The purpose of Illinois Energy Efficiency for All (IL EEFA) is to increase access to energy efficiency and solar in the affordable multifamily housing sector of Illinois. We achieve our goals through IL EEFA partner collaboration. For example, the successful partnership between Community Investment Corporation and Elevate Energy on the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program. The comprehensive energy retrofit program targets existing subsidized, affordable, and mid- to low-income properties in the Chicago area. Since the program began in 2008, more than 61,000 apartment units have been assessed and more than 27,000 of those units have been retrofitted as of March 31, 2017, achieving between 20 and 30 percent energy savings. CIC loans and grants have provided more than $27 million for retrofit projects.
The collaboration between the IL energy and housing sectors has also been key in bringing an increased focus, including utility tracking and reporting, on affordable multifamily housing energy efficiency programs. The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), which IL EEFA partners helped to do education around, includes required minimum spends on low-income energy efficiency by ComEd and Ameren Illinois. And through discussions at the IL Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Advisory Group, and advocacy in energy efficiency cases in front of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the utilities agreed to nearly double those minimum requirements.
IL EEFA is currently focused on ensuring the utilities’ newly expanded low-income multifamily energy efficiency programs are well implemented. This also includes monitoring new pilots we helped to advocate for, such as a health energy efficiency pilot, which targets asthma suffers with energy efficiency and healthy home improvements. Finally, IL EEFA is working on resident education around solar and energy efficiency. People for Community Recovery, an environment justice organization based in the Altgeld Gardens Homes, is working alongside other IL EEFA partners to engage residents of public housing and create energy efficiency and solar job training programs.