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 offers a strategic and confidential analysis of your organization’s current energy management business practices and specific areas of opportunity. The EMA Assessment and other SEM Hub resources can then help you develop or improve your Strategic Energy Management (SEM) practices for your organization.
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.
This Community Strategic Energy Management (SEM) 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. Community SEM 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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