In 2008, the Council of the District of Columbia enacted the Clean and Affordable Energy Act (CAEA), which established a Sustainable Energy Trust Fund and the creation of a “Sustainable Energy Utility” to be operated by a private company under contract to the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE). The Sustainable Energy Utility would be responsible for administering sustainable energy programs in the District to achieve the following:
- Reduce per-capita energy consumption in the District of Columbia;
- Increase renewable energy generating capacity in the District of Columbia;
- Reduce the growth of peak electricity demand in the District of Columbia;
- Improve the energy efficiency of low-income housing in the District of Columbia;
- Reduce the growth of the energy demand of the District of Columbia’s largest energy users; and
- Increase the number of green-collar jobs in the District of Columbia
Following a public bid process in 2011, the DOEE contracted with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) and eight other local partners, forming the Sustainable Energy Partnership. Under this contract, the DCSEU began operating in March 2011.
View the DCSEU’s past Annual Reports:
FY 2013 FY 2014
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, and $0.014 in FY 2012 and each subsequent year. 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 and $0.0015 in FY 2011 and each subsequent year.
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