DC Sustainable Energy Utility
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About the DCSEU

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: How and Why

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:

  1. Reduce per-capita energy consumption in the District of Columbia;
  2. Increase renewable energy generating capacity in the District of Columbia;
  3. Reduce the growth of peak electricity demand in the District of Columbia;
  4. Improve the energy efficiency of low-income housing in the District of Columbia;
  5. Reduce the growth of the energy demand of the District of Columbia’s largest energy users; and
  6. 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.

Annual Reports and Plans

View the DCSEU’s past Annual Reports:

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014
FY 2015
FY 2016

Annual Household Energy Savings in 2016

$2.4 Million

Our Funding

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

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 District.

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.

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) - Partnership Lead

George L. Nichols & Associates

Grid Alternatives

Institute for Market Transformation

New Columbia Solar

PEER Consultants


The DCSEU offers great benefits, including 30 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.

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DC Sustainable Energy Utility
80 M Street SE, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20003 E info@dcseu.com
P 202-479-2222 F 202-450-1552 Toll-Free: 855-MY-DCSEU (855-693-2738)
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