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 increase end user demand for SEM.


“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 also going to facilitate further adoption of SEM by more utilities.”Steve Hobson, BC Hydro
Member support rose in 2015 for the Industrial SEM Initiative from 19 to 27 member operating companies. Many of these members credited the SEM Initiative resources and activities, including the CEE SEM Minimum Elements and SEM Deep Dive Webcasts, as valuable for informing program design and achieving regulatory approval. CEE also presented at the 2015 ACEEE Industrial Energy Efficiency Summer Study on trends in strategic energy management program design—with contributors from AEP Ohio, Efficiency Vermont, and National Grid. Other updates include:

  • 28 member operating companies are currently offer industrial SEM program or pilot support SEM Minimum Elements, exceeding the 2015 goal of 25
  • 17 member companies participated in SEM Program Case Studies data collection

Participation in the Strategic Energy Management Initiative, with its framework of Minimum Elements, is growing. At the end of 2015, 25 members reported participating in the Initiative. This is up from 19 in December 2014. Member SEM programs have served 438 industrial facilities to date.

Data Source: 2015 CEE SEM Program Case Studies Report, accessed February 4, 2016. 2012 CEE Annual Report, see page 7.

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.

  • To achieve the program and market benefits described above, 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


AEP Ohio


BC Hydro

Bonneville Power Administration

Commonwealth Edison Company

Commonwealth Edison Company

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

Ontario IESO

PPL Electric Utilities—Pennsylvania†

Puget Sound Energy

Rocky Mountain Power

Snohomish County PUD

Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas

Xcel Energy