Accelerated Savings Recognition (ASR) Alternative Compliance Pathway (ACP) Option

Deadlines and requirements you should know about

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The Alternative Compliance Pathway (ACP) allows for methods for compliance outside of the three Principal Pathways (Performance Pathway, Standard Target Pathway, or Prescriptive Pathway) that achieve the equivalent or greater energy savings than the Principal Pathways.

One of those options includes deep energy retrofits—for building owners that have targeted a higher energy savings goal than required under a Principal Pathway—who wish to have certainty around long-term compliance with BEPS.

The Accelerated Savings Recognition (ASR) ACP Option is designed for buildings owners who achieve deep energy retrofits in Cycle 1 that meet the long-term goals of the BEPS Program and hasten energy efficiency work to meet DC’s climate goals.

A building will follow the energy performance and reporting/verification requirements of its approved Principal Pathway for Cycle 1. If the Site EUI reductions at the end of Cycle 1 reaches the specified levels (36% for Cycle 2; 49% for Cycles 2 and 3; or 59% for Cycles 2, 3, and 4) the building is eligible to choose the ASR option ACP Option in future Cycles.

Important deadlines and requirements

Timeline Key

Major BEPS Cycle Milestone

Phase

Deadline or Deliverable

January 1 2021

BEPS 1 Begins

DOEE established the first set of BEPS on January 1, 2021, thus beginning the BEPS 1 Compliance Cycle.

January 1 2021

Action Phase

January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2025

 

Using your baseline Site EUI, which is an average of your building’s CY2018 and CY2019 Site EUI, decrease your Site EUI by:

  • 36% (Level 1) for Cycle 2
  • 49% (Level 2) for Cycles 2 and 3
  • 59% (Level 3) for Cycles 2, 3, and 4
April 1 2022

Benchmarking Report Due

A completed District Benchmarking Benchmark Results and Compliance Report is due for buildings ≥25,000 sq. ft. for calendar year 2021.

April 1 2023

Submit Pathway Selection

Deadline to submit the Pathway Selection Form to DOEE for approval by telling them which Principal Pathway you’ve selected.

 

Note: The ASR ACP Option isn’t selected until Cycle 2.

April 1 2023

Benchmarking Report Due

A completed District Benchmark Results and Compliance Benchmarking Report is due for buildings ≥25,000 sq. ft. for calendar year 2022.

April 1 2024

Third-Party Verified Benchmarking Report Due

A completed, third-party verified District Benchmark Results and Compliance Benchmarking Report is due for buildings ≥25,000 sq. ft. for calendar year 2023.

April 1 2025

Benchmarking Report Due

A completed District Benchmark Results and Compliance Benchmarking Report is due for buildings ≥10,000 sq. ft. for calendar year 2024.

January 1 2026

Evaluation Year

January 1, 2026 – December 31, 2026

 

During this time, your building’s energy performance will be evaluated to confirm that it meets its minimum reduction requirements for your approved Pathway. If the Site EUI savings meet the minimum level prescribed for the ASR ACP option, your building will become eligible to select it for the subsequent Compliance Cycle(s).

April 1 2026

Benchmarking Report Due

A completed District Benchmark Results and Compliance Benchmarking Report is due for buildings ≥10,000 sq. ft. for calendar year 2025.

December 31 2026

Compliance Cycle 1 Ends

This is the end of the BEPS 1 Compliance Cycle.

April 1 2027

Third-Party Verified Benchmarking Report Due

A completed, third-party verified District Benchmark Results and Compliance Benchmarking Report is due for buildings ≥10,000 sq. ft. for calendar year 2026.

April 1 2027

Future BEPS Cycle Pathway Selection

Deadline for Pathway Selection for Cycles 2, 3 and 4 (as applicable).

 

Deadline to submit the Pathway Selection Form to DOEE for approval by telling them you’ve selected the ASR ACP Option.

April 1 2033

Maintain Site EUI Savings

End of Future BEPS Cycles 2 and 3.

 

Maintain at least 75% of the chosen Level’s Site EUI savings by the end of each Cycle where recognition is earned.

  • For Level 1, maintain a 27% Site EUI savings by the end of Cycle 2.
  • For Level 2, maintain a 37% Site EUI savings by the end of Cycles 2 and 3.
  • For Level 3, maintain a 44% Site EUI savings by the end of Cycles 2, 3, and 4.
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