CEE Pumps Initiative Launches Qualified Product List

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has launched the CEE Pumps Qualified Product List (QPL). Available models listed support performance levels defined by the CEE Pumps Voluntary Specification, which was established with input from the pumps industry.  These performance levels are based on a first-of-its-kind US Department of Energy (DOE) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) required metric, PEI, and test procedure that enable straightforward comparison and identification of high-performance models. In United States manufacturing alone, pumps account for more than 25% of the electricity used for industrial systems. Pump Systems have the potential for 339 Terawatt-hours of savings over the next 30 years in the US.

The CEE Pumps Committee currently uses PEI to support increasing the availability and installation of highly efficient pump systems by maintaining the CEE Pumps Voluntary Specification, which defines high performance above a baseline for Clean Water Pumps in constant load and variable load applications. The QPL demonstrates the availability of highly efficient pumps to enable North American program support in prescriptive or educational programs to encourage the industry to continue producing, stocking, and installing highly efficient pump systems.

This QPL is available in both spreadsheet and PDF formats and can be requested through the CEE website. It is based on data from Hydraulic Institute (HI) and others that identify products that meet the voluntary specification. Manufacturers may directly submit products on the form as well.

Initiative Strategy

The Industrial Pumps Initiative objective is to increase the availability and installation of highly efficient pump systems. CEE is leveraging an opportunity to accelerate efficient pump systems that coincides with a DOE rule and NRCan Amendment that requires all clean water pumps to achieve a PEI of 1.0 or better. This is a first of its kind comparable energy performance metric and test procedure for pumps.

As the North American organization transforming markets on behalf of US and Canadian program administrators, CEE is positioned to support the increasing availability of highly efficient pumps by defining high energy performance pumps, tracking the market to support communication and education, and engaging with industry to set a framework for considering system and integrated demand side management principles.

The CEE Pump Systems Committee has been working with the pumps industry since 2014, including individual manufacturers and their trade association, HI, to ensure the accuracy of market data and sales channel considerations. In 2020, HI awarded CEE with the Pump Industry Excellence Award for Energy Efficiency because of the efforts of the Pump Systems Initiative to accelerate market transformation.

About CEE
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.

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