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One of the biggest challenges facing the District of Columbia is its use of energy. Residents of the nation's capital are very concerned about the rising cost of energy, the rising consumption of energy and the impact of energy use on the environment.

Potomac Electric Power Company, better known as Pepco, is addressing these issues through its Blueprint for the Future, which is designed to reduce the cost of energy, reduce the consumption of energy and protect the environment. The DC Council introduced and passed the Clean and Affordable Energy Act featuring a Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU). Other renewable energy generation systems, being discussed include solar, wind, biomass and geothermal, must be carefully examined by the government and the residents of the District of Columbia. Additionally, electric plug-in cars and the corresponding charging stations will make their debut in DC.

As Councilmember At-Large, Vincent Orange will work to ensure that the DC Council is actively engaged through legislation and, aggressive oversight, as we begin the implementation of some of theses energy initiatives. It is vital that we confirm and ensure that the implementation of these initiatives will in fact reduce the cost of energy, reduce the consumption of energy and protect the environment – a task for the Council, Executive Branch, private partners and constituents.

While serving as the Region Vice President for Pepco from February 2007 to April 2010, Vincent Orange was responsible for the affairs in the District of Columbia. Vincent’s primary function was to bring Smart Grid Technology to the District of Columbia. With support from President Barack Obama, Congress, the Mayor and the DC Council, the implementation of Smart Grid Technology in the District of Columbia was approved. In addition, the Obama administration approved nearly $50 million for the implementation thereby, reducing the cost by 50% to District residents for deployment of this initiative.

Simply stated Smart Grid Technology is a two-way communication system between the utility and the consumer. This two-way communication system operates using smart meters and smart thermostats. Smart Meters identify the location and magnitude of outages without customers contacting the utility company. Distribution automation restores energy to customers rapidly, response time is excellent, estimated readings of energy usage is eliminated and signals are sent  directly to consumers to use less energy when wholesale energy prices are higher. A mere touch of the Smart Thermostat provides in real time your energy usage and cost, along with reducing peak electricity demand and providing energy savings year round. This project also creates jobs for District residents through the installation of approximately 288,000 smart meters and smart thermostats. 

The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 created the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), which is to be operational in fiscal year 2012. The SEU is a private contractor selected to develop, coordinate and deliver programs to promote the sustainable use of energy in the District of Columbia. The sustainable Energy Utility is designed to achieve the following:

  • Reduce DC's per-capita energy consumption;
  • Increase renewable energy generating capacity in DC;
  • Reduce the growth of peak electricity demand in DC;
  • Improve the energy efficiency of low-income housing in the District of Columbia;
  • Reduce the growth of the energy demand of the District's largest energy users; and
  • Increase the number of green-collar jobs in the District of Columbia.

In addition to the SEU legislation, the DC Council adopted the Energy Efficiency Financing Act of 2009. This legislation provides funding for the initial installation of clean energy improvements for residential, commercial, industrial and other real property. This initiative will require aggressive oversight for its implementation to provide and produce the desired results of the legislation. In the upcoming year, there will be a strong emphasis on weatherization programs and the funding thereof.

As Councilmember At-Large, Vincent Orange will play a direct role in the process to reduce the cost of energy, to reduce the consumption of energy and protect the environment.

The Orange Vision

Vincent's vision for Washington, DC, is that of a world-class city operating at its fullest potential. An extremely vibrant city that continues to beckon individuals, couples and families to live in, visit and experience its culture, arts, restaurants, retail, entertainment, sports venues, neighborhoods and tourism. More

Get to Know Vincent

Vincent OrangeAs an attorney and certifiedpublic accountant, Vincent Orange has the skillset DC needs to make the citygreat again. In his earlier tenure on the DC Council, Vincent helped the cityturn a $518 million deficit into a $1.6 billion surplus reserve. Sincere-joining the DC Council last year, he has been at the forefront of efforts torestore ethical integrity to the Council, root out government waste, providejobs and continue education reform.More

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