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The nonprofit sector has historically been overlooked by energy management programs. Energy Savings for Nonprofits (ESFN) was one of the country’s first state-sponsored energy conservation programs offered specifically for day care centers, food banks, senior centers, health care centers, family shelters, and other human service nonprofit agencies. The state of Washington contains about 1,200 human service agencies. A 1987 study found that 92% of these spent approximately 20% of their operating budgets on energy.

The Washington State Energy Office (WSEO) in cooperation with Seattle City Light, Tacoma Public Utilities, and Snohomish County PUD, designed the ESFN program in 1987 to reduce operating costs for nonprofit organizations. By using fluorescent lights, wrapping hot water tanks, caulking windows, and installing other energy efficiency measures, WSEO knew that nonprofits could greatly reduce their energy bills and thus enhance and even expand their services. The ultimate goal of the ESFN program is to have nonprofit agencies spending their money on human services instead of energy-inefficient buildings.

The program provides a combination of technical, financial, and educational assistance. Fuel-blind energy audits are performed, typically by the local utility. Based on the audits, efficiency measures are recommended. The nonprofit chooses which measures to install, and after successful completion of the retrofit an inspection occurs prior to WSEO’s reimbursement of applicable costs.

Over the program’s history a number of funding requirements have been used. For instance, initially grants of $4,500 were offered in select counties for buildings of 5,000 square feet or larger, $2,000 for buildings less than 5,000 square feet, and no-interest loans were available up to $30,000. In 1993, ESFN was budgeted to provide grants of up to $20,000 requiring a 50% match. Large fluctuations in the grant and loan amounts offered each year have been due to the different amounts of money received by WSEO from the oil overcharge funds, the principal source of funding for the program.

Through November 19, 1992, 175 nonprofit human service agencies had completed projects through the ESFN program. Annual electric energy savings for the program total 5,255 MWh. Electric energy savings per participant were greatest in FY 1991 with 88,073 kWh saved and lowest in FY 1989 at 21,383 kWh.

The costs of the retrofits that have resulted from the ESFN program are borne by three different parties: WSEO, participating utilities, and the actual nonprofit organizations. All these costs combine to create gross program costs over the lifetime of the program of $1,854,700. WSEO expenditures are made up of grants and administrative costs and total $917,800. The utilities’ share of the program costs (in grants only) total $602,300. Customer contributions (which includes loans) have totalled $334,600.



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Our Vision & Values

Our Vision & Values

Our vision is to accelerate the promotion of sustainable energy and environmental programs in developing countries and countries in transition.  Our unique values are strived to provide sustainable solutions with proven technical capabilities, implement with wealth of practical and international experience in Asia and Pacific regions. Read more...

Our Niche & Strengths

Our Niche & Strengths

IIEC works on-the-ground, through multi-disciplined staff and partners, with governments and the private sector to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects.  Read more...

Our Capabilities

Our Capabilities

Specific services provided by IIEC to its clients include: DSM/EE Implementation & Evaluation; Development & Implementation of EE Standards and Labeling Programs; Renewable Energy Project Planning & Implementation; Clean Energy Finance Design; and Implementation of Energy Efficient Buildings  Read more...

Our Major Clients

Our Major Clients

IIEC’s major clients include the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) etc.  Read more...

Our Offices


IIEC operates through its offices in India, Thailand and Philippines.  Read more...

Our Team

Our Team

IIEC has full time local staff in each of its offices that are well placed to contribute to programs due to their extensive exposure to energy, transport and environmental activities in the region and their understanding of cultural issues relevant to the countries.  Read more...

Our Board

Board of Directors

IIEC’s Board of Directors is comprised of nine members, who are dedicated to providing strategic guidance to the organization as it advances its goal to promote sustainable and efficient energy use in developing nations and economies in transition.  Read more...


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