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


Taking a new approach to demand control kitchen ventilation systems, CEE worked with industry leaders to validate the need for high-level commissioning guidance. Initiative members also informed the development of new specifications for coffee brewers and rack ovens. The specification revisions for commercial fryers were augmented by consensus comments to the US EPA on the proposed ENERGY STAR® commercial food service equipment specifications.

The 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 Commercial Kitchens Initiative

CEE member programs reference CEE commercial kitchen equipment or ENERGY STAR® specifications in incentive programs.

Data Source:
Aggregated data from CEE Commercial Kitchens Program Summaries. See 2015, 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

Austin Energy

Avista Utilities

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

BC Hydro

Berkshire Gas

Black Hills Energy

Bonneville Power Administration

Cape Light Compact

City of Palo Alto Utilities

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 and Electric Board

Eversource Energy—Connecticut


Georgia Power

Great Plains Natural Gas

Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program

Idaho Power

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

MidAmerican Energy

Mississippi Power


National Grid

New Jersey Natural Gas

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New Mexico Gas Company

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Nicor Gas

Northern California Power Agency

NV  Energy


Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Platte River Power Authority


Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

PPL Electric Utilities

PSEG Long Island

Public Service Electric & Gas

Questar Gas

Rocky Mountain Power

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

San Diego Gas & Electric Company


South Jersey Gas

Southern California Edison

Southern Connecticut Gas

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Southwest Gas

Tennessee Valley Authority

Union Gas

United Illuminating


Vectren Corporation

Vermont Gas

Xcel Energy