Energy Saving Performance Contracting


LBNL assesses ESCO industry performance and market trends and manages the largest database of ESCO projects in the world.

Policymakers, state and local energy officials, and other stakeholders are partnering with Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to achieve significant energy and water savings primarily in public and institutional sector facilities. ESCOs are typically able to deliver cost-effective savings to end-use customers primarily through the use of performance-based contracting where ESCOs guarantee annual savings levels. LBNL and the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) work together to develop strategic assessments of ESCO industry performance and market trends and to collect project-level information from ESCOs, their customers, and government agencies.

In addition to providing analysis of ESCO industry project performance, and conducting periodic surveys of ESCO industry executives, LBNL manages the largest database of ESCO project-level information in the world, with more than 4,000 projects going back more than twenty years. LBNL frequently responds to public requests for information from this database, including investment levels, estimated and actual project performance, deployment of energy-related technologies, and economic benefits to customers and society, in various market segments and locations.

LBNL has developed and maintains eProject Builder (ePB), a secure web-based data entry and tracking system that addresses the need to standardize and streamline data collection and reporting for ESPC projects. ePB enables the collection and reporting of comparable financial and performance parameters for ESPC projects across all market sectors, including: federal, state, local, K-12, universities and colleges, public housing, health, industrial and private commercial.

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