Strategic energy management (SEM) is a set of processes for business energy management. SEM is often implemented through programs that target the businesses or other organizations within a jurisdiction or a government area. SEM is codified in the ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems.
The main goal of SEM is to help a company to improve performance over a longer period of time. Some energy benefits of the energy consumption of reduced energy consumption and improved energy efficiency and energy conservation, reduced energy consumption, reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improved reliability. (eg onsite renewables, localized energy storage, combined heat and power).
Although also focused on energy management, the company also supports other goals, including reducing and improving the efficiency of its production. productivity through increased employee moral.
Most companies take several years to develop the elements of SEM. The core or minimum elements of the energy efficiency goals, energy planning and implementation, and the system for measuring and reporting energy performance.
SEM Collaboratives Regional SEM Collaboratives have been established in the Northwestern and Northeastern United States for several years, with interest in other regions for similar collaborative forums. The first North American SEM Summit was conducted in Denver Colorado on August 15, 2017, with representatives from across the United States and Canada.
While organizations can implement SEM or SEM-based programs.
Private companies provide SEM-based services to their customers as a dedicated consulting commitment. Other companies integrate SEM concepts into their traditional energy engineering, energy planning, or energy project implementations.
Energy utilities in the US and Canada often deploys SEM programs or deploy SEM components within other programs. These are the utilities that are used to increase demand side management (DSM) goals, measured in electrical, gas, or other energy savings, increased customer motivation to pursue energy saving opportunities (with less required utility outreach / marketing), The use of water and water, and the use of water, and the use of water, and the use of water, and the use of water, and the use of water. Some utility SEM programs with individual and some providing training and coaching to groups of companies, often referred to as cohorts. The cohort approach tends to be more cost-effective for the utility, since at least some of the coach / trainer’s time can be used. In addition, the cohort can provide positive peer pressure for participants to take action and save more energy.
Government agencies around the world often deploys programs to drive adoption of ISO 50001, to increase competitiveness of businesses within their borders, and / or to address climate priorities.
ISO 50001 codified SEM by establishing universal requirements for management systems for energy (EnMSs). ISO 50001 is aligned to other management systems for quality and environmental impact. It includes requirements for management participation, objectives, monitoring and measurement, and several other elements.