Better Plants gives partners priority access to other valuable DOE technical assistance programs that can expand and enhance their energy efficiency efforts. By working with their Technical Account Manager, partners can receive guidance for how to access no-cost energy and water assessments, hire top industry trained students, learn more about DOE's Superior Energy Performance® Program, and get professional assistance on identifying opportunities for combined heating and power systems in their facilities.
Partners have priority access to no-cost energy assessments from DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers. Teams at 28 universities around the country conduct the energy audits to identify opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste, and save energy. To date IACs have provided more than 134,000 recommendations, resulting in more than 17,600 manufacturers benefiting from the program. The average IAC assessment leads to 5-7% implemented energy savings and productivity improvement.
A growing number of Better Plants partners are taking advantage of DOE’s Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) program to develop advanced energy management systems and verify their energy savings. SEP™ can provide facilities with guidance, tools, and protocols to drive deeper, more sustained savings from ISO 50001.
Combined heat and power (CHP) is an efficient and clean approach to generating on-site electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. DOE’s CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) are available to help identify CHP market opportunities through vendor, fuel, and technology neutral assessments of CHP viability. Additionally CHP TAPs help provide technical assistance to end-users and stakeholders considering CHP, and to help them through the project development process, from initial CHP screening to installation.