Manufacturers that want to prove achievements in energy management and total lower plant energy costs can call on the resources of Superior Energy Performance (SEP), a website from the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). Part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, AMO provides financial assistance and investment in small, medium and larger manufacturers reduce energy consumption in every stage or place it is used in industry.

SEP is a certification program and process. Built on the ISO 50001 energy management standard, SEP helps companies establish energy targets and then track, maintain and verify sustained improvements in performance.

Any U.S. industrial plant can enroll or apply to become SEP certified. Facilities with a good record of energy savings can begin the SEP certification process; others may use the SEP process to strengthen energy-management skills and build toward certification readiness.

Results from the facilities already certified show an average investment payback of 1.7 years. No-cost and low-cost operational measures have posted annual savings ranging from $87,000 to $984,000.

For more information or to enroll, visit here.