The CEESM Super Efficient Home Appliances Initiative (SEHA) facilitates efforts by efficiency programs to boost sales and overall market share of efficient appliances. The Initiative complements ENERGY STAR® efforts to increase the sales and market penetration of qualified appliances. It also encourages the development and promotion of the most energy efficient products in the market by detailing binational efficiency specifications, communicating to the industry as a collective voice, and sharing program experience.
CEE finalized a specification for efficient room air conditioners with optional connectivity. This specification goes into effect in 2017 and represents the first CEE specification with connected elements. It identifies products that communicate via open standards and offers an important demand side resource, particularly in large metropolitan areas with summer peak demand. CEE members, working together proactively, put clear, actionable guidance forward that industry can leverage to distinguish its connected products.
CEE launched a revised section in the Initiative, specification, and qualifying product list for residential dishwashers. This specification complements the ENERGY STAR Program criteria and serves as a resource for members promoting the most efficient dishwashers available.
SEHA members developed a tiered specification for clothes dryers to share with industry stakeholders. The yet to be released proposal is designed to encourage the commercialization of heat pump technology and address shortcomings of the current DOE test procedure. Specific performance data requirements are intended to enable CEE members to promote products that deliver desired energy savings to consumers.
A Word about Connected
CEE members prioritized room air conditioners as the appliance with the greatest value proposition from connected functionality. In 2016, CEE engaged with industry stakeholders regarding their current connected product offerings and consideration of demand response functionality. The Committee learned that all connected room air conditioners in the market are currently relying on wireless communication. While members identified many benefits of this pathway, they concluded that it is not sufficient to meet the needs of customers or the distribution system across the country. As a result, the CEE room air conditioner specification now requires that connected units have a direct, on-premise connection based on open standards in addition to any wireless, broadband Internet connectivity.
How to Participate
CEE members are welcome to participate in the SEHA Initiative if they support the ENERGY STAR appliances program. In particular, members should:
- offer incentives for appliances meeting CEE higher efficiency tiers
- deploy a significant and focused educational and promotional program for efficient appliances that meet CEE specifications
- promote CEE specifications with industry stakeholders
Supporting the higher tiers in CEE specifications influences consumer purchase, retailer promotion, and manufacturer product development, which continues to drive the performance improvements.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
Black Hills Energy
Bonneville Power Administration
Cape Light Compact
City Utilities of Springfield—Missouri
Commonwealth Edison Company
Consolidated Edison Company
DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Energy Trust of Oregon
Eugene Water & Electric Board
Focus on Energy—Wisconsin
Great Plains Natural Gas
Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Nebraska Public Power District
New Hampshire Electric Co-Op
New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)
PSEG Long Island
Public Service Electric & Gas
Puget Sound Energy
Rocky Mountain Power
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Seattle City Light
Snohomish County PUD
Southern California Edison
Southern Connecticut Gas
Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
Tennessee Valley Authority
United Illuminating Company