The Electricity Markets & Policy Group assesses Energy Service Company (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 partner with ESCOs to achieve significant energy and water savings, primarily in public and institutional sector facilities. ESCOs are able to deliver cost-effective savings to end-use customers primarily through the use of performance-based contracting, where ESCOs guarantee annual savings levels. The EMP Group 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. We also provide analysis of ESCO industry project performance and conducts periodic surveys of ESCO industry executives.
The database of ESCO project-level information contains more than 4,000 projects going back more than 20 years. The EMP Group frequently responds to public requests for information from this database, providing such information as 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.
To address the need to standardize and streamline data collection and reporting for energy savings performance contract projects, the EMP Group developed and maintains eProject Builder (ePB), a secure web-based data entry and tracking system. ePB enables users to collect and report 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.