PEER is a program of the US Green Building Council dedicated to certifying the efficient and sustainable performance of energy supply grids. Modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system, PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, evaluates power generation, transmission and distribution systems through the lens of the customer, focusing on efficiency, quality, reliability, resiliency and the environment. USGBC serves as an independent, third party, global certification and credentialing body for PEER. PEER was inspired by the Galvin Electricity Initiative.
Z-FED does not actually certify, but provides all required certification services. As of 2014, all Z-FED facilities are PEER certified.
What are the benefits of a PEER certificate?
A PEER certification demonstrates a level of excellence and tells you, your customers, your stakeholders, your competition, and the public at large that you've achieved your sustainability goals and your project is performing as designed. It can be a critical differentiator when competing for business, as it proves that your efficiency and sustainability claims are verifiable and accurate. Finally, it provides a third party certification that goals and objectives set out by Z-FED were actually attained.
Why does Z-FED promote PEER?
Z-FED pioneered the PEER certification of industrial installations. In fact, Z-FED certified the first PEER industrial microgrid in the United States.
We did this because we understand that success for the microgrid industry depended on delivering lower cost, higher supply quality, and continuous sustainability improvement to customers - and this requires a standards board. Bob Galvin sought to bring about the introduction of Six Sigma principles to the energy industry, and Z-FED intends to continue that philosophy to the advantage of its customers. The USGBC understands these vital benefits as well, and has formed that standards body. Read here an interview with Michael Overturf on that topic.
How does the PEER process work?
The PEER process works by determining how your energy supply and consumption is done, and where there may be quality or improvement opportunities. Much like the Z-FED process, a PEER screening assessment determines what improvements are required so your microgrid can be PEER certified. The improvements may or may not include capacity installations.
If you are interested in an improvement/gap analysis for certifying your facility as USGBC PEER compliant, please provide us some basic information and we'll contact you to discuss. Depending on the timing and your facility characteristics, the PEER Screening may be free of charge.