February 24, 2015

The pressures program administrators face to generate more savings faster means that CEE initiatives are evolving. Member contributions and work have resulted in completion of a large number of CEE initiative revisions in the past couple of months. We’re sending you this update to keep you current as you plan your participation in one of the following.

Residential Space Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling residential spaces increasingly calls for a multifuel, systems approach. While enhanced unit performance continues to be important, fuel neutral whole house approaches, quality installation, and quality maintenance are increasingly valuable to programs. This approach allows CEE members to address the market with a comprehensive message about the interests of program administrators regarding residential heating and cooling systems. In addition, both gas and electric products can now be identified by CEE tier in the CEE Directory of Efficient Equipment.

Residential Lighting Initiative

It’s an understatement to say that residential lighting is important to member savings portfolios. The almost entirely new initiative focuses on high volume applications and strategizes stocking, merchandising, and sales of efficient lamps, now defined by a new multitier, technology neutral specification. It also includes additional approaches such as integration of controls or system savings, and looks ahead to savings from daylighting and design.

Residential Super Efficient Home Appliances Initiative

The CEE Refrigerator and Freezer Specification has been revised due to multiple factors including a significant increase in the number of models meeting or exceeding CEE tiers, a new federal minimum, and a new DOE test method. CEE plans to use ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient to promote the new highest tier.

Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative

To leverage over a decade of investment by CEE members in a market that makes up 80 percent of the installed base of lighting in commercial buildings, respond to market transformation, and build in resiliency in the face of a dynamic market, CEE has revised the Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative to focus on both high volume products as well as deeper energy saving practices. It strategizes to achieve energy savings through a new T8 replacement lamp specification. The specification is technology neutral and meant to enlist the support of members to encourage manufacturers and other supply chain actors to supply, stock and install high efficiency, quality products.

Commercial Kitchens Initiative

To support the Commercial Kitchens strategy of providing a large portfolio of efficient commercial kitchen appliances, the convection oven specification was revised in response to a changed test method and to continue identifying higher efficiency convection ovens. The Board also added a new specification for rack ovens, increasing the number of product categories supporting this Initiative to nine.

Members Motivate Change

While each of the revised initiatives has unique characteristics and strategies appropriate to its market and goals, there are some commonalities. In every case:

  • Members are looking for more savings as a result of higher minimums
  • Markets have transformed toward higher efficiency, in part due to member efforts
  • Systems approaches are playing a greater strategic role

CEE initiatives position members to communicate to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and others about the attributes that efficiency programs agree to support. Simultaneously at the local level, you can assess conditions and evaluate how best to support your programs through the alternatives each initiative offers.

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.