July 30, 2015

If you follow committee work plans, you know that a Residential HVAC Committee goal for 2015 is to establish product performance requirements necessary for Connected demand side devices offer benefits to both utilities and customersconnected equipment. CEE is working with members, industry, and other organizations to establish national consensus on the performance characteristics of HVAC systems that are efficient, capable of two-way communication, grid-friendly, and able to share data to verify energy and capacity benefits. Ultimately members also intend for connected HVAC systems to support better customer engagement with the goal of encouraging energy savings behavior.

Connectivity represents a game changing opportunity for efficiency that must be addressed at market scale. Work is progressing on completion of an ANSI standard that specifies connectivity, load management, and data to be shared for unitary HVAC systems. Members of the CEE Connected Committee currently sit on the ANSI committee composed mostly of equipment manufacturers, along with staff from CEE, EPRI, and EEI.

The committee has been working steadily and will convene in person for further discussion of the desired functionality to support program administrator needs at the 2015 Industry Partners Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. CEE is planning an in-depth discussion on the ANSI standards in development, and how they can ultimately be incorporated into future efficiency programs. Installation contractors, distributors, OEMs, and communicating thermostat manufacturers have also been invited to share their perspectives.


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.