DC SEU Advancing Sustainable DC: 2013 > 2014
DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) completed year 2 with the following progress in advancing Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC goals.
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR – DC SEU completed 45 Home Performance energy improvement projects, helping qualified homeowners secure a forgivable loan of up to $12,000 in partnership with Industrial Bank.
Small Scale Solar Initiative – DC SEU Increased the number of installations of small solar systems at homes in Ward 5, 7, and 8 to 110 from 54 in 2012. The solar systems helped low-income residents save an average of $500 on annual electricity costs.
Low-Income Multifamily Housing – Residents, owners, and developers of affordable multifamily housing were able to reduce energy costs through improvements funded by DC SEU. In 2013 2,800 low-income households benefited with an average annual energy cost savings of $220. DC SEU participated as a member of the development team to complete extensive energy efficiency improvements at Bass Circle Apartments, a 119-unit apartment built in the 1940s in Marshall Heights. Upgrades at Capital Park Plaza included installation of CFLs and low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads.
In advancing renewable energy, DC SEU partnered with Skyline Innovations to complete the installation of active closed-loop hot water systems at 22 affordable multifamily buildings serving more than 700 apartments.
Retail Efficient Products – The number of DC SEU retail partners selling energy-efficient light bulbs increased from 39 to 50 making it convenient for residents to purchase 218,600 CLFs (compact fluorescent light) bulbs and 6,300 LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs.
Commercial and Institutional Customers – To increase energy efficiency, commercial customers took advantage of DC SUE rebates, incentives, and technical assistance to replace 4,800 inefficient T12 fluorescent lights with high-performance T8 systems, refrigeration and HVAC products.
Of significance, DC SEU worked with Children’s National Medical Center, one of the larger energy users, to outline a program of energy improvements that could be incorporated in the hospital’s capital asset plan.
Benchmarking - The DC Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 established a deadline for mandatory energy and water use reporting for private buildings by April 1, 2013. In response to the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) January 2013 release of final rules for energy benchmarking of private buildings DC SEU is providing training and technical assistance and conducted 11 sessions for condominium boards, university sustainability offices, embassy staff, and commercial building owners and property managers. As an additional benchmarking aid, DDOE has posted Case studies of energy benchmarking
DC SEU 2013 Annual Report, Making An Impact: Building a brighter economic, environmental, and energy future for the District