Community Power Works
The City of Seattle designed and implemented the Community Power Works program to improve building energy efficiency after receiving a Better Buildings Neighborhood Program grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. During its pilot phase, Community Power Works operated in the residential, commercial and institutional sectors. When federal support for the program discontinued in 2014, Community Power Works continued to deliver one-stop-shop services through 2016 to single family homes heated with oil or electricity.
Between 2010 and 2016, Community Power Works upgraded more than 3,000 single family homes, 883 low-income multifamily housing units, 1.5 million square feet of commercial space, 46 small businesses, three major hospitals, and 17 municipal buildings. Those projects will avoid 370,000 metric tons of carbon over the lifetime of efficiency measures. Community Power Works generated more than $65 million in energy upgrades citywide.