Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) have proven to be successful in achieving comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades with little to no upfront capital in existing public buildings. However, barriers persist in the accelerated adoption of ESPCs, and there continue to be missed opportunities to save on energy and operating costs. The ESPC team assists organization in achieving energy and environmental goals, reducing maintenance burdens, eliminating costly emergency repairs, increasing worker productivity, and stabilizing operations budgets.

Public sector professionals who are considering ESPCs should understand every aspect of a typical ESPC process. The ESPC team is a broad-based, cross-cutting sector coalition that benefits from a diversity of viewpoints and experiences. The team aims to address persistent challenges and barriers to implementing successful ESPC in building energy efficiency programs, and welcomes members who have the responsibility for maximizing and leveraging funds for energy efficiency upgrades.

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Tools & Resources

Energy Services Coalition
A national nonprofit organization working at the state and local level to increase energy efficiency and building upgrades through energy savings performance contracting. The organization provides information on performance contracting resources, best practices and providers.

The ESPC Process
An Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) and State Energy Program (SEP) resource.

ESPC Overview: Cash Flows, Scenarios, and Associated Diagrams for Energy Savings Performance Contracts
A technical report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that addresses common concerns regarding the impact ESPCs have on an organization’s operating budget and cash flow.