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This page provides detail on the Superior Energy Performance program as it is being implemented in Texas. For general information on the program and national developments, see the Superior Energy Performance program website at www.SuperiorEnergyPerformance.net.


What is Superior Energy Performance?

Superior Energy Performance is a certification program that provides industrial and commercial facilities with a roadmap for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency while maintaining competitiveness. Once launched, the program will provide a transparent, globally accepted system for validating energy performance improvement and management practices. Superior Energy Performance is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and will launch nationally in 2011.

The program was piloted from 2008 to 2010 in Texas at four sites: Cook Composites and Polymers, Houston plant; Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Oak Hill plant; Owens Corning, Waxahachie plant; and Union Carbide (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company), Texas City, which had two plants participating. The plant staff provided substantial input into the design of the program, as did other end-users on the US Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing. The five plants certified as of April 7, 2011 saw verified energy performance improvements of 6.5% to 17% over a two to three year period. To view presentations from the Texas pilot plants, check out the Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum on April 7, 2011 presentations available at http://texasiof.ceer.utexas.edu/docs_pres/forums.cfm.

A central element of Superior Energy Performance is implementation of the forthcoming ISO 50001 energy management standard, with additional requirements to achieve and document energy performance improvements. All industrial and commercial facilities pursuing certification must demonstrate an improvement in energy performance. This program will provide companies with a framework for fostering energy-efficiency at the facility level and a methodology for measuring and validating energy efficiency/performance improvements.

The U.S. Department of Energy has partnered with the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM) to develop the Superior Energy Performance program. The partnership is a cooperative effort that brings together the respective strengths of industry, standards-making bodies, federal agencies, national laboratories, universities, and technical experts.


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