United States (Federal)

US-5:Superior Energy Performance

Policy Description

Superior Energy Performancecm is a certification program that provides industrial facilities with a roadmap for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency while maintaining competitiveness. The program is based around the standard for Energy Management Systems developed by the International Standardization Organization, ISO 50001, and will provide a transparent, globally accepted system for verifying energy performance improvements and management practices. It is anticipated that Superior Energy Performance will launch nationally in 2013.

Description

Superior Energy Performancecm (SEP) is a certification program that provides industrial facilities with a roadmap for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency while maintaining competitiveness. The program will provide a transparent, globally accepted system for verifying energy performance improvements and management practices. It is anticipated that Superior Energy Performance will launch nationally in 2013.

A central element of Superior Energy Performance is implementation of the global energy management standard, ISO 50001, with additional requirements to achieve and document energy performance improvements [1]. Adoption of ISO 50001 is required. Within this, there are two requirement streams that companies can choose:

  1. SEP Partner: self-declaration of ISO 50001 adoption.
  2. SEP Certified Partner: audit by ANSI-ANAB accredited SEP Verification Body. Companies must demonstrate compliance with the ISO 50001 and obtain certification by external verifiers and demonstrate energy performance improvements.

Superior Energy Performance considers a facility’s performance on a continual basis but does not compare a facility to other facilities within their company or throughout its industry. Participating companies’ performance can be recognised according to two “energy pathways”: 1) a pathway for companies new to energy management: they must demonstrate savings of at least 5% over a three-year period; and 2) a mature pathway for companies with longer experience: these companies must demonstrate at least 15% savings over the last ten years and receive a minimum score according to the “Best Practice Scorecard” [2]. Depending on the company’s improvement in energy performance during the certification period, it may achieve one of three certification levels: Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Companies in either the Energy Performance Pathway or the Mature Energy Pathway are eligible to achieve these levels of certification [3].

The pathways are further illustrated below:

 

 

 DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program works with the Superior Energy Performance program to distinguish companies and facilities for leadership in energy efficiency in order to achieve a common goal of improving energy use practices [4]. For example, DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office is conducting State/Regional Energy Management Demonstration Projects with Better Buildings, Better Plants Partner companies in order to pilot the SEP program [5]. Including demonstrations from 2009 to 2011, AMO is engaged with 38 facilities across the nation to help industry save energy [6].

Policy Information Expand this section for information on the key features of the policy, such as its date of introduction, categorization, main objective(s) and linkages with other policies.

Policy Categorisation

Policy Instrument Type: Administrative

Position in the Pyramid

About Us

Participation: Voluntary

Period

Start Date: 2013

Policy Linkages

Supports Save Energy Now LEADER (replaced by US-4b Better Buildings, Better Plants Program) Effort Defining
Supports Better Buildings, Better Plants Effort Defining

Agencies Responsible

Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Environmental Protection Agency

Primary Objective: Energy

Objective

To promote industrial facilities to achieve continual improvement in energy efficiency and provide a transparent, globally accepted system for verifying energy performance improvements and management practices (ISO 50001). The overarching goals of SEP are to [7]: • Foster an organizational culture of continuous improvement in energy efficiency • Develop a transparent system to validate energy performance improvements and management practices • Create a verified record of energy source fuel savings and carbon emission reductions with potential market value that could be widely recognized both nationally and internationally

Target Group

Industrial facilities

Driver of energy consumption or emissions affected by policy: Energy management

Implementation Information Expand this section for information on targets, monitoring, verification and enforcement regimes, and implementation requirements and tools.

Coverage

Voluntary participation for industrial facilities.

Quantitative Target? yes

Target: Targets are internally determined through the adoption of the Energy Management System (EnMS) or companies can choose to select different energy performance pathways to achieve their targets [8]. See Policy Description.

Progress Monitored? yes

Verification Required? yes

Enforced? no

Requirements on the Target Group

Adoption of Energy Management System standard ISO 50001 is required. Within this, there are two requirement streams that companies can choose:

  1. SEP Partner: self-declaration of ISO 50001 adoption.
  2. SEP Certified Partner: audit by ANSI-ANAB accredited SEP Verification Body. Companies must demonstrate compliance with the ISO 50001 and obtain certification by external verifiers and demonstrate energy performance improvements.

All facilities must comply with the ISO 50001 energy management system standard and demonstrate an energy performance improvement.

Superior Energy Performance considers energy performance improvements achieved over the 3 years or 10 years following a baseline year, depending on the facility’s participation pathway.  Applicants taking the SEP Energy Performance Pathway will report energy performance improvement threshold over the last 3 years.  Applicants taking the SEP Mature Energy Pathway will report energy performance improvement over the last 10 years.  A plant must reapply to Superior Energy Performance after 3 years.

Support by Government

To support SEP, DOE offers free software tools, training, and technical information for continually improving industrial energy performance. See http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/tech_deployment/ecenter.html

Implementation Toolbox

Training: Facilities can draw on support from external or in-house Certified Practitioners in Energy Management Systems, which help facilities implement the ISO 50001 Energy management system standard and prepare for SEP application. 

Web-based Tools and Resources: DOE’s online Energy Management Portal (https://save-energy-now.org/EM/tools/Pages/HomeTools.aspx)features an Energy Management Tool Suite with resources to help companies implement energy management systems consistent with ISO 50001. The site provides downloadable software tools organized by energy management activities at the project, facility, and corporate level. The portal also provides information on standards and protocols. Facilities seeking SEP certification will also have access to web-enabled versions of software tools with the option to store facility data in a secure area for future updating or use in other tools. Examples include the DOE ISO 50001 e-guide; software tools such as the Quick Energy Profiler, Project Opportunities Tracker, and tools for process heating, combined heat and power, motors, pumps, steam and fans; and System Assessment Standards, which are ASME standards for conducting energy efficiency assessments in specific energy systems—pumps, process heating, steam, and compressed air.

The former Superior Energy Performance Steering Committee (now the U.S. CEEM) (*1) developed and launched the Energy Quick Start website to help manufacturing plants start or accelerate their energy efficiency programs. The Energy Quick Start website is a comprehensive listing of energy efficiency and conservation resources that are available from public and non-profit sources. Most of these resources are available at no cost from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. Resources on this website include documents, software, training, spreadsheets, case studies, tip sheets, experts, and calculators. These resources can help a manufacturing plant start or accelerate their energy efficiency program. With the resources found on these pages, a manufacturing plant can develop an energy management program, as well as identify, screen and implement opportunities for improving efficiency [9].

The SEP website also proves piloting case studies in order to enable potential partner companies to learn about the experiences of companies that have obtained ISO 50001 certification and access company testimonials.

M&V guide and protocol: The U.S. CEEM provides a Measurement & Verification (M&V) Protocol - a methodology to verify energy performance improvement and conformance to ISO 50001.

Best Practice Scorecard: Plants can earn Best Practice Scorecard points to qualify for silver, gold, or platinum designation. A tool will soon be available to help users apply the scorecard.

Impacts, Costs & Benefits Expand this section to find information on policy effectiveness and efficiency.

Impact Quantitative Estimate Qualitative Estimate
Estimated effect on energy consumption or emissions Of the 9 pilot demonstration facilities which achieved SEP certification, the energy performance improvement percentage ranged from 25.8-6.5 percent over a period of two to three years [10]. DOE estimates that use of the ISO 50001 standard could influence up to 60% of the world’s energy use across many economic sectors [11]. Likely participation of the SEP program, however, is unknown. Not available.
Estimated costs/benefits for industry The estimated industrial plant costs per facility include $120 for the cost of ISO 50001 standard, and $6,000-$25,000 (varies depending on the site size, and complexity) for the audit costs for certification [12]. Not available.
Estimated cost for government Not available. Initial costs borne mostly by DOE but gradually, the program will become independently financed by participants (and run by USCEEM (*1)).
Other Benefits
General Benefits • Utilities (Empowers a facility-wide, systems-oriented approach, Helps justify industrial and commercial energy efficiency program investments, including permanent operational changes, to public utility commissions) • ESCOs (Builds greater credibility with industrial and commercial customers and a stronger business case for providing third-party energy efficiency services and off-balance sheet capital investments) • Supply Chains (Provides a proactive turn-key program for major OEMs and retailers to request their suppliers to meet the program requirements) [13]
Specific Benefits External recognition (through certification and energy performance score), financial incentives (energy efficiency credits with linked energy saving policies), systematic framework for continuous improvement. [14]

References & Footnotes

References

[1] Superior Energy Performance website. Retrieved from : http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/MandV.html and http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/qualify.html

[2] Superior Energy Performance website. Retrieved from: http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/MandV.html and http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/qualify.html

[3] DOE (2011). Superior Energy Performance - overview (presentation). http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/pdfs/SEP_Overview.pdf

[4] DOE AMO (2012). Superior Energy Performance – Technology Deployment Website. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/tech_deployment/sep.html

[5] DOE EERE (2009). Superior Energy Performance Demonstrations Website. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/energymanagementdemonstrations/index.html

[6] SEP (2012). Superior Energy Performance Demonstration Contacts. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/tech_deployment/sep_contacts.html

[7] SEP(2010). U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing – About Us website. http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/aboutus.html

[8] Superior Energy Performance website. Retrieved from: http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/MandV.html and http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/qualify.html

[9] Superior Energy Performance website. Retrieved from: http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/MandV.html and http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/qualify.html

[10] SEP (2012). SEP Certified Facilities- Results Website. http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/results.html

[11] DOE (2011). Superior Energy Performance - overview (presentation). http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/pdfs/SEP_Overview.pdf

[12] DOE EERE (2009). Superior Energy Performance Demonstrations Website. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/energymanagementdemonstrations/index.html

[13] DOE (2011). Superior Energy Performance - overview (presentation). http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/pdfs/SEP_Overview.pdf

[14] DOE (2011). Superior Energy Performance - overview (presentation). http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/pdfs/SEP_Overview.pdf

[15] White House (2013). President Obama’s Climate Action Plan 2013. Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-climate-action-plan

Footnotes

(*1) The U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM) is a partnership with members from Members include representatives from: U.S. industrial companies: 3M Company, Alcoa, the Coca-Cola Company, Cummins, Dow Chemical Company, Eastman Chemical, Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, HARBEC, Holcim U.S., HP, Huntsman Chemical, J.R. Simplot Company, LyondellBasell, Nissan North America, Owens Corning, PPG Industries, SSAB, Toyota, Volvo Trucks North America and Weyerhaeuser. Alliance to Save Energy American National Standards Institute (ANSI) U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Save Energy Now program U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ENERGY STAR Industry Program U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institute of Science & Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership Texas Industries of the Future (Texas IOF)

(*2) American National Standards Institute National Accreditation Board

Other Useful Resources

Superior Energy Performance: A Roadmap for ISO 50001 Implementation

Presentation by Aimee McKane at the IEA-IIP Policy Pathway Workshop on Energy Management Programmes (September, 2011).

DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office - Industrial Technical Assistance (PDF | 0.36mb)

US Department of Energy, 2013. A fact-sheet on how the deployment of energy efficient manufacturing technologies and practices, including strategic energy management and combined heat and power, across American industry is supported through training programs, site assessments, and standards development.