Establishing an ESPC Program

Many state and local governments support performance contracting by offering technical assistance to practitioners and building a network of advocates among key ESPC stakeholders. Several Accelerator partners focused on this area, and their solutions are among those listed below to help establish ESPC as the go-to project financing mechanism in their jurisdictions.

ESPC Key Attributes
This document is the result of research conducted by the Energy Services Coalition, a public-private partnership with the mission to promote ESPC. The list identifies key conditions present in states with high levels of performance contracting.

Guidelines for Establishing ESPC Support Program
This document is a step-by-step guide to establishing, staffing, and overseeing a program at the state or local level that offers technical assistance for project owners implementing ESPC.

Virtual Technical Assistant for download
The document version of the Virtual Technical Assistant available in the Implementing ESPC Projects section of this Toolkit, the content here is intended for download, customization, and programming on state and local ESPC program websites to provide interactive assistance for ESPC project owners.

Networking Toolkit
This toolkit is a set of resource templates for state and local governments to build and maintain a network of stakeholders that support and promote energy savings performance contracting.

Champions Toolkit
This toolkit is a set of resource templates for state and local governments to develop and run a corps of energy efficiency champions that can support regular development and implementation of ESPC projects.

State ESPC Program Examples
These two examples illustrate the role states can play in establishing ESPC as their regular business model for implementing energy efficiency projects.

  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Investment Program
    Massachusetts designed a state program that develops energy efficiency projects for state agencies, sets up the ESPC structure for financing, and oversees the project from beginning to end
  • Minnesota Guaranteed Energy Savings Program
    Minnesota created the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP), a state-led initiative to deliver technical, financial, and contractual assistance to state agencies to support the implementation of ESPC