Enabling the Future

As technology, energy, and regulatory landscapes shift, CEE members work together to lay the foundation for the future.

When new opportunities arise, programs leverage shared information at CEE to assess consensus requirements and work with industry and government to optimize market outcomes.

  • CEE Emerging Technologies Collaborative provides ready access to emerging opportunities and best practice program approaches, which informs members’ research and decisions.
  • Connected Committee members assess the potential consumer and grid benefits of products capable of two-way communication, paying particular attention to new energy efficiency opportunities.
  • Members work hand-in-hand with federal agencies to evolve the ENERGY STAR® program to ensure that past investments in the brand continue to benefit consumers and markets.
Emerging Technologies Collaborative

Through a rigorous and structured process, the Emerging Technologies Collaborative (ETC) identifies and accelerates promising opportunities for program promotion and market adoption. This is an essential function for CEE members spearheading market transformation. In 2016, ETC synthesized assessment and pilot testing data for communicating thermostats, multifunction heat pumps, and manufactured homes, enabling rapid next-stage development by CEE committees when appropriate.

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CEE Connected Efforts

“It’s not just the utility that’s facing disruption in the energy marketplace. Customers are too. Our goal is to be a trusted energy advisor for our customers, so it’s important to deliver actionable guidance for them that takes into account the details in product functionality so they don’t have to worry about it. The work that CEE is doing with manufacturers to generate consistent, specific product data makes us more effective.” Kevin Bright, Duke Energy

CEE work on connected devices supports a vital framework that enables greater energy savings, instills consumer confidence and understanding of the energy benefits of connectivity, and achieves non-energy benefits like load management. Based on a core set of principles representing the shared needs and values of members, CEE apprises product manufacturers of equipment specifications for functionality that is likely to attract promotion by voluntary DSM program administrators. CEE remains committed to establishing multiple communication pathways that scale and convey the customer and grid benefits of connected products.

In addition to defining the criteria for connectivity, CEE specifications determine the data elements critical to customer engagement platforms. As behavioral savings grow, our members will continue to deepen their roles as trusted energy advisors to multiple industries. Ultimately CEE seeks to ensure that energy efficiency is an important consideration in the development and use of connected products.

Connected Devices

“CEE is well positioned to address connected devices from the utility perspective. It’s built trust and credibility with program administrators and industry alike, and as a result, can bring together the right people to move forward in a complex situation.” Mark Wallenrod, Southern California Edison

  • CEE coordinates its binational strategy closely with DOE, EPA, EPRI, and industry stakeholders in specifying desired performance for connected products. Capturing consensus utility needs, while striving to create an inclusive marketplace with opportunities for all markets, is critical to realizing new grid and consumer benefits.
  • The first CEE specification with connected criteria, for efficient room air conditioners, goes into effect in 2017. CEE members developed and advanced a clear, proactive proposal with the objective of gaining widespread market acceptance.
  • CEE is drafting optional specification requirements that address connectivity, load management, data reporting, consumer engagement, and consumer control of communicating thermostats, central HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters, and pool pumps. These specifications will provide a platform for DSM programs to promote connected products and serve as a guide for manufacturers about the attributes valued by CEE members.
  • CEE is partnering with the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to develop an ANSI Standard for connected unitary HVAC systems. This standard could enable expansion of the CEE Directory of Efficient Equipment to identify HVAC systems that are energy efficient, beneficial to the grid, and potentially capable of spurring energy saving behavior.
Desired Capabilities of Connected Products

The CEE Connected Committee maintains high-level consensus principles requiring connected devices to reflect notable characteristics. Within their relevant CEE initiatives, connected devices will typically include:

  • Multiple means to connect to address program and regulatory diversity and to optimize potential DSM program participation
  • Open, nonproprietary communication architecture and protocols
  • Customer data security and privacy
  • Ability to ascertain product physical location and availability
  • Accommodation of price and reliability signals
  • Support for behavior change based on information such as variable pricing
  • Data reporting capabilities
  • Ability to accept and respond to a utility signal or equivalent consistently and reliably

Formed in 2013, the Connected Committee currently includes more than 40 organizations serving 26 states and provinces. It includes portfolio managers, demand response program managers, and experts in smart grid deployment. Through the Connected Committee, the following members take advantage of CEE’s established process and relationships with industry to specify consensus requirements for products that serve both efficiency and load management objectives:

AEP
Location: AR, OH, TX
Fuel: Electric

ALLIANT ENERGY
Location: IA, WI
Fuel: Combo

ARIZONA PUBLIC SERVICE
Location: AZ
Fuel: Electric

AUSTIN ENERGY
Location: TX
Fuel: Combo

AVISTA UTILITIES
Location: WA
Fuel: Combo

BALTIMORE GAS & ELECTRIC CO
Location: MD
Fuel: Combo

BC HYDRO
Location: BC
Fuel: Electric

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
Location: WA, OR, ID, MT
Fuel: Electric

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Location: CA
Fuel: None

CAPE LIGHT COMPACT
Location: MA
Fuel: None

COMMONWEALTH EDISON COMPANY
Location: IL
Fuel: Electric

CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY
Location: NY
Fuel: Combo

DTE ENERGY
Location: MI
Fuel: Combo

DUKE ENERGY
Location: NC, SC, FL, IN, KY, OH
Fuel: Combo

EFFICIENCY VERMONT
Location: VT
Fuel: Efficiency

EUGENE WATER AND ELECTRIC BOARD
Location: OR
Fuel: Electric

EPRI
Fuel: None

EVERSOURCE
Location: MA, RI, NH, CT
Fuel: Combo

FOCUS ON ENERGY – WISCONSIN
Location: WI
Fuel: Combo

FRAUNHOFER CSE
Fuel: None

HYDRO ONE
Location: ON
Fuel: Electric

HYDRO-QUÉBEC
Location: QC
Fuel: Combo

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESOURCES
Location: MA
Fuel: Efficiency

NATIONAL GRID
Location: NY, MA, RI
Fuel: Combo

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY
Fuel: None

NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA
Location: Canada
Fuel: Efficiency

NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
Fuel: None

NORTHEAST ENERGY EFFICIENCY PARTNERSHIPS
Fuel: None

NORTHWEST ENERGY EFFICIENCY ALLIANCE
Location: OR, WA, ID, MT
Fuel: None

NV ENERGY
Location: NV
Fuel: Combo

NYSERDA
Location: NY
Fuel: Combo

ONCOR
Location: TX
Fuel: Electric

PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
Location: CA
Fuel: Combo

PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY
Fuel: None

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC
Location: OR
Fuel: Electric

PSEG LONG ISLAND
Location: NY
Fuel: Combo

QUESTAR GAS COMPANY
Location: UT
Fuel: Gas

SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT
Location: CA
Fuel: Electric

SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC
Location: CA
Fuel: Combo

SASKPOWER
Location: SK
Fuel: Electric

SNOHOMISH COUNTY PUD
Location: WA
Fuel: Electric

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Location: CA
Fuel: Electric

SOUTHERN COMPANY
Location: GA, AL, MS
Fuel: Electric

TAMPA ELECTRIC
Location: FL
Fuel: Electric

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
Location: TN
Fuel: Electric

UNITED ILLUMINATING
Location: CT
Fuel: Electric

US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Location: National
Fuel: None

US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Location: USA
Fuel: None

XCEL ENERGY
Location: CO, MN
Fuel: Combo

ENERGY STAR®

Canadian ENERGY STAR logoCEE’s 20-year collaboration with ENERGY STAR provides a twofold benefit: a consumer-friendly marketing platform for members to leverage in promoting energy efficiency and a consensus definition of the minimum performance requirements for energy efficiency. Members, who helped build ENERGY STAR into the powerhouse brand it is today, rely on the integrity the program gains from following the brand tenets.

CEE submitted consensus comments on seven product categories in 2016, securing important changes to the ENERGY STAR Program that reflect the needs of CEE members and their customers.

The CEE Board Committee on ENERGY STAR met in person with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) senior management to discuss partnership opportunities and potential changes to the ENERGY STAR Program in 2017. Providing this annual in-person forum ensures that CEE Directors—who represent the consensus needs of the energy efficiency and demand response program industry—continue to work cooperatively with senior management at EPA and DOE to shape the future of ENERGY STAR. At the recent meeting, participants identified specific priorities: developing a national strategy for engaging the health care industry and working toward grid benefits stemming from labeled products.

ENERGY STAR LogoTo provide a communication channel between CEE members and other ENERGY STAR partners operating in the connected market, CEE co-chairs an ENERGY STAR working group on connected appliances. This group talks to appliance manufacturers, EPA staff, and other ENERGY STAR partners about the barriers and opportunities for connected appliances identified by CEE members. This group also ensured that connected resources developed by ENERGY STAR are useful to members.

CEE’s Deputy Director serves as staff liaison to the ENERGY STAR Program. Each week he meets with the ENERGY STAR Brand Manager at EPA and a technical lead for ENERGY STAR at DOE. This direct participation keeps CEE staff abreast of forthcoming changes to ENERGY STAR and new partnership opportunities for CEE members. The CEE liaison also elaborates on CEE consensus comments, bolstering their impact on the Program, and obtains candid assessments regarding EPA decisions to pursue given courses of action. This continuing partnership between CEE and the ENERGY STAR Program supports the entire energy efficiency landscape.