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EEFA Georgia

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About

The Energy Efficiency for All Georgia (EEFA-GA) coalition supports the broader energy equity movement through policy advocacy, program design and strategic community engagement that delivers healthy, safe and efficient affordable housing. We work together to:

  • Expand the availability of high-quality energy efficiency programs serving low- and moderate-income Georgians living in single and multifamily homes;
  • Deepen policymakers’ understanding of the consequences of high energy burdens for low- and moderate-income people and the value of energy efficiency in reducing high energy burdens.
  • Engage residents in communities across the state on the benefits of energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy, how to access available resources, and get involved in energy decision making.
  • Increase the participation of affordable housing providers in energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy programs and work with them to expand and improve energy efficiency programs.

Columbus-Forum-2-Collage EEFA-GA brought together members of the community and advocates in Columbus, Georgia to discuss energy equity and learn ways to save money on energy bills and participate in energy assistance programs.

Recent Successes

Policy

In 2016, EEFA-GA Coalition members successfully intervened in Georgia Power’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to strengthen energy efficiency programming for affordable housing. The resulting Energy Assessment and Solutions Program is Georgia’s first utility-sponsored low-income energy efficiency program specifically for multifamily affordable housing. EEFA-GA’s advocacy also led to the creation of an Automated Benchmarking Tool to provide affordable housing owners with easy access to whole-building energy consumption data for better energy management. Coalition members Georgia Watch, Partnership for Southern Equity, and Southface are currently intervening in the 2019 IRP and advocating for expanded low-income energy efficiency programming, financing and community solar.

Partnership

EEFA-GA connects communities, residents, and housing providers to energy efficiency programs across Georgia to build a pipeline of owners to invest in efficiency. In 2018, EEFA-GA established the Multifamily Affordable Housing Advisory group, a peer-exchange for owners and managers of existing affordable housing to discuss available resources for energy and water efficiency, and renewable energy upgrades and inform future program development and design.

Engagement

In addition, EEFA-GA coalition members host Energy Equity Forums across the state for community members. Energy Equity Forums provide practical tips to save money on energy bills, information about available utility, state, and federal programs, and discussions of opportunities to advance energy efficiency in the community and how to take action.

Featured state resources

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Sarah Bagley of Chisom Housing explores the many benefits of Georgia Power’s Energy Assessment and Solutions Program.

A Win for Energy Equity in Georgia

EEFA-GA partners protected the interests of residential customers and especially affordable housing residents in the state’s long-range energy plan.