This is a comprehensive list of all the assessment questions a user may encounter when completing an assessment within the Energy Management Assessment (EMA) Tool. The EMA Tool provides a strategic and confidential analysis of an organization’s current energy management business practices. The assessment consists of a series of binary questions related to 12 different components of energy management. Within each component, questions are organized in levels. Answering “Needs Improvement” sets the level of development for that component and moves the user on to questions in the next component. This full question set may be a helpful reference or offline backup for Facilitators working with customers to complete assessments within the EMA Tool.
The US EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Guidelines for Energy Management provide a proven strategy for creating an energy management program focused on continuous improvement of energy performance. This document provides additional information and guidance to make Energy Management a success at an organization. These guidelines are also featured as a resource within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. The guidelines can be used to gather preliminary information on an energy management system and framework, to better understand Energy Management, and/or to review an energy management program. Primary audiences for this resource include: executives, energy champions, energy teams, sustainability coordinators and executive sponsors.
The Energy Management Assessment (EMA) Tool provides a strategic and confidential analysis of an organization’s current energy management business practices. Working with your customers, you can help them discover how well they are managing energy, and they will receive a prioritized implementation plan to help develop or improve SEM practices within their organizations.
Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations are taking a collaborative approach to Strategic Energy Management. The NW SEM Collaborative was formed in 2011 based on the premise that the region can achieve more working together than can any single utility or organization working alone. The NW SEM Collaborative aims to help energy efficiency program administrators accelerate the adoption of SEM in the industrial and commercial sectors.
The Public Buildings Portfolio Management Implementation Guide outlines a process to help staff engage stakeholders, set tangible goals, target opportunities, and develop a plan to achieve deep and ongoing energy reductions in public building portfolios. Public Buildings Portfolio Management coordinates activities across departments and establishes clear financial objectives and communication protocols. This framework is applicable to any city, county, regional government, state agency, or school district interested in saving on operating costs, reducing emissions, and leading-by-example in their community.
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