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. They are streamlining the selection of products through targeted market strategies based on the unique features of particular foodservice markets.

To support these goals, CEE applies the following strategies:

  1. researching binational opportunities for significant energy and water savings opportunities in commercial kitchens, developing voluntary energy and water equipment performance specifications that represent efficiency products, and maintaining the relevance of these specifications over time
  2. initiating and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders, including manufacturers, trade associations, and key end user associations
  3. increasing the use of CEE specifications in efficiency programs through promotion and exploration of various program approaches and documenting how they can meet various program objectives
  4. informing and strengthening the relevance of the ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense® programs for energy and water efficiency program administrators
How to participate

As with all CEE initiatives, participation in the Commercial Kitchens Initiative is voluntary. The CEE Commercial Kitchens Initiative is open to members who:

  • incorporate at least one of the initiative specifications or guidelines in an educational or incentive based regional or local program
  • communicate the scope, duration, and key aspects of your respective regional or local programs to CEE staff when requested
  • grant use of your organizational name and program information for the purpose of achieving initiative goals


CEE has informed the development of the award criteria for demand control kitchen ventilation (DCKV) via consensus comments to EPA on the proposed ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award. The final award criteria launched in November of 2014 create a new platform to help leverage DCKV opportunities. Looking ahead, the award can provide additional cachet for programs as it is customer-focused and increases awareness about DCKV systems, a priority for committee members.

CEE is maintaining a robust suite of efficiency opportunities to engage industry partners and customers in this segment and continuing to incrementally spur product efficiency. Approval of new food service product specifications, including rack ovens, convection ovens, and pre-rinse spray valves, have followed, along with revision of the high efficiency specification for convection ovens.

The Commercial Kitchens Initiative provides clear and credible definitions in the marketplace as to what constitutes highly efficient energy and water performance in cooking, refrigeration, and sanitation equipment. To better support participants, the initiative offers a bundle of relevant program offerings, including nine product specifications, for the food service market.


AEP Ohio

Alliant Energy

Ameren Illinois

Ameren Missouri

Arizona Public Service

Atmos Energy Corporation

Austin Energy

Avista Utilities Idaho

Avista Utilities Oregon

Avista Utilities Washington

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Berkshire Gas

Black Hills Energy Colorado

Black Hills Energy Iowa

Bonneville Power Administration Idaho

Bonneville Power Administration Montana

Bonneville Power Administration Oregon

Bonneville Power Administration Washington

Cascade Natural Gas

City of Palo Alto Utilities

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Commonwealth Edison Company

Connecticut Natural Gas

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 Nova Scotia Corporation

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Focus on Energy Wisconsin


Georgia Power

Gulf Power

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program

Idaho Power

Idaho Power Oregon

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Liberty Utilities Massachusetts

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

MidAmerican Energy Illinois

MidAmerican Energy Iowa

National Grid Massachusetts

National Grid New York

National Grid Rhode Island

New Jersey Natural Gas

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New Mexico Gas Company

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Nicor Gas

Northeast Utilities Connecticut (now Eversource)

Northern Indiana Public Service Company

NV Energy

Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Platte River Power Authority


Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

PPL Electric Utilities

PSEG Long Island

Public Service Electric & Gas

Puget Sound Energy

Questar Gas

Rocky Mountain Power California

Rocky Mountain Power Idaho

Rocky Mountain Power Oregon

Rocky Mountain Power Utah

Rocky Mountain Power Washington

Rocky Mountain Power Wyoming

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Seattle City Light

Snohomish County PUD


South Jersey Gas

Southern Connecticut Gas

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Southwest Gas

Tacoma Power

Union Gas

United Illuminating Company


Vectren Corporation

Vermont Gas

Xcel Energy