Under the SEP program, industrial facilities from a broad range of industries are working to implement International Organization for Standardization (ISO)'s ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems - Requirements with guidance for use, and utilize an energy management system (EnMS) to reduce energy usage in a transparent, verifiable, and sustainable manner. The voluntary program is expected to encourage additional firms nationwide to develop their own EnMS, bolster the efficiency of their energy usage, and help to build a workforce qualified to carry out the important work associated with implementing ISO 50001 and other energy management approaches. An American National Standard (ANS), ANSI/MSE 50021-2013, Superior Energy Performance - Additional Requirements for Energy Management Systems, sets down the additional requirements needed to implement, maintain, and improve energy performance under the SEP program. This ANS, which was developed by ANSI member and accredited standards developer Georgia Tech Energy & Environmental Management Center, is applicable to any organization seeking to conform to SEP requirements.
Entitled "Assessing the Costs and Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance Program," the Berkeley Lab's report is based on data collected through questionnaires and phone interviews with SEP participants. Among the findings was the disclosure that facilities are on track to pay for the cost of implementing SEP through reduced energy expenses in an average of 1.7 years. The implementation cost an average of $319,000 and took 1.5 person years, with the work mostly carried out by existing staff.
The full report is available online. For more information about the SEP program, visit www.superiorenergyperformance.net.