The Pennsylvania Energy Efficiency for All (PA EEFA) Coalition collaborates with key energy and housing industry stakeholders to improve the energy efficiency of Pennsylvania’s existing affordable, multifamily housing through local, state, and federal policy initiatives and energy efficiency program development. Since 2014, advocates from the environmental, affordable housing, energy, and consumer advocate sectors have collectively executed a strategy to improve low-income energy efficiency policy in Pennsylvania. Our work draws on the skills, expertise, and resources of multiple disciplines, and we prioritize the multiple benefits of energy efficiency like healthier, more affordable homes.
We have achieved measurable success, including increasing the amount of energy savings that utilities are required to achieve from low-income EE programs. We secured new utility energy efficiency programs for both master- and individually-metered multifamily buildings. These policy changes have increased the budget for energy efficiency improvements in multifamily housing by $28 million over 5 years.
The PA EEFA’s current priorities are to:
- Increase affordable multifamily participation in utility energy and water efficiency programs;
- continue to work with utilities, regulators, and the statewide evaluator to ensure that affordable multifamily utility programs are well implemented and successful;
- coordinate to ensure healthy and safety issues are remediated in multifamily housing in conjunction with participation in energy efficiency programs;
- improve Act 129 policies and program structures to comprehensively address low-income energy affordability and increase access of multifamily housing; and
- increase affordable multifamily access to the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.
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