Community Power Works Innovation
Community Power Works is achieving success by developing and testing clean energy innovation through a series of robust public-private partnerships. Community Power Works is working with contractors, homeowners, and businesses to grow the clean energy economy.
Creative tools and techniques like these are used to implement energy efficiency projects:
- On-Bill Financing: Offering affordable loans that borrowers can repay through Seattle City Light.
- One-Stop Shopping: Coordinating the work of energy auditors, contractors, customer service agents, and participating utilities, making it easier than ever to be energy efficient.
- Energy Performance Scores: Demonstrating how a home performs relative to benchmarks, much like a car’s mileage rating or the popular Energy Star system.
Community Power Works has implemented energy efficiency programs in the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors:
- We provide a "one-stop shop" for energy upgrades in single-family homes by offering low-cost energy
assessments, rebates, financing, and pre-approved contractors.
- Our partnership with HomeWise, the City of
Seattle's low-income weatherization program, funds energy efficiency improvements in multifamily buildings.
- By September 2013, Community Power Works sought to facilitate energy upgrades for 2070 Seattle homes. With 2,956 residential upgrades complete or in progress, we have surpassed this goal.
- Homeowners can sign up to participate at www.CommunityPowerWorks.org.
- We have provided funding for strategic energy management plans at four participating hospitals (Group Health, Harborview, Swedish, and Virginia Mason), three of which have already undertaken energy efficiency improvements.
- Working with capital
departments within the City of Seattle, we have identified energy efficiency upgrade projects in 14 facilities. The City completed a comprehensive Resource Conservation Management Plan in 2013, which will guide future energy efficiency strategies.