These energy projects work to reduce overall energy use throughout City-owned buildings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving the City money over time.
Energy performance contracting
Energy performance contracting helps the City’s large facilities that have major energy expenses and capital needs. The Energy Office identifies opportunities for large energy efficiency retrofit projects, renewable energy projects, or more efficient central utility plants for major new buildings, and works across departments to install the project improvements. Most performance contracts pay for the upgrades using the cost savings that they generate.
From FY11 through FY15, the Energy Office managed a $12.2 million performance contract for an energy savings project performed on the City’s four large downtown buildings: City Hall, the Criminal Justice Center, the Municipal Services Building, and the One Parkway Building. The project included new lighting and updates to building operating systems, allowing the buildings to save large amounts of energy and water. The project was supported by the City’s Finance group and approved by City Council. As the City’s first energy efficiency performance contract, the success of the Quadplex project is an example of the scale and type of projects the Energy Office plans to replicate.
Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Fund
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) created the Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Fund (EESF) to encourage City agencies to reduce their energy consumption. The EESF offers funding to departments on a competitive basis to support the implementation of energy efficiency projects within existing City-owned facilities. EESF investments have saved the City approximately $1.7 million in energy costs over the life of the program.
One example of a successful project and partnership is with the Office of Fleet Management (OFM). In 2013, through the Energy Efficiency Fund, OFM and the Energy Office implemented an LED lighting retrofit at Fleet Shop 134. The project resulted in annual savings of approximately $40,000 and greatly improved the lighting quality in the service garage. Due to the success of the project, OFM is now seeking to perform additional LED lighting retrofits using their own funding.
Energy master plan
In 2016, the Office of Sustainability and the Energy Office began work on a master plan to increase energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, and energy resiliency in municipal buildings and the built environment throughout Philadelphia. The plan will include strategies for all categories of buildings and facilities in the built environment, including energy procurement, energy management, financing, resiliency, and sustainability. When complete, the document will serve as a business plan for the City’s energy work. Because energy plays an important role in climate change and disaster preparedness, the plan will also inform the City’s climate mitigation and adaptation work.