to increase the market penetration and quality installation of high efficiency central air-conditioning and air source heat pumps. Read more…

Water-Wastewater Initiative

Municipal Water-Wastewater Initiative

This initiative focuses on increasing demand for improved facility energy performance and encouraging product and service suppliers to adopt energy efficiency as standard operating procedure. Read more…

Gas Boiler Systems Initiative

Gas Boiler Systems Initiative

The objectives of this initiative include increasing new quality installations operating in the condensing range, as well as existing systems that are optimized to operate at the highest efficiencies allowable. Read more…

Kitchens Initiative

Members of this initiative are working to provide clear and credible definitions of high efficiency energy and water performance in cooking, refrigeration, and sanitation equipment. Read more… 

Gas Space Heating Initiative

The Gas Space Heating Initiative focuses on increasing market penetration and quality installation of high efficiency residential gas furnaces and boilers. Its goals will be reached when consumers request—and contractors promote—high efficiency equipment and quality installation. Read more… 

Strategic Energy Management Initiative

This initiative accelerates adoption of Strategic Energy Management (SEM) as a standard business practice across the US and Canadian industrial sector. Members enlist DSM program industry support for SEM Minimum Standards in order to influence enabling technology providers and services. Read more… 

Gas Water Heating Initiative

This initiative sets its sights on increasing market penetration of high efficiency commercial water heaters. As well, efforts center of developing specifications for cost-saving equipment and ultimately, increasing the number of manufacturers, wholesalers, and installers that promote high efficiency equipment to their customers. Read more… 

Distribution Transformers Initiative

An ongoing priority is the delineation of a clear definition of high efficiency for program administrators and the distribution transformer market. This initiative also focuses on increasing customer awareness of the benefits of high efficiency transformers and engaging manufacturers to target new products and emerging technologies. Read more… 

Premium Motors & Motors Systems Initiative

TThe CEE Premium Motors Initiative and CEE Motor Systems Initiative work in tandem to achieve market transformation for motor system efficiency. The Motor Systems Initiative focuses on the motivations of industrial motor systems decision-makers and provides targeted and accessible solutions, tools, and resources. Read more… 

Lighting Initiative

The goals of this initiative include capturing the significant energy savings available through the identification and support of efficient lighting products and approaches. Longer-term goals include enhanced consumer awareness of the value and benefits of energy efficient lighting and design. Read more… 

Appliances Initiative

The SEHA Initiative (Super Efficient Home Appliances) facilitates efficiency programs in boosting super efficient appliance sales and overall market share. The initiative complements ENERGY STAR® program efforts to increase the sales and market share for qualified appliances. Read more… 

Data Centers & Servers Initiative

Facilitating the industry’s collective understanding of key market players and industry motivations, this initiative identifies and recommends program strategies that increase energy efficiency of data centers and servers. Read more… 

Lighting Systems Initiative

The focus of the Commercial Lighting Systems initiative is to enhance energy savings by improving marketplace effectiveness in delivering energy efficient lighting products. This involves thorough evaluation to support efficient technologies and practices, as well as encouragement for the adoption and promotion of common specifications by program efficiency administrators. Read more… 

Swimming Pools Initiative

The primary objective of this initiative is to increase purchases and proper installation of high efficiency swimming pool equipment and to deliver energy savings in residential pools in the United States and Canada. Read more… 

Air-Conditioning & Heat Pump Initiative

This initiative aims to increase the market availability of high efficiency commercial unitary air-conditioners and heat pumps across the United States and Canada, particularly those that can be funded and promoted by administrators’ incentive and information programs. Read more… 

Consumer Electronics Initiative

This initiative has two primary goals: to facilitate efficiency program efforts to increase sales and market share of energy efficient consumer electronics, and develop consistent criteria for products deemed “energy efficient.” CEE works with the ENERGY STAR program to meet these goals. Read more… 

Gas Water Heating Initiative

Long-term, this initiative’s goal is to increase the market penetration of high efficiency water heaters. This will be achieved when consumers request high efficiency equipment and when plumbing contractors, builders, and retailers successfully promote a range of high efficiency equipment. Read more…