Missouri Energy Efficiency for All (Missouri EEFA) works to improve efficiency and affordability in low-income multifamily housing through engaging utilities and building power within local communities so that all Missourians can live in affordable, efficient, healthy housing. In addition to some partners intervening in electric and gas utility cases to develop new and improved energy efficiency programs, the Missouri EEFA partners focus on three primary project areas: 1) successful implementation of new and existing energy efficiency programs; 2) expanding the geographic reach affordable multifamily energy efficiency offerings beyond the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas; and 3) influencing Missouri’s decision-makers to support efficiency in multifamily affordable housing.
Missouri EEFA has recently secured a new and expanded Multifamily Low-Income program as part of Ameren Missouri’s energy efficiency portfolio. The program, approved in December 2018, will invest $26 million over a six-year timeframe (2019-2024) in pursuing deep retrofits in buildings, utilizing both in-unit and common area measures and delivering benefits for building owners and residents. Missouri EEFA partners also help lead a new Low-Income Workgroup as part of Missouri’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Collaborative. The Low-Income Workgroup meets in-person twice per year and conducts several four additional phone meetings to discuss specific issues around low-income energy efficiency and establish consensus among energy and housing advocates, regulators, and utilities. Over the next year, Missouri EEFA will focus on making efficiency in affordable multifamily housing a prominent part of cities’ clean energy plans, including: 1) St. Louis’ 100% Clean Energy goal and participation in the American Cities Climate Challenge; 2) Kansas City’s plan to be 100% carbon-free by the end of 2020; and 3) Columbia’s Climate Action and Adaption Plan.