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. This ensures the City of Philadelphia has an energy supply that is purchased at an affordable rate. By buying energy in futures markets, the Energy Office protects the City from fluctuations in energy markets. This effort helps the City run efficiently and effectively, and saves the City money on utilities.
On September 27th, 2017, the Energy Office in partnership with the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an off-site renewable energy power purchase agreement. Through this RFP, the City of Philadelphia will look to make a long-term commitment to purchase renewable energy from a large-scale wind, solar or other renewable projects in the region. Read the requirements to submit your proposal. Responses must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. on November 29th, 2017. Responses should be electronically emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and be no larger than 10MB to ensure delivery.
Facility benchmarking and Better Buildings Challenge
The Energy Office uses national standards to evaluate its municipal building energy data. This allows the Energy Office to compare similar buildings across the nation and understand which City buildings 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.