The Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) recently announced that Schneider Electric now has five manufacturing facilities certified in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program and ISO 50001. Two Platinum level facilities — Smyrna, Tennessee, and Seneca, South Carolina — improved their energy performance by more than 15%. Three Silver level plants—Lincoln, Neb. Lexington, Ky.; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa—improved energy performance by more than 5%.
To qualify for SEP, all five Schneider Electric facilities set up an energy management system, improved their energy performance, and had the results independently verified. And all five earned certification in the ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems as part of the SEP process. "We've found that Superior Energy Performance is a great way to drive down energy use and costs across the company," said Dennis Edwards, Schneider Electric's Energy Manager North America, in the press release. "With each plant, it becomes easier to apply the SEP framework and generate real savings that persist over time."