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The DES Energy Program is a national leader in developing and managing energy savings performance contracts. Acting as the owner’s advocate, the Energy Program staff delivers professional expertise and contract management services.  By leveraging capital investments, customers can achieve efficiencies, improve facilities, and yield carbon reductions in their publically–owned facilities.  The ESPC program also provides value to customers by managing risk through guaranteed total project costs, equipment performance and energy savings.

Upgrading to an energy efficient infrastructure helps reduce long-term operations and maintenance costs.  This allows customers to be better financial stewards while achieving their mission, so that Washington is a better place to live, learn, and work.

Customers We Serve

  • Cities and Towns
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Counties
  • Health Districts
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • School Districts
  • Port Districts
  • State Agencies
  • Other Public Agencies (Metro Parks, Public Utilities, Fire Districts, Sound Transits)

How the Program Works

Clients participating in this program will sign an Interagency Agreement (IAA) with the DES Energy Program. This allows the client to select an ESCO from the Master Contract directly without the traditional RFP/RFQ and bid process, and allows DES and the ESCO to evaluate the client's facilities for energy efficiency opportunities. The DES Energy Program assigns an energy engineer to assist the client throughout the process.

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Roles and responsibilities

The Energy Service Company provides the following:

  • Project identification and proposal
  • Design, installation, and commissioning of the project
  • Financing options
  • Utility and grant opportunities
  • Guarantee of equipment performance
  • Guarantees not to exceed maximum project costs
  • Guarantees and measures verified energy savings

The DES Energy Program provides the following:

  • Energy project management expertise and overall contracting services
  • Collaboration, project development and financing guidance
  • Participates in facility walkthroughs
  • Project quality assurance and guidance
  • Negotiation of project scope, costs, terms and equipment selections
  • Yearly ESCO measurement and verification report reviews for accuracy
  • Develops and administers guidelines, selections and master contracts

Types of projects

The program can apply to a wide range of projects. Examples include:

Interior and exterior lighting High efficiency HVAC systems
LED traffic light systems Renewable Energy
Solar PV Systems Boiler Replacements
Swimming pool systems Water conservation measures
Wastewater treatment plant improvements Repair/Replacement of stream distribution



Projects can be financed using: