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US DOE 50001 Ready Recognition

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) wants to celebrate your success with 50001 Ready!

You must be logged into the 50001 Ready Navigator and have selected a project with all 25 tasks marked as completed for the below buttons be active.

DOE offers annual recognition to sites physically located within the United States if they:

  1. Self-attest to completion of the 25 tasks in the 50001 Ready Navigator
    1. Have your energy team lead and a senior management representative sign a simple self-attestation form to confirm the establishment of an energy management system once all tasks in the 50001 Ready Navigator have been completed.
  2. Measure and improve energy performance over time
    1. For first time recognitions provide a snapshot of your energy consumption and for each year after use a number of approved methods to demonstrate energy performance improvement.

DOE developed the 50001 Ready Navigator as a public resource free to all organizations interested in developing and improving an ISO 50001 based energy management system but only sites located within the United States are eligible for DOE 50001 Ready recognition. The 50001 Ready Navigator is intended to help sites begin and continually improve along their own energy management journey. Completion of the 50001 Ready Navigator does not indicate that you are conformant to ISO 50001 or will pass an ISO 50001 audit.

Benefits of Being Recognized by DOE as 50001 Ready

By becoming 50001 Ready, cutting-edge organizations will be early leaders in gaining the value of structured energy management systems, and your experiences and input will help guide the DOE as it supports the adoption of these systems and unlocks the resultant savings for the U.S. economy.

50001 Ready recognized facilities receive a recognition certificate and will be listed on the 50001 Ready recognition web page, listing only company names and the location (city, state) of 50001 Ready facilities. Performance data reported through the 50001 Ready program will only be disclosed by DOE at a program-wide, aggregate level. Organizations will be given the opportunity to share more information about their 50001 Ready experience through DOE developed case studies and other materials, but this is not required for recognition.

Requesting 50001 Ready Recognition

For all sites requesting DOE 50001 Ready recognition use the below buttons to upload your signed self-attestation form and energy performance improvement report to demonstration of energy performance/energy performance improvement to request DOE 50001 Ready recognition. Sites requesting subsequent year recognition must additionally provide the output from one of the four methods listed below.

You must be logged into the 50001 Ready Navigator and have selected a project with all 25 tasks marked as completed for the below buttons be active.
Upload Attestation Form
Upload Energy Performance Improvement Report
Upload Energy Performance Support Document

50001 Ready Recognition Requirements

First Time Recognition

For sites physically located within the United States seeking 50001 Ready recognition for the first time, DOE requires the following:

  1. Self-attestation form signed by your energy team lead and a senior management representative stating that your site has completed the 25 tasks of the 50001 Ready Navigator and are committed to continually improving your energy management system and energy performance.

    (Tip: don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good! Energy management is a continual improvement journey. So long as your site has embraced the actions of each Navigator task DOE wants to celebrate your success!)

    Download the 50001 Ready Recognition Self Attestation Form

  2. Demonstrate you have a site wide understanding of your energy performance by completing only the Energy Performance section of the 50001 Ready Energy Performance Improvement Report. Following development of a 50001 Ready EnMS the Report will be easy to fill out as you will have already identified all of the needed information for your own use. Only energy sources that constitute 5% or more of total site wide energy consumption need to be reported.

    Download the 50001 Ready Energy Performance Improvement Report

    Optionally, if you have completed one of the below energy performance improvement determination methods you can include the output of your energy performance improvement calculation on the same 50001 Ready Recognition Energy Performance Improvement Report. You may additionally choose to provide the output from the method you selected to demonstrate energy performance improvement.

Subsequent Annual Recognitions

DOE 50001 Ready recognition is valid for one year. Sites seeking subsequent year recognitions are required to submit the following:

  1. An updated self-attestation form signed by your energy team lead and a senior management representative stating that your site continues to maintain the EnMS.

    Every third year of recognition make sure to go back to your 50001 Ready Navigator project as the completion status for each of the 25 tasks will have re-set to “In Progress”. This step provides an opportunity to revisit the 50001 Ready Navigator content and ensure your EnMS still is in line with the Navigator guidance.

    Download the 50001 Ready Recognition Self Attestation Form

  2. Demonstrate you have a site wide understanding of your energy performance as for first time recognitions as well as energy performance improvement by using one of the approved methods listed below and completing both sections of the Energy Performance Improvement Report.

  3. Provide the output from the method you selected to demonstrate energy performance improvement. Each of the listed methods will generate an output file.

    Download the 50001 Ready Energy Performance Improvement Report

    Energy management is a continual improvement process. While site-wide energy performance improvement is required over the long-term DOE recognizes that year on year site-wide energy performance improvement may not be achieved. A site may have a negative improvement for one year and still maintain DOE 50001 Ready recognition. Two sequential years of negative energy performance improvement will result in the site not being eligible for DOE 50001 Ready recognition.

    Note that site wide demonstration of energy performance improvement is not a requirement of ISO 50001 but is for DOE 50001 Ready recognition.

1. The recommended approach for demonstrating energy performance improvement is to submit an EnPI Lite Output File, using the baseline and reporting year guidelines as described below this table.

EnPI Lite accepts inputs from the Energy Consumption Tracker and EPA's Portfolio Manager to perform regression-based modeling.

Visit EnPI Lite for detailed instructions on how to use the tool.

2. If you are a Better Plants partner, the next recommended approach is to submit your most recent Better Plants Annual Report with data reported at the site level (not the corporate level). If you do not have access to your most recent Better Plants Annual Report at the site level contact your TAM for assistance with using EnPI Lite.
3. If you are a Better Buildings Challenge partner, the next recommended approach is to submit your most recent Better Buildings Challenge Annual Report with data reported at the facility level. If you do not have access to your most recent Better Buildings Challenge Annual Report at the facility level, the next recommended approach is to use Portfolio Manager.
4. If you use Portfolio Manager, use the 50001 Ready Energy Report for Portfolio Manager report template.

Download the Portfolio Manager directly to your Portfolio Manager account.

Participants will need to run the report for one full year of data, with the starting date being no more than 23 months from the submission date. It is recommended but not required for the data to cover the 12 months leading up to the implementation of the EnMS.

ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Indicator reports may also be submitted.

5. If you are participating in an energy efficiency or customer engagement program sponsored by a DOE 50001 Ready Partner with a Measurement and Verification (M&V) process approved by DOE for use with the 50001 Ready recognition program output from that process. See if the utility sponsoring your energy efficiency or customer engagement program is listed on the 50001 Ready Partner Page or contact your sponsor for more information.

All demonstrations of energy performance improvement must meet the following requirements.

Parameter Requirement
Reporting period Last months’ worth of data must be within 11 months of recognition application
Baseline period 12 months prior to first month of reporting period
Energy sources All entering the site unless the energy source is less than 5% of total site energy consumption
Data collection frequency At least monthly

Regression model-based determinations of energy performance improvement additionally must meet the following requirements based upon the 50001 Ready M&V Protocol.

Parameter Requirement
Consideration of relevant variables Weather and a metric related to the operation of the site (production volume, occupancy) must be considered
Acceptable model types Linear regression forecast and backcast
Minimum model R2 0.5
F-stat 0.2
At least one relevant variable must have a p-value of < 0.1
Numeric model validity requirements when applying model 3 standard deviations of model data
Energy accounting Direct energy consumption at the site (what is procured over the fence line or within, not accounting for generation, transmission, and distribution losses)

EnPI Lite

EnPI Lite is the preferred method to demonstrate energy performance improvement. The EnPI Lite tool is the first of its kind online regression engines for public use that can be used to demonstrate energy performance improvement for the scope you choose.

The EnPI Lite too may produce multiple valid models for each energy source. Use your best engineering judgement to select the model(s) that best describe how your facility uses energy. For example, if steam is used throughout the production process of a product, the model for the energy source that is used to generate steam should include a production variable. As another example, if the major uses of electricity in your facility are electric heating and cooling, then HDD and CDD should appear in your model of electricity.

ENERGY STAR Tips

Through ENERGY STAR programs, such as the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, you may already be tracking your energy performance improvement. Connecting your ENERGY STAR reporting to your 50001 Ready EnMS is one way to complete this task.

If you prefer to use EnPI Lite, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager data can be easily used as input data to the tool. Instructions for using EnPI Lite can be accessed at the EnPI Lite homepage.

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