As a company with significant facilities and assets in the District of Columbia, a major employer, an electricity and energy solutions provider, and an operator of critical infrastructure, Pepco has a responsibility to address our own greenhouse gas footprint while providing customers with safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy and innovative solutions. The District of Columbia has a vision to be the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States. We seek to be an essential partner in the District’s effort to address the climate crisis and create lasting resilience for all customers.
Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and assets
Enabling our customers to manage their energy use and emissions
Modernizing the grid and supporting the District’s clean energy goals
To learn more about our current efforts and planned actions for our company, customers, and communities click on the categories and tiles below.
Buildings & Energy Efficiency
Clean Energy & Local Solar
Resilience & Adaptation
Providing our customers with the information they need to effectively manage their energy usage
Background: Access to energy usage data provides customers with insights into how they consume energy, including identifying energy waste and inefficiencies. Pepco is committed to empowering our customers with tools and tips that allow them to better manage their usage and save money through Connect My Data.
Action: Pepco will make available to all customers beginning in 2021 access to their energy usage information through Connect My Data. This on-line portal will provide customers with the information they need in a sharable format with third-party energy solution providers.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: By providing detailed data and energy efficiency resources, customers can seek smarter energy choices that will reduce emissions.
Offer special electric rates for residential customers with electric vehicle chargers
Background: Utility companies throughout the country are seeking ways to encourage off-peak charging by EV owners to minimize impacts on the reliability of the electric grid.
Action: Pepco offers special electric rates for residential customers with electric vehicle chargers to encourage charging during off-peak energy usage periods. This benefits all customers by avoiding costly upgrades.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: Replacing a gasoline vehicle with an electric model in the District of Columbia will reduce annual CO2 emissions by more than 7,000 pounds per year.
Energy efficiency programs for low- and moderate-income households in the District
Background: Energy efficiency is our first line of defense in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The cheapest kilowatt is the one never used. Energy efficiency saves customers money, improves property values, promotes health and safety and eliminates harmful emissions impacting our most vulnerable customers.
Action: Beginning in 2021, Pepco will offer a suite of energy efficiency programs for District customers, including low- and moderate-income households, to help them save money and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint. Pepco will also expand its energy savings tips on its website for all customers.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: The District of Columbia consumes about 11 billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Reducing consumption by just 1% would eliminate more than 80 million pounds of CO2 emissions.
Explore opportunities to power food trucks with electricity rather than relying on polluting diesel generators
Background: There are more than 150 food trucks registered in the District, providing tasty and convenient food service. However, many are forced to rely on noisy gasoline or diesel generators to run their equipment, producing air pollution emissions.
Action: Pepco will launch an initiative in 2021 to explore opportunities to enable the conversion of food trucks in the District to electric auxiliary power, reducing gasoline and diesel fuel use in the downtown area, helping to clear the air while reducing carbon and noise pollution.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: A generator consuming 5 gallons of gasoline produces about 100 pounds of CO2 per day. Our goal, in time, would be to replace that energy use with 100% renewable electricity.
Convert 30 percent of Pepco’s passenger vehicles and compact SUVs to all electric and medium and heavy duty trucks to Plug-in Hybrid models by 2025; increase conversions to 50 percent by 2030.
Background: Pepco has a large fleet of cars and trucks to support the work we do maintaining the District’s electric system and responding to emergencies.
Action: As vehicles are due for replacement, Pepco will purchase all electric vehicles for its passenger cars and small SUVs and plug-in hybrid models for its medium and heavy duty vehicles (technology permitting).
Complete comprehensive energy efficiency audits and assessment of metering data for Benning Service Center and Edison Place by 2021
Background: Measuring and evaluating the energy usage in our buildings is essential for making smart decisions when it comes to eliminating waste and implementing energy saving measures.
Action: Pepco will complete energy efficiency audits and review our metering data at the Benning Service Center and Headquarters locations in 2020. The opportunities identified by the audits will be implemented in the 2021 to 2025 timeframe. Opportunities for upgrades include:
Greenhouse Gas Impact: Once the audits are completed and opportunities identified, Pepco will prioritize upgrades that provide the greatest CO2 reduction benefit at the least cost, pursuing opportunities in that order during the 2021 to 2025 timeframe.
Install High-Efficiency LED Lighting at Edison Place and All Substations
Background: Edison Place is Pepco’s headquarters building in downtown DC. Pepco also has 53 substations in the District of Columbia, in every Ward of the city. These facilities play an important role in providing safe and reliable electricity to homes and businesses.
Action: Pepco is working to install LED lighting at Edison Place and will replace all lighting – both indoor and outdoor -- at substations within the District of Columbia with high-efficiency LEDs by 2025. Together, these lighting upgrades are estimated to save about 730,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: This action is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 600,000 pounds per year.
Supporting tree planting in the District of Columbia to reduce energy use , create shade and sequester carbon from the atmosphere
Background: Strategic tree planting reduces energy use, enhances system reliability, and contributes to climate resilience. Pepco was one of three utilities to launch a partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, in 2011. Pepco also established a partnership with Casey Trees on the “Right Tree, Right Place” program, a local non-profit that restores and protects the District’s tree canopy.
Action: Pepco will continue its partnerships to expand the urban tree canopy to create shade, reduce urban heat-island impacts, and sequester carbon by donating more than 200 trees in 2020 for planting. Pepco will continue these partnerships in future years.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: From 2011 to 2019, Pepco planted or gave away 3,000 trees, sequestering an estimated 91,000 pounds of carbon.
Develop charging infrastructure for electric taxis, rideshare vehicles, buses and other vehicles in the District
Background: Vehicles in heavy use offer some of the best opportunities for reducing air pollution emissions by converting to electricity.
Action: In 2021, Pepco will provide infrastructure to support charging for electric buses, taxis and ride-share vehicles. Once installed, this infrastructure will further the City’s clean energy goals and enhance electric transportation options for District communities.
Maintain a balanced ratio of electric vehicle chargers for both fleet vehicles and workplace charging
Background: Pepco is committed to converting its fleet to all electric and plug-in hybrid electric models. To enable this, we continue to install additional chargers at our facilities to support our growing fleet of electric vehicles and to provide workplace charging for our employees.
Action: To meet our 2025 and 2030 fleet electrification commitment, we will be installing 12 additional chargers at our Benning facility in 2020. We will continue to add chargers, as needed, to support fleet conversion.
Support the deployment of solar energy projects through hosting maps, toolkits, and enhanced interconnection processes
Background: The District of Columbia has leading renewable energy mandates, including targets for local solar.
Action: In January of 2020, Pepco deployed a new system called Connect The Grid that allows customers and contractors to monitor the progression of their projects, which the company will continue to support and enhance over time. Pepco will also continue to maintain and update, on a monthly basis, an online “solar hosting capacity map,” including for cross-border feeders, to help customer and developers identify locations on the grid to site local solar projects. Pepco will also continue to provide customers with an online “Solar Toolkit” -a one-stop shop for solar applications and installation information.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: Local solar is a key element of the District’s 100% renewable electricity by 2032 goal. Currently there are more than 100 megawatts of solar connected to Pepco DC’s distribution grid.
Reduce Energy Use DC asks DC residents to pledge to learn how to use energy more efficiently, take steps to reduce energy use at home, and save money while helping fight climate change
Background: Reduce Energy Use DC is an initiative launched by founding partners Pepco, District Department of Energy and Environment, and Sustainable Energy Utility, as well as 24 environmental, business, and community groups.
Action: Each week in July, during the Take Action period, customers learn about ways in which they can save energy, save money and combat climate change. Throughout the entire Reduce Energy Use campaign, District residents receive energy savings tips and are provided information about actions they can take to make systemic changes to their energy usage patterns. Pepco commits to continuing to participating in and sponsoring the initiative through 2022.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: If all the nearly 2,500 households that have taken the pledge as of July 7, 2020 reduced their electricity consumption by just 1%, this would eliminate more than 200,000 pounds of CO2 emissions for the year.
Reduce our average SF6 leak rate to less than 1% by 2022 through increased detection and equipment replacement efforts
Background: Pepco substations use sulfur hexafluoride or SF6 gas to “insulate” high voltage electrical equipment, such as switches and circuit breakers. However, SF6 gas can leak from equipment, contributing to global warming.
Action: Pepco will reduce its overall SF6 leak rate to less than 1% through leak inspections and replacing aging equipment. Pepco will also evaluate the use of SF6-free equipment for use on our system.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: By monitoring for leaks and upgrading equipment, we expect to minimize SF6 related GHG emissions. SF6 emissions account for approximately 15-20% of Pepco’s greenhouse gas emissions associated with Pepco’s DC operations.
Ensure that all residents benefit from the clean energy revolution by making land and roof space available for community solar projects
Background: The District of Columbia has ambitious goals for solar energy and efforts are required to ensure that all City residents benefit from this clean energy technology.
Action: Pepco will make land and roof space available in the District (at no cost) to host community solar projects for limited-income households. This initiative will enable more than 1 megawatt of solar to be sited in support of the District’s solar goals and programs, such as Solar for All. Pepco commits to identifying additional space for project in alignment with safety, security and operational needs.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: Replacing Standard Offer Service power with 1 megawatt of solar energy will avoid approximately 1 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year.
Replace diesel generators with solar technology at work sites throughout the District of Columbia
Background: Pepco has a number of mobile lighting towers to ensure safety and security at our construction sites. All of these units are currently powered by diesel generators.
Action: Our existing mobile lighting towers consume about 5 gallons of diesel fuel for every 8 hours of operation, producing about 14 pounds of CO2 per hour. They also require oil and air filter changes. Solar technology would eliminate this fuel use and maintenance costs.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: Replacing a diesel mobile lighting tower with a solar model will reduce annual CO2 emissions by more 10,000 pounds of CO2 per year (based on usage of 730 hours/year).
Integrate more non-wires alternatives to help meet the District’s clean energy goals
Background: Technology is changing the way that we produce and use energy. It takes forward thinking to keep pace with the changing needs of the electric system in the face of this technology revolution.
Action: Pepco is working with the DC Public Service Commission and a broad array of stakeholders on several initiatives to modernize the electric system through PowerPath DC and other initiatives; including projects to integrate more distributed energy resources, such as the use of battery storage at the new Mt. Vernon Substation and in areas of Ward 8 to enhance resiliency and defer the need for traditional wires investments.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: A modern grid is critical to meet the City’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals.
Launch a state-of-the-art online “Energy Marketplace” featuring energy efficient products in one convenient location
Background: Understanding the value of and gaining access to information on energy efficient products can help customers make energy choices that save money and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Providing access to an online marketplace offers convenience and personalization.
Action: Pepco will launch an online “Energy Marketplace” in 2021, which will provide customers with the opportunity to identify, compare and purchase energy efficient equipment, lighting, appliances and other devices in one convenient location.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: Pepco is seeking to encourage smarter energy choices that will save energy and reduce emissions
Pepco, in collaboration with Rock Creek Conservancy, is offering grants to fund environmental stewardship projects and community resilience projects across the Pepco region
Background: Rock Creek and other protected areas are a vital resource for the DC metro region for all people to appreciate and protect.
Action: Pepco, in collaboration with Rock Creek Conservancy , will offer Sustainable Community Grant awards to eligible organizations. This program will provide $75,000 in support to fund environmental stewardship projects and $50,000 for community resilience projects across the Pepco region, including in Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, and the District of Columbia.
Greenhouse Gas Impact: Open space and protected lands mitigate the urban heat island effect, encourage healthy activity, and community connections.
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