This Initiative encourages facility management and product and service suppliers to adopt energy efficiency as standard operating procedure for improving energy performance. In addition, Initiative members aim to transform the market for water supply and wastewater services by enhancing the impact of local energy efficiency programs and coordinating efforts with stakeholder industries. To improve facility performance, members focus on increasing demand for, and transforming the delivery of, efficient products and services by encouraging industry stakeholders to incorporate efficiency as a standard business practice.


Since 2010, CEE has worked with leading blower manufacturers and industry associations, spurring new energy performance test procedures for all major types of blowers. Recognizing the scale of the efficiency opportunity binationally—and its low frequency locally—MDM sponsors targeted water treatment as a key segment.

“This is an important time for the nation’s water infrastructure, with more than 14,000 wastewater treatment facilities. Supporting the Consortium to provide up-to-date resources is a great way to make sure that when an opportunity arises, Xcel Energy will be better prepared to respond.”Karen Rhodes, Xcel Energy

How to Participate

The Initiative offers a graduated, phased approach to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency to operators and city managers—and to generate support for facility energy management strategies. As such, members offer optional levels of participation:

Level 1: Programs to Promote, Educate, and Train

  • commit to providing staff, contractual resources, or other resources as needed, to support energy efficiency projects within municipal water supply and wastewater treatment customers, either through an existing program or through a dedicated energy efficiency program
  • notify CEE about current program offerings for inclusion in the program summary

Level 2: Programs that Support Energy Saving Projects

  • complete at least one case study documenting successful project implementation of a water-wastewater utility
  • experience a 20% increase in the number of water and wastewater facilities participating in energy efficiency programs in your area, or recruit program participation from the largest municipal water and wastewater facilities in your area

Level 3: Programs that Support Facility Energy Management

  • document project impact in terms of improvement facility energy performance andshare the results with other initiative participants
  • complete at least one case study documenting successful project implementation for a water-wastewater utility in your area

Level 4: Develop New Program Resources

  • assist CEE in identifying new program materials, such as case studies, research, or tools, that are currently lacking or outdated
  • participate in collaborative efforts to develop needed program materials in partnership with the water and wastewater industry as necessary
  • participate in collaborative research projects, such as piloting the water utility
  • energy index or energy performance rating system
  • contribute toward funding development efforts


Bonneville Power Administration

BC Hydro

Commonwealth Edison Company

Consumers Energy

Duke Energy

Efficiency Vermont

Energy Trust of Oregon—Oregon

Eugene Water & Electric Board


Focus on Energy—Wisconsin

Hawaii Energy

Idaho Power

MidAmerican Energy

National Grid

New Jersey Clean Energy Program

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Snohomish County PUD

Southern California Edison

Tacoma Power

Xcel Energy