Program aims to improve energy efficiency in U.S. industrial facilities, spur global competitiveness
January 19, 2012
The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $3 million to administer DOE’s Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program that will help American manufacturers continually increase the energy efficiency of their domestic facilities, boost their global competitiveness, and create jobs. The funding will support at least one organization to launch, operate, and promote the SEP program. When launched later this year, the voluntary program will provide a transparent, step-by-step certification process to help industrial and commercial facilities implement and validate improvements in their energy performance and reduce their energy costs.
The SEP program will be a key component of DOE’s efforts to improve energy efficiency throughout the nation’s manufacturing sector. The SEP Program Administrator selected for funding through this solicitation will be responsible for launching and overseeing the program during its initial stages. The administrator will develop and execute a sustainable business model to enable SEP to become a fee-based, self-sufficient program within three years of the award.
The SEP Program will address several fundamental challenges that energy managers face within both the industrial and commercial sectors. The program aims to improve awareness of energy efficiency opportunities within companies across both sectors, develop consistent models to evaluate the business merits of competing opportunities, foster commitments to energy efficiency from company leadership, and provide guidance to implement energy-saving upgrades. There are currently 35 companies in 20 states addressing these challenges by participating in SEP industrial demonstration projects. Eight SEP commercial pilot facilities have also been established to test the SEP program elements and overall scheme.
The funding is expected to be awarded to at least one entity over a period of up to three years and will be subject to an annual performance review to evaluate progress toward meeting program goals and deliverables. Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include U.S. domestic entities or consortia composed of academic institutions, non-profits [except 501(c)(4) non-profits] and for-profit private entities.
For more information and application requirements, please visit the Funding Opportunity Exchange website. Letters of intent in connection with this opportunity are due February 21, 2012. Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 21, 2012. DOE anticipates notifying applicants selected for awards by May 2012 and making awards by June 2012.
DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. Learn more about how DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office is working to identify, explore, develop, demonstrate, and deploy new, energy-efficient processes, products and materials that can help U.S. manufacturers secure a competitive advantage in the global economy.