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.
This Resource Sheet “Business Drivers and the EnMS” is a resource available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. It helps users understand how a variety of social, external and internal business drivers impact decisions, and which of these business drivers to consider when developing and pitching an Energy Management System, or EnMS. It also helps organizations think about energy, energy management and improved energy performance within the context of their organization, as well as their current and future business priorities and needs. Primary audiences for this tool include energy champions, executive sponsors and energy teams.
This Elevator Speech Worksheet is a resource available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. It can be used to develop a presentation for selling energy management to top management and other key decision makers. It provides structure to deliver an elevator pitch that is 12 seconds, 30 seconds and three minutes long, and helps users develop energy efficiency vocabulary, KPIs and energy management metrics. Primary audiences for this tool include energy champions, executive sponsors and energy teams, who could use this tool in an organizational fundamentals workshop, an Energy Team or employee engagement activity, or in a professional development workshop.
These Energy Manual Guidelines are a resource available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. The document outlines what to include in an Energy Manual. An Energy Manual is a document that summarizes an organization’s EnMS (Energy Management System), is approved by top management, and establishes practices and communication around energy management commitments within an organization. This tool guides a user in creating a stand-alone Energy Manual that is 5-15 pages long and easily understood by all users. It also provides guidance on integrating an Energy Manual into other types of standardization documents in organization, as well as into onboarding documents. Primary audiences for this tool include: energy champions, executive sponsors, energy teams, and executive management.
The Personnel Associated with Significant Energy Uses (SEUs) resource is available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. It provides guidance on identifying personnel responsible for areas of major consumption and opportunity for improvement. Identifying key personnel associated with SEUs is one way to greatly impact energy efficiency. This resource outlines the significant energy used, person(s) responsible and energy related actions to take specific to an SEU. Program administrators could use this resource in waste reduction and energy savings opportunity workshops or employee engagement activity, or to determine how people are using SEUs. This tool also helps customers project future energy consumption of each SEU and develop a plan for regularly updating the SEUs.
This Operational Controls Checklist is a resource available within the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool. It provides guidance on Significant Energy Use (SEU) operational controls to establish Standard Operation Procedures for SEUs. In this guide, communication protocols are outlined based on specific personnel who impact the SEU. This document could be used in tandem with the Personnel Associated with SEUs tool. It could also be used in a waste and opportunities workshop or employee engagement activity, or incorporated into energy scans, walk-throughs and building opportunity assessments. Primary audiences for this tool include: facility personnel; maintenance technicians; operators; and building occupants.
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.
Energy use is a cost of doing business for every type of enterprise. It can also be a strategic asset—one that can be managed to boost profits. Energy Trust of Oregon can help your staff identify significant cost-saving opportunities and implement Strategic Energy Management to capture the savings for years to come.
Online-sem.com helps you implement Strategic Energy Management (SEM) at your facility and within your organization. On the website you can access online training modules, find tools and resources, and track your progress through the training.
Use the Energy Opportunity Register to identify & track all energy projects. Track the details of important SEM practices, prioritize energy projects and determine what actions to take, track implementation status of energy projects and SEM practices, plan for persistence of energy savings on energy projects, and provide a critical link between projects implemented and the savings indicated by your energy intensity model.
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