Strategic Energy Management Initiative
This Initiative defines and accelerates adoption of Strategic Energy Management (SEM) as a standard business practice across US and Canadian industrial sectors. Members are working to align DSM program industry support behind a set of SEM Minimum Elements, influence the providers of enabling technologies and services, and scale end user demand for SEM.
From 2014 to 2016, participants in the CEE initiative proved that SEM delivers cost-effective benefits for industrial businesses and program portfolios. The initiative strategy enables broad efficiency program support for SEM by developing a consistent binational definition, shared design and delivery approaches, and demonstrated results. The Initiative is at an inflection point today, shifting its focus from making SEM offerings effective to delivering SEM to thousands of industrial sites while maintaining program success.
2016 provided further evidence of CEE leadership and impact in Industrial Strategic Energy Management (SEM). The DOE Unified Methods Project SEM Protocol highlighted the CEE SEM Minimum Elements as “the utility industry model.” The Minimum Elements are also the basis for increased DOE support for SEM programs, including a new effort to support new SEM offerings where none are available today.
“BC Hydro uses Strategic Energy Management to create strong relationships with our large customers to help them better manage their energy use. Our work at CEE to create a common framework for SEM is helping to increase customer demand for SEM services and technologies, and accelerating SEM implementations across the US and Canada.”Steve Hobson, BC Hydro
How to Participate
Members participating in the CEE SEM Initiative are required to demonstrate support for CEE Strategic Energy Management Minimum Elements in their programs. Members self-identify and CEE confirms eligibility using program information collected through the CEE SEM Program Case Studies. Participating member programs are asked to:
- incorporate the CEE SEM Minimum Elements into their industrial program portfolios
- report SEM program offerings and results to CEE via the SEM Program Case Studies survey on an annual basis
- identify SEM offerings as being in alignment with the CEE SEM Minimum Elements, ISO 50001, DOE SEP, or EPA ENERGY STAR® program
Bonneville Power Administration
Commonwealth Edison Company
Efficiency Nova Scotia
Energy Trust of Oregon
Focus on Energy—Wisconsin
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Puget Sound Energy
Rocky Mountain Power
Snohomish County PUD
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas