DOE Initiatives to Expand SEP Adoption

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is exploring ways to make SEP certification easier and more affordable for industrial facilities.

Become a Better Plants Partner

The Better Plants Program and SEP are both national partnership initiatives offered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As a Better Plants Partner, a company sets corporate-wide energy efficiency goals. To help meet these goals, a company may use SEP to improve energy performance at individual facilities. Better Plants Partners who earn SEP certification receive national recognition from DOE.

Ask Your Utility to Engage with DOE’s SEP Ratepayer-Funded Program Accelerator

Many utilities face pressure to meet increasing energy savings goals defined by regulators. Through the SEP Ratepayer-funded Program Accelerator, DOE is partnering with the following utilities and energy efficiency program administrators to test SEP as a practical, energy-saving program offering for their industrial customers:

  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Efficiency Vermont
  • Northeast Utilities, including, Connecticut Light & Power Company, Yankee Gas and NSTAR Electric & Gas

SEP Enterprise-wide Accelerator

Selected Better Plants Partners are testing strategies to leverage SEP benefits across their organizations through DOE’s SEP Enterprise-wide Accelerator. Implementing SEP and ISO 50001 on an enterprise-wide level enables companies to benefit from economies of scale. A subset of Better Plants Partners are working with DOE to test approaches for pursuing SEP certification at three or more of their facilities. These companies have at least one facility already certified to SEP or ISO 50001 and will use the SEP Enterprise-wide Accelerator to reach their Better Plants energy goal. Enterprise-wide implementation of SEP integrates ISO 50001 elements more closely with current company practices, facilitates best practice exchanges across facilities, and increases coordination of implementation activities. Companies can meet their corporate energy savings goals more effectively by deploying SEP tools and training across multiple facilities. View the fact sheet.

The staff time required to develop the energy management system represents a major cost of SEP implementation at a single facility. As a company implements SEP at additional facilities, staff time and costs are anticipated to decrease. In addition, dependence on external assistance from consultants is likely to decrease as the company gains in-house expertise.

The following companies are partnering with DOE on the SEP Enterprise-wide Accelerator:

 

No. of facilities in SEP Enterprise-Wide Implementation project

Locations

No. of SEP or ISO 50001 certifications

3M Company

6

Cordova, IL
Aberdeen, SD
Decatur, AL
Hutchinson, MN
Cynthiana, KY
Prairie du Chien, WI

2 SEP certifications: IL and Ontario, Canada

Cummins

4

Columbus, IN
Lakewood, NY
Minneapolis, MN
Rocky Mount, NC

1 ISO 50001 certification in U.S.: IN

General Dynamics

3

Joplin, MO
Red Lion, PA
Scranton, PA

1 SEP certification: PA

Nissan

4, including corporate headquarters building

Smyrna, TN
Decherd, TN (3 plants)
Franklin, TN (Corporate Headquarters)

1 SEP certification: TN

Schneider Electric

8

Clovis, CA
Peru, IN
Cedar Rapids, IA
Columbia, SC
Smyrna, TN
Lincoln, NE
Seneca, SC
Lexington, KY

1 ISO 50001 certification: TN

Volvo North American Group

3

Hagerstown, MD
New River Valley, VA
Macungie, PA

2 SEP certifications: VA and PA

Many utilities face pressure to meet increasing energy savings goals defined by regulators. DOE is partnering with utilities and energy efficiency program administrators to test SEP as a practical, energy-saving program offering for their industrial customers.

SEP Successes and Testimonials

“External verification and validation is critical. Certification adds to the confidence in calculations and savings.” — Nissan, Smyrna, TN

Hear how companies have achieved ISO 50001 and SEP certification to gain sustained benefits.

SEP Costs and Benefits

Nine SEP-certified facilities improved their energy performance by an average of 10% within the first 18 months of implementation, realizing an average payback of 1.7 years. Learn more

Learn more about the DOE Industrial SEP Accelerator