Energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies can be powerful tools in promoting housing affordability, health, and economic development. However, in the multifamily rental market, investment in clean energy measures is disproportionately low compared to single family and owner-occupied properties, and utility bills represent a disproportionately high cost for tenants and property owners. This call explored key challenges in the low-income multifamily sector and provided an overview of financing tools and state efforts that are addressing these challenges. Representatives from the California Energy Commission, MPower Oregon, and the Maryland Energy Administration discussed financing and program strategies that they are using to reach this complicated market.
Welcome and Introductions:
Al Christopher, Director, Energy Division, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Sandy Fazeli, Program Director, NASEO
The Role of Energy Financing in Promoting Affordability
Oregon: Faith Graham, Managing Director, MPower Oregon
California: Jeanne Clinton, Special Advisor, Energy Efficiency to the Governor’s Office, California Public Utilities Commission
Maryland: Dan Bresette, Senior Energy Policy Manager, Maryland Energy Administration; Dick Santangelo, President, Apollo Engineering Solutions; and Michael Neil, President and CEO, Enlightened Enterprises
How is your state or organization addressing energy and housing affordability?
What resources can help you achieve your goals?
States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, Virginia
Affiliates: ASHRAE, Harcourt Brown & Carey, Sparkfund, SRA International
Other Organizations: MPower Oregon,