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Everyone Can Benefit from Electric Homes: Here’s How

It is possible to equitably switch California homes to all-electric systems, cutting fossil gas use and improving our health, according to a groundbreaking report issued today.


Energy Efficiency Day in IL - Celebrating EE in CEJA

Energy Efficiency Day puts a spotlight on one of the most important tools in the transition beyond fossil fuels – energy efficiency. Although IL has strong standards, the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) would expand the state’s energy efficiency requirements.


Why Affordable Housing Matters for Environmental Protection

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) joins the list of organizations calling for federal action to address the nation’s housing crisis. We cannot adequately tackle the dual crises of climate change and housing affordability in silos.


Energy inefficiency disproportionately hurts low-income Baltimoreans

Op-ed in the Baltimore Sun calls on Maryland leaders to adopt a goal of achieving 1% annual energy savings for low-income Maryland households.


Seeding Energy Innovation at Minnesota’s Housing Finance Agency

Thoughtful, strategic investment in the capacity of housing finance agencies can yield huge dividends. That has certainly been the case with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (“Minnesota Housing”)


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.


New Video: Achieving Energy Efficiency For All Renters

EEFA is launching a new video today to tell the story of why it is critical to connect climate, health, and equity by bringing energy efficiency to affordable homes.


CPUC Envisions New Future for Low-Income Efficiency Program

The California Public Utilities Commission adopted major improvements for the future of its low-income energy efficiency program, incorporating an innovative multifamily whole-building model and encouraging deeper energy savings for low-income households.


Report: “A Green New Deal for Renters” Is Possible

A new report makes a strong case for Los Angeles leaders to reassess the city’s investments in energy efficiency programs to ensure they better serve affordable housing residents who remain deeply underserved by these services.


Utility Low-Income Efficiency Programs in Need of Upgrade

California’s Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) program is designed to help low-income households save money on their monthly energy bills through no-cost weatherization services hasn’t been saving as much energy as it could be. Reform is needed.


Don't Leave Low-Income Families Behind on the Climate Mobilization Act

NYC has cause to celebrate with the passage of the Climate Mobilization Act, which addresses the carbon footprint of the city’s buildings. However, two key issues must be addressed to ensure communities of color and low-income New Yorkers benefit.


ACEEE Report: Efficiency reduces energy burdens for low-income multifamily households

Energy efficiency programs save an average of more than $100 in utility bills for low-income households living in multifamily buildings, according to an ACEEE survey of 32 programs across the United States.


2019 EEFA-NEWHAB Convening

The 2019 EEFA-NEWHAB Convening will be held May 21–23 in Downtown Los Angeles. The theme for this year’s gathering is “People Power: Building Healthy Homes for All.”


New and Improved Utility Programs

Through our advocacy efforts, certain utilities are expanding or improving the efficiency options available to multifamily affordable housing providers.


Plugging Into Savings: California's Huge Potential for Cost-Effective Energy Savings in Low-Income Multifamily Housing

Making multifamily residential properties more energy efficient is a key strategy for reducing the disproportionate energy cost burden facing families on limited incomes. Energy cost burden is the percentage of household income spent on energy bills.


Making Affordable Multifamily Housing More Energy Efficient: A Guide to Healthier Upgrade Materials

There is no question that investing in energy efficiency upgrades has the potential to deliver substantial financial, environmental, and health benefits to building owners and residents.


June 2018 State Updates

Read the latest from EEFA State Coalitions.


EEFA Coalitions Advance New or Revived State Low-Income Work Groups

In several EEFA states, coalition partners are advancing or participating in work groups focused specifically on low-income energy needs to further the dialogue and identify equitable energy efficiency solutions.


EEFA State Coalition News and Updates: February 2018

The EEFA state coalitions have been busy throughout the past few months. Read about some exciting state coalition updates.


EEFA Federal Defense Update: February 2018

EEFA Federal Defense has been busy protecting the programs that matter the most.


EEFA State Coalition News and Updates: Summer 2017

EEFA continues to make progress in providing energy efficiency to multifamily housing. Take a look at some exciting state coalition updates.


EEFA State Coalition News and Updates: May 2017

The EEFA state coalitions have been busy throughout the past few months. Take a look at some exciting state coalition updates.


Staying on Message: CA Delivers Creates a Journalist Guide to Energy Efficiency Investments in Low-Income Multifamily Housing

Engaging the media is critical to educating the public about the value of energy efficiency investments in low-income multifamily housing. But how do you ensure that journalists have the background they need to report accurately on the issue?


Maryland Groups show continued support for EmPOWER energy efficiency programs

Today, 48 organizations, including 20 affordable housing organizations, signed a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to underscore the importance and their continued support of EmPOWER Maryland.


Energy Efficiency Retrofits and Multifamily Housing Stock: Minnesota Case Studies

Just as in many states, affordable housing is critical for low-income Minnesota residents. Many multifamily housing units in Minnesota are in need of repair and aren’t very energy efficient, resulting in high utility bills.


City Challenge Pilot Results

EEFA has completed City Challenge Pilots in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Kansas City to better understand the specific barriers each city faces.


EEFA/NEWHAB Annual Convening Roundup

The convening was a great success with more than 150 participants engaging in collaborative learning and solution-building sessions and plenty of networking.


EEFA State Coalition Highlights: December 2016

The EEFA state coalitions have been busy throughout the past few months. Take a look at some exciting state coalition updates.


It's time to make the case for affordable housing in the CPP

The Clean Power Plan provides a historic opportunity to bring energy efficiency investment to affordable rental housing. While the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a stay, many states are moving ahead.


Laying it all out: How low income communities can win with the Clean Power Plan

A hidden gem in the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities—often the hardest hit by dirty power—need to be ready in order to realize these benefits.


Feeling proud of the City of New Orleans...for smart energy policy.

The New Orleans City Council passed Resolution R-15-599 calling on Entergy New Orleans to plan its customer-facing efficiency programs to save electricity every year equal to 2 percent of the utility’s annual sales.


Weatherization Assistance Program: Getting the Facts Straight

Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab releases synthesis of 36 studies of the Weatherization Assistance Program showing families saved an average of almost $300 annually in energy costs while reducing carbon pollution by 2.2 million metric tons.


How California's Unprecedented Law to Measure Building Energy Use Can Yield Even More Benefits for Customers

When Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 802, California became the first state in the nation with a mandate to provide energy usage data to owners of commercial and multi-family properties so they can measure the energy use of their buildings over time.


How can we make multifamily housing more energy efficient?

Over the past year, Fresh Energy has partnered with Minneapolis-based affordable housing developer Aeon to establish the Minnesota Affordable Housing Multifamily Energy Network.


Taking Big Steps Towards Energy Efficiency for All in Maryland

This weekend, my Memorial Day observance will include toasting a historic two weeks of regulatory activity in favor of low-income utility customers in Maryland, particularly those most underserved of the bunch: Renters.


Utilities Eat Their Kale: Energy Efficiency for Low-Income Renters Not So Daunting After All

Residents and owners of affordable apartment buildings in Illinois could net more than $2 billion in energy savings over the next 20 years by investing in energy efficiency measures according to a new study.


Reports Document Potential to Reduce Energy Costs in Affordable Housing by Millions, and How to Capture that Potential

Residents and owners of affordable apartment buildings in Illinois could net more than $2 billion in energy savings over the next 20 years by investing in energy efficiency measures according to a new study.


Twin Reports Document How Residents and Owners of Affordable Apartment Buildings Can Save Billions in Energy Costs by Adopting Proven Energy Efficiency Strategies

Residents and owners of affordable apartment buildings in Michigan could net more than $1.7 billion in energy savings over the next 20 years by investing in energy efficiency measures according to a new study released today by Energy Efficiency for All.


New NRDC Study Highlights the Big Potential for Energy Efficiency in Affordable Multifamily Housing

The potential for cost-effective energy savings in the rental apartments where millions of low-income Americans live is substantial—as much as 32 percent for electricity and 24 percent for natural gas.


EmPOWER Energy Efficiency Policy: Delivering Big Returns to Maryland

Paying too much for electricity and gas at a time when household budgets are still pinched from the great recession can mean having less to spend on nutritious food, healthcare, and other necessities.


Delivering Energy Efficiency for All Pennsylvanians

Governor’s new plan includes a $50-million investment in energy efficiency.


Understanding Aggregated Data Rules from State to State

A new fact sheet will help regulatory attorneys and others understand aggregated data and how privacy standards vary from state to state.