Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC)
Making it easier for you to reach your goals with a trusted partner
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) wants to make it easy for federal and tribal customers to meet energy, water, and renewables targets established by Executive Order 13693. The new Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) program offers streamlined development, contracting, and implementation of measures that are typically funded by utility savings. These projects don’t require appropriations or capital budget and are facilitated by PSE.
How does it work?
The program can be broken down into four simple steps:
- Workshop – You outline your goals, needs and project criteria. PSE will explain the UESC process and expectations.
- Preliminary Assessment – If you choose to move forward, PSE will develop a pipeline of project opportunities by conducting a preliminary assessment. We’ll give you the results of the assessment and work with you to determine the final scope, based on estimated costs and savings.
- Task Order – Based on your direction, PSE finalizes the costs through subcontractor bids, project scope, calculations and third-party financing. This information is used to award a task order for the project.
- Implementation – PSE provides oversight and transparent reporting to ensure your project goes according to plan. We’ll also ensure that the measures are performing as planned upon project completion.
Why UESC over ESPC?
The UESC is faster than Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC). Federal customers can sole-source work with their trusted utility partner rather than seeking out a brand new partner to do the work. In addition, there are no costly annual performance verification requirements. This results in projects being awarded an average four months faster through UESCs when compared to ESPCs1.
1U.S. Department Of Energy Washington Report (slide #38)
PSE is a trusted partner that has been serving the Puget Sound region’s energy needs for the last 135 years. Our award-winning energy efficiency program has met conservation targets every year since the late 1970s, and has planned customer energy management investments of more than $110 million in 2016. PSE’s staff is experienced in all facets of energy efficiency programs and has worked with federal customers through basic ordering agreements in the past.
PSE also offers unique products and services, including net metering, electric vehicle charging, compressed natural gas, and green power. We are uniquely positioned to partner with our customers to provide the programs and services you need to meet aggressive goals.