District businesses selling food or alcohol are required to charge $.05 for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag. Find out about DC's Bag Law.
Green Energy DC
Green Energy DC is a single resource for all you need to know about energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, products and services in the District of Columbia. The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (CAEA) requires the Mayor, through DDOE, to contract with a private entity to conduct sustainable energy programs on behalf of the District of Columbia. The CAEA authorizes the creation of a Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) and designates the SEU to be the one-stop resource for energy efficiency and renewable energy services for District residents and businesses. The SEU will serve under a performance-based contract with DDOE, with input and recommendations from the SEU Advisory Board, and oversight from the Council of the District of Columbia.
As of January 20, 2009, the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 requires 10 buildings owned or operated by the District of Columbia to be benchmarked using the Energy Star® Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. For more information, please view the The Department of General Services (DGS) for benchmarking data. Clean and Affordable Energy Act Quarterly Reports are available here.
Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP)
Renewable energy is green energy. It is also quickly becoming affordable energy. As the price of technology drops and the price for traditional fuels fluctuate, renewable energy use is growing across the United States and around the world.
If you switch to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass, you will help reduce dependence on a shrinking supply of fossil fuels. You will also help reduce the greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.
Thank you for your interest in the Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP). We encourage you to avail yourself of the resources on our website. Please continue to check as we will soon announce new programs and initiatives aimed to support and promote green technologies in the District.
- District-Area Renewable Energy Contractors and Installers
- Additional Renewable Energy Resources for Residents
- Resources for Multi-Family Building Residents and Managers
- Federal Tax Credits Available for Solar and Energy Efficiency Projects (The District of Columbia does not offer tax incentives at this time.)
- Solar Photovoltaic Consumer Guide
- How Solar Electric Systems Work
- Estimate Your PV System's Output with PV WATTS
- DC Solar United Neighborhoods (Energy Cooperatives in the District)
- How Solar Water Heating Systems Work
District of Columbia Energy Cooperatives
This list is provided as a courtesy to businesses and consumers. DDOE does not endorse these specific businesses, nor require consumers to use them.
For more information, contact the DDOE Energy Administration at 202.535.2600 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Energy use in the home is a major expense and has a major impact on the world around us.
Generating energy by traditional means also emits greenhouse gases. When these gases become trapped in the atmosphere, climate change is the result.
By making your home more efficient, you can avoid unneccessary energy use. You will save money and reduce your ecological footprint at the same time.
- Energy Efficiency Resources for Businesses
Resources for Residents:
- Help Weatherizing your Home (Low Income)
- Free Home Energy Audits (Low and Regular Income)
- Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits
- Additional Energy Efficiency Resources for Residents
- Energy Efficiency Workshop and Kit