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CEM Initiative Highlighted Success Stories
As of April 2016

Energy Demand

The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative seeks to engage governments and the private sector to accelerate the pace of market transformation for energy-efficient equipment and appliances.

  • As a direct result of cooperative work through the SEAD initiative, India, Korea, Chile, and South Africa have either adopted or proposed 16 standards and policies to advance the energy efficiency of electric motors, water heaters, distribution transformers, lighting, televisions, and ceiling fans.
    • India became the first country in the world to comprehensively set quality and performance standards for LEDs. The standards could save as much as 277 terawatt-hours of electricity and avoid 254 million metric tons of CO2 emissions between 2015 and 2030, which is the equivalent of avoiding 90 coal-fired power plants.
  • The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competitions showcase super-efficient products to help increase their market share and influence consumer purchasing decisions. 
    • Competitions for flat-panel TVs, computer monitors, electric motors, and residential and commercial lighting products have successfully identified quality super-efficient products that are currently available on the market.
    • Winning products in the international residential lighting competition were more than 80% more efficient than comparable incandescent light bulbs and more than 25% more efficient than compact fluorescent light bulbs. With grid-based lighting accounting for 15%–19% of global electricity consumption, greater efficiency can reduce energy consumption, save money, and reduce carbon emissions. If all household bulbs sold were as efficient as the most efficient SEAD award-winning model, 850 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity could be saved globally. This is equivalent to the annual electrical output of 225 large power plants, which would have a construction cost of over U.S. $187 billion.
    • The winning product in the international commercial lighting competition is nearly twice as efficient as the traditional linear fluorescent luminaries commonly used in commercial spaces. If all fluorescent lighting were replaced by products as efficient as the SEAD award-winning model, it would save 648 TWh of electricity annually, or the equivalent of the total annual electricity consumption of Sweden, Mexico, and Spain combined.
  • The SEAD Policy Exchange Forum (SPEx) is an informal discussion forum for policymakers to share and learn from one another about cutting-edge and cost-effective approaches to appliance energy efficiency challenges.
    • The SPEx forum is open to SEAD and non-SEAD government representatives. To date, representatives from nine countries have participated in the SPEx teleconferences covering topics such as lighting regulations, energy efficient standards and labeling programs, and energy efficient product databases.

The Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) works to accelerate the global scale-up of electric drive vehicles.

  • Analysis carried out by EVI is helping inform India’s National Mission on Electric Mobility and its deployment targets of 5 to 7 million hybrid and electric vehicles in the country by 2020.
    • EVI’s 2014 report Assessing and Accelerating Vehicle Deployment in India analyzed the real-world costs, benefits, and environmental impacts of vehicle electrification in Indian cities. The results showed that if adoption rates are met, India could save 4.8 billion barrels of oil and 270 million tons of CO2 emissions by 2030.
  • EVI’s reports and other resources provide policy makers and practitioners with information on leading-edge policies, incentives, pilot projects, and innovative solutions to accelerate the global push toward cleaner, electrified transportation.
    • The Global EV Outlook 2015 provides updated benchmark figures for global deployment of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The 2014 EV City Casebook features the most innovative projects and ideas that highlight leadership and best practices in advancing electric vehicle adoption. 

The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) seeks to improve energy efficiency in the industrial and commercial sectors worldwide by accelerating broad use of energy management systems. 

  • By conservative estimates, implementation of the ISO 50001 International Energy Management System Standard by large energy-using organizations worldwide can drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 80 exajoules by 2025, saving over $800 billion in energy costs and avoiding 4,500 Mt of CO2 emissions. The projected savings are equivalent to the annual output of 40 typical (500-megawatt) coal-fired power plants. International collaboration through the EMWG is driving greater uptake of the standard to achieve these significant energy savings and avoided CO2 emissions.
  • EMWG-supported pilot programs and case studies are demonstrating the business value of implementing energy management systems.
    • Facilities from around the world that have implemented the ISO 50001 international energy management system standards have realized energy performance improvements of 10% or more. The case studies are now being shared with other countries and companies. 
    • The governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States in partnership with the EMWG have launched a new energy management pilot program to implement ISO 50001 in at least 15 facilities throughout the region to drive consistent implementation of the standard and build greater private sector buy-in and partnership.

Energy Supply

The Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group works to lower the costs and promote the accelerated global deployment of solar and wind energy in regions around the world.

  • In partnership with IRENA, the Solar and Wind Working Group developed the groundbreaking Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, the largest initiative ever undertaken to assess renewable energy potentials on a global scale.
    • The Global Atlas is providing energy professionals and policy makers around the world with free high-quality, uniform data for solar and wind project assessment, investment decisions, and policy planning.
    • The Global Atlas, now being managed by IRENA, is being expanded to cover additional renewable energy resources, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, and marine energy. 
  • A report from the Solar and Wind Working Group shows how renewables can create jobs, increase incomes, and contribute to industrial development in a country – if the right policies and frameworks are in place.
    • The Solar and Wind report econValue –The Socio-Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy provides a framework to help policy makers analyze the various economic opportunities that may be offered by solar and wind sector development and the potential of various policy instruments to best realize those opportunities. 
  • Auctions have emerged as an essential policy tool for many countries to promote the transition to renewable energy sources and technologies. The six-volume report from the Solar and Wind Working Group, “Renewable Energy Auctions: A Guide to Design,” advises policy makers on the implications of different approaches to such auctions, highlighting country experiences and lessons learned as well as design options and recommendations.
  • The Solar and Wind Working Group is currently working with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to identify global best practices in key emerging economies to ensure the cost-effectiveness and value of wind and solar as increasing amounts are integrated into power systems. The report includes country case studies, selected from CEM member countries, and was presented at CEM7 in the United States.

Energy Systems & Integration

The 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) develops and supports holistic solutions to accelerate the transition to clean, efficient, reliable, and cost-effective power systems.   

  • Through multi-year technical assistance programs, 21CPP is supporting domestic power system transformation in India, Mexico, and South Africa. 21CPP assistance includes fast-response expert consultations, policy and regulatory peer reviews, training and workshops, and technical–economic analysis.
  • 21CPP convenes global knowledge-sharing events in member countries. For example, this past October, representatives from 5 countries gathered in the United States for a workshop and site visits focused on renewable energy integration.
  • 21CPP’s program of work over the past year has included the launch of a Fellowship Program, development of a Power System Transformation Roadmap for the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, initiation of a national renewable grid integration study of India, establishment of a partnership with the World Bank to provide renewable energy integration policy support, and support for South Africa Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan.

The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) works to catalyze markets for affordable, clean, efficient, and quality-assured off-grid appliances and energy access solutions.

  • Global LEAP and its partners are leading the effort toward a more comprehensive approach to energy access that integrates the supply-side interventions with demand-side end-use technologies, such as off-grid appliances. Super-efficient appliances and equipment can enable off-grid consumers who have scarce and expensive energy supply to enjoy higher levels of modern energy services, beyond lighting, at lower cost.
  • Global LEAP recently announced new activities to expand its work. This includes a first-of-its-kind multi-million dollar partnership with Energising Development (EnDev) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) to pair the Global LEAP Awards program, which identifies the world’s best, most energy-efficient and quality-assured appliances, with off-grid financing incentives to enable off-grid solar companies to deploy high-quality appliances packaged with their systems. 
  • Global LEAP together with SE4All will be launching the Efficiency for Access (E4A) Coalition at COP21.
    • E4A will mobilize funding to support the development and deployment of super-efficient end-use technologies, alongside complementary efforts to expand off-grid energy supply, as part of the global effort to enable universal access to enhanced energy services (beyond basic lighting) by 2030, in alignment with the newly announced SDG7.

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) provides a platform to bring high-level attention and action for the deployment of smarter and cleaner electricity grids. 

  • ISGAN has gathered and shared in-depth case studies on key smart grid topics, such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and demand-side management, and is developing case books on consumer engagement and empowerment, and smarter, stronger transmission and distribution systems. 
  • Through its annual Award of Excellence, ISGAN is showcasing global leadership and innovation in smart grids and promoting the replication of proven ideas.
    • In the inaugural Award of Excellence competition, Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” AMI pilot project won top honors for its work engaging and empowering 4,700 low-income consumers to utilize AMI technologies to better manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills.
  • ISGAN’s Smart Grid International Research Facility Network brings together world-class research and testing facilities and is coordinating joint international evaluation of draft test protocols for advanced photovoltaic inverter and energy storage system functions. The results are influencing important standards processes, such as the current updates to the UL 1741 certification standard.

Crosscutting Support

The Clean Energy Solutions Center helps governments design and adopt policies and programs that advance deployment of clean energy technologies.

  • Over 90 countries to date have received clean energy policy assistance through the Solutions Center’s fast-response, no-cost Ask an Expert service. High-impact examples include the following: 
    • The Solutions Center assisted the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) with design of a regulation created to promote energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. The regulation was developed in response to the National Energy Efficiency Strategy to improve energy efficiency by 15% in the commercial building sector and was adopted in November 2013. 
    • Solutions Center experts assisted the Grenada Ministry of Finance and Energy and the Ministry of Planning, Economic Development and Trade with a review of the country’s national energy policy and plans. The review was designed to assess whether Grenada’s current policy is structured to successfully meet its clean energy goals. Grenada’s policy makers are using the information to manage the growth of the country’s renewable energy market, strengthen its energy policies and plans, and develop a suite of regulations and policies to meet the 2011 National Energy Policy.
    • The Solutions Center provided support to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to set regional and national sustainable energy targets in the CARICOM Energy Policy. CARICOM approved the Energy Policy in March 2013, which included renewable energy targets of 20% in 2017, 28% in 2022, and 47% in 2027. 
    • Assistance provided by the Solutions Center to Malaysia led to three distinct changes to the country’s feed-in tariff (FIT) system, including amendments for biogas and biomass, solar PV, and geothermal power to adjust their FIT degression rates and improve the uptake of these technologies.
The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative works to advance women’s leadership in clean energy and is helping to harness all talent in driving the clean energy revolution forward.
  • Launched as a network of national-level actions, C3E has expanded globally through an International C3E Ambassador Corps and the online community forum C3Enet.org.
    • The first International C3E Ambassadors meeting was convened by the UAE in January 2015 on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit.