Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative
This Initiative aims to increase the market availability of high efficiency commercial unitary air conditioners and heat pumps in the US and Canada and to encourage upgrades to efficient systems.
CEE members meet these objectives by working with HVAC industry stakeholders to define and promote consensus performance specifications for commercial air conditioner and heat pump equipment. Widespread adoption of CEE specifications by program administrators ensures the flow of consistent information about aggregate demand for efficient equipment throughout the market. CEE conveys this vital data to manufacturers through annual program summaries and timely updates on initiative participation. Widespread adoption of the specification provides a reliable justification for manufacturers to increase investment in and supply of more efficient equipment and, ultimately, increases the availability of high efficiency equipment. This voluntary approach ensures that participating efficiency programs achieve increased energy savings and supports programs pursuing peak demand reduction.
In 2016, the 57 members on the Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps Committee participated in the Initiative to realize energy savings from prescriptive unitary and variable refrigerant flow air-conditioning and heat pump measures. CEE revised the CEEsm High Efficiency Commercial Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps Initiative to maintain market relevance of mass-market tiers, given increasing codes and standards. As well, the revised Initiative pinpoints new savings opportunities made possible with the addition of an Advanced Tier for unitary AC.
Reaching an important audience, the New Buildings Institute’s Advanced Buildings New Construction Guide continues to reference CEE Tier 2 in its commercial HVAC requirements, where applicable.
CEE’s continuing focus on advanced rooftop unit controls (ARC) retrofits has helped grow program knowledge and activity; the eight members involved in the 2013 and 2014 Emerging Technologies Collaborative assessment have grown to 13 member programs and pilots in 2016. As they share data, members build consensus program guidance, which CEE now vets with industry partners.
How to Participate
The Commercial ACHP Initiative provides individual organizations with a voice in collective, harmonized efforts to advance efficiency. Initiative participation informs original equipment manufacturers and supply chain gatekeepers—and encourages their ongoing investment in, and supply of, energy efficient products to local markets. While one program may represent a small fraction of the market, collective participation through CEE sends a powerful signal to the binational distribution chain that energy efficient products are valued and supported across the US and Canada.
As with all initiatives of CEE, participation in the CEE High Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative is voluntary. Initiative participants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- provide incentives, defined as rebates or financing, for high efficiency commercial air conditioning equipment that meets at least one of the CEE efficiency tier levels for at least one of the equipment categories
- deploy a significant and focused educational or promotional program that identifies and promotes high efficiency commercial air-conditioning equipment that meets at least one of the CEE efficiency tier levels for at least one of the equipment categories
- when requested, communicate with CEE about your participation. CEE typically publishes publicly available program information for Initiative participants in an annual program summary and in other communications about Initiative impacts to key market players in order to promote the goals of the Initiative.
Arizona Public Service
Bonneville Power Administration
Cape Light Compact
Consolidated Edison Company
Energy Trust of Oregon
Focus on Energy—Wisconsin
Nebraska Public Power District
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op
New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Platte River Power Authority
Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)
PSEG Long Island
Public Service Electric and Gas
Puget Sound Energy
Rocky Mountain Power
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Salt River Project
San Diego Gas and Electric Company
Seattle City Light
Southern California Edison
Tennessee Valley Authority