Multifamily buildings largely house low- to moderate-income residents, and their utility bills are out of proportion to their income. Energy efficiency will not only lower the utility bills, delivering efficiency upgrades create economic opportunities for local communities. However, publicly and utility-funded energy efficiency programs often do not serve multifamily buildings due to complications and barriers. On-bill programs that enable clients to repay the cost of the efficiency upgrade on their utility bills are able to address these barriers, as well as bring public, private, and utility capital to more multifamily buildings.
Green For All and the National Housing Trust have compiled case studies of on-bill programs that serve the multifamily sector, and use them to highlight program and policy attributes that enable successful on-bill programs. The case studies are:
- PSE&G New Jersey Multifamily Program
- MPower Oregon
- Windsor Efficiency PAYS
- MidWest Energy How$mart® Kansas
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Authors: Josh Lynch, Renew Boston
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In Portland, Oregon Green For All has been helping implement Recovery Act-funded programs that create high-quality jobs for people who really need them. With a clear-eyed commitment to high-road outcomes Portland has leveraged the collective expertise of its community to produce results.
The City has just completed a 500-home energy efficiency pilot and is leading the launch of a state-wide effort to upgrade 6,000 homes over the next three years. The pilot program used $1.1 million of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) formula funds to seed a revolving loan fund for home energy remodels. The loan fund leveraged additional public and private investment to spur nearly $7 million in private homeowner investment. This brief report highlights the impact of that investment in terms of high-quality job creation, equitable hiring, inclusive business opportunities, standardized training, and energy conservation.
Green For All teamed up with the City of Portland to help implement a cutting-edge green jobs program. Clean Energy Works Portland is an effort that will cut energy bills, create green jobs, reduce pollution and expand business opportunities. In addition, it will ensure that Recovery Act investment dollars reach those hit hardest by the recession. It’s not a silver bullet, but it is a great model on which to build an important component of a new clean energy economy.
Green For All’s report details why Clean Energy Works Portland has such special appeal. The program includes a revolving loan fund with innovative “on-bill financing” and a Community Workforce Agreement that creates jobs in the communities that need them most.