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  • Although the District of Columbia's total energy use is less than any state but Vermont, the District's energy use per capita is more than two-thirds of the states.
  • In 2017, Washington, DC ranked among the top three cities for the most Energy Star-certified buildings for energy efficiency, which includes the U.S. Department of Energy's headquarters building.
  • In 2017, 73% of retail electricity sales in the District of Columbia went to the commercial sector, reflecting the city's large concentration of government buildings and museums as well as other government-related activity.
  • The District of Columbia's renewable portfolio standard requires that 50% of its electricity come from renewable sources by 2032, including at least 5% from solar energy.
  • The Capitol Power Plant, which was converted from a coal-fired plant to natural gas cogeneration, provides steam for heating and chilled water for cooling to the 23 buildings of the U.S. Capitol complex, including the U.S. Capitol, the House and Senate office buildings, and the Supreme Court building.

Last Updated: August 16, 2018

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