1991
 
CEE incorporated in California

Program administrators work together to start the Super Efficient Refrigerator Program

Members include program administrators from Canada and America

Residential Clothes Washer Initiative adopted
 
 
 
 
1992
 
EPA introduces ENERGY STAR® as a voluntary labeling program for energy efficient products

Computers and monitors become the first ENERGY STAR® labeled products

Initiatives for residential lighting and for air-conditioning and heat pumps approved
 
 
 
 
1993
 
No American manufacturers offer energy efficient clothes washers

Commercial Unitary Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Initiative adopted
 
 
 
 
1996
 
Industrial Premium Efficiency Motors Initiative adopted
 
Super-Efficient Apartment-Sized Refrigerator Initiative starts, ultimately replacing tens of thousands of appliances at housing authorities around the country
 
EPA partners with DOE for particular product categories and expands beyond office equipment to lighting, home electronics, appliances, and more
 
CEE begins promoting the ENERGY STAR® program
 
 
Refrigerators, room AC, and dishwashers join clothes washers when the Super Efficient Home Appliance Initiative is approved in 1997. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
1997
 
Super Efficient Home Appliance Initiative with multiple tiers adopted in support of ENERGY STAR®

High Efficiency Residential Gas Heating Initiative with specifications for natural gas furnaces and gas boilers adopted
 
 
 
 
1998
 
Exploration of state and local purchasing

High Efficiency Distribution Transformers Initiative launches

Eight initiatives in place for members
 
 
The CEE National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® Survey starts in 1999 and reveals 30% awareness. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
1999
 
CEE National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® Survey starts and reveals 30% awareness

One million energy efficient clothes washers purchased

First CEE HVAC efficiency specification for air-conditioners and heat pumps becomes new minimum standard; specification moves higher, advancing efficiency

LED Traffic Signal Initiative adopted
 
 
In 2000, California converts all traffic signals from incandescents to light-emitting diodes. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2000
 
California converts all traffic signals from incandescents to light-emitting diodes

70 American-manufactured energy efficient clothes washer models available

CEE National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® Survey reveals 41% awareness

Revised Residential Lighting Initiative launches

Whole Building Performance committee forms to consider whole building program approaches

A public library to distribute evaluation and research documents is established
 
 
In 2001, the specifications for compact fluorescent lamps and fixtures revised. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2001
 
CEE works with ENERGY STAR® to extend the brand to commercial clothes washers, ceiling fans, residential central air-conditioning, and light commercial HVAC equipment

CEE specifications for compact fluorescent lamps and fixtures revised

NEMA Premium® becomes label for motors meeting CEE Specification

Motor Decisions MatterSM, the first CEE marketing campaign, kicks off

Residential sales of efficient clothes washers reach 12% nationwide; 30% in areas with efficiency programs

CEE expands scope of North American Technician Excellence certification exams to include energy efficient HVAC installation
 
 
In 2002, CEE industry-to-industry relationships grow to include the American Lighting Association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Electrical Apparatus Service Association, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, and Compressed Air and Gas Institute. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2002
 
Industry-to-industry relationships grow to include the American Lighting Association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Electrical Apparatus Service Association, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, and Compressed Air and Gas Institute

Initiatives launched for commercial refrigeration and ice makers

Lighting for Tomorrow design competition starts
 
 
In 2003, the Evaluation Committee begins outreach program to public utility commissioners to demonstrate program impact. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2003
 
Evaluation Committee begins outreach program to public utility commissioners to demonstrate program impact
 
 
The CEE Whole Building Performance exploration kicks off in 2004. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2004
 
CEE Directory of AHRI-Verified HVAC Equipment goes online, listing seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF), and energy efficiency ratio (EER) for tens of thousands of equipment combinations

Municipal Water and Wastewater Initiative launched

Commercial Lighting Initiative launched
 
 
The Commercial Kitchens Initiative covering electric, natural gas, and water saving equipment is launched in 2005. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2005
 
An informal survey of member budgets indicates $1.65 billion in the United States and $190 million in Canada
 
CEE members abate 30.3 million tons of CO2

Commercial Kitchens Initiative covering electricity, natural gas, and water saving equipment launched

More than half the states—27—adopt efficiency
 
CEE members reach 50% of the US population and 33% of Canadians
 
 
CEE holds the first Gas Summit to explore additional natural gas efficiency opportunities in 2006. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2006
 
CEE holds the first Gas Summit to explore additional natural gas efficiency opportunities

First formal Annual Industry Report finds US efficiency programs budgeted $2.6 billion for 2006

Whole Building Performance produces a program model, defines attributes and goals for whole building energy performance, and works with the Building Owners and Managers Association International on its energy efficiency program
 
 
CEE adopts ACCA-ANSI Standard 5, an industry-endorsed specification of energy efficient installation practices for residential and light commercial HVAC systems in 2007. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2007
 
Industrial Program Planning exploratory committee supports member energy management programs

Residential Consumer Electronics Initiative approved

CEE adopts ACCA-ANSI Standard 5, an industry-endorsed specification of energy efficient installation practices for residential and light commercial HVAC systems

Data Centers and Servers Initiative launches
 
 
Coalition for ENERGY STAR® Water Heaters kicks into high gear at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas in 2008.
 
 
2008
 
US and Canadian energy efficiency budgets rise to $4.5 billion, an increase of 21%
 
CEE members abate 55 million tons of CO2

CEE members form the Behavior Interest exploration to look for savings stemming from changes in human behavior

Residential Gas Water Heating Initiative launched

Number of CEE members surpasses 100

Through the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), CEE reaches out with a regulatory training seminar

Coalition for ENERGY STAR® Water Heaters kicks into high gear at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas
 
 
CEE receives the prestigious Climate Protection Award from US EPA for "exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, personal dedication, technical achievements in climate protection."
 
 
2009
 
Major contributors AGA and IEE join the Annual Industry Report data collection effort
Gas budgets, which increased 80% over 2008, now represent 17% of total budgets

Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, first announces renewed federal focus on energy efficiency to CEE members at fall Industry Partners Meeting

CEE receives the prestigious Climate Protection Award from US EPA for "exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, personal dedication, technical achievements in climate protection"

41% increase in available high efficiency T8 lighting system models this year
 
 
In 2010, CEE releases the RFQ/RFP Guidance for Efficient Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2010
 
Second Gas Summit held to review new gas opportunities

CEE participates on DOE SEE Action Committees to monitor and maintain member interests

RFQ/RFP Guidance for Efficient Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities released
 
 
The Consumer Electronics Program Center launches to provide members with timely market data and forecasting in 2011. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2011
 
CEE National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® Survey reveals 83% awareness

C&I Transformers Initiative and Specification revised due to improved technology

Commercial Boiler Systems Initiative launched with specifications that can be applied to natural gas, oil, or propane boilers

Commercial Gas Water Heating Initiative and Specification adopted

Membership count stabilizes at 135 program administrators in 45 states and seven provinces

Principles of Evaluation, developed by CEE members, released to NARUC for comment

Consumer Electronics Program Center launches to provide members with timely market data and forecasting
 
 
The CEE Forum extranet for member collaboration is launched in 2012.
 
 
2012
 
Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative is revised and now includes specifications for variable refrigerant flow equipment

CEE Forum extranet for member collaboration launched
 
 
The Swimming Pool Initiative along with Pool Pump and Pool Pump Controls specifications are adopted in 2013. Source: iStockphoto.
 
 
2013
 
Swimming Pool Initiative along with Pool Pump and Pool Pump Controls specifications adopted

Enhanced public website launched
 
California Public Utilities Commission uses CEE Behavior Insights and Tools to help define future behavior programs for California
 
Existing Homes Working Group engages manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and members to identify preliminary components of an integrated home framework to increase residential savings
 
Consumer Electronics Program Center launches Phase 2 to pursue better program designs that track changes in technologies and markets

 
 
The CEE SEM Minimum Elements guides new programs, business customers, or service and technology providers through the key aspects of SEM that are supported by a consensus of efficiency program administrators.
 
 
2014
 
CEE Directory of AHRI-Verified HVAC Equipment becomes the CEE Directory of Efficient Equipment with the addition of products from five CEE initiatives
 
Residential Super Efficient Home Appliances Initiative revises refrigerator and freezer specification
 
Rack ovens added to Commercial Kitchens Initiative, bringing total number of product categories to nine
 
 
The CEE Residential Lighting Initiative offers a range of program opportunities, but focuses on the mass market for efficient integral bulb replacement as the largest savings opportunity.
 
 
2015
 
Residential Lighting Initiative strategizes savings through multitier, technology neutral specification, system approaches
 
Commercial Lighting Initiative replaces specifications to focus on T8 replacement products
 
Unifying heating and cooling products into one Residential Space Heating and Cooling Systems Initiative emphasizes common messaging and system approaches
 
 
An aspirational tier pushes the market forward.
 
 
2016
 
High Efficiency Central Air-conditioning Initiative leverages new commercial savings opportunities from product innovation, an advanced tier for unitary air conditioners, and top performing product lines
 
timeline updates
 
 
Changing the norm for hidden appliances. Space heating accounts for nearly half of all energy use in US and Canadian homes. Because gas furnaces are the most common way to heat homes, high efficiency units have a major impact on reducing natural gas consumption. The market share of high efficiency furnaces has doubled since CEE created the Residential Gas Heating Initiative in 1997 and now exceeds 50% of all furnace sales. This dramatic change has been bolstered by the collective efforts of individual CEE members, including 36 members that incentivize high efficiency gas furnaces. By serving as a forum to identify energy-saving opportunities and engage manufacturers over the long term, CEE contributed to the market shift that continues to save energy in millions of homes.
Since 1993, clothes washers have come a long way. In 1993, no American manufacturers were making clothes washers that met the energy performance specification agreed upon by members of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. By 1999, one million efficient clothes washers were purchased. How did this market transformation come about? When efficiency programs worked together at CEE, they came to a clothes washer solution that met mutual needs for lowered energy use, was cost-effective for consumers, and could be made and distributed by multiple manufacturers. Through the efforts of ratepayer funded, public benefit efficiency programs, united behind a clear, technology neutral specification for efficient clothes washers, the CEE national initiative transformed the market.
Expertise supports efficiency in motor decisions. Starting in 2001, efficiency programs partnered with the motor industry to create a common, credible platform to support motor decisions and planning. The Motor Decisions MatterSM Campaign and its product neutral tools and resources resulted from this partnership. More than a decade later, this platform, managed by CEE, continues to support efficiency programs, motor service providers, and distributors in their respective efforts to engage industrial decision makers.
Increasing the options in light bulbs. In 1992, compact fluorescent bulbs were still a novelty. As programs developed expertise in this high impact area, members started Lighting for Tomorrow, a design competition designed to bring well-designed, efficient fixtures to market. Technology has rapidly evolved, but the design competition is still going strong, now focusing on a range of product categories including lighting controls and SSL engineering for families of fixtures, retrofit kits, and replacement lamps.
ENERGY STAR® awareness has grown. When CEE members first fielded the CEE National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® Survey in 1999, only 30 percent of respondents recognized the label, and only 37 percent of these demonstrated a high level of understanding. Now, through the one-two punch of a federal program coupled with local awareness campaigns carried out by CEE members, 91 percent recognize the label.