Welcome! If you are writing about a product or service in one of the markets CEE initiatives influence, then the information below will help you understand how energy efficiency plays a role.

You'll see CEE initiatives mentioned in the press kits. These documents lay the foundation for inclusion in a member program. Initiatives are often supported by specifications, which define efficient energy performance for product categories or services. A program summary tells you how CEE members have voluntarily adopted initiatives into their programs. Finally, a qualifying product list compiles all the models that manufacturers claim meet CEE performance tiers for a particular time period. The point of every initiative is to identify market mechanisms to reduce energy use.

A word about qualifying product lists . . . .
Each initiative specifies the tests and data a manufacturer provides in order to be listed. CEE relies on these advertised claims of performance; CEE does not verify manufacturer claims of efficiency. CEE compiles manufacturer submissions into qualifying product lists for members to use. That’s why it’s wrong to say that a product has been certified or rated by CEE, or to indicate in any way that CEE has checked the actual efficiency of the appliance. Manufacturers may state that their product meets or qualifies for a CEE tier. You can read more in the CEE Terms and Conditions.

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Residential
Residential
New Developments
Whole House, connectivity, demand response, behavior, and more

In addition to the initiatives below, CEE is actively pursuing new ways to accelerate residential savings. Through the platform of the Existing Homes Working Group, CEE members and industry representatives work collectively to explore how emerging technologies, control devices, connected products, integrated systems, and engagement platforms can contribute to residential energy management and increased overall savings. Central to this effort is work to define a customer engagement platform capable of supporting efficiency, load management, and behavior change.

TheWhole House Committee is beginning to establish consensus positions on a proposed CEE Initiative for residential new construction. This effort aims to drive increased market consistency across the United States and Canada through a tiered specification for voluntary program adoption. CEE intends to seek input and comments from industry while developing content and components for the Initiative in the upcoming year.

The CEE Windows Working Group continues to pursue the development of resources that support the adoption of efficient products and practices in the market.

High priority areas such as residential HVAC, pool pumps, and water heating are augmenting specifications with requirements for connectivity. Working closely with the CEE Connected Committee, members, and industry partners, CEE is staying ahead of the innovation curve for the Internet of Things.

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Residential
Residential
Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning (HVAC)
Residential space cooling and heating systems

According to ENERGY STAR, as much as half of home energy use goes to heating and cooling. Residential air conditioning was one of the very first areas CEE members targeted in 1995, while residential heating dates back to 1997. As the energy efficiency of furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and air conditioners has improved over the past twenty years, CEE members have been working together on other factors affecting in-field efficiency, such as Quality Installation and proper maintenance, resulting in a new Residential Space Heating and Cooling Systems Initiative.

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. This database retrieves efficient products certified by AHRI (the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) that meet CEE specifications. AHRI partners with independent laboratories to certify products. Consumer information can be found on the ENERGY STAR® website, including a calculator to estimate savings from more efficient equipment.

Three specifications support the Initiative:
Quality Installation
Proper sizing and installation has a significant impact on HVAC equipment efficiency; properly sized and installed equipment can reduce cooling energy use by as much as 35 percent. In fact, the potential energy loss due to improper sizing and poor installation can be even greater than the savings achieved by replacing inefficient cooling equipment with a high efficiency system. To address this opportunity, CEE has adopted the ANSI/ACCA 5 Quality Installation specification of energy efficient installation practices for residential and light commercial HVAC systems.
 
Residential
Residential
Appliances
Covers dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, and room AC

The CEESM Super Efficient Home Appliance Initiative strives to make efficient clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and room AC attractive in the marketplace. Initiative activities include heightening awareness and appreciation of super efficient appliances and increasing consumer willingness to pay for product enhancements. At the same time, the Initiative works to inform manufacturers about the energy performance tiers in the accompanying specification. These tiers define super efficiency and are recognized by many efficiency programs in both the United States and Canada. The Initiative has been stimulating manufacturer and consumer interest in this market since 1997, with notable success marked by the need to advance performance tiers as the market has transformed. You can find the following resources on this site: If you are writing about a specific product, please be sure to correctly reference the models found on CEE qualifying product lists. The following phrases are accurate: “(product) meets CEE specifications,” “qualifies for a CEE tier,” or best of all, “the manufacturer claims appliance x meets CEE Tier y.” We're happy to review your cut sheet, press release, trade show booth, or advertisement. Just contact CEE to let us know.
 
Residential
Residential
Swimming Pools
Swimming pools and pumps

The primary goal of the CEESM High Efficiency Residential Swimming Pool Initiative is to increase the purchase and proper installation of high efficiency swimming pool equipment. The largest opportunity in this market, and first focus, is to replace inefficient single speed pool pumps with multispeed or variable speed pumps.
A core strategy is to stimulate consumer demand for high efficiency pumps and provide consistent and credible materials to trade allies supporting their efforts to sell efficient pumps.
 
If you are writing about a specific product, please be sure to correctly reference the models found on CEE qualifying product lists. The following phrases are accurate: “meets CEE specifications,” “qualifies for a CEE tier,” or best of all, “the manufacturer claims appliance x meets CEE Tier Y.” We're happy to review your cut sheet, press release, trade show booth, or advertisement. Just contact CEE to let us know.
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Residential
Residential
Residential Water Heating
Residential storage and tankless water heaters

Depending upon location and type of water heater selected, homeowners save an average of seven to 14 percent annually when they install a high efficiency storage water heater. Tankless water heaters can save as much as 30 percent, again, depending upon location, proper installation, and use.
  • Member adoption of the CEESM High Efficiency Residential Gas Water Heating Initiative promotes high efficiency products through specifications of efficiency and encouraging CEE members to drive consumer and installer demand through educational programs.
  • Initiative participants promote residential gas storage and tankless water heaters that meet or exceed CEE specifications.
  • The program summary describes residential gas water heating programs administered by CEE members.
  • CEE maintains lists of storage and tankless water heaters that meet the CEE specifications to assist efficiency program administrators, contractors, and consumers in identifying high efficiency equipment.
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Residential
Residential
Lighting
Design, fixtures, bulbs, controls

CEE strategizes to increase the availability and acceptance of energy efficient lighting with a goal of a self-sustaining market. The CEE Residential Lighting Initiative, extensively updated in 2017, addresses high volume applications and strategizes stocking, merchandising, and sales of efficient lamps, now defined by a new multitier, technology-neutral specification. It also includes comprehensive approaches such as integration of controls or system savings, and looks ahead to savings from daylighting and design.

Lighting for Tomorrow is a design competition launched in 2002 to encourage market entrance of well-designed, efficient lighting and controls. Organized by CEE, the American Lighting Association, and UL, the competition is designed to stimulate the market for attractive ENERGY STAR residential lighting fixtures that use at least three-fourths less electricity than standard incandescent fixtures. By encouraging new designs and technologies, Lighting for Tomorrow aims to increase market acceptance and awareness of the growing opportunities in energy efficient lighting.
 
Residential
Residential
Consumer Electronics
Consumer Electronics Program Center

The CEE Consumer Electronics Initiative was launched in 2007 in an effort to support efficiency programs in addressing the steadily growing percentage of total home electricity consumption represented by consumer electronics. ENERGY STAR® estimates that the average percentage of residential electricity use attributable to these devices is now at 15 percent, and recent studies suggest it is increasing at two to three percent per year. CEE engages with ENERGY STAR on its specifications for Consumer Electronics products and develops an annual program summary to describe programs administered by members who have adopted the Initiative.  
CEE members formed the Consumer Electronics Program Center in 2011. The Center’s objective is to address the challenges of a market characterized by rapidly evolving technology, relatively small per unit savings, and dozens of product categories. By engaging industry stakeholders, many of whom are largely unfamiliar with energy efficiency programs, and by supporting members in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs for consumer electronics products, the Center is working to lower barriers to establishing a critical mass of programs in the marketplace. 
 
Commercial
Commercial
New Developments
Lighting Systems and Design, Lighting Controls, Load Responsive Rooftop Units, Whole Building Performance Exploration, Kitchens Demand Control Ventilation

Even as energy codes and federal standards continue to raise program baselines, commercial lighting offers potential for deeper savings. CEE completed a major revision to the Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative in 2015, as new lighting technologies have progressed in quality and efficacy and the market is poised to transition from 1-for-1 product replacements to advanced controls and good practice design strategies. Binational definitions of efficiency and specifications to capture tiered performance gains in troffers and high back applications are front and center for development and industry vetting this year. CEE Emerging Technologies Collaborative (ETC) worked with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association to develop a common procedure for lighting control assessment to reduce variability on significant characteristics.
 
New, highly efficient and load responsive commercial unitary air conditioners and heat pumps are making greater inroads in North American markets. CEE is assessing these new products to inform potential stretch targets for energy efficiency based on the market developments and program needs for more energy and load management based savings. Again working with ETC, automated rooftop controls are of interest in deepening savings.  

The Whole Building Performance Exploration continues to identify building energy management program opportunities with a focus this year on small and medium business program design (see the program summary) and how energy management and information systems are accelerating and enabling greater market adoption of continuous energy improvement approaches.

Kitchen demand control ventilation also represents a large savings opportunity in food service facilities. To support new program design, CEE is summarizing data on promising applications and project considerations by collecting field studies based on a common test protocol to inform savings ranges in different types of food service establishments and climates. CEE continues to expand the portfolio of efficient kitchen equipment with the addition of rack ovens, pre-rinse spray valves, and a new specification for convection ovens.

The Natural Gas Committee has identified gaps in the C&I market in industrial process heating, controls for HVAC and water heating, and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning.

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Commercial
Commercial
Lighting
T8 replacement lamps and systems

Market share of T8 lamps has doubled since the original CEE Commercial Lighting Initative was released, due in part to CEE member programs. The Commercial Lighting Systems Initiative strategizes to achieve savings through a stringent specification, stocking of high efficiency products, and sales of high quality T8 replacement lamps. The specification is technology neutral in order to support innovative new technologies. 
  • The Initiative includes a technology neutral specification for high efficiency T8 replacement lamps.
  • The Commercial Lighting Systems program summary lists CEE members promoting efficient commercial lighting systems.
  • Qualifying product lists compile product information for member use.
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Commercial
Commercial
Commercial HVAC
Air-conditioning and heat pumps

Members adopt the CEE High Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative to promote high efficiency specifications of unitary air-conditioning and heat pump equipment.
The CEE Commercial Unitary Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Specification employs Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER), Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF), and Coefficient of Performance (COP) criteria. CEE also describes high efficiency specifications for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) multisplit air-conditioners and heat pump systems.

CEE provides the directory of AHRI-verified, energy efficient residential and small commercial HVAC and water heating equipment. This directory catalogs thousands of HVAC systems that are 65,000 Btu/h or less and that meet CEE specifications.

Quality Installation
Proper sizing and installation can have a significant impact on HVAC equipment efficiency. In fact, the potential energy loss due to improper sizing and poor installation can be even greater than the savings achieved by replacing inefficient equipment with a high efficiency system.
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Commercial
Commercial Kitchens
Efficient equipment with a marketing strategy

The goal of the Commercial Kitchens Initiative is to provide clear and credible definitions of highly efficient energy and water performance in cooking, refrigeration, and sanitation equipment, followed with streamlined selection of products through a targeted market strategy. CEE has developed several resources in support of this goal, including:
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Industrial
Industrial
New Developments
Strategic energy management, compressed air systems, permanent magnet motors

CEE supports program administrators delving into strategic energy management. In fact, CEE launched a new Industrial SEM initiative in 2014. Key components of this initiative are a definition of SEM for program administrators, methods to encourage ongoing savings through customer engagement, and introduction of new behavioral savings opportunities, including accepted measurement and verification approaches. Further out, CEE is contemplating future opportunities to enhance energy savings in compressed air systems and permanent magnet motors by introducing greater consistency and coordination among CEE member programs in the United States and Canada.  If you are writing about one of these areas, please contact us.
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Industrial
Industrial
Industrial Strategic Energy Management
Energy management systems for industry

Sixty-seven percent of US industrial energy consumption occurs in process systems that present numerous challenges for efficiency programs, including customer engagement, access to technical expertise, and long, risky project cycles. The industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Initiative addresses these hurdles by supporting a management system approach to achieving deep energy savings over time. The Initiative emphasizes operational and maintenance opportunities to save energy in the near term, alongside planning and reporting procedures to increase the visibility of energy consumption and drive persistent, long-term improvement and cost savings.

 

The CEE Industrial SEM Initiative promotes the adoption of effective energy management practices and supporting technologies through the CEE SEM Minimum Elements, threshold criteria for energy management practices that qualify for DSM program support. Participating program administrators support industrial businesses in the implementation of energy management practices that meet or exceed the CEE SEM Minimum Elements.
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Industrial
Industrial
Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment
Addressing the most intense energy use in each municipality

According to the EPA, delivery of water and wastewater services to US homes and businesses accounts for three to four percent of total US electricity consumption at a cost of $4 billion annually. With more than 16,000 public wastewater systems and 52,000 drinking water systems (EPA 2012 estimate) in the United States alone, the opportunity for efficiency is significant. The purpose of the CEE Municipal Water and Wastewater Initiative is twofold:
  • To raise awareness of this significant energy savings opportunity among water and wastewater facility operators, associated industries, and national stakeholder organizations
  • To make energy efficiency more accessible to these facilities by supporting the expansion of consistent energy efficiency program offerings for water and wastewater facilities, provide technical resources and assistance to identify specific opportunities and solutions, and to offset the cost and help overcome budgeting barriers to energy efficiency through efficiency program incentives
The CEE Initiative works together with partner organizations including EPA, ENERGY STAR®, the Water Environment Federation, and the American Water Works Association, to provide access to information, expertise, and resources to support efficiency improvements across the United States and Canada.
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Industrial
Industrial
Motor and Motor Systems
Supporting high efficiency motors and motor management

Electric motors and common motor-driven systems, for example, pumps, fans, and air compressors, are the single largest end use of electricity in the industrial sector, accounting for between 60 and 70 percent of consumption and 70 terawatt-hours of potential energy savings. Since 1996 CEE has worked with its members to establish efficiency levels for its member motor programs that are above established federal minimum standards. US Department of Energy (DOE) has adopted CEE motor efficiency levels as the benchmark for federal minimum standards.

The most recent federal energy law, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), raised motor efficiency standards to CEE efficiency levels and increased the scope of covered product. This new law went into effect on December 19, 2010. Rather than setting another motor efficiency level, CEE currently supports the Motors and Motor Systems initiative by demonstrating member support for premium efficiency motors, motor systems, and motor management through the CEE Member Industrial Program Summary.
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Natural Gas
Natural Gas
New Developments
New program models in an era of low gas prices

Gas and multifuel efficiency program administrators come together at CEE seeking innovative responses to historically volatile fuel prices. The energy saving benefits of domestic combination heat and hot water systems, C&I steam systems, and agricultural gas are under exploration. Keeping program models cost-effective through broad portfolio approaches is the unifying strategy.
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These are just some of the areas in the news about CEE. Visit Committee Work to read the full list of CEE initiative activities. If you need general information about CEE, efficiency programs, or program resources such as specifications, you can find it in the FAQ.

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