Utility bill management
What is it?
We manage a utility bill management database to:
- Track and identify spikes in City government energy use.
- Audit bills.
- Track energy project performance.
The Energy Office also reports information from the database to other City agency partners. Departments and agencies use this information to understand the benefits of energy efficiency and conservation and to find opportunities for new energy projects.
The Municipal Energy Dashboard displays energy use for General Fund buildings within the City of Philadelphia.
What is it?
We oversee the City’s purchasing of:
- Natural gas
- Vehicle fuel
This keeps the City’s energy budget stable and transparent. By buying energy in futures markets, the Energy Office protects the City from fluctuations in price.
In 2017, the Energy Office, in partnership with the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to buy renewable energy. This was part of an effort to use more solar, wind, and other sustainable energies to power City-owned buildings.
The City has moved forward with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will allow the City to buy 22 percent of the City’s electricity supply as solar energy at a low fixed price.
Facility benchmarking and commitments
What is it?
We use national standards to assess the building energy consumption of City-owned buildings. Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager measures the energy performance of City facilities against other similar buildings nationwide and calculates a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score, if eligible. This allows the City to see which of its buildings need the most improvement.
Bolstering the goals outlined in the Energy Master Plan, we have committed to benchmark and reduce energy use in City-owned and operated facilities through two additional programs:
- The DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge: 20 percent reduction in energy use intensity (energy use per square foot) by 2023.
- The Philadelphia 2030 District: 50 percent reduction in energy and water usage and transportation emissions by the year 2030.
We currently benchmark over 50 buildings for the City and report it through phillybuildingbenchmarking.com.