CEE Board Approves New Pumps System Initiative

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Board has approved the new CEE Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Pump Systems Initiative on January 21, 2020. This new Initiative builds on more than four years of diligent research by the Pumps Working Group.  

The opportunity for energy savings in this area is significant. In US manufacturing alone, pumps account for more than 25% of electricity used for industrial systems. The global market for pumps is expected to grow and Pump Systems have the potential for 339 Terawatt-hours of savings over the next 30 years in the United States.  

In 2016, the Department of Energy published a new regulation requiring certain commercial and industrial clean water pumps to represent energy performance on the device, determined by a new test procedure represented by the Pump Energy Index (PEI) metric. In 2019, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) published Amendment 16 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations that introduced or updated several regulations, one of which included clean water pumps.  

As the binational organization transforming markets on behalf of US and Canadian program administrators, CEE is positioned to support members and work with industry toward increasing the availability of highly efficient pump systems by:  

  • Defining high energy performance pumps,  
  • Defining and tracking the market to support communication and education,  
  • Setting a framework for considering system and integrated demand side management principles.  

Potential savings are represented below:

Estimates TWh % or total energy consumption Incremental diff (TWh) Incremental diff(%)
DOE Savings 79 1.00% - -
CEE Savings 96 1.21% 17 0.21%
Max Savings 339 4.29% 243 3.08%

A Tier 0 voluntary specification using PEI for clean water pumps defines highly efficient pumps, 0.95 or better for constant load applications and 0.48 or better for variable load applications. This is to differentiate performance while CEE works to educate the market which is new to energy efficiency regulation and PEI. To participate in the new Initiative a program must support the CEE Efficiency Tier through provision of incentives or significant education or promotional programs and communicate to CEE that you are a participant upon request. The CEE C&I Pumps Committee will support program adoption as well as define the critical information needs to understand, support, and track market progress toward highly efficient pump systems.  

For more information check the Pumps Committee Page on the forum or reach out to Chris Sullivan-Trainor. 

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. 

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.

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