Qualifying for Superior Energy Performance

The U.S. Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing is developing the qualifications for Superior Energy Performance. Progress to date is described below and further updates and details will be provided as the development of the program continues.

Superior Energy Performance is designed to encourage participation among plants of all sizes and levels of experience in managing energy. The program offers flexibility by offering three tiers, depending on the degree of data validation desired by a plant. Plants will elect to become a Partner, Registered Partner, or Certified Partner, depending on the value they perceive for verification or certification of savings and management practices.

Superior Energy Performance Tiers and Summary of Requirements

PARTNER*

REGISTERED PARTNER

CERTIFIED PARTNER

Basic Criteria

  • Conformance with energy management standard
  • Measure and audit energy performance improvement

Basic Criteria

  • Conformance with energy management standard
  • Measure and verify energy performance improvement

Basic Criteria

  • Conformance with energy management standard
  • Measure, verify, and certify energy performance improvement

Performance Levels

  • Energy intensity improvement required

Performance Levels

  • Energy intensity improvement required, minimum requirements set by program
  • Two Pathways Available: Energy Intensity or Mature Energy

Performance Levels

  • Energy intensity improvement required, minimum requirements set by program
  • Two Pathways Available: Energy Intensity or Mature Energy

Method of Verifying Result

  • Self Declaration

Method of Verifying Result

  • Third party verification via remote review

Method of Verifying Result

  • Third party verification via on-site review

* For entry period, plants can commit to meeting energy intensity targets.

From May 2008 to November 2009, energy experts will be working with staff from five manufacturing plants in Texas as part of a pilot program to test the components of the proposed national plant energy-efficiency certification program.

Conformance with Energy Management Standard

All plants must conform to the ANSI/MSE 2000:2008 (ISO 50001) energy management standard.

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Achievement of Performance Levels: Two Pathways

All plants applying to the Superior Energy Performance program must (1) conform to the energy management standard and measure and (2) measure and audit their energy performance improvement. To encourage plants to achieve greater energy intensity reductions, SEP also offers silver, gold, and platinum designations based on higher performance levels. These designations are available only for plants applying to become a Registered Partner or Certified Partner.

The program provides two pathways for demonstrating performance levels to acknowledge the wide range of industrial plants and their varying levels of energy management experience. Most plants will qualify through the Energy Intensity Pathway by demonstrating an energy intensity improvement. Achieving high percentages of energy intensity improvements will prove to be more challenging for plants that have mature energy management programs and have already implemented energy efficiency improvements for the last decade or more. For these plants, the Mature Energy Pathway takes into account both a plant's energy management system and continued efforts to improve energy intensity. These two pathways apply only to plants at the Partner or Certified Partner level.

Performance Characteristics Silver Gold Platnium
Energy
Intensive
Pathway
Energy
Intensity
Improvement
Meets 5% energy intensity improvement threshold over the last 3 years. Meets 10% energy intensity improvement threshold over the last 3 years. Meets 15% energy intensity improvement threshold over the last 3 years.
Mature Energy Pathway Energy Intensity Improvement Demonstrates an energy intensity improvement of 15% or more over the last 10 years. Demonstrates an energy intensity improvement of 15% or more over the last 10 years. Demonstrates an energy intensity improvement of 15% or more over the last 10 years.
Score on Best Practices Scorecard

Includes credits for energy management best practices and energy performance beyond the 15% EI improvement over the last 10 years.
  • Meets a score of at least 35 and up to 60 out of 100 total points for Best Practices Scorecard
  • Minimum of 25 points required for the energy management best practices.
  • Meets a score of at least 61 and up to 80 out of 100 total points for Best Practices Scorecard
  • Minimum of 25 points required for the energy management best practices and 10 for energy performance.
  • Meets a score of at least 81 out of 100 total points for Best Practices Scorecard
  • Minimum of 25 points required for the energy management best practices and 10 for energy performance.

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Method of Verifying Results

All participating plants are required to verify conformance with the energy management system and energy performance improvement using the Superior Energy Performance M&V Protocol. Three methods for verifying results are available:

 

Self-Declaration (Partner): Plants applying to become a Superior Energy Performance Partner will self-declare their conformance to the program requirements. Self-declaration may include audits conducted by team members within the plant or by off-site corporate representatives.

Third-party verification by remote review (Registered Partner): Plants applying to become a Superior Energy Performance Registered Partners are required to submit materials for a remote review. A Certified SEP Validation Specialist will conduct the remote review.

ANSI-accredited certification with on-site visit by SEP Validation Specialist (Certified Partner): Plants applying to become Certified Partners will receive an on-site audit by a SEP Validation Specialist to certify the results.

Corporate representatives may become certified SEP Validation Specialists to prepare the plant for the third party review process. The corporate reviewer cannot serve as the third party reviewer for their own organization, but may prepare the documentation and interface with the third-party SEP Validation Specialist to reduce participation costs.

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Renewal of Participation

Every three years participating plants will re-submit performance and management system information documenting that they have met Superior Energy Performance criteria.

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