Utility Savings Initiative

The Utility Savings Initiative (USI) is North Carolina's lead-by-example program supporting energy efficiency in public buildings.  The program was created to assist North Carolina governmental units manage the use and cost of energy, water and other utilities in their facilities.

The program serves state agencies, the University of North Carolina system, the state's community colleges, public schools, county and municipal governments.

The effort includes oversight of the Performance Contracting process for governmental units.

Team activities are guided by the USI Strategic Energy Plan, which is updated annually and reviewed quarterly. 

To learn more about the program, read the annual reports to the N.C. General Assembly:

USI News and Announcements


USI Annual Reporting & Strategic Energy Plan Workshops

          For: USI Reporting Liaisons with Universities, Agencies, and Community Colleges
          When: May 25, 30, June 6, 7, or 8
          Where: Greenville, Wilmington, Clyde, Hickory, Raleigh
          Details: visit Outreach and Training page


Please visit our Performance Contracting page for updated templates for the RFP, IGA, and ESA documents posted April 2017.


A summary of the 2016 USI Forum held March 23, 2016 is available, as well as a spreadsheet of all barriers and solutions gathered from each group session.

Associated Files