Energy Office

The Energy Office works within the Office of Sustainability to create more energy efficiency within City government.

Mission

The mission of the Energy Office is to:

  • Strategically procure cost-effective, reliable, clean energy and conventional energy systems for city government.
  • Promote energy conservation and efficiency within City departments by providing education, technical expertise, systems change, and analysis of energy used.
  • Develop and implement projects and programs that promote the efficient use of energy and reduce the City government’s environmental impact.
  • Support Philadelphia’s climate and energy goals, and position City government to lead by example.

What we do

Energy conservation programs

We work with City employees to reduce energy use through educational outreach about energy conservation and efficiency.

Programs include:

  • Department Energy Reduction Challenge
  • Demand response and load management
  • Building monitoring

Energy projects

We work to reduce overall energy use throughout City-owned buildings, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and saving the City money over time.

Projects include:

  • Energy performance contracting
  • Greenworks Sustainability Fund

Energy management and operations

We manage the City’s utility bills, assist in implementing energy efficiency projects, purchase energy, and benchmark City-owned buildings in order to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and track energy performance.

Operations include:

  • Utility bill management
  • Energy purchasing
  • Facility benchmarking

Municipal Energy Master Plan

In 2017, we released the Municipal Energy Master Plan for the Built Environment. This plan provides City-owned buildings a roadmap for:

  • Increased energy efficiency.
  • Renewable energy generation.
  • Energy resiliency in municipal buildings and the built environment in Philadelphia.

The plan sets four goals for City government’s owned and operated built environment:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030;
  • Reduce energy use 20 percent by 2030;
  • Generate or buy 100 percent of all electricity from renewable resources by 2030;
  • Maintain or reduce the cost of energy at facilities.

The plan outlines how City government will reach these goals by reducing energy use and cleaning the energy supply. Because energy plays an important role in climate change and disaster preparedness, the plan also informs City government’s climate mitigation and adaptation work.

2020 update

After two years of implementation, the Office of Sustainability and the Energy Office provided an update in January 2020. City-owned and operated buildings are tracking well towards outlined goals. A summary of the results can be seen on our blog.

Keep up to date on progress with the Municipal Energy Use Dashboard.


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