Benchmarking requirements for DC have changed

The square footage requirement has been decreased. By April 1, 2022, buildings between 25,000 to 49,999 square feet are required to submit annual energy and water data through the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®.

District Buying Power, a DOEE and district-endorsed program is offering complimentary energy benchmarking (typically a $500 per building annual charge) to participants of the program. District Buying Power was started to help every industrial, commercial, and multifamily building in the district receive the advantages of bulk energy purchasing by grouping businesses together.

The city has identified new buildings that must begin reporting energy data by the following dates:

For building(s) sized between 49,999 to 25,000 sq ft
Submission Deadline:
April 1, 2022 (reporting calendar year 2021 energy & water data)
For building(s) sized between 24,999 to 10,000 sq ft
Submission Deadline:
April 1, 2025 (reporting calendar year 2024 energy & water data)

District Buying Power is a program formed to help DC businesses and is endorsed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DOEE. This citywide energy buying group allows every industrial, commercial, and multifamily building to receive the advantages of bulk energy purchasing. Read the official press release here. As an additional benefit for enrolling with District Buying Power, Albireo Energy* is offering DC benchmarking reporting (typically a $500 per building annual charge), for a limited time at no cost.

To avoid any penalties, District Buying Power and DOEE want to ensure that you have the information and assistance you need to comply with these requirements. It is important to act now to provide District Buying Power sufficient time to setup your accounts, collect applicable data, and prepare the submissions.

For buildings in the 10-25,000 square foot range, District Buying Power will begin submitting your data early in 2022 to ensure that you are on a good path towards compliance before it is legally required.

Enrollment is simple. Fill out the online enrollment form on this page and our friendly staff will reach out with further details. If you have any questions or would prefer to discuss enrollment with our staff, please reach complete our contact form or call us at 855-521-8780. With questions or concerns about program validity, please contact the DOEE Benchmarking Help Center at

* Albireo Energy was chosen under a 2019 Request for Proposal to administer the program based on its unique suite of services and its considerable experience. Albireo Energy also runs Boston Buying Power and Philly Buying Power, city-endorsed programs that have been successfully operating for over a decade.