Staff from CEE member organizations work together on 21 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 2018. CEE invites program administrators to join the committee work going on in the CEE Forum.

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Integrated Home Exploration
How can programs deploy comprehensive retrofit offerings and also leverage connected technologies for enhanced savings and customer engagement?

  • Identify opportunities and create resources to promote 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
  • Assess opportunities for communicating capabilities across residential products and equipment to deliver consumer as well as grid benefits across energy efficiency, load management, and behavioral savings
  • Finalize and publish a CEE Residential New Construction Initiative which includes a tiered specification to support members’ new homes program goals
  • Collaborate with federal voluntary programs as well as industry representatives to enhance market effectiveness and create platforms that support the delivery of integrated home offerings

New Construction Initiative
How can individual programs across unique climates and local building industries work together to promote the adoption of super efficient homes?

  • Deploy the new CEE Residential New Construction Initiative, which employs quality assurance measures along with a performance-based tier structure of increasingly stringent energy targets
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and industry partners to drive increased coordination across voluntary specification platforms, building code pathways, rating and software tools, evaluation metrics, and marketing opportunities

Heating and Cooling Systems Initiative
How is CEE leveraging the potential applications of communicating capabilities, and how can members work with industry stakeholders to deliver quality installation practices of efficient equipment in the United States 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 opportunities for new technologies and functions that help CEE members advance their efficiency efforts, including various heat pump applications, combination heat and hot water systems, communicating thermostats, low-load furnaces, gas furnaces, and connected-central equipment
Water Heating Initiative
How can we drive uptake of efficient products at scale through a combination of downstream and upstream efforts?

  • Publish the CEE Residential Water Heating Initiative that includes revised natural gas product specifications, new heat pump water heater specifications that address efficiency as well as connectivity, and outreach and engagement program approaches
  • 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
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
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

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
Lighting Initiative
How can programs move beyond T8 to system savings opportunities in a dynamic market context?

  • Support member program objectives to capture energy savings in the high-efficiency linear replacement lamp market
  • Position the energy efficiency industry to capture new savings and demand management benefits from the integration and interaction of networked, sensor equipped lighting systems and whole building control and information systems
High Efficiency Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative
Can programs develop cost-effective offerings for new construction, equipment replacements, and retrofits, while moving the industry toward a holistic approach that promotes efficiency of the entire HVAC system?

  • Finalize revisions to the High Efficiency Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps (HECAC) Initiative specifications for unitary and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioning and heat pump equipment to ensure continued market relevance in light of increases in federal minimum standards in 2018 and to meet member needs to differentiate high efficiency systems
  • Facilitate adoption of the revised HECAC Initiative by key market players to provide a consistent signal to the market of the aggregate demand for efficient products via execution of the communication and implementation plan
  • Accelerate advanced rooftop unit controls (ARC) retrofits through the refinement of consensus program guidance and continued exploration of standard methodology for defining and verifying ARC performance
Gas Boiler Systems Initiative
What resources do programs need to achieve savings through this systems approach?

  • Develop materials to help program administrators encourage the adoption of hybrid boiler systems, and explain their benefits to installers, engineers and building owners
  • 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?

  • Continue to identify effective customer engagement approaches for small and medium-sized EDCs, including through continued development of a program template based on a standardized bundle of air management measures, to enhance the effectiveness of member programs targeting these facilities
  • Enhance member engagement and information sharing of program experiences, research efforts, and lessons learned to identify shared program interests and priorities for future development
  • Identify and communicate consensus program needs where relevant with respect to new and revised ENERGY STAR product specifications, such as ENERGY STAR® certified servers, as well as product specifications developed by other federal partners
Kitchens Initiative
Can efficiency programs drive ongoing improvements in commercial kitchen energy efficiency?

  • Enhance the Initiative’s relevance and value to members by reviewing existing Initiative resources, such as energy efficient automatic commercial ice makers and pre-rinse spray valves, and consider new energy savings opportunities, such as for demand control kitchen ventilation, and updating them as appropriate
  • 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
Gas Water Heating Initiative
Can programs increase impacts by taking a customer centric approach and targeting high use consumers?

  • Identify opportunities for supporting a water heating system based approach in commercial food service, and help consumers save additional energy by bundling measures
  • 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
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

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

  • In 2018, CEE will explore the opportunity to enhance the effectiveness of member commercial refrigeration programs through the development of consensus-based energy performance levels for open and closed door, self-contained and remote condensing equipment which are typically used in food sales and service markets, where appropriate, and assess the opportunity for a CEE Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Initiative
  • Capture key considerations and success factors for program-supported combined heat and power (CHP), including known and proven applications for program support
  • Assess and prioritize emerging technologies in the C&I space from a program perspective to guide the research and development of future CEE C&I Initiatives
Industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Initiative
What are the facility profiles where has SEM proven to be effective and replicable? Can SEM address a broad range of C&I facilities, by identifying best practices to serve key facility profiles?

  • 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
  • Integrate consideration of energy management practices in commercial facilities, including the role of connected end uses and energy information systems
  • Convene program administrators and SEM practitioners to collect and analyze the growing data set on SEM implementations, to identify facility profiles where SEM has proven effective and replicable

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

Motor Systems
How can efficiency programs provide greater value to business customers when it comes motor-driven equipment, such as pumps and air compressors?

  • Identify more energy savings from compressed air systems by supporting the CEE Compressed Air System Audit Specification, which defines minimum practice for comprehensive system audits
  • Work with other CEE members and the pump industry to guide the development of a CEE pump system efficiency initiative and high efficiency pump specification
  • Explore the opportunity to promote the market for high efficiency compressors by leveraging federal minimum standards and partnering with the compressor industry

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®