Strategic Energy Management Initiative


“Building long-term relationships with business customers, embedding energy management into their culture, and measuring results, are all critical elements of a sophisticated approach to energy efficiency that program administrators seek. The CEE Strategic Energy Management Initiative provides members a brand for their programs, established relationships with service and technology providers, and a set of tools and strategies to engage customers.”George Malek, CEE Board, Commonwealth Edison Company
This initiative defines and accelerates adoption of Strategic Energy Management (SEM) as a standard business practice across US and Canadian industries. Members support SEM Minimum Elements in their programs to influence technology providers and services and enlist end user demand for SEM. Members focus on the following objectives, each linked to advancing initiative strategy and creating value for member program administrators:

  1. identify the necessary Minimum Elements for industrial strategic energy management, to yield energy savings that are measurable, persistent, and cost-effective
  2. define consistent practices for SEM energy measurement and performance reporting, support program access to SEM energy savings, and encourage the vendors of industrial business services and technology to incorporate SEM capabilities as a core part of their value proposition
  3. enable member programs to serve as an on-ramp to ISO 50001 for industrial end users, and to move federal programs toward greater alignment between local and federal programs. ISO certification may become a key differentiating factor in supply chains and federal programs and provide valuable recognition opportunities, both of which may attract industrial companies to consider energy management. DSM programs can provide assistance for those industrials that are compelled by these opportunities but lack the capacity or expertise to successfully implement SEM
  4. support member programs to achieve greater load management results from industrial end users by exploring and documenting member approaches to integration of energy efficiency and load management objectives. In addition, programs can encourage technology and service providers to develop packaged systems to enable load management as a part of SEM implementation
  5. develop shared messaging opportunities to enhance market awareness of the SEM opportunity
How to participate

Members participating in the CEE SEM Initiative are required to demonstrate support for CEE Strategic Energy Management Minimum Elements with their programs. Support for the Minimum Elements is self-identified by participating members and confirmed by CEE staff using program information collected through the CEE SEM Program Case Studies.

To achieve the program and market benefits described above, participating member programs are asked to:

  • incorporate the CEE SEM Minimum Elements into their industrial program portfolio
  • report SEM program offerings and results to CEE via the SEM Program Case Studies survey on an annual basis
  • identify SEM offerings as being in alignment with the CEE SEM Minimum Elements, ISO 50001, DOE SEP, or EPA ENERGY STAR®


Sixteen CEE members already support the Industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Initiative, launched in early 2014. Participants achieve greater energy savings through increased capital project volume and access to new operations and maintenance savings streams.

Participation in the Strategic Energy Management Initiative, with its framework of Minimum Elements, is growing. Participating members are cultivating customers across the industrial sector.



BC Hydro

Bonneville Power Administration

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consumers Energy

Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon

Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Idaho Power

Nicor Gas

Rocky Mountain Power

Snohomish County PUD

Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas Company