DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Client: District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
The City Council of the District of Columbia adopted the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 to “establish… a Sustainable Energy Utility to administer sustainable energy programs in the District.” Following a public bid process, in 2011, the DDOE contracted with VEIC to operate the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU), partnering with the Sustainable Energy Partnership (SEP), a group of DC-based organizations. Key challenges to be addressed by the DC SEU include: lowering per capita energy use, increasing the generating capacity of renewable energy in the District, reducing the growth of peak demand, improving energy efficiency in low-income housing, reducing the growth for the largest energy users, and increasing the number of energy demand green collar jobs in the District.
VEIC and the SEP provide solutions to the energy challenges facing the District. This combination of local partners with a wide breadth of DC-based experience and VEIC with its deep experience and leadership are successfully addressing the challenges that the City Council identified.
Through the contractual relationship with DDOE, the DC SEU is offering integrated, performance-based implementation services, based on VEIC’s industry-leading programs, adapted for success in the District. Initiatives are now developed and in the market to provide progress toward the District’s goals, including:
- Reducing electric and gas energy use by 1% per year;
- Investing 30% of program funding in improving the energy efficiency of low-income housing;
- Creating and documenting green jobs;
- Assuring that more than 50% of contracted funds are with local DC-based businesses;
- And more.