Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) High Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (HECAC) Initiative

2018_CEE_HECAC_Initiative_Description.pdf8.3 MB

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The goal of the CEE HECAC Initiative is to increase the availability of high efficiency commercial unitary air conditioners (AC) and heat pumps (HP) across the United States and Canadian market and to encourage efficient upgrades to commercial AC and HP systems. The primary strategy used to meet the Initiative objective is to maintain and support common performance specifications for high efficiency AC and HP equipment, which administrators of voluntary energy efficiency programs can promote in their local markets. The Initiative document outlines the initiative goals, approach and strategies. It also provides a market and technology overview, barriers and opportunities, efficiency specifications, and initiative participation requirements.

Initiative participation is an opportunity for individual organizations to amplify the impact of their local efficiency program. By giving voice to this Initiative, individual organizations are counted as part of a collective, harmonized effort to advance efficiency. Through program summaries and other corporate communications, CEE champions collective Initiative participation to original equipment manufacturers and distribution chain actors, thereby encouraging their ongoing investment in and supply of energy efficient products to local markets throughout the US and Canada. While one program may represent a small fraction of the binational market, collective participation through CEE sends a powerful signal to the national supply chain that energy efficient products are valued and supported across the United States and Canada.

As with all CEE initiatives, participation in the High Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Initiative is voluntary, however there are minimum requirements for becoming an Initiative participant:

1.       Support at least one of the CEE efficiency tiers described in the appendices for at least one of the equipment categories (AC, HP, or VRF). Note that 2018 participation is based on the Appendix A specification; starting on January 1, 2019, participation is based on the Appendix B specification.

This support may be through provision of incentives, defined as rebates or financing for high efficiency commercial air conditioning equipment OR through a significant and focused educational or promotional program that identifies and promotes high efficiency commercial air conditioning equipment.


2.       Communicate to CEE that you are a participant, upon request. CEE typically publishes publicly available program information for Initiative participants in an annual program summary and in other communications to key market players about Initiative impacts in order to advance the goals of the Initiative.


On August 7 and 24, 2018, page 25 was corrected to provide accurate figures and dates for DOE estimates of possible savings beyond those provided by the 2018 and 2023 federal standards if federal minimum standards were set at the maximum achievable level. The correct figures, based on the data provided in the 2016 direct final rule, are 2.7 quads of primary energy from 2019 to 2027 and 5.6 quads of primary energy from 2028 to 2048.




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Jensen, Bjorn