Utility energy service contracts (UESCs) offer federal agencies an effective means to implement energy-efficiency, renewable-energy, and water-efficiency projects. Under 42 U.S.C. 8256, federal agencies are authorized and encouraged to participate in energy-efficiency, water-conservation, and electricity-demand programs offered by gas, water, or electric utilities. In a UESC, the utility will provide the analysis, design, and installation and when necessary, arrange financing. Agencies may implement a UESC with no initial capital investment or may use appropriated funds strategically to maximize the impact of their projects.
Section 432 of 42 U.S.C. 8253 authorizes agencies to combine appropriations and financing. When a project is financed, the financed amount is repaid over the contract term from cost savings generated by the project.
- Types of Utility Energy Service Contracts: Read about contract and model agreements to expedite UESC project development and negotiations
- Laws and Requirements: Look up enabling legislation and executive orders encouraging Federal agencies to conduct UESCs
- Getting the Best Value: Read lessons learned and tips to get the best results from UESC projects
- Federal Utility Partnership Working Group (FUPWG): Find out about FUPWG meetings and activities
- Case Studies: Read federal agency success stories about projects funded through UESCs
- Resources: Find a host of helpful publications and information about UESCs
- Contacts: Get Federal Energy Mangement Program UESC support staff contact information.