News from the DCSEU

  • Local Dollars Funding Local D.C. Sustainable Energy Contractors and Workers


    Humberto Garces was a third-year medical student when, in 2000, he and his brother were forced to flee Colombia. “I was shot the same day that my father was assassinated,” says Garces, whose father …
  • Oped: The Role of Energy Efficiency in Creating Just and Inclusive Communities


    As more people flock to cities in pursuit of economic opportunities and the bustling life of modern urban areas, rising rents, gentrification and the increasing cost of living disproportionately burden low-income communities. But their problems are often forgotten.
  • Embassy of Canada Completes Lighting Retrofits, Greening Initiatives


    After obtaining LEED Silver certification in 2014, the Embassy of Canada in Washington is continuing to work towards further greening of its operations.
  • DCSEU Joins WinnCompanies and Mayor Bowser to Celebrate Completion of $69 Million Project to Renovate and Preserve 303 Units of Low-Income Housing


    The DCSEU today joined with WinnCompanies, an award-winning national property development and management company, and Mayor Muriel Bowser to mark the completion of work that dramatically improved the quality of life for 750 low-income residents and installed the District’s largest community solar project to reduce energy bills for struggling residents throughout the nation’s capital.
  • DC’s Newest Food Incubator Goes Green with Energy Efficiency: Tastemakers Opens Food Hall in Former Brookland Factory


    Tastemakers DC is proud to announce the official opening of its food hub consisting of a commercial kitchen and food hall in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast DC on Saturday, April 21.
  • The DCSEU earns 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award


    Washington, DC, April 2, 2018 – The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) is proud to announce that it has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award. The DCSEU was chosen for demonstrating exemplary commitment to increase awareness for ENERGY STAR certified products through a well-rounded approach to energy efficiency program delivery, and for its dedicated work serving hard-to-reach populations.
  • New Columbia Solar and DCSEU Partner to Bring Solar to D.C. Schools


    New Columbia Solar, a local energy provider of solar electricity to residents and businesses throughout the District, and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), a nonprofit that helps District residents, businesses, and institutions save energy and money through energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, have partnered to bring solar to three public charter schools in D.C.
  • Building the Future of Energy in the District: The DC Sustainable Energy Utility Releases 2017 Annual Report


    The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) today released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Annual Report Building the Future of Energy in the District. The report highlights the DCSEU’s achievements in creating a brighter energy and environmental future through energy efficiency for the District, its residents, businesses, and institutions.
  • Bernstein Management Installs Solar at Cathedral Mansions


    Bernstein Management Corporation (BMC) just completed a solar installation on top of the Cathedral Mansions parking garage, located at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW. The mixed-use building with offices and apartments is home to more than 250 residents. The solar installation will offset more than 240,000 kWh and prevent the emission of 182 tons of carbon – that is the equivalent of taking 39 cars off the road for one year. The project was completed with technical assistance from the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU).
  • Solar in the District: 4115 Davis will Produce Power with the Sun


    Bernstein Management Corporation’s 4115 Davis – part of Park Crest Apartments – is set to produce sun power with its new solar installation. The blue panels on the roof will offset almost 60,000 kWh annually, which will prevent the emission of almost 45 metric tons of carbon – the equivalent of taking nearly ten cars off the road for one year. The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), a long-time partner of BMC, offered technical guidance throughout the procurement and installation process.
  • How Cities Can Use Building Energy Data to Drive Efficiency


    This blog is the second in an ongoing series exploring the findings of IMT’s Putting Data to Work project, a three-year effort to explore how cities and their partners can better deploy building performance data to drive action on energy efficiency in buildings in their jurisdiction.
  • It’s not only about light bulbs: Are energy efficiency utilities the business model of the future?


    The New Energy Economy: Where and how do DCSEU and other energy efficiency utilities fit in, within this bigger, evolving picture?
  • New Toolkit Helps Turn Building Performance Data into Action and Savings


    Reports, tools, and case studies examine pioneering efforts in Washington, D.C. and New York City to enable local governments and energy efficiency providers to replicate their success in maximizing energy and greenhouse gas emissions savings.
  • How to be Green without Giving Up Life's Luxuries


    It’s not easy being green. Kermit the Frog said it — even sang it — but it might as well have been the motto of the first wave of eco-conscious consumers. Scratchy sheets, anemic showers and weird-looking lightbulbs were the norm as people tried to do their part. To add insult to injury, these clunky green products used to cost more green cash.
  • This Craft Brewery Runs on the Sun


    Thor Cheston loves craft beer so much, he was made a knight in Belgium, the global brewing capital. He's also a clean energy geek. When he founded Right Proper Brewing in Washington, DC, he invested in rooftop solar panels and energy efficiency. Cheston recently spoke about his passion for brewing—and his love of renewable energy—with Nexus Media News.
  • DC’s Shelters Are Going Green – and Improving Conditions for Residents


    Whether you’re a fan of Mayor Muriel Bowser or not, you can’t deny that her administration is taking climate change seriously and working to reduce the District’s carbon footprint. Now this greening effort is moving into DC’s shelters. These facilities are being upgraded to be more energy efficient, provide a healthier environment for residents and save taxpayer money. In late October, DC’s Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Human Services (DHS) and
  • Power for a Population Boom


    Since 2000, Washington, D.C.’s population has surged, but its power grid has not. Instead of generators, the city added renewables and upgraded aged structures — including many federal office buildings, the city’s largest energy consumers — keeping the lights on while keeping costs down for the city’s poorest residents. Ted Trabue, Managing Director of the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), tells Nexus Media how they did it.
  • Sustainability Benefits: A people, planet and profit business strategy


    Who says doing business and doing good don’t mix? Companies across the globe have been doing both, with a renewed commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Companies are doing their part for the planet and getting employees involved by offering "sustainability benefits."
  • Here’s How D.C.’s Eco-Friendliest Restaurants Save Tons of Money Every Year


    Since 2014, dining incubator Union Kitchen has adopted energy-efficient measures that will result in $500,000 in lifetime energy cost savings and stop the lifetime carbon dioxide emissions of more than six million pounds — the equivalent of taking 583 cars off the road for one year. “As energy costs increase, investing in energy efficiency is the best way to protect your business against these rising prices,” says DCSEU managing director Ted Trabue.
  • WC Smith Works with DCSEU to Make Apartments More Sustainable


    WC Smith, a DC-based company that has been providing real estate development and property management services since 1968, recently worked with the DCSEU on its Archer Park apartment community to …