50001 Ready for Utilities and Implementers

How can utilities partner with the 50001 Ready program?

Utilities, public benefits administrators (PBAs), and other organizations interested in supporting the adoption of 50001 Ready EnMS may choose to partner with the 50001 Ready program as program implementers. Program implementers are not end-users or facilities, but provide them with support to achieve 50001 Ready, whether through training resources, incentive programs, or otherwise.

The 50001 Ready program is designed to be complementary to any existing utility or PBA program, and partnerships are tailored to implementers' specific needs. At the simplest level, utilities and PBAs may agree to direct their customers to the DOE program and tools, either as a requirement for their strategic energy management (SEM) programs or simply as a helpful resource. At the most comprehensive level, utilities and PBAs may choose to fully rebrand and host the tools developed by DOE, and run their own version of a 50001 Ready-based program with custom resources, requirements, and recognition.

For implementers interested in fully adopting the 50001 Ready tools and establishing their own recognition program:

  • Partner utilities, PBAs and program implementers, not DOE, will be the face of the program to their own customers.
     
  • Partners will host their own version of the 50001 Ready Navigator on their data servers, using DOE source-code. Maintenance of rebranded tools will be the responsibility of the partner organization.
     
  • DOE will maintain the basic set of tasks and resources in the 50001 Ready Navigator guide to align with ISO 50001, but utilities and PBAs will have the freedom to add requirements, conditions, and resources specific to their own jurisdiction.
     
  • Energy performance data may be derived from a variety of tools and calculators; reporting requirements may be determined by utility programs that issue their own recognition. Options for energy calculations include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Portfolio Manager and DOE’s Energy Performance Indicator Tool Lite (EnPI Lite).
     
  • Recognition issued by utility- or PBA-owned 50001 Ready programs may be eligible to also receive recognition by DOE, as predetermined between the utility program and DOE.

How can 50001 Ready bring value to utilities and PBAs?

>> Additional Customer Engagement

The 50001 Ready program can be rebranded by a participating utility or public benefits administrator (PBA), and offered to customers to provide guidance and support in establishing a robust practice around managing energy. 50001 Ready can be structured either as a service with technical support, or as a standalone product.

The 50001 Ready program can be offered by utilities to support better understanding and management of energy use and energy performance improvement opportunities. The program provides free, user-friendly navigation through the proven principles of ISO 50001 and requires only self-attestation of implementation and performance—maximizing value to customers without imposing any costs or risks associated with audits or certifications. A participating utility can provide technical support throughout the process to maintain relationships with their customers, and link to other utility programs and offerings.

>> A Defined Structure for SEM Programs

The 50001 Ready program offers a management structure that can be consistently applied across programs and stakeholders.
For utilities at any stage of establishing a Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program, 50001 Ready offers a common basis for program design and evaluation. Resources provided by 50001 Ready can be used as a fixed reference point when defining the structure and requirements of new SEM programs, or they can be fully rebranded and incorporated as a recognition program owned by the utility or PBA.

>> Expanded Energy Efficiency Program Offerings

The 50001 Ready program can improve customer participation and performance in energy efficiency programs.

The program’s 50001 Ready Navigator (see Tools and Resources below) provides expert direction for customers in establishing a management system to plan, identify, prioritize, and implement projects that will improve a facility’s energy performance. This systematic approach to continuous improvement can empower facilities to participate in energy efficiency programs, and structured tracking and management can improve confidence in measurement and verification of energy savings.

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    Additional Resources

    Click "More" below for additional resources related to strategic energy management programs.

    In May 2017, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published the "Guide for Determining Energy Savings from Changes in Operations, Behavior, and Maintenance Procedures" to provide savings estimation methodologies for non-capital energy performance improvement actions. This guide has been developed for facilities participating in SEM programs and using a whole-facility approach to measurement and verification.
    In February 2017, the Bonneville Power Administration conducted an impact evaluation of its SEM program. The study found the program to save an average of 2.3% energy consumption, with persistent savings that increased each year. Find out more: Highlights | Presentation | Final Report
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Click "More" below to read Frequently Asked Questions about partnering with 50001 Ready as a utility, public benefits administrator, or other implementer. Additional FAQs can be found here.

    How does the 50001 Ready program work with utility SEM programs?

    The 50001 Ready program is designed to complement and support strategic energy management (SEM) and continuous energy improvement (CEI) programs offered by utilities around the country. By adhering to the structure of the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard (EnMS), 50001 Ready provides a common benchmark that can be used in the design and evaluation of SEM and CEI programs, and also offers publicly available tools to measure, track and report energy savings.

    What does it mean for utilities or public benefits administrators to become a 50001 Ready partner?

    Utilities and public benefits administrators (PBAs) can partner with the 50001 Ready program in a variety of ways, tailored to the maturity and needs of their SEM programs. At the simplest level, utilities and PBAs may agree to direct their customers to the DOE program and tools, either as a requirement for their SEM programs or simply as a helpful resource. At the most comprehensive level, utilities and PBAs may choose to fully rebrand and host the tools developed by DOE, and run their own version of a 50001 Ready-based program with custom resources, requirements, and recognition. To discuss what kind of partnership might work best for you, please contact us.

    How does becoming a 50001 Ready partner benefit utilities and public benefits administrators?

    Because 50001 Ready aligns directly with the requirements and best practices of ISO 50001—the global standard for effective energy management—partnering with the 50001 Ready program provides utilities with a clear structure and benchmark for designing and evaluating SEM programs. In addition, SEM programs using the 50001 Ready tools can more clearly articulate the gaps and complements between program requirements and ISO 50001 requirements, and better help their customers track progress to certification.

    What does it mean to “rebrand” 50001 Ready tools?

    All 50001 Ready resources (i.e., the 50001 Ready Navigator and EnPI Lite) have been designed with open-source protocols that can be freely accessed by the general public. Utilities, PBAs, and implementers of the 50001 Ready program have the ability to use our source-code and host their own version of the tools on their data servers, using their own logos, color scheme, and supplementary resources. Maintenance of rebranded tools will be the responsibility of the partner organization, though DOE can offer limited support for technical troubleshooting.

    Are utilities and public benefits administrators the only organizations that can rebrand 50001 Ready tools?

    No, any interested organization (e.g., disclosure groups, trade associations, funding organizations, energy services companies) may rebrand 50001 Ready tools to implement their own programs, but this must be coordinated with DOE. Please contact us for more information.