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Proven tools, expert guidance, training, and other resources are available that you can use to improve energy management at your facility. The 50001 Ready Navigator provides step-by-step guidance to standup or enhance your energy management system (EnMS). Hire experts to fill gaps or train in-house staff. Contact your utility and consider participating in the 50001 Ready program or becoming a Better Plants Partner to gain additional Help Desk assistance.

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Tools

Strategic Energy Management Checklist: Use this checklist to conduct a high-level assessment of your energy management program and identify steps you can take to move to the next level. Select the energy management activities you have already completed and identify missing elements needed to achieve Superior Energy Performance® (SEP®) certification or ISO 50001.

50001 Ready Navigator: This cornerstone resource provides easy-to-follow steps for addressing key parts of the ISO 50001 standard. Dig deeper into each step to learn about relevant activities and timing; find forms, checklists, and templates to use. Whether your facility has a mature EnMS or is just getting started, this free, comprehensive online guide makes energy management easier.

DOE Energy Performance Indicator (EnPI) Tool Lite: EnPI Lite is an online regression-based calculator for energy performance at the facility level. Use EnPI Lite to easily model your energy performance using input from ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager or DOE’s Energy Footprint Tool. EnPI Lite is one optional method to report energy performance to the 50001 Ready program.

"It's one thing to have a target and objective, but SEP provides tools that empower you to be more disciplined and prove the impact certain activities have." - Nissan; Smyrna, TN
DOE Energy Performance Indicator (EnPI) Tool: Establish your facility’s energy consumption baseline and start tracking energy performance indicators and energy savings over time. As you input monthly or weekly energy data, this tool will identify key variables affecting energy performance and will track metrics needed for SEP and other efficiency programs.

Automated Register of Implemented Actions: Organize and track your energy performance with the “Register,” designed to assist you in your path towards SEP certification and complementary to the SEP Measurement and Verification (M&V) Protocol. For each energy performance improvement action conducted at your facility, the Register provides one place to store and summarize all the key details to provide the necessary documentation for the bottom-up comparison of energy performance improvement.

Webinars: Learn from SEP-certified facilities about how they addressed measured energy performance improvement, taking into account facility expansions and alternative energy sources such as renewable energy and combined heat and power. 

Tools and Training, available from DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office: Access a wider array of resources and tools on specific energy systems, webinars on energy management, and more.

System Assessment Standards, available to define the requirements for conducting assessments for compressed air, process heating, pumping, or steam systems: collecting and analyzing data and reporting and documenting findings. Guidance documents are also available. While use of these standards is not required, they can be valuable for finding ways to quickly achieve energy savings.

ENERGY STAR energy management guidelines: Start building a strategic energy management program using these guidelines and best practices.  ENERGY STAR also provides other industrial energy management and buildings energy management resources.

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Find an Expert

In addition to developing tools and resources to assist in the implementation of ISO 50001 and SEP, DOE has developed and supports the Certified Practitioners in EnMS training that instruct on the combination of skill sets—energy efficiency and continual business improvement. The Institute of Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP) maintains a list of trained, experienced, and qualified experts who help companies establish a structured ISO 50001 energy management system and all aspects of implementing ISO 50001. Find a CP EnMS near you.

ISO 50001/SEP Trainers are also available to provide in-house ISO 50001 and SEP training for organizations. These experts are qualified CP EnMS who are trained to teach the DOE curriculum used by leading businesses that have successfully achieved ISO 50001 and SEP certification. Formal training typically includes three in-person sessions (2-days) and training webinars but can be customized based on needs. Build your in-house capacity by hiring an ISO 50001/SEP trainer.

For assistance to conduct an energy system assessment, DOE Qualified Specialists have been trained and tested on their proficiency in using certain DOE system assessment tools for steam, process heating, compressed air, pumping, and fans. Contact a Qualified Specialist today to help you optimize these systems.

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Train Your Staff

Facility staff members gain valuable expertise by attending the training to become a Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems (CP EnMS).

Some companies have found that having this expertise available in-house is useful to implement ISO 50001/SEP and expand it to other facilities within the corporation. Though this training prepares professionals for the CP EnMS exam, taking the exam is not required. Learn more about how to become an energy management professional.

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Help Desk Support

Additional technical assistance for ISO 50001 implementation from DOE is available through the 50001 Ready Navigator. Simply use the Contact Us form to get in touch with an expert and receive direct support to establish your energy management system. Better Plants Partners may also contact their Technical Assistance Managers to request additional support.

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Utility Support

Contact your utility to explore the services they provide to help you prepare for ISO 50001 and SEP certification. Several utilities and energy efficiency program administrators have worked with DOE to offer ISO 50001 resources to their customers: Bonneville Power Association (BPA), Wisconsin Focus on Energy, Efficiency Vermont, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Sempra, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas.

DOE provides details for utilities to learn about how they can become involved in 50001 Ready and in SEP.

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