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Saving Energy Through Energy Savings Performance Contracts
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Course Theme:Climate Change
Sub-Theme:Cities and Climate Change
Course Format:Facilitated
Amount:US $ 0 (Course is free of charge)
Contact Name:Chandni Dinakaran
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November 11, 2013 - November 30, 2013
Application Ends On : November 04, 2013

Around the world, energy efficiency is becoming one of the most critical policy tools to help countries meet the substantial growth in energy demand while easing the environmental impacts of that growth. For national governments, energy efficiency is a win-win-win option; it offers positive returns to the government, energy consumers and the environment. Such an option can conserve natural resources, reduce the environmental pollution and carbon footprint of the energy sector, and reduce a country’s dependence on fossil fuels. Unfortunately, despite these promising benefits, it has been challenging to achieve significant and sustained efficiency gains in both developed and developing countries.

Globally, the public sector holds significant potential for improved energy efficiency and represents a large and important market in all countries. But realizing these vast energy savings and determining how to package and implement dispersed energy efficiency projects in an efficient way has proven difficult. Although Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) could address many of the challenges faced in improving public sector energy efficiency, rigid public procurement and budgeting guidelines and procedures make ESPC procurement difficult. Furthermore, the complex nature of ESPCs requires significant capacity building throughout the public sector to ensure their successful use.

This course was developed jointly by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and WBI’s Climate Change Practice. It is based on international experiences with public sector ESPCs collected by ESMAP during 2008-2009.

The consists of seven modules presenting key concepts and providing opportunities to apply and discuss them. All modules use multimedia presentations and offer selected readings. Quizzes, research exercises and case studies help to broaden participants’ understanding of the topics in a proactive way. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify ESPC opportunities in the public sector in your country;
  • define the overall procurement process for ESPCs in a public agency;
  • document case studies on specific country experiences using the ESPC approach;
  • identify how to address the key procurement issues related to the ESPC approach; and
  • develop a “roadmap” for employing the ESPC approach and selecting energy service providers to implement energy efficiency projects in the public sector.
This learning product was developed thanks to the financial support of the governments of Spain and Switzerland through the CF-Assist Trust Fund.

Target Audience:
Public agency directors and managers, finance and budget officers, procurement officers, facility managers and engineers, business managers and analysts, and energy services professionals.