Sharing ideas and results from new technology assessments and program pilots reduces risk and cost for members.
As business models shift and new opportunities arise, programs leverage shared information from CEE to take advantage of innovation, particularly to support the move from individual products and components to data flows, whole systems, and new program strategies.
Members with active research programs assess new technologies and program approaches through the Emerging Technologies Collaborative for consideration by all members. Over four years, CEE has anticipated the introduction of connected devices in developing a specification framework for priority products. ENERGY STAR® continues to be the market platform for efficiency programs. CEE consults with relevant federal agencies in an ongoing process as we collaboratively navigate market changes.
Emerging Technologies Collaborative
“We’re in the process of developing our ET program. The Handbook brings us up to speed with our peers. The common language, practices, and principles it highlights help us better understand what questions we need to ask ourselves. Plus, we’re incorporating elements that enable us to collaborate effectively.” Dale Thompson, Los Angeles Department of Water and PowerIn 2015, the Emerging Technologies Collaborative (ETC) worked to improve effectiveness of emerging technology (ET) programs and brought together foundational ET research to accelerate consideration of new opportunities for program promotion and market adoption.
Key accomplishments include publishing an internal Program Handbook, updating the catalog of over 500 assessments, and identifying heat pump water heaters and variable capacity heat pumps for the Consortium to consider. Looking ahead, ETC will continue to build out an approach to prioritizing new opportunities for efficiency program consideration and advance consideration of selected priorities.
CEE members encourage the commercialization of connected products that support member objectives such as efficiency, expanded load management for capacity optimization and offset of supply-side investments, and increased grid value of intermittent energy resources. CEE informs product manufacturers of functionality that is likely to attract promotion by voluntary DSM program administrators based on the collective understanding of potential customer and utility benefits. CEE has remained consistent about the importance of establishing multiple communication pathways in order to scale the customer and grid benefits of connected products. In 2015, CEE began to flesh out specification requirements for unitary HVAC systems, standardized support data needs for customer engagement platforms offered by CEE members, and informed the CEE approach through review of existing standards, market research, and program requirements.
Goals of Connected
The Connected Committee specification framework requires definition of the following device characteristics within relevant CEE initiatives:
- Communication architecture and protocols
- Customer data security
- Product physical location
- Discoverability and availability
- Automatic rejoin and local data storage
- Configurability for local peak period avoidance
- Demand response functionality
- Response time necessary for participation in wholesale energy and capacity markets
- Data reporting capabilities
- Newly enabled energy efficiency, including diagnostics and behavior
- Consumer engagement capabilities
- Testing and verification requirements
Through the Connected Committee, the following members take advantage of CEE’s established process and relationship with industry to specify consensus requirements for products that serve both efficiency and load management objectives:
Location: AR, OH, TX
BALTIMORE GAS & ELECTRIC CO
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
Location: WA, OR, ID, MT
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
COMMONWEALTH EDISON COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY
Location: NC, SC, FL, IN, KY, OH
Location: MA, RI, NH, CT
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESOURCES
Location: NY, MA, RI
NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA
NORTHEAST ENERGY EFFICIENCY PARTNERSHIPS
NORTHWEST ENERGY EFFICIENCY ALLIANCE
Location: OR, WA, ID, MT
PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC
PSEG LONG ISLAND
QUESTAR GAS COMPANY
SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT
SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY
SNOHOMISH COUNTY PUD
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
Location: GA, AL, MS
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Location: CO, MN
The Consortium’s twenty-year collaboration with ENERGY STAR provides a twofold benefit: a consumer-friendly marketing platform for members to leverage in promoting energy efficiency and a consensus definition of the minimum requirements for energy efficiency. Members, who helped build ENERGY STAR into the powerhouse brand it is today, rely on the continued integrity of the brand tenets.
In 2015, CEE actively engaged EPA on a number of strategic decisions facing the brand. The Consortium conveyed consensus comments on communicating thermostats, lamps, and commercial boilers, fryers, toasters, and ovens.
As CEE has done for the past eight years, the Consortium facilitated an annual meeting between the CEE Board Committee on ENERGY STAR and senior EPA and DOE management. CEE and these federal agencies share status, market trends, and evolutionary changes in efficiency programs and ENERGY STAR. Together, we identify opportunities for alignment and partnership that increase brand equity and enhance the role of ENERGY STAR as a platform for use in members’ programs.
Leveraging ENERGY STAR for Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance is one such partnership opportunity. EPA believes that ENERGY STAR provides an effective platform in state efforts to comply with the CPP requirements, and CEE members can attest to how effective ENERGY STAR has been in promoting efficiency.