Toolkit: Industrial Ratepayer-Funded Superior Energy Performance (SEP)


The Industrial Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) Accelerator is designed to demonstrate the cost savings by implementing SEP enterprise-wide, as well as to demonstrate strategic energy management through SEP as an effective ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program offering for industrial facilities.  SEP certifies industrial facilities that achieve improved energy performance and implement an energy management system that meets the ISO 50001 global energy management system standard. Facilities certified to SEP will become leaders in energy management and productivity improvement. The facilities in SEP have met the ISO 50001 standard and have improved their energy performance up to 25% over three years or up to 40% over 10 years.

SEP provides guidance, tools, and protocols to drive deeper, more sustained savings from ISO 50001. An independent third party audits each facility to verify its achievements and qualify it at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level based on energy performance improvement. This certification emphasizes measureable savings through a transparent process. SEP-certified facilities will note that investing the extra effort in SEP—beyond ISO 50001—provides a healthy return on investment. Cost-benefit assessments find that SEP helps a wide range of facilities and large energy users.

Given the significant energy reduction potential that energy management systems such as SEP can generate, successful implementation is in the interest of utilities and program administrators (PAs). The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed the following guides and tools to support utilities and PAs in deploying SEP through energy efficiency program initiatives.


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Overview of these guides and tools