JULY 25, 2017
Natural gas energy efficiency is often marginalized in national policy debates, in part due to low fuel costs and strong domestic reserves. In addition, many of the changes driving the larger industry, such as power plant regulation, increased connectivity, or increased emphasis on electrification, can have significant impacts on gas programs. As a result, natural gas program administrators face significant challenges in having their needs and perspectives represented in the large, cluttered, and dynamic energy efficiency industry.
Gas program administrators convene at CEE to address these challenges. The Gas Committee, open to all CEE member staff, addresses cross cutting and foundational approaches to gas efficiency and explores inclusion of additional natural gas end use measures in efficiency programs. The Gas Portfolio Managers Working Group convenes senior staff to identify strategic issues and candidates for explorations.
In addition to these member-facing activities, the Gas Team seeks to complement other efforts at CEE by providing support for gas savings across work areas and integrating gas program administrators into broader Committees at CEE such as Residential New Construction, Residential Existing Homes, and Commercial Whole Building Performance.
Through a dedicated focus on the needs of gas efficiency program administrators, the Consortium ensures that the interests of gas members are represented throughout CEE activities and that all opportunities for significant gas savings are examined. The expectation is that this coordinated, collaborative approach serves as a model for the integration of natural gas energy efficiency in the broader energy efficiency industry.
CEE is an award-winning consortium of efficiency program administrators from the United States and Canada. Members work to unify program approaches across jurisdictions to increase the success of efficiency in markets. By joining forces at CEE, individual electric and gas efficiency programs are able to partner not only with each other, but also with other industries, trade associations, and government agencies. Working together, administrators leverage the effect of their ratepayer funding, exchange information on successful practices and, by doing so, achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.