November 3, 2015

According to the CEE 2015 Summary of Member Programs for Motors & Motor Systems, 34 CEE members offer measures in CEE Shedding Light on Compressed Air Auditssupport of compressed air efficiency, and even more support compressed air at the custom level. Compressed air systems are attractive opportunities because they are ubiquitous in manufacturing plants. More than ¾ of their electrical input is wasted through heat, leaks, and other losses. However, compressed air systems are unique and complex, and require a holistic compressed air system audit to uncover the savings opportunities.

CEE members, through the Motors and Motor Systems Committee, observed that the market for compressed air audits is inconsistent. Audit practices vary significantly among different audit providers, making it challenging to properly assess audit recommendations and compare one set of audit results to another. CEE research identified that only a few programs have specific guidelines for what steps and actions should be included in an audit or what data should be measured. Responding to a member call for action, the Motors and Motor Systems Committee has developed a set of draft guidelines that aim to transform the market for compressed air audits by defining a minimum level of expectations to help programs specify an audit for the marketplace.

The Draft CEE Core Elements for Compressed Air Audits is available for review on the CEE Forum. The Committee is holding a breakout session to discuss the market transformation potential of this work at the 2016 CEE Winter Program Meeting. In preparation for that session, the Committee is collecting data to help define program experience with compressed air projects and compare actual audit results with the guidelines included in the audits. To learn more about how you can help advance this work please contact Robert Hart.

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.