Energy can account for over 10% of a local government’s annual operating budget. The water and wastewater treatment sector consumes a significant portion of this energy. Nationally, the energy consumed by water and wastewater utilities account for 35% of typical US municipal energy budgets. Superior Energy Performance (SEP) is a US DOE program that recognizes excellence in energy management and continual energy performance improvement. Built on a foundation of third party certification to the ISO 50001-energy management system standard, with the addition of energy performance improvement requirements, SEP provides organizations the focus and framework to achieve significant and lasting energy savings. An ISO 50001 energy management system elevates and integrates energy into management structure of an organization, as has happened for safety and quality and is now happening with asset management; connecting staff from the boardroom to the operations floor, bringing organizational change to the corporate culture.