50001 Ready for Program Administrators and Implementers

What value does 50001 Ready bring to program administrators and implementers?

50001 Ready is an approach for facilities to establish a continuous energy improvement practice in conformance with the ISO 50001 voluntary standard for energy management systems in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. The standard is complementary to other professional benchmarks and certifications, such as ENERGY STAR or LEED; implementation of an ISO 50001 structure can improve a facility’s performance within other energy commitments or credentials.

The 50001 Ready program offers your customers:

  1. A self-paced, no cost, do-it-yourself approach to implement ISO 50001 practices without certification
  2. Improved guidance to identify facility-wide energy use and develop action plans for performance improvement
  3. A means to quantify and track overall facility energy savings across all fuels, including the ability to separate capital projects from operations and maintenance improvements
  4. 50001 Ready recognition upon accomplishment of self-attested achievement, without external audits

Download our fact sheet for Program Implementers: 50001 Ready - Overview for Program Implementers (PDF)

Join DOE’s 50001 Ready Utility Network Series, a forum for utilities, public benefit administrators (PBA), third party implementers, consultants, and regulators who share an interest in energy management systems (EnMS) including and ISO 50001 and DOE’s 50001 Ready program. Expand your organization's internal capacity by tapping into ISO 50001 expertise and training.

>> Customer and Client Engagement Program Offering:
50001 Ready resources are designed to be handed off to Program Implementers—including utilities, states, municipalities, public benefits administrators, disclosure groups, and other membership organizations—as a direct offering for their customers. 50001 Ready can be structured either as an energy program or as a customer engagement platform for increased customer satisfaction.

Energy Program. 50001 Ready offers implementers the ability to engage customers and build long-term relationships to quantify O&M savings and develop a pipeline of future improvement opportunities. 50001 Ready can also be the springboard for deeper strategic energy management programs.

Customer Satisfaction. 50001 Ready offers the ability to provide a service for key customers to build relationships and assist in understanding, planning and managing energy. The implementer can offer the 50001 Ready tools and provide customer support to maintain contact throughout the process.

>> Proven Energy Savings:
Implementation of an ISO 50001-based energy management system has been proven to deliver deeper and sustained energy savings, compared to a purely project-based approach. Research has shown an average of 12% reduction of energy costs within 15 months of starting implementation. More information >

>> Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program Uptake:
50001 Ready can improve customer participation and performance in existing energy efficiency programs.

Energy Efficiency Programs. Participation in 50001 Ready leads to greater understanding of energy use, savings opportunities and executive level commitment to energy investments, and helps to develop a prioritized list of short- and long-term opportunities where implementers may be able to provide incentives or technical support.

Energy Performance Recognition. The 50001 Ready program leads to increased commitment to energy performance and savings. For implementer programs based around benchmarking, ENERGY STAR or other performance based certification, 50001 Ready can establish the internal corporate culture that will lead to increased and sustained savings and performance.

>> How Does 50001 Ready Relate to Existing SEM Programs?
50001 Ready is a "program-in-a-box" that can be a starting point for implementers interested in energy management and continuous improvement, or a complement to existing and established energy management programs.

Starting Point. For implementers seeking to assist customers in identifying energy savings, 50001 Ready can be the gateway to start pursuing these savings. Through the program, the implementer can provide ‘help desk’ technical assistance and help to quantify overall facility energy savings.

Existing SEM Programs. For implementers with existing energy management or continuous energy improvement programs, 50001 Ready can be used as a front-end customer engagement program to build a pipeline of future SEM engagement opportunities.

How can energy efficiency program administrators engage with the 50001 Ready program?

Energy efficiency program administrators interested in engaging with the 50001 Ready program have several options, starting with:

Direct Customers to 50001 Ready

Direct your customers to 50001 Ready to enhance their engagement in energy efficiency and support their performance in your energy program.

Supplement Your Program

No matter how you engage your customers, components of the 50001 Ready program can be used to supplement your existing offerings and build customer satisfaction.

Adapt or Launch a Program

Whether you have an existing SEM program or are thinking about launching one, 50001 Ready can help you design a program that unlocks the benefits of EnMS through a best-practice offering.

Option A — Direct your Customers to 50001 Ready

The 50001 Ready program and its resources are simple, free, and applicable to all industries. Enhance your client services by directing your customers to 50001 Ready on the DOE website, as a way for them to improve their energy efficiency and bolster their performance in your energy program. DOE can provide remote technical assistance for all 50001 Ready resources and support utility customer engagement.

If you are interested in having your customers use the 50001 Ready program and Navigator tool, DOE resources are available to help you communicate the benefits of 50001 Ready. These templates can be customized to meet your program and customer needs. Several examples are listed below; for editable versions or additional assistance with developing your customer-facing material, please contact us.

    Additionally, DOE would like to hear feedback from you and your customers regarding the value and usability of the 50001 Ready Navigator and other program resources. Please contact us to see how your partnership with DOE can contribute to future program and software development.

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    Option B — Supplement Your Offerings with 50001 Ready

    No matter how you engage your customers, the 50001 Ready program can be used to improve client satisfaction and supplement your existing offerings. The 50001 Ready program has been designed to encourage flexibility, allowing you to identify the components most applicable to your offerings, and to choose how and where to customize them.

    If you are interested in using 50001 Ready to supplement your existing offerings, below are sample designs to help you get started.

    Sample design: Pair an existing Custom Program with 50001 Ready: Overview
    50001 Ready Sample Design Guide

    The 50001 Ready program is comprised of multiple components, including the 50001 Ready Navigator as a software platform, energy management guidance within the Navigator, and protocols for recognition. Depending on your program's offerings and intended outcomes, some components may be more relevant to your customers than others. Under a partnership agreement with DOE, you may be able to leverage and customize these components to support your program.

    Example scenarios include:

    • Entering an agreement to issue joint recognition for 50001 Ready with DOE.
    • Hosting your own version of the 50001 Ready Navigator as a learning module or team management tool, without the recognition program.
    • Using EnPI Lite as a requirement for your own energy efficiency program.

    Download an informational slide deck for program implementers (PDF)

    Please contact us to explore potential possibilities for your program.

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    Option C — Adapt or Launch a New 50001 Ready SEM Program

    Whether you have an existing SEM or CEI program or are thinking about launching one, 50001 Ready resources can help you design a program that unlocks the benefits of 50001 Ready with a best-practice offering.

    If you are interested in using 50001 Ready with an SEM or CEI program, below are sample designs to help you get started.

    Sample designs:

    Utilities and other Program Administrators throughout the US have found SEM programs to be an effective way to help their industrial and institutional customers achieve deeper energy savings from capital projects and operations & maintenance improvements, but how they get there can vary significantly. Choosing an SEM program that is aligned with 50001 Ready prepares your customers to self-attest or certify their plant to ISO 50001 if and when they choose to, giving them a program and language that is consistent with efforts taken globally by other plants.

    [ For those just getting started: What is an SEM program? ]


    >> Adapting an existing SEM or CEI program

    Incorporating 50001 Ready into your existing SEM or CEI program has many benefits:

    • 50001 Ready offers program administrators the ability to build long-term relationships with customers to quantify O&M savings and develop a pipeline of future improvement opportunities.
    • Structured continuous improvement-based practices can provide the springboard for deeper savings from SEM programs.
    • The 50001 Ready Navigator can be used as a front-end tool to provide customer support and maintain contact throughout the length of program engagement.

    Participation in 50001 Ready leads to greater understanding of energy use, savings opportunities and executive level commitment to energy investments, and helps to develop a prioritized list of short- and long-term opportunities where implementers may be able to provide incentives or technical support. For implementer programs based around benchmarking, ENERGY STAR or other performance-based certification, 50001 Ready can establish the internal corporate culture that will lead to increased and sustained savings and performance.

    DOE is currently developing additional resources to help you make key decisions to adapt your program to incorporate 50001 Ready.

    Please contact us for more information.


    >> Offering a continuing program for SEM or CEI "graduates"

    No matter how your existing SEM or CEI program is structured, offering 50001 Ready to customers that have already participated in (or “graduated” from) your SEM or CEI program has many benefits for both you and your customers.

    • For utility programs and implementers, offering 50001 Ready to customers allows your SEM or CEI program to continue to realize savings and provide value to customers beyond the initial program engagement.
    • For customers, completing the 50001 Ready program can help improve their existing energy management system, aligning their efforts with global efforts, preparing them for self-attestation or certification if they choose to, and providing them with recognition from US DOE.

    50001 Ready tools and materials are adaptable and easy to use and can either be offered through a program or can be followed directly by customers.

    DOE is currently developing additional resources to help you make key decisions to adapt your program to incorporate 50001 Ready.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.


    >> Launching a new 50001 Ready SEM or CEI program

    SEM programs are complex, and program development is complicated and can be costly. If you are considering implementing an SEM program, 50001 Ready resources are available to  jumpstart the process, reduce the costs of your program development efforts, and provide your customers with a globally recognized approach.

    Energy efficiency program administrators that want to launch a 50001 Ready SEM program can take the following steps:

    1. Decide what type of 50001 Ready SEM program is right for you.
    SEM programs, including the 50001 Ready SEM program, can come in many different “flavors” (e.g., length of engagement, amount and type of support to provide, whether to provide group workshops or cohorts).  DOE's 50001 Ready SEM Program Design Tool is available to help you make key decisions on what type of program might be right for you. Answer a few brief questions in the online tool and immediately receive recommendations to consider in designing an SEM program. Use the 50001 Ready SEM Program Design Tool >

    2. Develop initial assumptions about your 50001 Ready SEM program.
    Once you have considered key recommendations from the 50001 Ready SEM Design Tool, it's time to start making some initial assumptions about your program. The 50001 Ready Sample Design Overview: Create a New SEM Program using 50001 Ready provides a simple, high-level summary of a recommended design that can be used to create (or outsource) a more detailed design. The recommended design takes the 50001 Ready approach and combines it with the customer interaction approaches of leading SEM programs.

    3. Finalize details for your 50001 Ready SEM program.
    Once you have finalized your conceptual design, you are ready to consider the details of your program. DOE's 50001 Ready Sample Design Guide and 50001 Ready Sample Design Details: Create a New SEM Program using 50001 Ready can help you think through these elements, with recommended details on the workshops and activities that a new SEM program can undertake to take customers to 50001 Ready.

    4. If outsourcing implementation, create a Request for Proposals (RFP).
    If you decide to outsource to a third-party implementation contractor, you will need to prepare an RFP to get bids. To help you do this, DOE is planning on developing a Scope of Work template that can help provide draft language to solicit bids in alignment with a 50001 Ready SEM Program. Materials pending.

    5. Develop implementation content for your 50001 Ready program.
    Whether you outsource or not, you (or your implementer) will need to create customer-facing materials. DOE is planning on developing sample program materials to help you communicate your 50001 Ready SEM Program offering to your customers. Materials pending.

    Please contact us with any questions or comments about pending resources.



    What is an SEM or CEI program?

    “Strategic Energy Management” or SEM is the name that has been given by Public Benefits Administrators (or PBAs) who worked with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) to describe energy efficiency programs that apply energy management principles. These programs are also known as "Continuous Energy Improvement" or CEI programs.

    Many resources exist to help you determine if an SEM or CEI program is right for you. Several recommended reports are listed below.

    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's "Guide for Determining Energy Savings from Changes in Operations, Behavior, and Maintenance Procedures" provides savings estimation methodologies for non-capital energy performance improvement actions. This guide has been developed for facilities participating in SEM programs and using a whole-facility approach to measurement and verification. (May 2017)
    • The Bonneville Power Administration conducted an impact evaluation of its SEM program and found the program to save an average of 2.3% energy consumption, with persistent savings that increased each year. Highlights | Presentation | Final Report (February 2017)
    • The CEE Industrial Strategic Energy Management Initiative describes CEE's strategy to accelerate the adoption of energy management practices and supporting technologies by industrial businesses. The Initiative includes the CEE Strategic Energy Management Minimum Elements. (February 2014)

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    If you would like to discuss other options for engaging with 50001 Ready, don't hesitate to get in touch! We can work with you to find the most appropriate solution to meet your needs.

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