Community Power Works
Community Power Works delivers energy efficiency solutions to Seattle's residential and business communities, while working to create economic growth. Nearly 209,800 hours of work have been performed on our energy upgrades by 1,093 workers, including 892 contractors and energy auditors. With more projects in the pipeline and great rebates and incentives available, Community Power Works is proving it has never been easier or more affordable for Seattle to embrace energy efficiency.
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 2,070 Seattle homes. With 3,029 residential upgrades complete or in progress, we have exceeded our goal by nearly 50%.
- Homeowners can sign up to participate at www.CommunityPowerWorks.org.
- We offer free energy assessments, competitive financing, and rebates for restaurants, corner stores, and small to medium grocers.
- Seattle 2030 District members can upgrade their facilities using the 2030 District Community Power Works rebate.
- By September 2013, Community Power Works sought to retrofit 675,000 square feet of large commercial space. With 1.5 million square feet of large commercial space upgraded, we have surpassed this goal.
- Small businesses 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 17 facilities. The City completed a comprehensive Resource Conservation Management Plan in 2013, which will guide future energy efficiency strategies.
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Community Power Works has generated more than $54 million in energy upgrades citywide, with some sectors leveraging $18 for every $1 of public investment.
How is Community Power Works generating investments in energy efficiency?
- Homeowners and small businesses receive rebates and access to low-interest financing for energy upgrade projects.
- Large commercial property owners are achieving 25% in energy savings without upfront capital and without increasing monthly costs.
- Community Power Works is supporting the growth of the energy efficiency industry in our region by providing a steady stream of customers to contractors and home energy auditors in Seattle.
- More than 236,200 hours of work have been performed on Community Power Works projects by 1,259 workers, including 1,051 contractors and energy auditors.
- 92% of participating contractors are from the Puget Sound region, which keeps most of the dollars spent in the local economy.
- Community Power Works has worked with the labor community to develop new ways to create a robust, skilled labor force in an emerging field.
Community Power Works is making dramatic energy efficiency improvements and creating lasting environmental and economic benefits for building owners and the broader community.
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Community Power Works energy upgrades completed and in progress include:
- 2,146 single-family homes
- 883 low-income multifamily housing units
- 1.5 million square feet of commercial property
- 46 small businesses
- Three major hospitals - Harborview, Virginia Mason, and Swedish
- 17 City of Seattle buildings
Homeowners are seeing average energy savings of 30%, with more than 200 homes saving over 50%, and some saving up to 80%. All Community Power Works upgrades completed to date and currently in progress will save:
- 280,700 MMBtu - the amount it takes to power 2,807 homes for a year, and
- 161,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions - equivalent to removing 28,619 cars for one year.
Community Power Works has benefitted the local economy by:
- Creating more than 236,200 hours of work performed by 1,259 people, including 1,051 contractors and energy auditors.
- Partnering with local contractors - 92% are Puget Sound-based businesses.
- Bolstering small businesses - all home contractors are businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Over one-third are women, minority, veteran, or employee-owned.
Is Community Power Works done?
While 98% of our grant funding has been spent or committed to projects, Community Power Works will continue to test new models, provide innovative financing opportunities, and boost demand for energy efficiency upgrades. We are currently identifying different funding streams to transition the program from its pilot phase to a long-term, sustainable business model.
As of December 31, 2013:
TOTAL GRANT FUNDING: $20,000,000
SPENT TO DATE: $18,214,000
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS: $ 1,347,162
SPENT + PROJECTS IN PROGRESS: $ 19,561,162