Energy Efficiency for All Louisiana (EEFA-LA) focuses on building access and awareness of energy efficiency as a low-cost solution to New Orleans and Louisiana’s extreme and growing energy burdens. By highlighting the inequities of a new gas power plant for the local utility, we have built ground-up community support for the growth of efficiency in New Orleans and have successfully created a runway for multifamily housing developers to invest millions in efficiency.
In 2015, EEFA-LA Coalition members successfully worked with the City of New Orleans and Entergy New Orleans to establish a 2% per year energy savings target. To support Entergy New Orleans in reaching its annual target, EEFA-LA has been instrumental in the development, marketing, and implementation of programs to reach the multifamily sector.
By consistently demonstrating the inequities of a new gas power plant and demonstrating the potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments to meet energy demand in New Orleans, EEFA-LA, alongside a strong network of allies and community members, was able to reduce the size of the proposed new gas power plant by half.
EEFA-Louisiana successfully worked with the City of New Orleans on initiatives to expand long-term affordable housing options across the city through the Smart Housing Mix policy passed in March 2019, and changed New Orleans policy to provide multifamily owners with the whole-building energy consumption data necessary to enable benchmarking.
Members of the EFFA-LA coalition worked with the Finance Authority of New Orleans (FANO) on green infrastructure financing. In April 2019, FANO unveiled its Green Mortgage product, which would provide homeowners with financing in three major categories: energy efficiency, wind protection, and storm water management. The green mortgage product will initially be offered to single family homes and FANO plans to expand its offerings to multifamily, commercial, and municipal buildings.
EEFA-LA is building on its success in New Orleans to develop a statewide strategy. At the state level, EEFA-LA and allies have already succeeded in increasing the percentage of Federal LIHEAP dollars to be spent on Weatherization in Louisiana from 12% to 15%.
The coalition is now focusing on ensuring building codes are in-line with national standards and that mature efficiency programs are finally in place through the Louisiana Public Service Commission by growing demand and developing the economic case through Integrated Resource Planning and rulemaking.