On August 3, 2015 President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP), an effort to combat climate change by reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. The CPP requires each state to reduce carbon emissions by a prescribed amount. States can choose from a variety of strategies to meet their emission reduction requirement.
The Clean Power Plan creates an historic opportunity to increase energy efficiency in affordable rental housing, because those investments will provide a cost-effective way to meet the new requirements and will benefit residents, building owners, and low-income communities. Energy efficiency lowers carbon emissions by reducing the demand for electricity generation and is the most affordable option states have to meet their requirements.
As states and utilities determine how to comply with the CPP, they should consider the advantages of prioritizing energy efficiency improvements in affordable housing in state implementation plans. The advantages include:
For more information about the benefits of energy efficiency in affordable housing, how states should encourage energy efficiency in affordable housing and how to get involved, please see Clean Power Plan Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing.