Community Power Works generates economic growth by delivering energy efficiency solutions to Seattleites
The City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) announced this month that it will partner with Clean Energy Works to develop a business plan and explore funding opportunities for the next phase of Community Power Works, the City’s energy efficiency upgrade program. Clean Energy Works will collaborate with Cascadia Consulting, Fluid Market Strategies, and Habitat Home Energy to explore next steps for delivering a long-term, self-sustaining residential energy efficiency program in Seattle.
“This is an exciting moment in the evolution of the program,” said Jill Simmons, director of OSE. “From the beginning, we hoped the pilot phase of Community Power Works would prove that Seattle is ready for a citywide energy efficiency program. Seattleites responded with characteristic passion, helping the program exceed most of its ambitious goals. We look forward to engaging Clean Energy Works as the program grows and thrives over the coming years.”
In addition to identifying funding opportunities and developing a business plan for the next phase of Community Power Works, Clean Energy Works will work with Seattle City Light to transition the management and delivery of the municipal utility’s own residential energy efficiency program, including its rebates and incentives.
“We’re eager to work with OSE and Seattle City Light,” said Derek Smith, CEO of Clean Energy Works. “Our team brings the stakeholder relationships, technical and analytical capabilities, and innovative business planning expertise as we start thinking about what Community Power Works 2.0 looks like.”
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Community Power Works offers a “one-stop shop” designed to help homeowners achieve deep energy efficiency. The program has piloted a number of innovations over its three-year grant period, including an unprecedented suite of incentives and rebates, robust customer service, an accessible IT platform, low-interest financing and repayment options, third-party quality assurance, auditing tools, and a City-approved pool of contractors.
“To date, more than 2,500 families have worked with Community Power Works to upgrade their homes – homes that now keep cooler in the summer, stay warmer in the winter, are healthier and safer, use less energy, and save money,” said Andrea Petzel, Community Power Works for Home Project Manager. “We’re confident Clean Energy Works has the experience to build upon our momentum.”
As part of its transition from DOE funding, OSE released a competitive Request for Qualifications in early April 2013. Clean Energy Works, a Portland-based non-profit, was the prime respondent, and its team of local partners and implementers brings the depth of skills and breadth of experience necessary to realize the City’s environmental and workforce goals for the next phase of Community Power Works.