November 10, 2014

Strategic energy management (SEM) is an emerging approach to make energy a core part of business decisions. SEM programs build end user capacity to achieve continuous improvements in energy intensity, as well as drive enhancements to management practices and operations, all within the goals of a particular operation. By applying energy monitoring and reporting to a rigorous management system approach, SEM offers greater visibility to the energy impacts of customer actions, including capital projects, and operational, maintenance, or behavior changes. 

The CEE Industrial SEM Initiative aligns SEM programs across the US and Canada behind a consistent set of Minimum Elements crucial to achieving end user goals, and the measurable, persistent, and cost effective energy savings that program administrators require. The Initiative also provides a forum for the collection and sharing of detailed SEM program designs, delivery strategies, and results, published program evaluations, marketing materials, and federal program resources.

EMIS Enables Deeper SEM Capabilities

At the 2014 CEE Industry Partners Meeting the CEE SEM Committee sat down with leading providers of industrial energy management information systems (EMIS) to learn more about how integrating EMIS with SEM can potentially enhance end user and program outcomes. EMIS supports data collection, analysis, reporting, and communication at the facility or enterprise level. Some systems enable a deeper level of customer service and engagement by allowing programs to track the progress of SEM program participants over time. However, industrial EMIS technologies are new, and the product mix is complex and challenging for end users and programs to navigate.

Supported by leading industrial EMIS solutions providers, the CEE SEM Committee is developing consistent principles highlighting the specific value streams that programs are seeking by integrating EMIS with SEM offerings, and the capabilities that EMIS solutions must deliver in order to achieve those values and justify program support. These EMIS principles, together with new research from CEE and member programs, will enable SEM programs and end users to specify what they need from EMIS to achieve their SEM objectives.

Is your program at the table for these groundbreaking discussions? To find out more or to sign up for the CEE Strategic Energy Management Committee, contact CEE.

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.