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Low-Income Energy Efficiency Opportunities Study

Low-Income Energy Efficiency Opportunities Study

Full Title: Low-Income Energy Efficiency Opportunities Study
Author(s): Charlie Jiang
Publisher(s): Applied Public Policy Research Institute for Study and Evaluation (APPRISE) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Publication Date: December 1, 2017
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Description (excerpt):

Equity through energy efficiency:

Report outlines benefits and pathways to expanded low-income energy efficiency
As the country moves to a cleaner energy system, many low-income Americans have been left behind.

A new report from the EDF and Applied Public Policy Research Institute for Study and Evaluation (APPRISE) details the huge opportunity from increased investment and focus on low-income energy efficiency and outlines key steps to get there.

A win-win with energy savings for all:

Well-designed energy efficiency programs that deliver cost-effective energy savings for low-income Americans can cut utility bills by hundreds of dollars per year.

These programs can also create jobs, reduce pollution, improve public health, and promote equity. Yet only 6 percent of all U.S. energy efficiency spending was dedicated to low-income programs, as of 2015.

Smart policies to expand energy efficiency programs for low-income Americans could result in:

– $7.4 billion worth of consumer electricity savings annually.
– 48 million tons of carbon pollution avoided each year, equivalent to taking:
– 9 million cars worth of emissions taken off the road.
– Pathways to success
– State and utilities can realize this significant opportunity by implementing policies and programs targeted specifically for low-income customers.

A new report finds that these programs can be designed to overcome obstacles many low-income Americans face in accessing energy efficiency — including credit requirements, language barriers, and structural deterioration of homes.

The study finds that best practices for states to successfully deploy low-income energy efficiency programs include aligning utility incentives with goals, coordinating funding sources, partnering with community leaders, and focusing on high-energy users.

All statements and/or propositions in discussion prompts are meant exclusively to stimulate discussion and do not represent the views of, its Partners, Topic Directors or Experts, nor of any individual or organization. Comments by and opinions of Expert participants are their own.

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