Plant Energy Management Standard: A Backgrounder
By using the program's systematic approach and following the Energy Management Standard, industrial plants can improve efficiency, reduce costs and increase productivity. Corporate-level energy management also can provide a competitive advantage in the global marketplace, enhance corporate identity and improve environmental performance.
Companies must conform to the ANSI/MSE 2000-2008 standard, which will transition to ISO 50001 once the international standard is launched. ISO 50001 will establish an international framework for sites or entire companies to manage energy and will be compatible with the widely used ISO 9001 quality and ISO 14001 environmental management standards.
The system assessment standards developed in conjunction with the Superior Energy Performance program provide firms with guidance in conducting energy efficiency assessments for four types of energy systems: compressed air, process heating, pumps and steam. The standards, which are being developed through ASME, will establish the requirements for conducting assessments at industrial plants, analyzing data and reporting results. The program does not require that a plant use these standards when identifying energy-saving opportunities. However, having assessment standards in place allow plant personnel to specify that energy system assessments be conducted using the applicable standard.