NASEO ESPC/LBE Webinar - Strategies to Finance Energy Retrofits in Public Buildings and Facilities

January 10, 2018, 2:00 PM ET

Join the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) for a webinar on January 10, 2018 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on strategies to finance energy retrofits in public buildings and facilities. This webinar will kick-off a new NASEO initiative, the "Lead-by-Example" (LBE) Financing Work Group, which will explore strategies to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy installations in publicly-owned buildings and facilities. (For more information on the LBE Financing Work Group, see below.)

This webinar will include a discussion of Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), including an examination of the strengths and limitations of ESPC as a mechanism for retrofitting public facilities, as well as potential alternative models, such as the Texas LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program.

To learn more about this webinar, please contact Sam Cramer (


  • Alice Dasek, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dale Hahs, President, S'energy Solutions
  • Eddy Trevino, Manager, Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Join NASEO's New LBE Financing Work Group

State and local governments' Lead-by-Example (LBE) programs enable agencies to demonstrate their commitment to cost-effective energy efficiency improvements by investing in their own buildings, facilities, equipment, and operations. Energy Saving Performance Contracting (ESPC) is a useful tool in these efforts, and allows facility efficiency improvements to be financed through money saved from lower utility bills. This approach has been used successfully by states across the country to improve the energy performance of public buildings.

However, in certain cases, ESPC may not be the most appropriate approach for upgrading publicly-owned facilities, while in other cases there may be legal and policy limitations to ESPC use. As a result, states may look to alternative solutions to finance public facility retrofits and upgrades. Revolving loan funds (RLFs), lease-purchase financing, tax increment financing (TIFs), and public-private partnerships (PPPs) may all offer alternative solutions.

The LBE Financing Work Group will convene interested states for expert presentations, peer exchange discussions, and an in-person meeting on ESPC and other financing mechanisms for public facilities retrofits. To learn more about the LBE Financing Workgroup and to express your interest in joining these discussions, contact Sam Cramer (