Staff from CEE member organizations work together on 20 topical program committees, four cross sector support working groups, and four portfolio manager groups. These committees explore potential new initiatives and keep existing ones current, support all sectors with cross cutting efforts and research, and ask questions that are shaping the future of energy efficiency. Committees assess the mix of efficiency opportunities, plan portfolio manager projects, or scope emerging technologies or connectivity to the smart grid. In most cases, both gas and electric fuels are considered. Gas opportunities are noted below.

Click a question to see what each program committee is up to in 2014. CEE invites program administrators to join the committee work going on in the CEE Forum.

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Residential
Residential
Whole House Exploration
What program approaches and platforms are showing traction in making existing homes and new construction more efficient? How are new technologies and customer engagement platforms driving uptake of the integrated home?

  • Identify fruitful characteristics of comprehensive whole house renovations, deep energy retrofit programs, and elements of the integrated home
  • Collaborate with federal voluntary programs to enhance effectiveness as program platforms
  • Update the CEE New Homes Program Summary and the CEE Existing Homes Program Summary
  • Promote and leverage the sale of energy efficient fenestration products and practices in the market
 
Residential
HVAC Initiative
How is CEE responding to shifting market and regulatory conditions?

  • Update the CEE Residential Central Air-conditioner and Heat Pump Initiative
  • Consult on ENERGY STAR® equipment, Verified Installation Program, and Most Efficient revisions
  • Facilitating sharing of best practices in residential HVAC quality installation and quality maintenance programs
  • Identify opportunities for binational coordination on connected equipment and controls
  • Strengthen relationships between CEE members and HVAC industry stakeholders
 
Residential
Residential
Gas Space Heating Initiative
Where will programs find residential gas heat savings?

  • Explore combined end uses, such as heat and hot water or hearth products
  • Look into system approaches such as quality installation
  • Assess additional savings in innovative program models, consumer outreach, and evaluation approaches
 
Residential
Super Efficient Appliances Initiative
What savings opportunities remain for appliance programs?

 
Residential
Residential
Swimming Pools Initiative
How do we successfully enhance and launch swimming pool pump programs?
  • Explore program promotion of replacement pool motors
  • Share marketing and educational resources for pool pumps
  • Discuss opportunities for improving contractor training and audit programs
  • Publish the qualifying product lists that accompany the CEE Swimming Pool Pump and Controls Specifications
  • Identify program needs with regards to “connected” pool pumps
 
Residential
Residential
Gas Water Heating Initiative
How can we prepare the market for new minimum standards and test procedures?

  • Evaluate Water Heater Initiative and Specification for continued relevance, given the new DOE minimum efficiency standards
  • Work with manufacturers, members, and other industry stakeholders to identify opportunities for collaboration to prepare the marketplace for coming changes
 
Residential
Lighting Initiative
How are lighting programs capturing energy savings with the phaseout of inefficient bulbs?

  • Develop a CEE Advanced Lamp Specification
  • Revise the CEE Residential Lighting Initiative
  • Encourage the development and market introduction of high quality LED products, OLED fixtures, and lighting controls through the Lighting for Tomorrow competition
  • Share program intelligence regarding product availability, marketing, and pricing
  • Discuss innovative lighting program approaches, for example, market lift
 
Residential
Consumer Electronics Initiative
Which products and approaches can programs address this fast-growing opportunity?

  • Track product trends through market intelligence resources and engagement with industry stakeholders within the Consumer Electronics Program Center
  • Develop consensus comments on ENERGY STAR proceedings for key electronics products
  • Enhance existing resources to promote and leverage the sale of efficient electronics products, track program opportunities, and discuss CEE member efforts to promote adoption of efficient electronics
  • Explore the role of consumer electronics in the integrated home
 
Commercial
Building Performance Exploration
What binational program support enables small businesses to cost-effectively save energy?

  • Support member efforts to reach this underserved market
  • Identify tools, competencies, systems, and business models that support small and medium businesses to manage energy consumption
  • Inform national program and laboratories, including the US DOE Building Performance Database and Building Energy Data Exchange Specification, the EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and others of program priorities
 
Commercial
Commercial
Lighting Initiative
How can programs move beyond T8 to system savings opportunities in a dynamic market context?

  • Develop an Advanced Commercial Lighting Initiative that establishes clear and consistent signals to the market about what levels of lighting performance efficiency programs are planning to promote across the US and Canada—today and over the coming decade
  • Define product to system performance metrics for high volume target applications, starting with troffers and warehouses, that can support a portfolio of program approaches from mass market to maximizing per project savings
  • Identify common needs that will accelerate the adoption of advanced lighting controls into programs and market acceptance, expressed in the CEE Assessment Procedure for Lighting Controls
 
Commercial
Commercial
High Efficiency Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative
Can programs develop cost-effective offerings for all situations—repair, retrofit, replace—while moving the industry toward a holistic approach that promotes efficiency of the entire HVAC system?

  • Revise the CEE High Efficiency AC and HP Specification and Initiative to address advanced equipment performance and savings resulting from variable speed technologies and controls in unitary and variable refrigerant flow multisplit products performance tiers and, if appropriate, develop specifications
  • Continue to identify and validate alternate approaches to EER for programs to address enhanced full load performance, such as combined system efficiency
  • Transfer program results on unitary equipment controls retrofits. Assess common member need and CEE roles to accelerate savings via improved rooftop unit controls
 
Commercial
Commercial
Gas Boiler Systems Initiative
What resources do programs need to achieve savings through this systems approach?

  • Develop program guidance related to quality installation to advance boiler system efficiency and rightsizing, including hybrid system approaches
  • Explore gas savings opportunities through use of advanced controls
 
Commercial
Commercial
Data Centers and Servers Initiative
Can efficiency programs accelerate cost-effective cooling retrofits? Can programs move the market to greater and persistent system savings?

  • Identify airflow management approaches and strategies that yield significant and replicable energy saving for data center markets
  • Pursue a central repository and database of project results
  • Work with manufacturers and members to increase confidence in and promotion of computer room AC variable frequency drive retrofits in cost-effective applications
  • Assess new cooling system and management approaches for greater and persistent savings while improving power usage effectiveness
 
Commercial
Commercial
Kitchens Initiative
Can efficiency programs drive ongoing improvements in commercial kitchen energy efficiency?

  • Explore opportunities to accelerate uptake of kitchen demand control ventilation and high efficiency rack ovens, conveyor ovens, and pre-rinse spray valves
  • Maintain the market relevance of the existing suite of CEE commercial kitchen end use specifications. Specification revisions in 2014 are likely to include refrigeration, convection ovens, and hot food holding cabinets
  • Communicate CEE member program interests in relevant ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense® program developments including hot food holding cabinets, steamers, dish machines, and commercial coffee makers
 
Commercial
Commercial
Gas Water Heating Initiative
Can programs target small commercial with high hot water use and address market barriers for efficiency?

  • Develop market insights for Commercial Water Heating programs
  • Recommend program approaches and tools specific to markets such as food service, lodging, or education
 
Industrial
Industrial
C&I Distribution Transformers Initiative
What collective strategies can programs support to drive the market toward greater product availability and new energy savings?

  • Campaign to urge adoption of CEE’s two-tier high performance product specification in prescriptive or calculated program designs
  • Promote updated qualifying high performance distribution transformers list
  • Engage manufacturers to explore the availability and impact of new technologies such as amorphous metals and multicore designs
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Industrial
Industrial
Industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Initiative
Can efficiency program resources responsibly inform and accelerate uptake of energy management systems and practices by industrial businesses, to achieve measurable, persistent, and cost-effective energy savings?

  • Inform customer and industry partner expectations by promoting CEE minimum elements of strategic energy management
  • Demonstrate collective program industry support for strategic energy management by collecting program data and highlighting SEM program trends
  • Accelerate the pace of SEM program learning and development by enhancing knowledge transfer and highlighting the energy and demand reduction results of member programs
 
Industrial
Industrial
Water-Wastewater Initiative
Can consistent program support overcome long-standing barriers to efficiency in the municipal water treatment sector?

  • Position efficiency programs to leverage the outreach efforts of strategic partners—ENERGY STAR and the Water Environment Federation—to support transformative change and achieve greater savings from facilities of all types and sizes
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for programs on technical and market information on high performance aeration blower designs
  • Explore the potential for focused, long-term energy management approaches to build trust, customer capacity, and to achieve deep energy savings from operations and maintenance opportunities
 
Industrial
Industrial
Motors and Motor Systems
Where can efficiency programs add value in the face of rising codes and standards at the federal, state, and local levels for electric motors and motor systems?

  • Promote awareness and market demand for electric motors with efficiencies higher than existing federal minimum standards through the CEE Premium Efficiency Motors List
  • Explore the opportunity to achieve significant energy savings in the industrial sector by assessing the technical and market implications of advanced technology motors, such as permanent magnet motors
  • Explore the opportunity to achieve significant energy savings by defining a strategy for programs to support enhanced energy performance in compressed air systems
  • Enhance efficiency program outreach and education efforts by enabling the program industry and the motor industry to speak with one voice about the economic and performance benefits of sound motor system management practices through the Motor Decisions MatterSM campaign
 
Industrial
Industrial
Industrial Program Planning
What will future industrial energy efficiency programs offer?

  • Identify and explore new industrial energy efficiency technologies that programs can broadly support, such as combined heat and power, heating and cooling efficiency measures, and waste heat recovery
  • Consider innovative program designs that address multiple program objectives, such as energy savings, demand response, and behavioral savings, while also enhancing customer service and competitiveness
 
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
Natural Gas Working Group
In an era of falling gas prices and rising goals, how can efficiency programs perform?

  • Define the common demands and constraints faced by natural gas efficiency programs in the United States and Canada
  • Build consensus around opportunities for savings—from new end uses or program models—that exist within those constraints. What key changes would most benefit the industry?
  • Make new and existing gas program administrators aware of resources CEE has to offer
  • Explore gas end use applications, particularly in industrial and agriculture sectors
  • Continue to engage peer organizations, manufacturers, trade associations, installer and retailers in ways that benefit the natural gas efficiency program industry
  • Explore program models that reduce the cost of delivering programs while boosting savings
 

Cross sector support for program areas is listed below.

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Evaluation, Research, and Behavior
Evaluation, Research, and Behavior
Evaluation Working Group
How can CEE best support member evaluation needs and reach out to the regulatory community with a clear voice?

  • Undertake research efforts to evaluate how variations in policy, procedure, assumptions, technical reference manuals or deemed savings, M&V initiatives, and NTG assumptions impact the ability to compare reported savings credibly
  • Work with industry associations and ENERGY STAR to obtain quality market penetration data for member use
  • Support application of behavior change principles to members’ program design, marketing, and evaluation efforts.
  • Support member needs related to state policy, regulation, evaluation, and behavior change by reaching out to regulators with presentations and workshops to help inform policy decisions.
 
Evaluation, Research, and Behavior
Behavior Working Group
How can behavior change programs be evaluated? How can they support the oncoming connectivity to the smart grid?

  • Release 2012 Behavior Program Summary, which provides an overview of CEE members' behavior-based program approaches and related evaluations.
  • Keep members apprised of the ongoing regulatory treatment of behavior programs, with a focus on feedback, competition, and challenge programs.
  • Provide centralized information for members to monitor behavior activities across organizations working in the field, including EPRI, PEEC, ACEEE, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and possibly others.
 
Evaluation, Research, and Behavior
Industry Research
What is the energy efficiency program industry up to? How big is it? Is it having any impact?

  • Collect data on budgets, expenditures, and impacts for the State of the Energy Efficiency Industry report.
  • Work with members, ENERGY STAR, and other avenues to investigate ways to obtain quality market penetration data for ENERGY STAR products and other efficient products.
  • Help members obtain “bottom up” market penetration data for ENERGY STAR market penetration.
  • Plan and field 2012 ENERGY STAR survey
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Connectivity
What do programs need from the Internet of things to deepen energy savings?

  • Quantify and qualify the three value streams that flow from connected products: traditional energy efficiency, dynamic load management, and behavior savings.
  • For CEE Initiatives, establish product performance requirements necessary to realize the value stream identified by members. Define the technical capabilities required.
  • Develop performance criteria for CEE members to assess, in an ongoing fashion, the relative importance of connected products that will yield the largest benefit.
  • Support member efforts to leverage connected devices to engage consumers.
  • Address data security requirements of connected devices and the minimum requirements to achieve credibility with regulators.
 
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ENERGY STAR
How can local efficiency programs best leverage this vital national efficiency brand?

  • Communicate the consensus needs of CEE members to the ENERGY STAR program and other relevant entities.
  • Preserve the value of the brand.
  • Work together to leverage the power of a national brand by combining it with local promotion.