Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, also known as PEER, is the nation’s first rating system that measures and improves power system performance and electricity delivery systems. PEER helps energy professionals define, specify and assess power generation, transmission and distribution and provides a framework for continuous improvement.
Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, PEER was modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program for buildings.
What is PEER?
- PEER is the nation’s first comprehensive certification program and roadmap for sustainable power system performance. PEER is designed to measure performance and improve the regulation, design and operation of sustainable power. It drives market transformation by providing a framework for three-year minimum project grid improvements that benefit all stakeholders – from customers to businesses.
- PEER is the result of a collaborative effort between the USGBC and Bob Galvin, formerly of Motorola, to address urgently needed power industry reforms. The 2003 Northeast blackout underscored how crucial it is to have a reliable and resilient power system and how a lack of one can have a profound, negative impact on the economy. At the time, the power industry was in need of a major transformation that policy changes alone could not address.
- Receiving PEER certification confirms improvement and sustainability for power systems. Projects are evaluated across four categories: reliability & resilience, energy efficiency & environment, operational effectiveness, and customer contribution. PEER helps identify waste and performance gaps and verifies outcomes.
- PEER is designed to provide dependable, sustainable power for all, while lowering electricity costs, improving the long-term quality of life in communities. With outdated power systems, electricity is lost through conversion and waste, and these costs are passed onto consumers with poor power quality, costing U.S. facilities more than $200 billion dollars per year. PEER quantifies the financial value of a sustainable electric system by effectively highlighting financial bottom-line benefits.
- PEER standards incorporate distributed generation and on-site power generation, which results in less energy lost. It further supplements a reduction and optimization of the energy infrastructure including power lines, and plants.
- As climate change increases frequency and intensity of severe weather, grid resilience is increasingly important. PEER-certified power systems offer better-built grids that outperform and outlast conventional grids.
- PEER supports professionals spearheading sustainable energy delivery initiatives. PEER-certified grids lead to greater efficiencies in energy use, reduction in carbon emissions and minimize risks caused by, poor energy reliability and poor power quality.
- PEER provides a valuable framework for projects that fall into three categories: city, campus or supply. PEER-certified projects can include universities, municipal utilities, industrial facilities and more.