Industrial

Distribution Transformers Initiative


Overview

Low voltage dry type distribution transformers are ubiquitous in commercial and industrial applications. Because they are on 24/7, they represent a steady source of savings. Source: iStockphoto

Low voltage dry type distribution transformers are ubiquitous in commercial and industrial applications. Because they are on 24/7, they represent a steady source of savings. Source: iStockphoto

An ongoing priority is the delineation of a clear definition of high efficiency for program administrators and the low voltage 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. Assisting member programs to overcome these barriers drives market demand for high efficiency.

As well, members consider:

  1. establishing the best means of encouraging individual efficiency program administrators to determine their own programs and commerce, which may include financial incentives
  2. increasing customer awareness of the benefits of high efficiency transformers through efficiency programs
  3. engaging transformer manufacturers on an industry-to-industry basis to identify new products and emerging technologies, share results, and promote high performance
How to participate

As with all CEE initiatives, participation in the C&I Distribution Transformers Initiative is voluntary. To be considered an initiative participant, a member program meets a minimum set of requirements:

  • employ the CEE high performance specification for low voltage distribution transformers as the basis for program offerings
  • report annual program offerings to CEE so they can be shared in the Distribution Transformers Program Summary

Accomplishments

An outreach campaign to members nearly doubled those implementing or considering programs from 6 to 11. The Initiative also supported the increased availability of high efficiency distribution transformers, from 167 models to 319 by October 2014.


Through promotion of the CEE Distribution Transformers Initiative in 2014, member support stepped up to capture the remaining energy savings in this market. Simultaneously, over 100 new products were added to the CEE qualifying product list.


Participants

AEP—Ohio

Austin Energy

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consumers Energy

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program

Northeast Utilities (now Eversource)

NV Energy

United Illuminating Company