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DOE Webcast on Superior Energy Performance Plant Certification Program
On Thursday, March 4, 2010, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time Paul Scheihing of the U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies Program and Joe Almaguer of Dow Chemical will deliver a Webcast on Superior Energy Performance – an industry-driven plant certification program that is pending American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accreditation. Superior Energy Performance will provide companies with a framework for implementing the forthcoming international energy management standard ISO 50001 and validating energy-intensity reductions.

This Webcast will provide an overview of Superior Energy Performance, ISO 50001, and the certification infrastructure. Register now online.

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DOE Announces Up To $5 Million to Fund Superior Energy Performance Program Administrator
The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement that will provide up to $5 million in seed funding for a Program Administrator to develop, launch and operate the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – accredited Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Industrial Plant and Facility Certification program. This program will make it possible for industrial facilities to achieve continual improvements in energy efficiency by providing a clear roadmap for conformance to the forthcoming International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 energy management system standard.

The funding will be awarded to one entity over a period of five years. The Program Administrator will work in collaboration with ITP and the USCEEM on managing the overall program implementation process and developing a business model that will allow SEP to become a fee-based, self-sufficient program by the end of 2013 so it can operate without the need for financial assistance from the Federal government Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include U.S. domestic entities or consortia composed of: 1) academic institutions; 2) non-profit and private entities; and/or 3) state and local governments.

Further details on the Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled, "Superior Energy Performance Program Administrator Technical Assistance" can be found at Public Opportunities section of the FedConnect Web site. The solicitation reference number is DE-FOA-0000246.

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ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard Moves to Committee Draft Stage
The second meeting of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Project Committee (PC) 242 to develop ISO 50001: Energy Management requirements and guidance for use, was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 9-12, 2009 with approximately 70 delegates from 19 countries in attendance.  A total of 35 countries are participating in the development of this international standard. 

PC 242 has been very active, developing and commenting on two Working Drafts between the first meeting in September 2008 and the meeting in Rio.  As an outcome of the second meeting, PC 242 agreed to move to the Committee Draft (CD) stage following completion of expert inputs on the revised text.  The CD is anticipated for release to the participating countries in June 2009.  The next meeting is planned for November in London.  See the ISO website and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory website for more information. 

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Texas Pilot Project on Plant Energy-Efficiency Certification Launched
The US Department of Energy is working with The University of Texas at Austin to pilot an energy-efficiency certification program for manufacturing plants. From May 2008 to October 2009, energy experts will be working with staff from five manufacturing plants in Texas to test the components of a proposed national plant energy-efficiency certification program. Read more about the Texas Pilot Project and its participants.

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ISO identifies the critical need to develop an energy management standard
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has prioritized energy management based on its enormous potential to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide. Energy management standards would contribute to industrial facilities achieving potential energy efficiency improvements of 20% or more. Read more about the ISO energy management standard.

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American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Approves U.S. Technical Advisory Group on Energy Management
ISO has mandated Project Committee 242 (ISO PC 242) to develop an international standard on energy management. In the United States, ANSI has approved the formation of a U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) to the ISO PC 242. The TAG is a mechanism for identifying issues and developing national consensus regarding energy management. Read the announcement (PDF 315 KB) for more details about the group's charge and how to participate.

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Superior Energy Performance Launches Energy Quick Start Website
The Communications and Outreach Working Group of the Superior Energy Performance partnership launched the Energy Quick Start website to help manufacturing plants start or accelerate their energy efficiency programs. The site includes a comprehensive listing of energy efficiency and conservation resources that are available from public and non-profit sources. Most of these resources are available at no cost and include documents, software, training, spreadsheets, case studies, tip sheets, experts, and calculators.

Visit the site http://www.energyquickstart.org to start achieving superior energy performance today!

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