Public facilities that purify and distribute drinking water and that collect and treat wastewater are widespread and energy intensive, accounting for approximately 3% of US electricity use, or 100 billion kWh annually. Typically, water treatment is the largest energy consumer for local governments, representing 25–40% of municipal operating expenditures. This CEE Initiative encourages facility management to adopt energy efficiency as standard operating procedure for improving performance and reducing costs while meeting environmental regulations. In addition, Initiative participants aim to transform the market for water and wastewater products and services by enhancing the impact of local energy efficiency programs and coordinating efficiency program efforts with stakeholder industries.


Over the past ten years, the CEE Municipal Water and Wastewater Initiative has achieved several objectives, including:

  • Raising awareness of energy efficiency as an important means of improving operations, reducing pressure on municipal budgets, and addressing climate concerns at the local level. Evidence of this change includes a dramatic increase in the number of papers on energy topics at water industry events and publications, as well as the launch of the biannual WEF Energy and Water Conference in 2011.
  • Addressing barriers in the municipal procurement process through development and promotion of RFP guidance (2009).
  • Assisting member programs to cost-effectively serve small treatment facilities using the CEE Small Facilities Energy Checklists (2011).
  • Addressing market barriers preventing uptake of new high efficiency blower technologies by initiating and supporting development of new energy performance test codes and reporting criteria for blower performance (2013).

Since 2010, CEE has worked with leading blower manufacturers and industry associations, spurring new energy performance test procedures for all major blower types. Based on this work, blower data performance sheets were published for the first time in 2016, representing 11 blower products from two manufacturers. These data sheets enable apples-to-apples comparison of energy performance across products, advancing the market for a major energy end use.

“CEE was instrumental in bringing to the attention of the blower manufacturers, represented through the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI), the need for energy performance measurement standards and data sheets, to differentiate our products on the basis of energy performance.” John Conover, Chair of the CAGI Blower Section

The CAGI Blower Section of the Compressed Air and Gas Institute responded to the industry’s request and has published a performance standard for blowers and data sheets that are accessible through the CAGI website. The intention is for manufacturers to report product performance, giving utilities and customers a way to compare products.

Data Source
Compressed Air and Gas Institute, accessed February 24, 2017.

How to Participate

CEE maintains the Initiative today as a valued forum for members to share experience and lessons learned from serving this savings-rich but difficult-to-reach market segment. Members learn about federal program activities, benefit from industry perspectives, and access Initiative resources.


Commonwealth Edison Company

Consumers Energy

Efficiency Vermont


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program

Idaho Power

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

National Grid


Southern California Edison

Tacoma Power

Xcel Energy