Air-Conditioning and 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. Members work toward these outcomes:

  1. increased percentage of sales of high efficiency equipment
  2. reduced incremental cost of high efficiency equipment
  3. availability of high efficiency equipment in local and regional markets via enhanced distributor stocking practices
  4. increased number of contractors and trade allies who promote high efficiency equipment
How to participate

As with all CEE initiatives, participation in the High Efficiency Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative is voluntary. The following are minimum requirements for participation:

  • Provide incentives, defined as rebates or financing, for high efficiency commercial air-conditioning equipment that meets at least one of the CEE efficiency tier levels for one of the equipment categories: air conditioners, heat pumps, or variable refrigerant flow.


  • Deploy a significant and focused educational or promotional program that identifies and promotes high efficiency commercial air-conditioning equipment that meets at least one of the CEE efficiency tier levels for at least one of the equipment categories: air conditioners, heat pumps, or variable refrigerant flow.


  • Communicate to CEE that you are a participant upon request. To advance the goals of the Initiative, CEE publishes program details in an annual program summary and in other communications about initiative impacts to key market players.


Supported by a CEE Emerging Technologies Collaborative readiness report, initiative members developed guidance for how to share and leverage the findings about advanced rooftop unit controls. These efforts enhance collective consideration of system savings opportunities. In addition, members convened industry partners to develop preliminary assessments of market channels and identify barriers that impact program development.

CEE specifications enable CEE member incentive programs to recognize and promote the most efficient products in the marketplace. As such, specifications serve as tools to catalyze market transformation. As member efforts transform markets, CEE tier levels are periodically raised to encourage continued advancement. The advances in specification tiers shown in this graphic indicate the progress that has been made over the last two decades toward a marketplace for more efficient products. These efforts are continuing into the future.



Alliant Energy—Wisconsin

Ameren Illinois

Arizona Public Service

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Bonneville Power Administration California

Bonneville Power Administration Idaho

Bonneville Power Administration Montana

Bonneville Power Administration Nevada

Bonneville Power Administration Oregon

Bonneville Power Administration Utah

Bonneville Power Administration Washington

Bonneville Power Administration Wyoming

Cape Light Compact

City of Palo Alto Utilities

Consolidated Edison Company

Northeast Utilities

Consumers Energy

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

DTE Energy

Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Kentucky

Duke Energy North Carolina

Duke Energy Ohio

Duke Energy South Carolina

Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon

Focus on Energy—Wisconsin

Georgia Power

Gulf Power

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

MidAmerican Energy

Montana-Dakota Utilities

National Grid Massachusetts

National Grid Rhode Island

Nebraska Public Power District

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Northern Indiana Public Service Company

Northeast Utilities (now Eversource)

NV Energy

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

Platte River Power Authority


PSEG Long Island

Puget Sound Energy

Rocky Mountain Power

Rocky Mountain Power Utah

Rocky Mountain Power Wyoming

Salt River Project

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Southern California Edison

Tacoma Power

United Illuminating Company