Power system performance and resilience

PEER certification helps projects and utilities solve aging infrastructure, find cost savings, build for resiliency, enhance tracking to identify deficiencies and prevent failures, and share best practices. PEER certification enables power system owners and operators to:

  • Reduce climate risk with resilient design
  • Improve energy system performance
  • Demonstrate value to investors

How PEER certification works

PEER can be used for power systems of all sizes – examples of certified projects include leading hospitals, rural cooperatives, city-owned utilities, microgrids and universities. The certification applies to all types of infrastructure, with guidance structured around three core project types:

  • Cities and utilities: public projects with a large variety of customers
  • Campuses: projects with one or more buildings
  • Transit: monorail, metrorail, and intracity or intercity rail projects

Achieving PEER

To achieve PEER certification, a project earns points by adhering to prerequisites and credits that address power system performance across several categories:

  • Reliability and resiliency
  • Energy efficiency and environment
  • Operations, management and safety
  • Grid services
  • Innovation and Exemplary Performance
  • Regional Priority

The PEER Guide to Certification and the PEER Rating System lead project teams through the PEER process and include important information regarding the PEER certification program including the current policies and procedures.


  1. Register your project.
  2. Apply by submitting a certification application and paying the certification review fee.
  3. Projects go through a verification and review process by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and are awarded points that correspond to a level of PEER certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
  4. Receive the review decision and earn certification.


  USGBC Members Non-Members
Registration Fees $1,200 $1,500
Precertification Fees $2,500 $3,200
Expedited Review Fee $1,000 $1,000
Certification Fees (project precertified) $6,000 $8,000
Certification Fees (project not precertified) $8,000 $10,000
Recertification fees (annual data provided) $2,000 $2,500
Recertification fees (annual data lapsed) $2,500 $3,200
  1. All fees are introductory pricing.
  2. There is a 10% discount for paying the registration and certification fees together at the same time.
  3. There is a 10% discount for paying precertification and certification fees together at the same time.

Register your project