Kitchens Initiative


Members supporting this Initiative are working to increase the uptake of energy efficient commercial kitchen products by creating clear and credible definitions of high efficiency energy and water performance in cooking, refrigeration, and sanitation equipment. These definitions streamline the selection of products through targeted market strategies, such as product specifications, qualifying products lists, and program guidance documents, all based on the unique features of the particular food service markets.

To support these goals, Initiative members strategically:

  1. inform and fortify ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense® programs for energy and water efficiency program administrators
  2. consider and maintain the effectiveness of CEE specifications to advance efficiency, reflect market transformation, and meet consensus needs of members
  3. research new binational opportunities for significant energy and water savings opportunities in commercial kitchens, develop voluntary energy and water equipment performance specifications that represent efficient products, and maintain the relevance of these specifications over time
  4. initiate and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders, including manufacturers, trade associations, and key end user associations


Thanks to member support of the CEE Commercial Kitchens Initiative, consumers have benefited from greater availability of energy efficient commercial foodservice equipment. As a result, there are fewer opportunities to differentiate equipment performance beyond ENERGY STAR levels, reducing the need for CEE tier levels in certain equipment categories, including dish machines, refrigerators and freezers, rack ovens, and fryers.

In support of the ENERGY STAR brand, CEE members provide comments to the US EPA on the proposed revisions to the ENERGY STAR® commercial refrigerators and freezers specification. Their input has also informed the development of a new specification for commercial coffee brewers.

“Since 2005, CEE members, ENERGY STAR, and the Department of Energy have worked in concert to advance the market for highly efficient cooking, refrigeration, and sanitation equipment. Over time, the margin of energy savings above federal minimum standards for equipment covered under the CEE Initiative has diminished. As a result, the CEE Commercial Kitchens Committee is exploring energy savings in new areas, such as commercial refrigeration.”

Karen Rhodes, Xcel Energy

The CEE Commercial Kitchens Initiative provides clear and credible definitions in the marketplace for highly efficient energy and water performance in cooking, refrigeration, and sanitation equipment. To better support participants, the Initiative offers a bundle of relevant program detail, including nine product specifications, for the food service market.

Data Source:
See the CEE Commercial Kitchens Initiative

CEE member programs reference CEE commercial kitchen equipment or ENERGY STAR® specifications in incentive programs. Totals in this graph count program categories from the same program administrator in different states as distinct measures.

Data Source:
Aggregated data from CEE Commercial Kitchens Program Summaries. See 2016, for example.

How to Participate

As with all CEE initiatives, participation in the Commercial Kitchens Initiative is voluntary. The CEE Commercial Kitchens Initiative is open to members who:

  • incorporate at least one of the initiative specifications or guidelines in an educational or incentivized regional or local program
  • communicate the scope, duration, and key aspects of your respective regional or local programs to CEE staff when requested
  • grant use of your organizational name and program information for the purpose of achieving initiative goals


Alliant Energy

Ameren Illinois

Ameren Missouri

Atmos Energy Corporation

Austin Energy

Avista Utilities

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Berkshire Gas

Black Hills Energy

Bonneville Power Administration

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Commonwealth Edison Company

Connecticut Natural Gas

Consumers Energy

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

DTE Energy

Duke Energy

Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon

Eugene Water & Electric Board


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin


Georgia Power

Gulf Power

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program

Hydro One

Idaho Power

Liberty Utilities

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

MidAmerican Energy

National Grid

New Jersey Natural Gas

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New Mexico Gas Company

Nicor Gas

NV Energy


Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Platte River Power Authority


Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

Public Service Electric & Gas

Puget Sound Energy

Questar Gas

Rocky Mountain Power

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

San Diego Gas & Electric Company


Seattle City Light

Snohomish County PUD


South Jersey Gas

Southern California Edison

Southern Connecticut Gas

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Southwest Gas

Tacoma Power

Tennessee Valley Authority

Union Gas

United Illuminating


Vectren Corporation

Vermont Gas

Xcel Energy