SEP is a certification and recognition program for facilities demonstrating energy management excellence and sustained energy savings.

Verified impacts at initial SEP-certified facilities

  • Annual savings of $87,000 to $984,000 using no-cost or low-cost operational measures—Read the report.
  • 10% reduction in energy costs within 18 months of SEP implementation (on average).
  • 6% to 25% improvement in energy performance over three years in a wide range of industries.
  • Paybacks of less than two years in facilities with energy costs > $1.5 million annually.

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SEP Successes

Volvo Trucks

  • SEP was the central driver for our company to pursue ISO 50001.
  • SEP provides the benefit of a performance metric.
  • SEP provides the ability to have proven performance metrics to quantify actual savings, giving both internal and external credibility to savings claims.

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Recent Highlights

  • Superior Energy Performance™ has opened enrollment; any U.S. industrial plant can now enroll or apply to become SEP certified. Read the announcement.
  • Six manufacturers and three utilities officially joined DOE's Better Buildings Industrial SEP Accelerator Program at a December 2013 White House event. Read the announcement.
  • Latest SEP certification results:
    • Cummins in Whitakers, NC, achieved a 12.6% improvement over 3 years.
    • Harbec Plastics in Ontario, NY, achieved a 16.5% improvement over 3 years.
    • Mack Trucks in Macungie, PA, achieved a 41.9% improvement over 10 years.
  • Early results of the SEP program have been published in this Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report, Assessing the Costs and Benefits of the Superior Energy Performance Program.

About SEP

Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) is a certification program administrated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technical Assistance division of the Advanced Manufacturing Office. SEP was developed with DOE support and technical input and testing from the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM). DOE also partnered with state and regional energy efficiency partners to conduct SEP demonstrations at industrial facilities throughout the United States. At this time, the DOE is developing, testing and refining the administrative processes for industrial plants to enroll and apply for SEP certification.

U.S. CEEM is a partnership that brings together the respective strengths of industry, standards authorities, federal agencies, national laboratories, and technical experts. Industry members include prominent companies from a variety of sectors. Learn more.

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