The Energy Office manages the City’s utility bills, assists in implementing energy efficiency projects, purchases energy, and benchmarks City buildings in order to save the City money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and track City energy performance.
Utility bill management
The Energy Office uses a utility bill management database to find ways to reduce City government energy use, audit bills, and track energy project performance. The information from the database is shared with City departments through reports. Using this information, departments and agencies are able to better understand the opportunities and benefits of energy efficiency and conservation.
The Energy Office oversees the City’s purchasing of electricity, natural gas, steam, and vehicle fuel. We help make sure that the City of Philadelphia has an energy supply that is purchased at an affordable rate and protects the City from fluctuations in energy markets by buying energy in futures markets. This effort helps the City run efficiently and effectively, and saves the City money on energy.
Facility benchmarking and Better Buildings Challenge
The Energy Office evaluates municipal building energy data against national standards and other building benchmarks. This allows the Energy Office to understand which City buildings are the most efficient, and which need the most energy efficiency improvements. The performance of large City facilities is measured in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager, and scores are available to the public through the OOS benchmarking website. The Energy Office also shares its large building scores with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as a partner in the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.