Staff from CEE member organizations work together on 20 topical program committees and explorations, three cross-sector working groups, and three 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 2017. CEE invites program administrators to join the committee work going on in the CEE Forum.

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Whole House Exploration
What program approaches and platforms can make existing home and new construction more efficient? How can new connected technologies be used in customer engagement platforms, and what common elements of energy management can help transform the market?

  • Identify opportunities and create resources to promote comprehensive whole house renovations, deep energy retrofit programs, sequenced upgrades, and customer engagement that leads to persistent energy savings; publish these findings in an update of the Existing Homes Program Guide
  • Support efforts to increase the market infrastructure and industry partnerships necessary to deliver efficiency in the field
  • Finalize and publish a CEE Residential New Construction Initiative which includes a tiered specification to support members’ new homes program goals
  • Pursue the adoption of efficient window and attachment technologies that deliver efficiency savings through various residential applications
  • Collaborate with federal voluntary programs to enhance market effectiveness and create platforms that support the delivery of voluntary efficiency programs

Heating and Cooling Systems Initiative
How is CEE responding to shifting market and regulatory conditions, and how can members work with industry stakeholders to deliver quality installation practices in the US and Canada?

  • Coordinate with key industry stakeholders, such as ACCA, AHRI, installers, manufacturers, and implementers, to identify ways to measure and verify savings through implementation of quality installation approaches
  • Explore new opportunities for inclusion in the Initiative to help CEE members advance their efficiency efforts, including gas heat pumps, combination heat and hot water systems, advanced thermostats, low-load furnaces, and direct heating equipment 
Super Efficient Home Appliances Initiative
How are appliance programs evolving?

  • Launch a new CEE specification for clothes dryers
  • Promote the connected criteria of the recently revised CEE specifications for clothes washers and room air conditioners with industry stakeholders
  • Share results from members piloting midstream program approaches that support both appliances and consumer electronics products
  • Further explore the role for increased customer engagement through online marketplaces and connected appliances
  • Engage with EPA staff on any revisions to ENERGY STAR® Criteria for appliances

Swimming Pools Initiative
How do we support successful swimming pool pump programs?

  • Participate in the revision process of the ENERGY STAR pool pump specification
  • Revise the CEE Swimming Pool Pump Specification and develop criteria related to connected functionality
  • Improve and inform future program design by capturing and sharing current member activities via the Swimming Pool Program Summary
Water Heating Initiative
How can we prepare the market for new minimum standards and test procedures, and drive uptake of efficient products at scale?

  • Identify opportunities for improved efficiency through hot water distribution system design and installation
  • Revise the Residential Gas Water Heating Initiative and include electric water heating in light of new federal minimum standards, evolving market conditions, and expanded product scope; this includes revised natural gas product specifications and new heat pump water heater specifications that address efficiency as well as connectivity
  • Address impacts regarding new federal minimum standards and the possibility of code changes, and how efficiency programs work with installers and contractors regarding changing codes
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with strategically important stakeholders, including AGA, AHRI, A.O. Smith, ASPE, Bradford White Corporation, EPRI, Green Plumbers USA, Natural Resources Canada, PHCC, Rinnai Corporation, US DOE, and US EPA
Lighting Initiative
How are lighting programs responding to the rapid market uptake of LEDs and anticipated changes to minimum efficiency standards?

  • Improve the product quality and consumer experience with energy efficient lighting in the market by promoting the CEE Specification for Integral Replacement Lamps Sold at Retail among members, manufacturers, retailers, and regulators
  • Document alternative program strategies to continue supporting residential lighting, such as targeting hard-to-reach customer segments, increasing customer engagement through online platforms, and focusing on product types with less penetration, as a resource to inform future program plans
  • Discuss pilot efforts and results related to the role of connected lighting in an integrated home
  • Leverage relationships built through Lighting for Tomorrow and convene thought leaders in the residential lighting industry to discuss the future market opportunities and barriers as part of a connected lighting workshop
Consumer Electronics Initiative
How can programs most effectively address this ever-evolving and dispersed savings opportunity?

  • Formulate and deliver consensus comments on ENERGY STAR® criteria for electronics products being supported by members
  • Share approaches and results of member midstream program pilots that address electronics and appliance products together
  • Discuss progress in technology and successful program approaches related to advanced power strips and their role in an integrated home
  • By developing the Consumer Electronics Program Summary, enable members to gather information on program trends and the breadth of activity across the United States and Canada
Whole Building Performance Exploration
What binational program support enables small businesses to cost-effectively save energy?

  • Enable member programs and the providers of products and services to harness new sources of energy information to drive performance improvements in buildings, through development of a consensus approach to whole building energy savings estimation
  • Facilitate information exchange across member programs regarding new whole building technologies, regulatory developments, federal programs and tools, and other information supportive of member program needs
Lighting Initiative
How can programs move beyond T8 to system savings opportunities in a dynamic market context?

  • Support members needs to capture the energy savings opportunity associated with the linear replacement lamp market
  • Identify common needs and opportunities for programs to accelerate the adoption and market uptake of advanced lighting controls
  • Explore new strategies to support energy efficiency opportunities at the lighting fixture and lighting system levels
High Efficiency Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative
Can programs develop cost-effective offerings for repairs, retrofits, and replacements while moving the industry toward a holistic approach that promotes efficiency of the entire HVAC system?

  • Facilitate adoption of the revised CEE High Efficiency Commercial AC and HP Specification and Initiative to increase the availability of high efficiency commercial AC and HP equipment across the American and Canadian market
  • Advance awareness and understanding of effective approaches for increasing participation in mass market commercial HVAC programs
  • Pursue savings from advanced rooftop unit controls (ARC) by developing program guidance and identifying  successful program approaches, collective program needs, and a CEE role to support programs
  • Identify and prioritize the potential energy efficiency opportunities and other value streams of connected commercial AC and heat pumps equipment; support the development of specifications to help efficiency programs realize these benefits 
Gas Boiler Systems Initiative
What resources do programs need to achieve savings through this systems approach?

  • Explore additional efficient commercial boiler system technologies and system designs within the scope of the Initiative for consideration as components in a future revision
  • Advance the Committee’s understanding of commercial boiler system efficiency opportunities through continued engagement with industry partners, including commercial boiler manufacturers, trade associations, certification bodies, and research groups 
Data Centers and Servers Initiative
Can programs realize deep energy savings with hard-to-reach customers?

  • Define the steps, expertise, and soft costs required for IT optimization
  • Identify effective ways to engage customers
  • Advance program administrator understanding of the decision-making process in small and medium embedded data centers (EDC) with respect to capital investment, use of colocation or cloud services, and other key parameters
  • Facilitate the exchange of information about midstream programs to identify common approaches and collective program needs, as well as technology, regulatory developments, and other information supportive of member program needs
  • Identify and communicate consensus program needs with respect to new and revised ENERGY STAR® specifications and other potential program resources
Kitchens Initiative
Can efficiency programs drive ongoing improvements in commercial kitchen energy efficiency?

  • Communicate CEE member program interests on relevant ENERGY STAR® programs, including new or updated specifications for products such as ice machines, hot food holding cabinets, and vending machines
  • Consider and maintain the effectiveness of the CEE Kitchens Initiative and the associated specifications to advance efficiency, reflect market transformation, and meet consensus member needs
  • Research and explore new opportunities for significant energy and water savings such as accelerating the uptake of demand control kitchen ventilation and high efficiency equipment, such as other refrigeration products, water heating, and EMS for foodservice
Gas Water Heating Initiative
Can programs target small commercial with high hot water use and address market barriers for efficiency?

  • Identify cost-effective distribution channel approaches for promoting high efficiency commercial water heaters 
  • Review the current Initiative and assess relevance of current specifications with regard to whether it should reflect different commercial use cases and and the role of standby losses in those specifications
  • Identify characteristics of successful distribution channel approaches, and develop supporting materials for use by CEE members, including considerations, challenges, and potential barriers to implementation
Gas PACs Exploration
What strategies or resources can help to improve the market penetration of high efficiency commercial gas packaged air conditioners (PAC) rooftop units (RTUs)?

  • Support development of member consideration of gas PAC measures by publishing the CEE Gas PAC Market Characterization, which outlines distribution channels, market actors, installation considerations and appropriate use cases and will help introduce CEE members to this emerging technology and market and enable collaboration to identify strategies to overcome binational market barriers
  • To reduce duplicative effort and accelerate market entrance of efficient technologies, facilitate information exchange between members interested in conducting field tests for condensing gas PACs
Commercial Agricultural Exploration
How can members increase energy efficiency measures and gas savings in commercial greenhouses?

  • Support CEE member consideration and adoption of greenhouse measures or programs through the publication of the CEE Commercial Greenhouse Market Characterization and Technology Background, which includes an overview of the US and Canadian commercial greenhouse market and identifies available energy saving measures for commercial greenhouse growers
  • Facilitate information exchange across member programs regarding commercial greenhouse energy efficiency measures and program approaches in order to identify successful strategies specific to reaching agricultural customers

Industrial Program Planning
What will future industrial energy efficiency programs offer?

  • Capture key considerations and success factors for program-supported combined heat and power (CHP), including known and proven applications for program support
  • Assess the opportunity to develop new CEE industrial initiatives in two areas identified by the Committee in 2015: low-charge ammonia refrigeration and energy efficient engine block heaters
Industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Initiative
Can programs scale SEM implementation to achieve deep energy savings across thousands of industrial sites?

  • Maintain and support the efficiency program industry definition of Strategic Energy Management, the CEE SEM Minimum Elements
  • Enable SEM programs to scale their SEM engagements to 100 or more concurrent sites by accelerating the development of energy information technologies that meet the needs of SEM programs, implementers, and industrial businesses
  • Accelerate the pace of SEM program learning and development by convening program administrators, industry partners, researchers, and government
Commercial and Industrial Health Care Exploration
Which program approaches and opportunities can be developed to drive greater savings in health care facilities?

  • Develop a consistent SEM approach for hospitals to enable greater program support and investment, inform program design, and establish consistent expectations in the market for energy management products and services.
  • Characterize the market and technical savings potential in laboratories serving the health care sector, to enable informed consideration of a potential CEE role to address this energy-intensive space type
  • Engage strategic partners—US Department of Energy Better Building Alliance, ENERGY STAR®, and American Society for Healthcare Engineering—to advance shared objectives for energy efficiency in health care facilities including energy management implementation and greater availability of energy data for health care facilities

Steam System Exploration
What are the most impactful energy saving opportunities available in whole steam system assessments? Can standardized initial assessment guidelines be established to reduce costs and identify multiple gas savings opportunities?

  • Develop and finalize an initial assessment, or "screen," that can allow member programs to identify promising savings opportunities at scale, through an assessment that would sit between a measure/component-level service that identifies only one opportunity and a whole steam system assessment that is cost-effective only for the largest energy users
  • Identify standard industry practices for the consideration of each steam system opportunity through information exchange and member feedback

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?

  • Explore opportunities to achieve significant energy savings in the industrial sector by assessing the technical and market implications of next generation motors and packaged motor products, such as pumps and air compressors
  • Work to achieve significant energy savings by specifying minimum data collection and reporting requirements to help programs prescribe more consistent and holistic compressed air system audits
  • Support consistent market messages, training, and education around new technologies, regulations, and codes and standards through regular engagement with industry and federal partners

Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems Initiative
Can we pump up the energy performance of our aging water infrastructure?

  • Provide a learning community for program administrators to share experience and lessons learned from serving this savings-rich but difficult-to-reach segment
  • Engage key industries to make energy performance more visible in facility operations and equipment procurement
  • Share Initiative resources, like the Small Wastewater Facility Energy Checklists, to enhance the effectiveness of their programs
Natural Gas

Natural Gas
Natural Gas Working Group
In an era of falling gas prices and rising goals, how can efficiency programs perform?

  • Explore savings opportunities in additional end uses and emerging technologies, including steam systems, greenhouses, and condensing rooftop units
  • Identify and support gas savings opportunities and evaluation throughout the CEE portfolio. Engage gas program administrators in these work areas
  • Engage natural gas efficiency program portfolio managers at CEE members in order to understand the needs of gas efficiency programs

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?

  • Provide a platform for members to learn from each other’s experiences and support knowledge sharing and dissemination of best policy and practice-related evaluation methods that improve estimation of energy savings and non-energy benefits
  • Monitor developments relevant to the benefits and challenges for evaluation associated with using smart meter data and data analytics tools for impact and process evaluations
  • Explore the use of and opportunities from connected and precision metering devices and technologies that may be used to improve the accuracy of EM&V efforts and results
  • Disseminate findings resulting from an exchange of information among Committee members regarding the evaluation of market transformation programs, in the interest of attributing valid savings to such efforts, and leverage the results to target methodological differences and knowledge gaps regarding evaluating these programs
  • Help disseminate effective evaluation practices among regulators and/or federal agencies to improve program design, implementation, and evaluation across all jurisdictions
  • Monitor, track, and keep members informed of national evaluation efforts such as SEE Action and the DOE Uniform Methods Project; keep members apprised of new developments
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?

  • Connect CEE members with others running and evaluating similar behavioral programs to allow them to share lessons learned and effective approaches
  • Gather and synthesize research on the persistence of behavior change in energy efficiency programs
  • Develop case studies of specific types of behavior-based programs, including programs across all sectors that feature both connected technologies and social science research insights
  • Keep members apprised of the ongoing regulatory treatment of behavior programs in the US and Canada
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 DSM industry budgets, expenditures, and impacts for the Annual Industry Report
  • Work with members and with EPA to track ENERGY STAR® brand equity indicators biennially and to develop an associated public report
  • Support the Supplemental Program Performance Benchmarking project, which allows for a consensus-based and credible process to compare the performance of Program Administrators as well as identify effective practices to inform and improve participant energy efficiency plans and portfolios
What do DSM programs need from two-way communicating devices to deepen energy savings, enhance the grid, and engage customers?

  • Characterize and prioritize the potential customer and grid values that stem from connected products, including energy efficiency, load management, and non-energy benefits
  • Maintain a set of consensus principles for connected products that guide initiative development and communicate to industry the attributes valued by CEE members
  • For CEE HVAC, appliance, pool pump, and water heating initiatives, establish product performance requirements necessary to realize benefits
  • Explore opportunities to advance energy savings associated with integrated homes and buildings
  • Inform the development of standards by federal agencies and industry trade associations
  • Support member efforts to leverage connected devices to engage consumers, conduct EM&V, and unlock new savings opportunities to complement traditional efficiency measures
How can local efficiency programs best leverage this vital national efficiency brand?

  • Communicate the consensus needs of CEE members to the ENERGY STAR® program regarding performance requirements
  • Partner with EPA and DOE to protect and grow the brand equity
  • Enhance the role of ENERGY STAR® as the marketing platform for local energy efficiency programs
  • Identify potential expansion opportunities for ENERGY STAR®