Because of its size, the nation’s capital is a “special energy case.” Unlike states with massive natural resources, DC has to rely on solar & natural gas to fuel its power-hungry commercial sector, including federal government buildings, museums, and universities. Fortunately, DC is doing well in the energy efficiency stakes (it ranks second in Energy Star-certified buildings) and it has committed big-time to public EV charging stations. If it can ramp up installations of solar panels on its rooftops and meet the goals of its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Program (RPS), it could become entirely self-sufficient.
You can add to the region’s cadre of experts by earning your energy degree or certificate from one of DC’s top-tier universities. GWU’s School of Engineering & Applied Science and its Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) have developed a slew of unique programs and Georgetown has a solid stake in energy & sustainability concerns. Better yet, Howard was the first HBCU to join the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) governing alliance board of directors and it runs its own Center for Energy Systems and Control (CESaC).