March 26, 2015

Member gas programs face many challenges. There are historic challenges such as volatile fuel prices that prevent many measures from passing cost-effectiveness screening and hinder long-term planning. Limited gas end uses, particularly in the residential sector, provide few opportunities to achieve savings goals. Successful past programs have resulted in new codes and standards and rising baselines.

New challenges that member programs face are the product of an expanding and maturing efficiency industry. Electric DSM budgets currently outpace gas budgets by eight to one, and demand response budgets are already approaching total gas budgets. Given these ratios, many market participants critical to program success may choose to focus on the large expansion of electric budgets.

CEE Supports Gas Programs

As the home for natural gas efficiency program administrators, CEE looks across sectors to establish a broad portfolio of gas savings opportunities. Together, CEE members continue to meet gas program challenges by exploring ways programs can increase the amount of savings or decrease the cost of delivery per intervention, not only through system approaches and program design, but also by exploring further savings opportunities including emerging technologies and the expansion of the CEE portfolio to address additional gas end uses. The binational initiatives and explorations that CEE facilitates create the opportunities that gas efficiency programs require.

Several committees focus on gas end uses and the many opportunities to foster the development of natural gas program capacity. Other committees at CEE promote savings for both electricity and natural gas. Through involvement with CEE, individual members gain exposure to new technologies and program designs, learn from experienced program administrators and industry experts, and identify opportunities to enhance program effectiveness. Through participation in initiatives, CEE member organizations promote a binational strategic approach that transforms markets toward greater efficiency.

 

 

Residential

 Existing Homes Exploration
 Residential New Construction Initiative
 Space Heating and Cooling
 Appliances
 Swimming Pools
 Gas Water Heating

Commercial

 Building Performance Exploration
 Gas Boiler Systems
 Commercial Kitchens
 Gas Water Heating

Industrial

 Strategic Energy Management
 Agricultural Gas
 Steam Systems

 

 

About CEE
CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada. Members work to unify program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of efficiency in markets. By joining forces at CEE, individual electric and gas efficiency programs are able to partner not only with each other, but also with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. Working together, administrators leverage the effect of their ratepayer funding, exchange information on successful practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.