ECA's History, Mission and Impact

  • 30 years of ECAs Impact

ECA's History

Founded in 1984, the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) creates lasting solutions to the energy problems of low-income Philadelphians. ECA's mission is to help people conserve energy and promote a sustainable and socially equitable energy future for all. ECA coordinates all low income energy services; administers high quality energy conservation, education, heating and home repair services to reduce households’ energy costs and stabilize families within their communities. To maximize the effectiveness of existing programs and increase access to services for underserved populations, ECA also conducts research, evaluation and planning.

To build capacity at the grassroots level, ECA established a resilient network of 14 Neighborhood Energy Centers (NECs) throughout Philadelphia, each of which serves as a one-stop-shop for low-income energy services (e.g., weatherization, heating system repair and replacement, home repair, bill payment assistance, budget counseling, and energy education). This unique model combines direct services to the most needy with the ability to test and evaluate programs and make policy recommendations based on first-hand knowledge.

In 2010, ECA launched the Knight Training Center, the region’s only technical training center focused on preparing men and women for work in the clean energy industry. It is the only training center in the Mid Atlantic region accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC, the U.S. Department of Energy’s accrediting body for residential energy efficiency training centers). ECA’s Training Center, named IREC “2013 Clean Energy Training Program of the Year”, provides students with portable, stackable credentials so they can build a career instead of just "getting a job".

ECA has been a leader in energy conservation for more than three decades. It is now poised to take an exciting step forward which will help secure Philadelphia’s place as one of our nation’s greenest cities. ECA’s vision is to become a national model for the promotion of sustainable and equitable development.  

Mission

ECA's mission is to help people conserve energy and promote a sustainable and socially equitable energy future for all.

How We Work

ECA is a tri-state area (PA, NJ, DE) leader in energy efficiency retrofits for existing residential properties, along with small multi-family / commercial properties. We provide high quality energy conservation services to low-income residents and provide the job-ready training for energy professionals. ECA is a nonprofit organization certified by the ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Standard.

Highly Qualified Technical Staff

Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspectors,
BPI Certified Energy Auditors, Multi-Family Auditors, Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspectors, Crew Leaders, Crew Members and Field Supervisors

Delivery of High Quality Energy Conservation Programs

Administrator of the residential aspect of EnergyWorks, a DOE Better Buildings Program, to retrofit 2,000 homes in the 5-county Philadelphia region between 2010 and 2014
Administrator of the PA Weatherization Assistance Program and Crisis Interface Program since 1996
Administrator of the City of Philadelphia’s Heater Hotline Program since 1995/ Repaired 5,000 heating systems and replaced 800 heating systems with high efficiency equipment in 2012
Conservation Services Provider for PGW’s market rate EnergySense residential retrofit program
Conservation Services Provider for PGW’s Enhanced Low Income Retrofit Program since 1993
Conservation Service Provider for PECO’s Smart House Call program
Licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to perform energy audits, weatherization, heating services, spray foam insulation and white roof coating
Sub-Contractor to the Camden Power Program to perform energy conservation services under the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG) and the NJ Clean Energy Program
Sub-contracts HVAC repair and replacement to 32 HVAC companies throughout the region
Provider of energy conservation workshops throughout Philadelphia for over 25 years

ECA’s Knight Training Center

Recgonized as the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's 3i Clean Energy Training Program of the Year in 2013
An IREC accredited training center, authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy to deliver energy efficiency training, offering IREC accredited training programs for Energy Auditors and Weatherization Technicians and Installers.
IREC certified Master Trainers and 1 IREC certified Affiliate Trainer
BPI Certified Testing Center
National Center for Healthy Homes Affiliate – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved
First U.S. DOL approved Apprenticeships for Energy Auditors and Weatherization Technicians