Each year the State Energy Program (SEP) selects a number of states for competitive funds to advance innovative approaches for local clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and increase our nation's energy security. Below is information on competitive awards from 2012–2017.

State Energy Program 2017 Competitive Award Selections

SEP awarded approximately $5 million to 16 states to advance innovative approaches for enhancing energy security, supporting state-led energy initiatives, and maximizing the benefits of decreasing energy waste.

Area of Interest 1: State Energy Planning

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description


(Colorado Energy Office)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Rocky Mountain Institute


Colorado will test new approaches to demand side management, demand response, and renewable energy integration in existing residential buildings that ensure customer affordability. Data and analysis from the project will be used to inform future state intervention in regulatory and utility demand side management and generation resource planning.

Potential Impacts/Goals:

  • Create a model for evaluating energy efficiency and renewable energy investments at a community scale (referred to as “energy districts”- interconnected buildings incorporating energy efficiency, distributed energy resource storage and controls) versus individual buildings/residences.
  • Address the growing challenge of traditional utility energy efficiency to meet cost-effectiveness thresholds due to current low cost of electricity in many areas.
  • Support market penetration of over 2.3 million existing residential households in CO, and beyond to the 118 million households in the United States


(Minnesota Department of Commerce, State Energy Office)

Michaels Energy; Environmental Initiative


Minnesota will examine use of electrification as a tool for grid optimization and develop recommendations for policy makers, regulatory agencies, and utilities around three main focus areas: electrification regulation and policy, including evaluation of Minnesota’s 1.5% renewable portfolio standard; cold climate performance of electrification technologies in all sectors; and promoting grid modernization through increased deployment and use of electric vehicle infrastructure and the potential for new revenue models.

Potential Impacts:

  • Identify more efficient technologies, such as heat pump water heaters and cold climate heat pumps, for the 12.5% of Minnesota households using propane or fuel oil for heating and the 66% of Minnesota households utilizing natural gas for heating, and reduce their energy costs.

North Carolina

(North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality State Energy Office )

Duke Energy


North Carolina will develop analyses and a stakeholder-driven roadmap to improve its integrated resource planning process to support high-value investments (including more non-wires technologies) that build grid resiliency, enhance reliability, and provide/maintain energy affordability. 

Potential Impacts/Goals:

  • Compare economic costs and benefits from three different non-wire resiliency investment scenarios (baseline, low, and advanced) using a methodology to value resilience developed by Sandia National Laboratories.
  • Identify investments designed to save more than $10 billion in lost economic output from grid disruptions.
  • Create new metrics to better measure potential community benefits of resilience (such as, lost economic activity) and guide future investments.
  • Help it and 27 other states with integrated resource planning processes better incorporate risk of grid outages; all states will have access to a cost-benefit analyses of resilience investments.


(Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development)

Colorado Energy Office; Idaho Office of Energy Resources; Montana Department of Environmental Quality; Energy Strategies, LLC


Utah will use economic modeling to quantify the costs and benefits from potential formation of a western regional energy market (Western Regional Transmission Organization) and create evaluative frameworks.

Potential Impacts/Goals:

  • Convene all western states to provide perspectives on Regional Transmission Organization options.
  • Develop a framework for western states to assess the technical, governance, and public policy considerations of joining a regional energy market.

Washington D.C.

(DC Department of Energy and Environment)



Washington D.C. will identify an electrification pathway that supports the District’s goal to reduce energy waste by 50% by 2032. D.C. will focus on neighborhood-based strategies for increasing load management, reducing peak demand, and saving energy.

Potential Impact/Goals:

  • Model load growth and distribution system impacts from electrification investments to align them with the energy waste reduction goal.
  • Focus strategies on vehicle electrification and charging infrastructure and electric heat pumps, with the latter targeting 10% of residential building owners.
  • Design a set of  distributed energy resource -focused measures for neighborhoods with high demand. Solutions will inform other cities seeking to reduce demand in high-growth areas based on grid performance data for substations zones provided by PEPCO.

Area of Interest 2: Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices


Key Partners

DOE Investment Project Description


(Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Energy Division)

Smart Home America; National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO); Erin Deady Law


Alabama will develop a turnkey Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program with standardized resources and guidance for local governments to implement C-PACE. Alabama’s PACE legislation allows for energy measures as well as resiliency improvements to mitigate flooding and withstand high winds, increasing energy affordability and resiliency. Alabama will provide extensive education and outreach to local governments, business and property owners, lenders, and insurers to ensure marketplace participants have a consistent knowledge base.

Potential Impacts:

  • Increase in energy efficiency and energy resilience projects due to availability of financial mechanism.
  • Statewide C-PACE framework with stakeholder buy-in.


(Alaska Energy Authority)



Alaska will develop a unified approach to C-PACE that will accelerate time to market and prevent a piecemeal marketplace by creating uniform program parameters, establishing a statewide C-PACE administrator, and provide technical assistance to local governments.
C-PACE will also assist in enhancing building resilience, including through use of distributed energy resources.

Project Impacts:

  • C-PACE initiated in three communities - efficiency savings estimated at $96 million annually.
  • Approximately 100 million sq. ft. in nearly 10,000 commercial buildings retrofitted.


(Maryland Energy Administration) partnering with Virginia)

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy;  Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG); Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC); National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)


Maryland will accelerate the conversion of streetlights by local governments to energy efficient LEDs.  Maryland and Virginia will provide local governments with comprehensive technical assistance including utility negotiation support, technical resources, and procurement, financing, and implementation guidance.

Potential Impacts:

  • At least two utilities will have altered their tariff and fixture ownership structures (and Public Utility Commissions have approved modified tariff structure).
  • Five communities implementing conversions.
  • 18 million kWh saved annually.
  • $15 million invested.
  • 136 jobs created.


(Missouri Department of Economic Development, Division of Energy)

City of Rolla, Missouri; Missouri Public Utilities Alliance (MPUA); City of Stockton; St. James Winery; City of St. James


Missouri will work with three cities to develop a resiliency roadmap for small and medium communities to better prepare for, withstand, and recover from disruptions. Missouri will assess this underserved market’s needs, develop a baseline, and identify best practices and technologies that communities can use in developing tailored resiliency plans.

Potential Impacts:

  • $3 million in savings from increased code compliance (11,445 MWh electricity, and 1,485,512 therms gas). (Missouri is a home rule state without a statewide code.)
  • Improved resiliency and reliability of local energy infrastructure and critical facilities through energy efficiency and distributed energy resource technologies, including combined heat and power.

New Jersey

(New Jersey Board of Public Utilities)

New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rutgers University


New Jersey will address the significant lack of guidance on procuring and financing advanced community microgrids, which creates barriers to investment. The state will create a guide with information grounded in legal, economic and regulatory reality, outlining how to maximize economic and resiliency benefits of  microgrids.

Potential Impacts:

  • Develop 1,500 MW of distributed generation and combined heat and power resources where net economic and environmental benefits can be demonstrated, as part of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ 2011 Energy Plan.
  • Creation and dissemination of a Financing Advanced Microgrids Online Toolkit to provide robust, reality-based guidance to understand the process of procuring and financing advanced community microgrids.

New Mexico

(New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department)



New Mexico will use systems dynamic modeling to evaluate a number of energy efficiency policy options and financial mechanisms to both assess their potential for energy and cost savings, and for creating revenue streams. The NM Financial Resiliency through Energy Efficiency (FREE) project will enable communities to implement and sustain a range of energy efficiency technologies best practices and will achieve:

  • Creation of a funding mechanism for private and public energy efficiency projects while creating a positive revenue stream for the State of New Mexico.
  • Projected annual energy savings of $138-$276 million.
  • The creation of financial models to implement goals of the New Mexico Energy Roadmap, published in 2018.  

New York

(New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)

Yale University; University of New Hampshire; Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)


New York seeks to develop a fully-functional data clearinghouse for renewable thermal (heating and cooling) technology performance. Renewable thermal technology includes solar thermal water heaters, biomass thermal (wood combustion), advanced biodiesel, and high efficiency heat pumps (both ground source and air source). The clearinghouse (called oTherm) will provide standardized performance data and enable quantitative validation of anticipated renewable thermal technology system performance, which will spur investment in these energy savings technologies.

Projected Savings:

  • 841,600 MMBTU annually.
  • 21,040,000 MMBTU over the lifetime.
  • $5.63 million customer bill savings annually.
  • $140.8 million customer bill savings over the lifetime.

Rhode Island

(Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources) partnering with West Virginia and Massachusetts

Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources; West Virginia Office of Energy; National Grid; Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP); Energy Foundation


Rhode Island will expand the use of enhanced building energy efficiency information policies for public buildings in 150 small, medium, and rural communities across nine states to expand their deployment of energy efficiency. The three partner states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and West Virginia) will develop a sustainable model for a shared energy manager, and provide automated and customized technical assistance through an online platform.

Potential Impacts:

  • Municipal energy savings in buildings and transportation equivalent to 3,039 GWh/year.
  • Annual energy savings (value for all fuels) valued at over $79 million per year.
  • 150 small, medium, and rural communities across nine states engaged in reducing energy waste by 20% in public buildings and fleets.

West Virginia

(West Virginia Office of Energy)

WV Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE);

WV Department of Education Office of School Facilities and Transportation; West Virginia University; The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project


West Virginia will inventory and benchmark approximately 1,500 public buildings into ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, and deploy a state policy requiring enhanced building energy efficiency information from state buildings by 2022. The project includes energy management training for facility managers and benchmarking training for university students and high school teachers and students.

Potential Impacts:

  • Participation of 1,500 state facilities, 782
  • K-12 schools, and 36 institutions of higher education.
  • $3.26 million in potential cost savings.
  • Workforce development training for employees across local government, 36 universities, and K-12 teachers to support economic development. 


(Public Service Commission of Wisconsin)



Wisconsin’s Statewide Assistance for Energy Resiliency and Reliability (SAFER2) aims to improve collaboration among state and local governments in energy emergency resiliency, mitigation and response plans. The project addresses a technical assistance needs gap for rural communities that lack financial and technical resources to support resiliency programs.

Potential Impacts:

  • Improved efficacy of the State’s Energy Assurance Plan via ongoing collaboration with local governments, therefore improving statewide energy emergency resiliency, mitigation, and response.
  • Creation of a local energy resilience handbook.

Area of Interest 3: Technical Assistance to Advance SEP Formula Grant Clean Energy Activities


Key Partners

DOE Investment Project Description


(Guam Energy Office)



Guam will conduct energy audits in K-12 schools, train school officials on creating energy management plans, and showcase results for replication.

Potential Impacts:

  • Established benchmarks for lighting, air cooling systems, water heaters, and plug loads.
  • Increased energy efficiency and lower consumption through outreach and education. 
  • Standardized protocols for energy management throughout territory schools.

New Jersey

(New Jersey Board of Public Utilities)



New Jersey will perform a feasibility and market analysis on electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and usage programs targeting low-income populations and multi-family dwellings. The project will:

  • Facilitate the installation of EV infrastructure at multifamily housing, where access to EV charging is non-existent.
  • Result in a plan for underserved communities to have greater access to EVs and its infrastructure. 


(Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development)



Utah will provide technical assistance to the City of Ogden to design a tailored energy efficiency and resiliency plan prioritizing low and moderate income communities. Utah’s work will inform the broadening of an existing activity to include energy efficiency and resiliency planning at the local government level.

Potential Impact:

  • A tested and replicable community-based program model for designing community level energy efficiency and resiliency plans.
  • Direct energy savings, particularly for low and moderate income households for the third most impoverished city in Utah.
  • Increased local government capacity to quantify and analyze the economic and environmental value of energy efficiency.

Area of Interest 1: State Energy Planning

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description


​(Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism)

The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company, Limited, collectively called “HECO”


Hawaii will use existing high resolution imagery and large-scale simulation data as a visualization tool that will help stakeholders understand the policy choices needed to move to a 100% renewable energy (RE) system. Data visualization tools are high-speed networks of high performance computers that connect data sets to provide clarity to complex problems. The project will create a platform to analyze and make informed decisions around a coordinated vision that includes environmental, reliability, resiliency, and economic goals.

The successful completion of this project will increase the likelihood of Hawaii’s achieving its goal of generating 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, which would result in incremental renewable energy of:

  • 2020: 606 GWh
  • 2030: 1,501 GWh
  • 2040: 4,188 GWh
  • 2045: 6,875 GWh


(Department of Commerce)

GDS Associates Inc.; Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment


Minnesota will address supply side efficiency opportunities in the electric generation sector – specifically Electric Utility Infrastructure (EUI) measures, including transmission efficiency and voltage regulation, which may have significant potential for energy savings and emission reductions.

Potential Impacts:

  • Increased EUI efficiency through decreasing conversion losses, improving plant operations and mitigating transmission and distribution losses throughout Minnesota’s electric grid.

New Mexico

(Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department)

New Mexico Public Regulations Commission; New Mexico Environment Department; New Mexico Oil and Gas Association; and a number of other public and private organizations 


New Mexico will create a Roadmap to build synergies and connections between economic development and energy assurance/resilience planning efforts. DOE funding would enable New Mexico to build on the 2015 Energy Policy and Implementation Plan efforts to develop a sustainable, state-wide energy strategy to include all of New Mexico’s energy resource opportunities.

Potential Impacts:

  • Potential improvements to capture vented or flared methane could lead to emissions reductions of 5-7 million tons of vented and flared methane on Bureau of Land Management land
  • The Energy Roadmap will inform and guide New Mexico’s development of a state climate policy
  • The state will move toward a sustainable, environmentally friendly and resilient energy future.

Area of Interest 2: Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description


(Department of Economic and Community Affairs)

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; Northwest Energy Efficiency Council


Alabama will establish a statewide Building Operator Certification (BOC®) program to serve local government facility staff and K-12 school systems. The project builds on existing efforts to create a more skilled and knowledgeable building technician workforce by implementing the BOC® training program, providing a suite of technical assistance resources to local governments and developing a stakeholder engagement process to ensure sustainability and growth of the program. 

Project Impact/Goal:

  • Training and certifying 80 building operators who will address energy efficiency in at least 50 facilities encompassing approximately 3.6 million square feet of building space
  • 1.26 million kilowatt-hour (kWh) annual electricity savings and 2,664,000 one million British thermal units (MMBtu) annual natural gas savings
  • $159,755 estimated annual energy cost savings and 3,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO₂) reduction.


(Energy Office)

Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation; EEtility 


Arkansas will develop a scalable, sustainable energy efficiency program that reaches residential rural electric cooperative customers without placing cost burdens on non-participating customers. Arkansas will hire, train and deploy ‘program coordinators’ representing electric cooperatives that offer existing energy efficiency financing programs such as an on-bill tariff or on-bill financing. Coordinators will educate and enroll co-op members, resulting in deep energy efficiency retrofits in their homes or rental properties, thus increasing the energy savings for co-op members.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • Energy efficiency measures provided to 800 Arkansas homes that could lead to expected GHG emissions reductions between 772-965 metric tons of CO2 in Year 2 and between 1544-1930 metrics tons of CO2 in Year 3.
Colorado and One State Partner: Missouri
(Energy Office)

Coalition for Green Capital; National Association of State Energy Officials


Colorado and partner, Missouri, will establish Green Banks in both states through a multi-state effort.  The project will facilitate and provide community access to energy efficiency financing and high-quality technical assistance in addition to building demand, and significantly scale up private investment for clean energy projects in each partner state.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • Private-to-public capital leverage ratios of between 5:1 and 10:1
(Energy Office)
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Eversource-Connecticut; and United Illuminating.


Connecticut will pilot studies in the commercial and residential sectors to determine how M&V 2.0 compares to traditional evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) with regard to savings certainty and payback. Connecticut will demonstrate how and to what extent EM&V practices can be streamlined and made more cost effective, thereby identifying ways energy efficiency program implementation can be improved.  

Potential Impact/Goal:

  • Successful piloting of M&V 2.0 tools and results that compare automated vs. traditional approach to EM&V
  • Broader scale adoption and use of M&V 2.0 based on pilot results
  • Leveraging of other state funding to support the project, with increased use of M&V 2.0 to support EM&V including use of automated M&V software protocols
  • State use of DOE’s Uniform Methods Project and standardized EM&V Methods reporting.



Harcourt Brown & Carey; University of Illinois at Chicago’s Energy Resources Center


Illinois will develop a sustainable finance program to serve as a model for cash-constrained states through leveraging private sector investment, to transform the Illinois energy efficiency market for public facilities. This project will build on work started in 2015 to fully develop a private sector finance program for state facilities with a tailored marketing and technical assistance approach.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • $5-10 million private investment leveraged, 15,000-31,000 MWh first year savings = 1.2-2.4% reduction in total state facility energy consumption in one year.


(Governor's Energy Office)

Island Institute


Maine will expand access to and participation in clean energy finance programs in rural communities throughout Maine and the U.S. by developing an innovative “bridging model” that uses consumer purchasing groups to make bulk purchases to reduce the costs of energy efficiency equipment and measures.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • Replication of four bridging models: two rural communities in Maine, one in Alaska, and one in New Hampshire
  • Annual avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 2,900 metric tonnes of CO2e
  • Annual energy savings of 5,400 MMBtu


(Energy Office)

League of Nebraska Municipalities; Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance; NE Association of County Officials; NE Community Energy Alliance; Nebraskans for Solar; NE Dept. of Education; NE Green Schools Program; NE Dept. of Administrative Services, NE Public Power District; University of NE-Lincoln 


Nebraska will develop a comprehensive energy performance benchmarking and disclosure policy for state (mandatory) / local (voluntary) governmental buildings in Nebraska by 2020. A workforce development component makes this an innovative approach to benchmarking.  State and local employees will be given access to Building Operator Certification (BOC®) training, university students will collect and analyzing performance data, and a curriculum will be developed for use in high school classrooms.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • Benchmarking of all state buildings using Energy Star Portfolio Manager and a disclosure policy that requires an annual review.
  • Workforce development for an expanded number of employees across local government and universities through an educational component.


MN Dept. of Commerce; MD Energy Administration; DC Department of Energy and Environment


New York and partners will advance and further develop the “Utility Energy Registry,” an online platform that provides public access to community-scale utility energy demographics to drive community level clean energy planning.  The project will leverage New York’s existing work with investor-owned utilities to collect aggregated community-level energy data, resulting in a web-based platform that can transfer this type of data nationally to municipalities and other interested entities.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • A replicable and nationally scalable model to enhance the ability of local communities around the country to save energy by enabling them to design policy and track progress towards goals with measureable, independent data.


National Association of State Energy Officials; Earth Advantage; Energy Futures Group; Vermont Energy Investment Corporation


Rhode Island and partners will reduce confusion for homebuyers and increase the adoption of energy labeling in the residential real estate market by aligning Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and Home Energy Scores (HES) so that the data and scores are comparable and translatable.  This project builds off prior year SEP  awards in Arkansas and Alabama to establish a voluntary statewide home energy scoring system for residential properties and to increase residential benchmarking in Vermont and New Hampshire using the DOE HES tool.  This project also builds off New York’s National Labeling group, which is working to harmonize scores for multifamily and commercial buildings. Coinciding with this effort are activities that will create model home energy disclosure and rating policies for other states to replicate.

Project Impact/Goal: (as a result of streamlined labeling):

  • Adding 82,248 additional HERS ratings from 2018-2022 could potentially save 404,088 MMBtus.
  • Adding 574,923 HES scores from 2018-2022 could potentially save 3,574,613 in MMBtus.
  • Potential to save 3,978,701 MMBtus over a 5-year period.


Northern Virginia Regional Commission; Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Arlington County, VA; Anna Arundel County, MD


Virginia and partners will develop and promote region-wide best practices to streamline commercial PACE features across the region to create a significantly larger PACE market, while building momentum in the three states through a coordinated outreach and education effort. 

Project Impact/Goal:

  • 160 commercial energy efficiency projects funded, resulting in: 63,000 MWh, 14.4MW, 1,890,000 therms, 414,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided
  • 769 jobs created

Area of Interest 3: Technical Assistance to Advance SEP Formula Grant Clean Energy Activities

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description





Florida will map the energy landscape at water and wastewater treatment facilities to provide the state with the quality and quantity of data needed to develop and implement successful energy saving programs for this sector. The development of energy saving programs and policies for wastewater treatment facilities represent a new area of SEP formula work for Florida.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • There are 5,200+ water facilities and 3,700 wastewater facilities in Florida, of which 2,000 are classified as domestic wastewater facilities. The primary goal of this project is to establish a baseline on energy efficiency and renewable energy measures at these facilities to develop a roadmap for future State-funded projects.



N/A $75,000

Montana will expand its SMART Schools program by adding a leadership module to the Energy Efficiency Challenge component of SMART Schools.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • Six to eight schools will receive professional energy efficiency technical assistance in the form of training, energy audits, and energy conservation measure implementation. Resource efficiency potential and implemented savings will be documented and used as a tool for development of a finance program similar to Montana’s State Buildings Energy Conservation Program and Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program.

West Virginia

(Division of Energy)

Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WV University; Industrial Assessment Center, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WV University 


West Virginia will improve the competitiveness of energy intensive industrial facilities by developing a suite of technical assistance services designed to enable the implementation of energy reduction strategies and techniques.

Project Impact/Goal:

  • Participants from 150 facilities will be trained through hands-on training workshops. The knowledge and training obtained through participation in the workshops is expected to reduce energy consumption by 10% translating to 132,400 MWh per year and 1 Million MMBtu per year.


The State Energy Program (SEP) selected 11 states for $5 million in competitive funds to advance innovative approaches for local clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and increase our nation’s energy security.

Area of Interest 1: State Energy Planning

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description


(Governor's Energy Office)

Maine Governor's Energy Office; E2TECH and Maine Technology Initiative $284,022

The Maine Energy Planning Roadmap project will establish a stakeholder-driven strategy to meet the objectives set forth in the 2015 GEO Comprehensive Energy Plan.

New York

(New York State Energy Research Development Authority)

Maine Governor’s Energy Office; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources; Clean Energy States Alliance


New York and its partners will explore the potential for mutual action to develop offshore wind at the scale necessary to reduce costs and establish a regional supply chain. A final product of the project will be a detailed Regional Roadmap for the increased adoption of local and regional offshore wind policies and projects. 


(Office of Energy Programs)

NASEO; APX Inc.; GA Finance Authority; MI Economic Development Office; MN Pollution Control Agency; OR Department of Energy; PA Department of Environmental Protection; TN Department of Environment & Conservation; The Climate Registry


Tennessee and its partners will develop a roadmap with potential pathways for voluntary adoption and implementation of a national energy efficiency registry. States will benefit from the roadmapping and registry exercise, as it will support multi-agency intra- and inter-state dialogue related to broader state energy and environmental planning and policy. 


(Division of Energy)

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy; Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; Virginia Energy Efficiency Council; Clean Energy Solutions


Virginia will establish a public-private collaboration on energy efficiency in order to meet the Governor’s energy savings goal of 10% by 2020. The state will lead an effort to engage stakeholders, develop actionable recommendations, and a roadmap for markedly expanding energy efficiency as a resource in its portfolio.

Area of Interest 2: Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment  Project Description


(Alaska Energy Authority)

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium


Alaska aims to reach underserved communities in rural areas of the state to undertake small-size energy efficiency projects. An Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Center will be established that, among other services, will provide access to pre-qualified Small Project Energy Efficiency Developers that will provide audits and project development opportunities.


University of Minnesota; LHB (architecture, engineering and planning firm); Great Plains Institute


Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act calls for cutting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 base levels by 2025, and 80% by 2050. The Twin Cities Regional Climate Collaborative Project will provide energy planning resources to local governments within the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The final result of this project will be energy planning tools that local governments and other key stakeholders can use to support significant progress toward Minnesota’s sustainability, energy transition and greenhouse gas reduction goals. 


VT Energy Investment Corporation; Ameren MO; Empire District Electric; Kansas City Power & Light; Laclede Gas Company; MO American Water Company; MO Energy Initiative; MO Public Service Commission; MO Dept. of Natural Resources; MO Office of Public Counsel; NRDC of Chicago; Renew MO; Sierra Club; Summit Natural Gas


Missouri will facilitate coordinated program planning across all MO utilities by developing a statewide Technical Reference Manual and a vision for Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) 2.0. The state estimates this resource could stimulate an additional 20% participate rate in efficiency offerings.


University of Nebraska; Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality


Nebraska will benchmark energy usage data from 60 to 100 municipal wastewater plants in the State; at least 24 of the lowest performing plants will be offered technical and financial assistance to achieve savings of 20% or better. NE’s Dollar and Energy Saving Loan program will be expanded by adding $5 million dollars to the existing pool to offer 1% loans to municipalities undertaking technical assessments and implementing retrofits in their plants to reduce energy usage or minimize waste. 


Public Service Company of New Hampshire (Eversource Energy); Granite State Electric and Energy North Natural Gas; Liberty Utilities; New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Inc.; Unitil


The “Leading New Hampshire Wastewater Treatment Facilities Energy Efficiency” project aims to reduce electric energy use at New Hampshire’s 74 municipally-owned facilities through education, information sharing, comprehensive energy audits, and direct technical assistance. Focused educational workshops, facility-specific energy use data, and one-on-one technical assistance will be used to break down the time and knowledge barriers that currently limit implementation of energy efficiency measures by wastewater treatment facilities.


City of Espanola;, City of Mora; City of Taos; City of Tucumcari; City of Ruidoso


New Mexico will leverage this funding to support five low-income communities in advancing energy management of their wastewater treatment facilities by creating energy teams, assessing energy consumption and energy savings opportunities, developing and implementing renewable energy and energy conservation plans, measuring progress and sharing lessons learned statewide. Energy Audits will occur at each facility and recommendations will be implemented to achieve a goal of 20% or more in energy savings.


TN Department of Environment & Conservation; AL Department of Economic and Community Affairs – Energy Division; AL Department of Environmental Management; University of Memphis (TN); EPA-Region 4;City of Atlanta; Georgia


Tennessee and Alabama will advance the adoption of energy efficiency improvements in the wastewater and water treatment utility sectors – along with other underserved sectors – in at least 24 local governments in Alabama and Tennessee through onsite energy assessments and energy management implementation support. In addition to serving wastewater treatment facilities, TN will broaden the scope to include outdoor lighting projects, community centers and libraries. Alabama will focus solely on wastewater treatment facilities. The proposal includes plans to provide follow-up technical assistance to participants to help identify and procure sources of financing for energy and/or renewable energy improvements. 


The States of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island; NEEP; MA Department of Energy Resources; Efficiency Vermont; Energy Futures Group; VT Public Service Department; VT Energy Investment Corporation;  NASEO


Vermont and 6 partner states will develop a Home Energy Labeling Information Exchange (HELIX) database so realtors (and new home buyers) can access Home Energy Score - a tool that allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to others nationwide - data in the Multiple Listing Services. The project builds upon recent efforts to “Green the MLS” that have created standard fields in the Multiple Listing Service data structure for energy efficiency data. This project takes the next step by developing a path to transmit the Home Energy Score data from efficiency programs to Multiple Listing Services. 



Area of Interest 1: State Energy Planning

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description



California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Western Interstate Energy Board, Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body, Western States Air Resources Council


Idaho, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington will partner to expand planning and coordination among western states and provinces in the Western interconnection to address emerging and potentially transformational challenges to the electric power system. The goal is to promote western electric power system reliability during a transition of increasing renewable energy, additional coal plant retirements, new environmental goals, increased reliance on natural gas and expanding distributed generation.


Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Power Agency, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of State Energy Officials, Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, Energy Resources Center


The project will utilize the resources of primary regulatory agencies, intensive stakeholder engagement, and advanced modeling to identify and coordinate the implementation of policy options that position energy efficiency and renewable energy as primary options for achieving environmental goals, economic development, system reliability, and cost stability.



Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Public Sector Consultants



Michigan will work with its partners to develop a regulatory framework that aligns utility business interests and customer behavior with new clean energy goals and targets. Michigan will develop a clear definition of future clean energy goals; align state and federal policies with regulatory framework and utility business models; and effectively and cohesively implement goals through planning, analysis, and stakeholder engagement, a critical component of the two-year project.


Minnesota Legislative Energy Commission, Rocky Mountain Institute, Energy Systems Consulting


Minnesota will work with partners to establish a baseline of the current energy landscape, develop near and long-term goals, and create an Energy Future Framework with an action-oriented strategy and timeline to protect the environment and create jobs. Using a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process, the goal of the project is to determine how quickly Minnesota can transition to a clean energy system while maintaining affordability and reliability.



North Carolina Energy Office, Advanced Energy, E4 Carolinas, UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center


South Carolina, North Carolina and partners will focus on convening state agencies, the electric power sector, natural gas providers and stakeholders to develop a strategy for solving energy issues and planning for the energy future. The states will develop state-specific energy roadmaps that focus on collaboration to improve the electric and natural gas sectors.


Area of Interest 2: Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description


Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Energy Office, Nexus Energy, Earth Advantage, University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center, North Little Rock Electric, City of Fayetteville, Energy Efficiency Arkansas



Alabama and Arkansas will develop a Home Performance Recognition program to deploy tools that improve energy efficiency uptake in the residential market. Both states will develop home energy scoring labels that will provide projected energy cost and performance information in a uniform manner. The goal is to help consumers, the construction industry and real estate professionals better understand and value the merits of energy efficiency investments. The program will demonstrate how states or localities can create their own labels by using already developed and accepted national standards and systems, such as DOE’s Home Energy Score tool.



Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Energy Division, Nexus Energy, Earth Advantage, University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center, North Little Rock Electric, City of Fayetteville, Energy Efficiency Arkansas


Arkansas and Alabama will develop a Home Performance Recognition program to deploy tools that improve energy efficiency uptake in the residential market. Both states will develop home energy scoring labels that provide projected energy cost and performance information. The goal is to help consumers, the construction industry and real estate professionals better understand the value and merits of energy efficiency investments. The program will demonstrate how states or localities can create their own labels by using pre-existing and accepted national standards and systems, such as DOE’s Home Energy Score tool.



Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Kentucky Public Service Commission, Kentucky Division for Air Quality


Kentucky will develop an Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) framework and protocols for tracking and crediting carbon emission reductions achieved through energy efficiency. An EM&V framework and efficiency-to-carbon translation method will serve as the building blocks for implementing a carbon credit market in Kentucky and a means to track progress towards the Governor’s energy reduction goal of 18% by 2025.



Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, University of Minnesota (Technical Assistance Program), University of Illinois at Chicago (Energy Resources Center), and the Metropolitan Council (Twin Cities)


The primary goals of this project are to decrease energy use in Minnesota municipal wastewater treatment facilities and scope opportunities for energy generation at suitable facilities. Minnesota will work with these facilities to execute implementation plans and measure and track results. It will also increase outreach by engaging facilities ready to move to the next stage of energy management, specifically investment in systems to capture renewable energy sources. This will include in-depth facility assessments for distributed energy generation.



Bernallilo County, McKinley County, City of Las Cruces, and City of Santa Fe


This project will remove barriers to energy efficiency and renewable energy investments by providing guidance to local governments relating to Energy Saving Performance Contracts (ESPCs). This project will drive demand for energy efficiency measures in public facilities among New Mexico’s 33 counties and 105 municipalities, and reduce the energy usage of local government facilities by utilizing the ESPC process.



​South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER), Geo-Technical Research Institute/Houston Advanced Research Institute (GTRI/HARC)


Texas will aim to reduce soft costs associated with benchmarking and disclosure (B&D) by developing tools, processes, best practices and case studies and engaging the regulatory agency in Texas to ensure data access opportunities. A Benchmarking and Disclosure Guidebook will be developed to walk local jurisdictions through the process of developing robust B&D policies and programs applicable to the public and private sector. The goal of the program is to increase private sector benchmarking in nine large and mid-sized Texas cities while generating statewide interest in such programs to save energy.



Green Mountain Power


Vermont will expand efforts in the standardization, modernization, and streamlining of distributed resources (DR) interconnection with a goal of maximizing DR deployment over the next two years. This project will focus on modernizing the state’s primary interconnection standard, streamlining permitting and interconnection applications, and making detailed grid information necessary for the evaluation of interconnection available to DR developers.



New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, GDS Associates, Inc., Energy Futures Group



Vermont and New Hampshire will develop a national model for building energy B&D for the residential, municipal and commercial sectors. Work products will include a step-by-step guidebook, toolkit, and webinars to speed national progress on B&D programs and policies. This project will tackle the many barriers obstructing building owners from investing in EE upgrades.



Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence, National Association of State Energy Officials, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, National Association of Energy Service Companies, National Association of Clean Air Officials, and Clean Energy Solutions Inc.



Virginia, Georgia, and Kentucky will together develop a consensus approach regarding evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) protocols and energy savings to CO2conversions that could help states integrate energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) programs into plans to address energy or environmental goals. They will convene energy offices, utilities, clean air agencies, regional EPA officials and other stakeholders in this project. The states will document and standardize their work to facilitate adoption by other statewide ESPC and public, federal, or commercial facility retrofit programs.



California Energy Commission, Oregon Dept. of Energy, British Columbia Ministry of Energy & Mines, The Institute for Market Transformation, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, Smart Buildings Center, Ross Strategic


Washington, California, Oregon and British Columbia will partner to develop the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) Mandatory Benchmarking and Disclosure Policy Plan and Legislative Strategy. The goals of the PCC is to pass state-wide legislation, or a series of local ordinances, which mandates specified buildings benchmark their utility data in the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.

The State Energy Program awarded nearly $4 million to 13 states to increase statewide energy savings and boost the energy efficiency of public institutions, local governments, and industrial sectors. Below is a list of projects under three areas of interest: Advancing Industrial Energy Efficiency, Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action in States, and Retrofitting Public Buildings.

Area of Interest 1: Advancing Industrial Energy Efficiency

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description


Alagasco, PowerSouth, Redstone Energy Group, Manufacture Alabama, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, Alabama Industrial Energy Consumers

Federal Funding: $100,000
Cost Share: $23,294
Total Cost: $123,294

This project will develop and implement a strong education and outreach plan, streamline permitting processes for industries, engage partners to investigate the implementation of combined heat and power (CHP) as an emergency energy assurance resource, and develop an updated action plan to advance industrial energy efficiency in the state.

Iowa Iowa Economic Dev. Authority,
Iowa Department of Natural Resources,
Midwest Clean Energy Application Center
Federal Funding: $78,371
Cost Share: $19,594
Total Cost: $97,965

This project will establish a working group to develop strategies for lowering "soft costs" associated with CHP. This includes reviewing potential opportunities to streamline the permitting process with a resulting "Resource Guide" to roadmap future projects. Workshops/webinars will be conducted and stakeholder feedback opportunities will be developed.

Kentucky University of Louisville, KPPC Federal Funding: $100,000
Cost Share: $20,000
Total Cost: $120,000

The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, working with its partners, will foster the growing interest in CHP by developing and implementing an action plan that includes strategies that address the policy, regulatory, and market barriers that deter CHP in an effort to develop model CHP projects and ultimately increase the efficient use of energy resources.

Minnesota FVB, Inc., ACEEE, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, Ever-Green Energy (District energy-St Paul) Federal Funding: $99,722
Cost Match: $26,100
Total Cost: $125,822

This project will plan, coordinate, and execute a stakeholder engagement process that results in an action plan to guide policy makers, utilities, industries, and trade allies to reform the CHP regulatory framework and achieve market transformation in Minnesota.


Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Innovate Mississippi  Federal   Funding: $100,000
Cost Share: $25,000
Total Cost: $125,000
Promoting Industrial Energy Efficiency and CHP in Mississippi through E3 This project will identify barriers (policy, regulatory, market, technology, workforce training) to improve industrial energy efficiency and CHP and develop strategies to address these barriers; promote awareness and knowledge of CHP in industry by developing and deploying a CHP workshop and industrial energy efficiency action plan; and continue to develop the Mississippi E3 (Economy, Energy, and Environment) program to promote industrial energy efficiency and CHP in Mississippi.

Pacific NW CHP TAP, Northwest Food Processors, Oregon Forest Industries Council, Energy Trust of Oregon, OR PUC, Northwest Natural Gas

Federal Funding: $97,723
Cost Share: $19,546
Total Cost: $177,269

This project, a regional collaboration with the State of Washington, will build on existing CHP market assessments of the opportunities for and barriers to distributed generation; develop a dialog to address these barriers; engage stakeholders to develop sector specific action plans; and leverage and enhance the existing industrial collaborative and provide access to updated market, technology, and regulatory best practices.


Geo-Technical Research Institute Federal Funding: $100,000
Cost Share: $62,500
Total Cost: $162,500

The State Energy Conservation Office will engage state, local, and private-sector actors to identify and address key barriers and solutions. Efforts will include working with stakeholders to identify barriers followed by the creation of a prioritized action plan to address those barriers.

Wisconsin Wisconsin Econ. Develop. Corp., WI Dept. of Natural Resources, WI Dept. of Ag., Trade & Consumer Protection, WI Public Service Commission, City of Madison, Focus on Energy and FOE Large User Program
Clean Tech Partners, DVO (digester designer),
Energy Center of Wisconsin, Clean Wisconsin
Federal Funding: $75,000
Cost Share: $15,000
Total Cost: $90,000

This project will attempt to remove regulatory, market and utility barriers to industrial energy efficiency (IEE) and CHP, while creating a replicable and sustainable model by assembling an inclusive IEE and CHP stakeholder group to identify market and non-market barriers to deployment.


Area of Interest 2: Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action in States

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description


Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance Federal Funding: $500,000
Cost Share: $111,226
Total Cost: $611,226
Arkansas will strive to strengthen policies and programs that will lead to enhanced utility investment in the Arkansas energy efficiency market utilizing demonstrated best practices and innovative approaches.



Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Federal Funding: $500,000

Cost Share: $125,000
Total Cost: $625,000

The Mississippi Development Authority, in partnership with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, seeks to maximize utility and other demand side management potential by providing critical resources to support the establishment of a statewide energy savings goal of at least one percent through utility energy efficiency programs and other programs.


Area of Interest 3: Retrofitting Public Buildings

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description
Iowa Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Main Street Program Federal Funding: $368,218
Cost Share: $92,055
Total Cost: $460,273
Through a partnership with Main Street Iowa, the State Energy Office will create a program to share two Regional Energy Managers to work with 20 Main Street Iowa cities to stimulate demand for city-owned building energy efficiency projects. The Iowa Economic Development Authority will work with cities to develop financing options for energy efficiency projects.


Clean Energy Solutions, Inc.,
Enlightened Energy Consultants
Federal Funding: $370,230
Cost Share: $92,689
Total Cost: $462,919
This project consists of an outreach and technical support program to educate local governments and public housing authorities and to facilitate energy performance contracting.


Mass. Leading by Example Program, Mass. Division of Capital Assets Management and Maintenance Federal Funding: $283,530
Cost Share: $500,000
Total Cost: $783,530

This project is an innovative approach to financing and implementing small and medium scale energy efficiency projects to achieve significant energy reductions across more than 3,000 state buildings through the establishment of revolving loan fund.

South Carolina

Division of General Services, Office of the State Engineer, Office of School Facilities, SC Clean Energy Business Alliance
Palmetto Green Schools, SC Chapter of US Green Building Council

Federal Funding: $250,826
Cost Share: $500,000
Total Cost: $750,826

PEER will create a marketing effort designed to make the fiscal case for retrofits and will assist State agencies with needs assessments and the procurement processes necessary to develop a performance contract or loan application.


Clean Energy Solutions, Inc., Tenn. Assoc. of Housing and Redevelopment, Knoxville Community Development Corp, TVA, Metro., Government of Nashville and Davidson County

Federal Funding: $426,644
Cost Share: $85,329
Total Cost: $511,973

The project will conduct educational outreach to local government and public housing authority leaders and provide technical assistance services to individual communities and housing authorities to implement energy efficiency/renewable energy projects.


WI Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, WI Energy Independent Communities, Local Governments, K-12 Schools, Energy Service Companies

Federal Funding: $400,000
Cost Share: $80,000
Total Cost: $480,000

The project will focus on planning for and preparing to execute a statewide municipal technical assistance program as a way to drive demand for performance contracting, and improve and deepen energy usage data collection through annual reporting of energy use baselines.

Area of Interest 4: Clean Energy Economic Opportunity Roadmaps

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description



Ohio State Energy Office; NextEnergy; Nortech

Federal Funding: $400,000
Cost Match: $302,500
Total Cost: $702,500

The Michigan and Ohio State Energy Offices and their partners will develop asset maps, supply/value chain analysis and technology roadmaps for energy efficient building technology; develop technology roadmaps for clean energy manufacturing; and convene stakeholder, company and expert events to identify opportunities and barriers.

North Carolina 

North Carolina State Energy Office; Southern Growth Policies Board; North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association; North Carolina Solar Center; Georgia Environmental Finance Authority; Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Federal Funding: $395,670
Cost Match: $105,500
Total Cost: $501,170

The Southeast Clean Energy Consortium will produce state and regional roadmaps to help economic development stakeholders across a four-state region coordinate, prioritize and risk-assess their efforts to foster sustainably competitive, private-sector capacity in clean energy manufacturing and services.

Oregon Department of Energy

Federal Funding: $264,247
Cost Match: $60,000
Total Cost: $324,247
Washington will complete a detailed roadmap for the state's clean energy sector, leveraging case studies and lessons learned from its partner, the Oregon Department of Energy. The roadmap will provide the framework for economic development goal setting, action planning, and implementation.


The State Energy Program (SEP) awarded $14 million to 22 states to conduct energy efficiency upgrades in public facilities and develop local policies and programs to help reduce energy waste and save taxpayer money.  These investments are part of the Energy Department’s national strategy to create jobs, boost domestic manufacturing in energy-saving technologies and help American families and businesses save money.

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Water Infrastructure Finance Authority; U.S. Department of Agriculture; The Arizona Corporation Commission; The Arizona Water Users Association; Electric/Gas Utilities;  Rural Community Assistance Corporation; Public Service (Comverge); and Lincus, Inc.

$715,000 Arizona developed an energy efficiency upgrade strategy aimed at improving half of the state’s 100 wastewater and water treatment facilities.  The state implemented deep, whole facility efficiency upgrades for wastewater and drinking water systems.

Public Benefits Administrator; Hawaii Energy; Department of Accounting and General Services; and Department of Public Safety.

$350,000 Hawaii developed an energy efficiency upgrade strategy to achieve a 30% reduction in building energy use by 2020 (from a 2011 baseline).The state identified and benchmarked 300 state buildings (10 million square feet) with Energy Star Portfolio Manager and recommend program strategies for facilitating energy retrofits and overcoming barriers through an analysis of ten large, state-owned office buildings.

Iowa Economic Development Authority; Iowa Energy Center; Mid-American Energy; Alliant Energy; Black Hills Energy; Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities; and Iowa Energy Bank.

$392,662 Iowa aggressively address the barriers to implementing energy efficiency improvements in public buildings by expanding the state’s existing benchmarking tool by benchmarking 800 additional public buildings to exceed 2,000 total, representing 25% of all public facilities.

Energy Resources Center; the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center located at the University of Illinois at Champaign; the Illinois Association of Park Districts; the Illinois Green Energy Network.

$427,500 Illinois enhanced energy efficiency in the public sector through whole-building energy savings strategies and targeted educational efforts, focusing on three types of public-sector facilities:  K-12 schools, Park Districts and State Community Colleges.  The project expanded the “Illinois Energy Now” program by implementing an energy use benchmarking system, strengthening education and outreach, and expanding whole-building energy assessments.

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community; Massachusetts School Building Authority; and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

$715,000 Massachusetts facilitated whole-building, deep energy efficiency improvements of millions square feet of regional public schools and state-assisted public housing developments by 2020, leveraging millions from utility efficiency funds and low-cost bonds to maximize energy savings across the portfolio.

SRA International, GreenEcoSavers; West Virginia University; and the network of Maryland Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors

$576,000 Maryland reduced energy use in small to mid-sized state-owned buildings that are normally excluded from energy efficiency projects due to their size.  The state’s energy efficiency upgrade strategy was to categorize and evaluate available buildings by activity, processes, and structural characteristics for efficiency improvements, ultimately resulting in thousands of square feet of building space retrofits.

Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy; and the Office of Administration Division of Facilities Management Design and Construction

$715,000 Missouri improved selected state-owned buildings by requiring whole-building retrofits to reduce energy consumption.  Additionally, Missouri implemented a Building Operators Certification program to train energy managers to sustain these efficiency gains in the future.

The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration Bureau of Building; Grounds and Real Property Management; the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning Energy Council; and Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

$725,000 Mississippi advanced the energy efficiency of Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) buildings by finalizing the inventory of IHL buildings, including square footage, age, and the history and types of earlier retrofits.  All of the buildings were entered into the state’s web-based management system and created a baseline from which to measure improvements.
New Jersey

Sustainable Jersey; and Center for Building Knowledge at The New Jersey Institute of Technology

$715,000 New Jersey implemented an energy efficiency strategy by performing energy upgrades in buildings spanning several counties, millions of square feet of space, hundreds of school districts and thousands of public schools.
New Mexico

General Services Department; New Mexico Finance Authority; and Energy Services Coalition


New Mexico leveraged $20 million in financing and established an energy management program to inventory the state’s Department of General Services’ buildings.  Energy audits and pre-retrofit evaluations were completed for selected buildings to estimate potential energy savings across the selected portfolio of buildings in order to obtain financing for efficiency upgrades and establish a performance verification process.
New York

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; New York Power Authority; and the New York State Office of General Services


New York aggregated all energy efficiency retrofit strategies into a centrally-managed effort that will result in a 20% or greater energy efficiency improvement in the next five years.  This effort was anticipated to result in $100 million in avoided utility costs and reduce CO2 emissions by over 8 million tons. 

Rhode Island

New York aggregated all energy efficiency retrofit strategies into a centrally-managed effort that will result in a 20% or greater energy efficiency improvement in the next five years.  This effort was anticipated to result in $100 million in avoided utility costs and reduce CO2 emissions by over 8 million tons


Rhode Island implemented an energy efficiency improvement strategy by inventorying all state-owned and managed facilities and all municipal facilities, and by identifying energy efficiency opportunities.  The project initially focused on water supply facilities, schools, and state buildings to develop the state’s Public Energy Partnership to help state agencies and local governments attain high levels of energy savings and improved building operations.


Wisconsin Division of State Facilities


Wisconsin evaluated and improved the program model of the Conserve Wisconsin energy efficiency retrofit program (active since 1990) to capture at least 20% by 2020) through deep whole building retrofits in state buildings. The state used a performance contracting model, benchmarked building performance and further support an energy-efficiency workforce by employing Energy Services Companies.


Area of Interest 2: Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action in States

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission; Public Utility District Association; Puget Sound Energy;  Northwest Energy Coalition, Washington Environmental Council; Northwest Energy Efficiency Council; Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance; Avista; and Northwest Power and Conservation Council


Washington completed a comprehensive and fully integrated analysis of the progress being made by electric utilities toward compliance with the State’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard of 2006.

Area of Interest 3: Deploying Fee-Based Self-Funded Public Facilities Energy Retrofit Programs

Recipient Key Partners DOE Investment Project Description


Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; and Alaksa Department of Housing and Public Facilities $487,409 Alaska leveraged a $250 million revolving loan fund to support energy upgrades for public facilities, using established methodologies for benchmarking, auditing, financing, and executing retrofits of public facilities.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; California Community Colleges; Local Government Commission; Orange County Cities Energy Leader Partnership; and Riverside County Partnership

$750,000 California leveraged third-party financing and created a sustainable model to create jobs and expand upon the successful but limited Energy Savings Performance Contract currently in place for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.   The state  improved the energy efficiency of community colleges and local government buildings.


Department for Energy; Development and Independence; Department for Local Government; Kentucky Association of Counties; Kentucky League of Cities; and Kentucky Energy Services Coalition $715,000 Kentucky utilized Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) to improve the energy efficiency of the state’s local government facilities, and remove barriers and leverage existing bond pools. Through the ESPC, the state offered legal and technical assistance to business owners to help guide local governments through the contracting process; established state-approved contract templates; provided oversight of audit, contracted documentation, and educated end-users about the value and benefits of energy efficiency and ESPCs.


University of Minnesota;  Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams; Southwest Regional Development Commission; and Eureka Recycling $601,924 Minnesota provided standardized master contract processes and financing services to support energy efficiency improvements in state and local government facilities, schools, and universities. The state created an inventory of buildings, estimated energy and water savings, and improved efficiency programs through better reporting practices.  Minnesota also deployed Clean Energy Resource Teams to provide outreach, education, and training for local governments and school districts.

North Carolina 

N/A $532,124 North Carolina provided technical assistance and contract process management for more than 20 targeted projects between 2012 and 2015. The state expanded the use of energy savings performance contracting through training programs, created and published standardized performance contract templates, provided training on the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and expanded technical assistance and data collection.


Nevada State Public Works Division (NPWD); Rocky Mountain Institute; and Washington State Department of Enterprise Services $715,000 Nevada accelerated the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts in the state in order to establish a program with Nevada Public Works for improving state facilities and implementing best practices in energy efficiency.

DMME;  Department of General Services; Department of Planning and Budget; Secretary of Commerce and Trade; Senior Advisor on Energy; and Virginia Energy Efficiency Council


Virginia leveraged the state’s Qualified Energy Conservation Bond allocation to reduce energy expenses 10% by 2020.  The project sought to achieve nearly $14 million in energy savings in 2013 by standardizing and streamlining processes to ensure successful execution of sustainable energy efficiency improvements.



Washington State University Energy Program Plant Operations Support Consortium; and Washington Department of Commerce.


Washington enhanced the existing Energy Services Performance Contracting Program by implementing an energy management strategy that increased the number of energy efficiency upgrades in state-owned and leased facilities. This project benchmarked all state buildings greater than 10,000 square feet and provided direction and accountability throughout the process, from benchmarking to installation and verification of efficiency improvements.