SEP 2017

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PLEASE NOTE: Organizations should use the latest program version, SEP 50001 (2019), for certification or recertification. Already certified to SEP 2012 or SEP 2017? Check out the SEP 50001 (2019) Transition Guide and learn about the program update and name change.

This page contains the program documents for certification to the 2017 Superior Energy Performance (SEP 2017) program. View AMO’s SEP 2017 webinar (and transcript) for more details. The SEP 2017 program documents are free to download,unless noted otherwise.

SEP 2017 Program Documents

ISO 50001
Specifies the requirements for an energy management system. Available for purchase.

Use the optional transition guide for a summary of each change between 2011 and 2018 and recommended actions.

ANSI/MSE 50021-2016
Specifies the SEP 2017 requirements beyond those of ISO 50001.  Available for purchase.

Application and Enrollment Form
Provides facility information to the Administrator and verification body, submit to the Administrator when ready to undergo the audit.

Certification Protocol 2016
Describes to energy performance improvements requirements timeframes, and the process for becoming certified to the SEP 50001 program.

Measurement and Verification Protocol 2017
Sets forth a verifiable methodology to determine energy performance improvement.

Use the optional guidance document.

Scorecard 2016
Defines the credits needed to become certified to SEP at the Gold and Platinum performance levels. (Required for Gold and Platinum levels only). Use the SEP Scorecard Calculator easily calculate scorecard points earned.

Automated Register of Implemented Actions
Provides a register of summarized key details on each improvement action for the required documentation in the bottom-up comparison of energy performance improvement.

Voluntary Cost/Benefit Form 2017
Provides information to help build the business case for SEP 50001. DOE maintains the confidentiality of proprietary energy and production related data.

SEP 2017 Documents Interpretations
Provides up-to-date interpretations of the intent of language in the SEP 2017 program documents.

Pre-approval for Alternative Approaches
Forms to request approval for alternative approaches specified in the M&V Protocol.

Program Documents for Verification Bodies Only:

ANSI/MSE 50028-2016
Specifies the principles and requirements for SEP Verification Bodies. Available for purchase.

Energy Performance Improvement Report 2017
Sent to SEP Administrator to provide basic certification details for DOE recognition of the facility’s achievement.


Check out responses to several key FAQs for SEP 2017 or see the complete list of FAQs (coming soon).

How long will SEP 2017 be available?

Organizations should use the latest program version, SEP 50001 (2019), for certification or recertification. As of December 6, 2020, no audits shall be conducted to SEP 2012 and SEP 2017. By August 21, 2021, organizations must be fully transitioned to SEP 50001 (2019); certificates to SEP 2017 and SEP 2012 will be withdrawn, please see the SEP 50001 (2019) Transition Guide for details.

What is the difference between SEP 2012 and SEP 2017?

SEP was originally released in 2012 and updated in 2017. The 2017 update (SEP 2017) streamlines and simplifies SEP program documents and requirements based on input from stakeholders using the program. View AMO’s SEP 2017 webinar (and transcript) for more details. Key updates in SEP 2017 include:

  • Single, unified scoring system that combines the best features of the Energy Performance and Mature Energy Pathways
  • Flexibility in setting facility baseline year to align with corporate or enterprise-wide approach for companies that are expanding SEP participation across multiple facilities
  • Additional performance level, Bronze, which has a lower energy performance improvement requirement than Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels
  • For recertification, a practical and flexible energy performance requirement that is sustainable over multiple certification cycles
Can organizations use multi-site auditing and sampling with the SEP 2017 program?

Organizations seeking a multi-site, enterprise-based ISO 50001 EnMS and seeking SEP certification for multiple facilities within the EnMS must ensure that the SEP facilities are within the scope of the EnMS. The EnMS will be sampled based on the requirements of ISO 50003. Verification of energy performance improvement for SEP, however, will occur at each individual facility seeking SEP certification.

What if my facility is already ISO 50001 certified?

For SEP 2017, the certification audit for SEP can be conducted separately from the certification audit for ISO 50001, and the certification audit for ISO 50001 does not have to be completed by an SEP Verification Body. The SEP audit must confirm a valid ISO 50001 certificate is in place. A facility may add SEP certification to an existing ISO 50001 certification via a scope extension, typically done during a recertification audit. More details about the scope extension from ISO 50001 to SEP in the SEP 2017 program are included in the SEP Certification Protocol 2016.

To add SEP, the facility will submit an application to the SEP Administrator to become certified to SEP, and will undergo a stage 1 audit of the existing ISO 50001 EnMS against the SEP requirements and this audit will include performance verification using the SEP M&V Protocol. An SEP Verification Body (or a certification body that has applied to become an accredited SEP Verification Body) conducts the SEP audit using certified personnel (an SEP Lead Auditor and SEP Performance Verifier).

Facilities certified to ISO 50001 by a certification body that is not an accredited SEP Verification Body can use that certification body once it applies to become an accredited SEP Verification Body. The facility’s SEP certificates will be issued once the certification body has become an accredited SEP Verification Body. Or, the facility can transfer its existing ISO 50001 certification to an accredited SEP Verification Body to add SEP certification.