Since 2010, the District of Columbia has received $5 million from the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and $2.4 million from the State Energy Program (SEP), resulting in the following benefits:
** States report outcomes of State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program formula (annual) fund activities to DOE on a quarterly basis. The metrics above are outcomes of formula-funded activities since 2010.
District of Columbia's State Energy Program at Work
In the District of Columbia, the Energy Office used SEP funds to perform energy benchmarking of nearly 500 district government buildings over a two-year period. By benchmarking energy use in libraries, schools, police stations, administrative offices and other public buildings identified many opportunities to improve energy performance and save the city money. These audits have resulted in SEP-funded energy retrofits projects in buildings and other infrastructure that were in need of energy efficiency improvements. One of the largest buildings owned and operated by the DC government, the 19-year old, 11-story government center located at One Judiciary Square was the first to undergo energy upgrades as a result of the energy audits. The building has 875,000 square feet and houses 20 District government agencies. The Energy Office also supported major energy efficiency retrofits of seven elementary schools and one middle school in the District. The projected annual energy savings for all eight schools is 690,968 kilowatt-hours.
Learn more about SEP competitively awarded projects.
District of Columbia’s Weatherization Assistance Program at Work
The DC Department of Energy & Environment is the managing agency for the District of Columbia’s Weatherization Assistance Program. The District of Columbia WAP contracts with local community action agencies and nonprofits to install weatherization improvements in low-income households throughout the state.
Between 2010 and 2017, the District of Columbia weatherized an average of 133 homes per year with formula funds.
District of Columbia Takes Initiative
Better Buildings Initiative
Better Buildings Challenge
The District of Columbia has taken on the Better Buildings Challenge, a commitment to reduce the energy use of their entire building portfolios by 20% within 10 years, and are is making progress toward their energy reduction goals. As of 2018, public sector Challenge partners have cumulatively saved 72 trillion Btus of energy, $686 million, and 1.49 billion gallons of water since the Challenge was launched in 2011.
Better Buildings Accelerators
From 2016-2018, the District of Columbia was one of 26 partners that collectively committed $335 million to help 155,000 low income households access energy efficiency and renewable energy as part of the Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA). The purpose of this partnership is to address challenges to low income energy affordability and demonstrate a wide range of locally designed energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy solutions.
DOE has engaged more than 220 diverse partners in a set of 15 total Better Buildings Accelerators, with nearly 70 unique public sector partners. The Accelerators are designed to demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches, which will accelerate investment in energy efficiency upon successful demonstration. Each Accelerator is a targeted, short-term, partner-focused activity designed to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency.
To learn more about other Better Buildings partners and solutions in the District of Columbia and other states involved in the Better Buildings Initiative, check out the Better Buildings Partner map.
Publications, Resources, Helpful Links
- State and Local Solution Center, a one-stop shop of impactful public sector resources
- NASEO State Energy Office Contact
- Contact Weatherization State Agency
- EIA District of Columbia State Profile and Energy Estimates
- District of Columbia Better Buildings Partner Profile
The Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) is part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and supports DOE's mission to create greater energy affordability, security, and resiliency.
WIP’s mission is to enable strategic investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through the use of innovative practices across the United States in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including state and local organizations and community-based non-profits.
WIP is made up of two programs focused on state and local governments—the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the State Energy Program (SEP)—and a team that develops and delivers targeted technical assistance and strategic initiatives to state and local governments.
SEP and WAP provide funding and technical assistance to states, territories, the District of Columbia, and Native American tribes to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, maximize the benefits of decreasing energy waste, and reduce energy costs for low-income households. Each state is the decision maker and administrator for SEP and WAP program activities within the state that are tailored to their unique resources, delivery and production capacity, and energy goals.