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

Participation in the CEE Industrial SEM Initiative continued to grow. Twenty-four members offer industrial SEM programs that have served more than 700 industrial sites since 2008.

Data Source:
CEE SEM Program Summaries for 2014 and 2016, accessed February 7, 2017.

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



BC Hydro

Bonneville Power Administration

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consumers Energy

DTE Energy

Duke Energy

Efficiency Nova Scotia

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon

Focus on Energy—Wisconsin



Idaho Power

MidAmerican Energy

National Grid

NB Power

Nicor Gas

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Puget Sound Energy

Rocky Mountain Power

Snohomish County PUD

Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas

Tacoma Power

Union Gas

Xcel Energy