The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money. Since 2011, the DCSEU has delivered financial incentives, technical assistance, and information to tens of thousands of District residents and businesses, helping them to save millions of dollars on their energy costs. Our work is building a brighter economic, environmental, and energy future for the District.
The DCSEU’s funding comes from the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF). The SETF is financed by a surcharge on all electric and natural gas utility ratepayers in the District of Columbia. The surcharge for natural gas customers is calculated on a per therm basis and is assessed at $0.011 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, $0.012 in FY 2010, $0.014 from FY 2012 - FY 2016, and $.01505 in FY 2017 and each year thereafter. The surcharge for electric customers is calculated on a per-kilowatt-hour basis and is assessed at $0.0011 in FY 2009, $0.0013 in FY 2010, $0.0015 from FY 2011 - FY 2016, and $.001612 in FY 2017 and each year thereafter.
The DCSEU’s total yearly funding is as follows:
- FY 2011: $7.5 million
- FY 2012: $15 million
- FY 2013: $17.5 million
- FY 2014 and subsequent years: $20 million
in household energy savings in 2016
Total Electricity Savings
The DCSEU reduced electricity consumption by more than 75,000 MWh in FY 2016, enough to power 7,800 homes for one year in the United States.
The Sustainable Energy Partnership
The Sustainable Energy Partnership consists of a team of seasoned, local collaborative organizations, and individuals that collectively brings together national leadership in energy efficiency, renewable energy, program planning and implementation, and local community networks.
The DCSEU offers great benefits, including 25 days of paid annual leave, an Earth Friendly Benefit, sabbatical after ten years of employment, professional development, energy efficiency assistance, employee discount program and flex-time, in addition to medical and dental insurance, a retirement plan, life insurance, and disability insurance.