Using Energy to Address School Facility Needs in Philadelphia

School District of Philadelphia Energy Opportunity Assessment

(Lankenau High School Principal, Mr. J Levinson, SDP Superintendent, Dr. Hite, PEA Executive Director Emily Schapira)

(Lankenau High School Principal,  Joshua Levinson, SDP Superintendent, Dr. Hite, PEA Executive Director, Emily Schapira)

On Monday, March 20, 2017 the Philadelphia School District, City Council, and the Philadelphia Energy Authority hosted a press conference at Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School to announce a commitment to develop up to $345 million in energy efficiency projects. Philadelphia Energy Authority Executive Director, Emily Schapira stated “The School District of Philadelphia is taking a major step forward for sustainability, but perhaps most importantly, they are uncovering new ways to fund much-needed capital work.  This means hundreds of millions of additional dollars to create better teaching and learning environments for over 130,000 children in our city, at no additional cost to taxpayers.”

At the event, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) released “Opportunity Assessment: Using Energy Performance Contracting to Address School Facility Needs in Philadelphia”, a white paper providing an initial assessment of the size of the opportunity and the types of capital needs that could be addressed using energy savings.  PEA determined that Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) could use energy savings to finance much-needed capital projects (e.g. boilers, windows, insulation, lighting, HVAC, etc.). This work will result in up to $600 million in savings over 20 years, and will not require any out-of-pocket expense over and above SDP’s existing utilities budget. The complete whitepaper is available HERE.

The School District of Philadelphia also announced an energy performance contracting (EPC) pilot project, including energy conservation measures, at three (3) K-12 schools. These projects are being developed as a pilot to determine the viability of energy projects across over 200 schools in the future. The School District of Philadelphia is requesting proposals from qualified engineering firms who can provide energy performance engineering (EPE) services or owner’s representative companies or any company that feels as though they can satisfy this scope as the School District moves forward with an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) through the PA Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA). The School District’s Energy Performance Engineering Services RFP is available HERE.


The full video of the press conference is available below.



SDP Energy Opportunity Assessment Whitepaper

SDP Energy Performance Energy Pilot Project RFP

Emily Schapira Remarks for 032017 press conference

ECA Job Opening: Director of Community Programs

Energy Coordinating Agency, a partner of the Philadelphia Energy Authority, has a job opening for Director of Community Programs. The complete job description and application directions are provided below.

Title:  Director of Community Programs

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs ECA’s community based services including the Neighborhood Energy Center (NEC) contract which coordinates the citywide delivery of low income energy services including:  energy conservation education, intake for energy conservation, home repair, and bill payment assistance
  • Plans and delivers training and technical assistance to the NECs
  • Pilots the replication of the NEC model across Delaware through research,  reports, program design, and training to increase energy affordability for low income communities across the state
  • Plans monthly trainings, meetings, and calls for Philadelphia and Delaware energy centers
  • Supervises staff and interns
  • Leads Salesforce reporting, data clean up, and troubleshooting for the 14 NECs in Philadelphia and 4 Community Energy Centers in Delaware
  • Implements energy education workshops across the city and region
  • Handles a range of administrative and reporting duties to the City of Philadelphia, local utilities, and other funders including invoicing, reporting and program monitoring
  • Develops and implements a rigorous analytical system capable of tracking productivity in all programs to that every program meets its objectives
  • Works closely with the Executive Director and other staff in program design and planning.
  • Represents ECA at advisory meetings with local utilities and government agencies
  • Oversees the creation of the annual Philadelphia and Delaware Energy Directories


  • Strong management and supervisory skills
  • Proven administrative ability
  • Proficient in Salesforce, Microsoft Office with strong Excel skills
  • At least 4 years’ experience in community development, preferably in the energy services field in a low income urban environment
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal and teaching skills
  • B.A. degree required, advanced degree preferred

Competitive Salary and Benefits

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Nicole Bounds


SEPTA Request for Proposal (RFP): Main Office Building

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“SEPTA”) is soliciting proposals (“Proposals”) to enter into a Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract (a “GESC” or “Contract”) for SEPTA’s Main Office Building located at 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (the “Project”). SEPTA is utilizing a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) solicitation process for this procurement. SEPTA’s intent is to engage the services of a qualified Energy Service Company (“ESCO”) to design and install Energy Conservation Measures (“ECMs”) at the Project site and to guarantee the savings from the ECMs to be implemented under the Contract.

Proposals will be accepted until 04:30 PM on Thursday, April 6th and must be delivered to SEPTA’s General Offices, 1234 Market Street, 11th Fl., Philadelphia, Pa 19107. A Pre-Proposal Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 10:00 AM and a tour of the building will follow the meeting. All questions will be due by Thursday, March 16th by 05:00 PM. 

  • Contact Name: Michael Piselli
  • Contact E-mail:
  • Contact Phone: 215-580-8364

SEPTA Guaranteed Energy Savings RFP

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Request for Qualifications

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (“PEA”), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (“PMA”) and the City of Philadelphia (the “City,” together with PEA and PMA referred to as the “Administrator”) intends to commence a guaranteed energy savings project (“Project”) for the PMA located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, and 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The Administrator collectively seek qualified Energy Service Companies (“ESCOs”) to perform under an energy performance contract under the Pennsylvania Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (“GESA”). GESA addresses contracting by municipalities for energy conservation measures in existing buildings.

The Administrator will be requesting proposals for these facilities that will comprehensively reduce energy costs. The ESCO proposals will guarantee savings that can be used to cover operating budget expenses and finance improvements. The ESCO will also implement an Economic Opportunity Plan (“EOP”) in its selection and use of subcontractors and hiring or workers that ensure the employment of an appropriately diverse workforce. This Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) is the first step in the Administrator’s process of obtaining proposals from qualified ESCOs. Through this RFQ, the Administrator will identify the most qualified respondents to this RFQ, who will be invited to participate in a subsequent Request for Proposals process. The Administrator will only consider proposals from ESCOs that are selected pursuant to this RFQ.

Responses must be received no later than 4:00 P.M. on March 15th, 2017. Responses should be delivered electronically emailed to and be no larger than 10MB to ensure delivery.

View the links below for the complete RFQ and Q&A.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – GESA RFQ

Attachment A- Facility Profiles

Attachment B- Sample Economic Opportunity Plan

RFQ Questions and Answers 3.1.17

PEA is Hiring – Program Manager

The Philadelphia Energy Authority is hiring a Program Manager. The Program Manager is a mid-level position that will manage one or more of the sector programs for the Philadelphia Energy Campaign. This includes driving program strategy, developing partners, planning and implementation with support from the Executive Director and other PEA staff, consultants and interns. The Program Manager will be key in converting pilots to long-term programs that achieve energy cost savings, create jobs and other metrics as appropriate.  The application deadline is Friday, January 27, 2017. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis since PEA is seeking to hire immediately.

Learn more in the job description below.  Application instructions are included therein. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Program Manager Job Description

RFI for Website Design Services

Philadelphia Energy Authority Request for Proposals for Website Design Services

January 2017 Issued by: Philadelphia Energy Authority

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is seeking proposals from qualified web design and communications companies to provide website design, web content support, and create a new website for the organization. The Philadelphia Energy Authority is seeking a web design and communications company with previous experience providing branding, web development, and content support for government or nonprofit organizations. The company will develop a new website for the Philadelphia Energy Authority. The purpose of the website is to inform stakeholders about PEA’s Philadelphia Energy Campaign, encourage stakeholder participation, and release and publicize public bid opportunities. Philadelphia-based firms are encouraged to apply.

All proposals must be submitted electronically through email to Chelsey Lowe, Program Coordinator at Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 PM Philadelphia, PA, local time on February 1, 2017.

The complete Request for Proposals for Website Design Services can be viewed using the link below.

RFP Web Services


Energy Campaign Progress Report








On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the Philadelphia Energy Authority released our Energy Campaign Progress Report. The report details our progress and path toward creating 10,000 jobs from local investment in energy efficiency and clean energy.

The Energy Campaign Progress Report is a formal update on the campaign’s progress in leveraging public and private investment in energy efficiency and clean energy projects in four key sectors: City buildings, K-12 schools, low and moderate income residential housing, and small businesses. The four main goals of the campaign are to create jobs, cut energy costs, strengthen communities, and reduce air and water pollution. We launched this initiative with Council President Clarke’s leadership in February 2016, with support from Mayor Kenney, PECO, PGW, SEIU, PFT and many others. The Campaign is a bold, neighborhood-driven plan to invest $1 billion in energy efficiency and clean energy over the next 10 years, leveraging both public and private dollars.

PEA began implementation of the Campaign with an initial 6-month planning period and the Energy Campaign Progress Report shares the results of that work, as well as identifies the path forward in each category. We are now in pilot phase for multiple programs, and will work on modeling and testing those programs over the course of the next year. Once we have established effective models, we will focus on scaling up the programs to achieve our longer-term goals. We are creating scalable pilots to develop program models that work, bringing on key partners, and then will implement initiatives in each sector at scale to create real, lasting impact for Philadelphia and its citizens.

The Energy Campaign Report is available below.

Energy Campaign Progress Report


SEPTA will accept Requests for Proposals in SEPTA’s General Offices, 1234 Market Street, 11th Fl., Philadelphia, Pa 19107 for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems at Various SEPTA Locations. Proposals will be accepted until Tuesday, January 17th at 04:30 PM. A Pre-Proposal Meeting will be held on Monday, December 19th and a tour of the various SEPTA locations will follow the meeting. The balance of the tour will be held on Tuesday, December 20th.

    • Pre-Bid: December 19, 2016 at 09:00 AM
    • Deadline for Sealed Bids: January 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM


Additional information from SEPTA available here

Contact Name: Michael Piselli

Contact E-mail:

Contact Phone: 215-580-8364

PEA Supports Affordable Housing

On November 29, 2016, PEA Executive Director Emily Schapira provided testimony to Philadelphia City Council in support of Bill #161014 to provide funding for Philadelphia’s Affordable Housing Preservation Programs. Below is a transcript of the testimony.



My name is Emily Schapira, I’m the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Energy Authority. I’d like to express our support both for Bill #161014, to authorize a $60 million bond to clear the City’s home repair programs’ waitlists, and for a future issuance of additional funds to add a loan program to support affordable housing preservation, getting to the root of the problem, not just the symptoms. On the proposed bond, we commend Council for acting to clear the more than 4-year waitlist for all three home repair programs. For over 8,000 Philadelphia households, this will have a substantive impact on quality of life. Basic Systems Repair was intended to provide emergency repairs for homelessness prevention. It is intended to deal with hazardous electrical conditions, major plumbing leaks, heater replacements, collapsing roofs, and structural repairs. BSR’s waitlist means that thousands of Philadelphians, many of whom are seniors, homes with small children, or people with medical conditions, are living in properties that are in desperate decline. The longer major housing issues last, the worse they get, so addressing these issues as quickly as possible is critical. PHDC does an admirable job in trying to weed out the most urgent cases, but CDBG and Housing Trust Fund dollars cannot come close to keeping up with demand. Therefore, we have 3 key recommendations.

1) Process improvements by PHDC. We strongly support PHDC’s efforts to streamline their process to speed up the time it takes to triage, inspect, conduct intake and then send contractors to complete these repairs. Even with additional funding, the current process takes way too long. We hope Council will support and encourage PHDC’s efforts in this regard.

2) Revise PHDC’s repair guidelines to ensure that basic energy standards are incorporated. All new mechanical systems should be EnergyStar, windows should be efficient, and roofs should be insulated. Once these major systems are done inefficiently, it will never make financial sense to go back and redo them efficiently. If homeowners get a free roof but blow 25% of their heating dollars out of that new roof, that may be better than losing 75% of those dollars as was the case when the roof was collapsing, but it has not solved the problem. According to a recent poll by Freddie Mac, more low-income households are concerned about the rising cost of utilities than the rising cost of rent. Lowering utility costs is a key factor to moving out of poverty.

3) Address the core issues at the root of the demand, rather than just the symptoms. This bond will clear the waitlist for now, but Philadelphia’s aging housing stock and high rate of low income homeownership ensure that the waitlist will just build right back up. It is critical that Council act again to next create a program that would integrate and leverage existing programs to incorporate major systems repair with health interventions (including pest control and removing asthma triggers), and energy and weatherization interventions to reduce household expenses and help ensure people can afford to keep the heat on. One of the best examples nationwide of that type of integration is from ECA’s EnergyFit program right here in Philadelphia. ECA spends an average of $23,000 per home (which is less than the City is spending per home now using multiple separate programs). ECA leaves those homes safe, warm, healthy and affordable for the foreseeable future, integrating basic systems, weatherization, healthy homes and other interventions. Without enough grant funding to move this type of integrated program forward at scale, we should be leveraging private investment and new service models, both in our existing programs and hopefully in a future loan program as well.

Thank you for your time.

RFI for Renewable Energy Development

Philadelphia Energy Authority Request for Information for Renewable Energy Development for The City of Philadelphia

November 2016 Issued by: Philadelphia Energy Authority

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (“PEA”) in partnership with the City of Philadelphia (“City”) invites interested parties to respond to this Request for Information (“RFI”) with information regarding project structures that would make renewable energy development projects feasible for the City. PEA and the City are also requesting information regarding projects developed with similarly sized governments or institutions. We are seeking information on renewable energy project options applicable to the City or a Pennsylvania Authority to inform the development of a potential Request for Proposals.

An electronic copy of the complete Response must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM Philadelphia local time on January 5, 2017.

The complete Renewable Energy Request for Information and frequently asked questions and answers can be viewed using the links below.

Renewable Energy RFI

RFI Questions and Answers