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Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015 President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP), an effort to combat climate change by reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. The CPP requires each state to reduce carbon emissions by a prescribed amount. States can choose from a variety of strategies to meet their emission reduction requirement. CPP checklist

The Clean Power Plan creates an historic opportunity to increase energy efficiency in affordable rental housing, because those investments will provide a cost-effective way to meet the new requirements and will benefit residents, building owners, and low-income communities. Energy efficiency lowers carbon emissions by reducing the demand for electricity generation and is the most affordable option states have to meet their requirements.

As states and utilities determine how to comply with the CPP, they should consider the advantages of prioritizing energy efficiency improvements in affordable housing in state implementation plans. The advantages include:

  • Energy Efficiency investments will lower household energy bills and preserve affordable housing.
  • There are significant energy savings and carbon reduction opportunities in affordable rental housing.
  • Energy efficiency investments in affordable rental housing deliver broader multiple benefits to low income communities.
  • States earn extra credit for energy efficiency investments in low-income communities through CPP’s Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP).

For more information about the benefits of energy efficiency in affordable housing, how states should encourage energy efficiency in affordable housing and how to get involved, please see Clean Power Plan Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing.

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A new federal rule requires states to reduce certain carbon emissions. The Clean Power Plan creates an historic opportunity to increase energy efficiency in affordable rental housing, because those investments will provide a cost-effective way to meet the new requirements. 

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States will soon create plans to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants. The Clean Power Plan gives states lots of flexibility to decide how to meet their emissions target. 

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EEFA commissioned this study to estimate the potential energy savings from the implementation of efficiency measures in affordable multifamily housing in nine states — Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina,

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12 best practices for policymakers, regulators, and program administrators to effectively reach the multifamily affordable housing sector.