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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:

  1. Workshop – Customer outlines goals, needs and project criteria. PSE explains the UESC process and expectations.
  2. Preliminary Assessment – After the customer chooses to move forward, PSE develops a pipeline of project opportunities by conducting a preliminary assessment. The results of the assessment are presented to the customer, who works with PSE to determine the final scope, based on estimated costs and savings.
  3. Task Order – Based on customer 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.
  4. Implementation – PSE provides oversight and transparent reporting to ensure the customer’s project goes according to plan. PSE ensures 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 on average four months faster through UESCs when compared to ESPCs1.

1http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/11/f27/fupwg_fall2015_unruh.pdf, slide 38

Why PSE?

PSE is a trusted partner that has been serving the Puget Sound region’s energy needs for the last 135 years. PSE’s award-winning energy efficiency program has met conservation targets every year since the late 1970s, and has planned customer energy management investments of over $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. It is uniquely positioned to partner with customers to provide the programs and services needed to meet aggressive goals.