Competitive Funding Programs

Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency (ACE) Program

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Program Overview

The Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency (“ACE”) Program provides funding for energy efficiency and distributed generation capital projects that are identified, managed, and implemented by partner City agencies. Through ACE, DEM solicits project proposals from agencies and evaluates them based on their expected emissions reductions, energy usage savings, energy cost savings, and other benefits for the City. Through ACE, DEM has invested in projects such as boiler retrofits, chiller upgrades, fuel oil conversion projects, and lighting upgrades.

Outcomes

From Fiscal Year 2014 to 2018, 420 projects have been completed in 360 unique buildings through the ACE Program, representing a total DEM investment of $140M. These completed projects are expected to create 45,900 MT of emissions reductions, equivalent to 9,800 vehicles being taken off the road, with $20M in annual energy savings and an expected average payback of 7.4 years.

How to Participate

DEM regularly releases a solicitation for ACE proposals to all eligible City agencies. A City agency can apply for the current round of funding by submitting an ACE program application package by the specified deadline for the round.

  • Proposed projects must be eligible for City capital funding, and be done at facilities where the City pays all or part of the annual energy bill.
  • Agencies must have a project delivery method (existing contract or in-house staff who can do the work) in place at the time the proposal is submitted.
  • Agencies must be equipped to request their own Certificate to Proceed (CP), manage construction, and make payments directly to their contractors.
  • Agencies must meet DEM’s reporting requirements.
  • Agencies are required to conduct pre- and post-implementation measurement and verification (“M&V”) analysis of their projects to validate the emissions and energy usage reductions achieved.

2018 Update: The Round Eight ACE Solicitation period is now closed. Eligible city agencies will be notified regarding the release of the next round of funding.

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Expenses for Conservation and Efficiency Leadership (ExCEL) Program

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Program Overview

The Expenses for Conservation and Efficiency Leadership (“ExCEL”) Program provides City agencies with expense funding for energy-saving retrofit projects, operations and maintenance improvements, diagnostic tools, studies and specialized training for building staff.

Outcomes

From Fiscal Year 2014 to 2018, 680 projects in 540 unique buildings have been completed through the ExCEL Program, representing a total DEM investment of $24M. These completed projects are expected to create 26,800 MT of emissions reductions, equivalent to the removal of 5,740 vehicles from the road, with $110M in annual energy savings and an expected average payback of 2.3 years.

How to Participate

DEM regularly releases a solicitation for ExCEL proposals to all eligible City agencies. A City agency can apply for the current round of funding by submitting an ExCEL program application package by the specified deadline for the round.

  • Proposed projects must be done at facilities where the City pays all or part of the annual energy bill.
  • Agencies must have a project delivery method (small-purchase agreement, existing contract, or in-house staff who can do the work) in place at the time the proposal is submitted.
  • Agencies must meet DEM’s reporting requirements.

2018 Update: The Fiscal Year's ExCEL application period is now closed. Eligible city agencies will be notified regarding the release of the next round of funding.

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