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Multifamily Energy and Water Management Toolkit

The following toolkit is intended to help improve energy and water management and reduce costs, spending and environmental impacts over the long‐term, while helping to preserve affordable properties. The toolkit is designed to be used by organizations with different levels of experience and capacity in the area of energy and water management. Tools can be downloaded and used sequentially to launch or relaunch across-the-board energy and water management efforts, or can be selected and used individually to assist with specific initiatives already underway. The toolkit is intended to complement other available resources and includes references to other related tools following the table of contents introduction. The tools are grouped into four areas: Portfolio Energy and Water Strategy, Operations and Maintenance, Utility Tracking and Energy and Water Initiatives.
Benchmarking Incentives O&M Portfolio Upgrade Property Management Utility Incentives & Programs Water

Community Investment Corporation "On Bill" Energy Financing Fact Sheet

In cooperation with the utility companies (ComEd, NICOR, North Shore Gas, Peoples Gas), CIC-Energy Savers will soon offer loans for energy retrofits of multifamily (5 to 50 units) properties which can be repaid as an additional item on a utility bill.
Finance Illinois On-Bill Utility Payment Retrofit Utility Incentives & Programs

Building Energy Efficiency Partnerships for Affordable Multifamily Housing: 2015 and Beyond

This paper offers a snapshot of the resources devoted to promoting low-income multifamily housing energy efficiency retrofits; it describes many of the policies, public-private resources and partnerships influencing and funding the field in late 2014.
EB5 ESCO Finance Policy Proposal Report/Research Brief Retrofit Utility Allowance Utility Incentives & Programs


This Guide was created as part of the Energy Efficiency For All Project, a joint effort of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Housing Trust, the Energy Foundation, and Elevate Energy. Electric and gas utilities in the U.S. invest billions of dollars annually to help their customers become more energy efficient, often by making repairs and improvements to customers’ homes and buildings. These investments are smart—they improve lives by reducing energy expenses, create healthier, more comfortable houses and offices, and improve community building stock. The resulting energy efficiency produces a better utility system with less pollution, creates local jobs, and delivers other public benefits. Yet studies show vast amounts of cost-effective efficiency potential available in our nation’s affordable housing, in multifamily affordable housing (MFAH) in particular. In other words, a lot of the energy delivered to affordable housing is wasted—it simply goes out the windows or up the chimney. The good news is that our research—presented in this guide—strongly suggests that well-designed efficiency programs can indeed reach MFAH and can enable utilities to capture cost-effective efficiency potential. Program experience offers many useful and encouraging lessons about how to reach affordable housing in ways that will benefit the utility, the building owner, the residents, and the community at large. This guide is intended to explain specific best practices to efficiency program professionals: program designers and administrators, utility staff, regulators, and other stakeholders. We provide 12 specific and proven strategies for utilities to help owners invest to improve MFAH in their communities.
Policy Proposal Report/Research Brief Utility Incentives & Programs

Rooftop solar finds out utilities can disrupt, too

The article below points out how the utilities are fighting the solar industry by increasing their demand charges to compensate for customers generating their own power from solar. As some states and utilities define the rules of the game other states will follow suit. It also mentions how the regulations being in a state of flux may impact future investments.
Solar Utility Incentives & Programs

Removing First-Cost Hurdles for Energy Efficiency

This paper provides policy makers, regulators and private sector firms engaged in the design and implementation of efficiency programs with a series of innovative financing options that can be used to achieve comprehensive energy savings across a broad spectrum of residential, commercial and industrial market segments.
Energy Performance Contract On-Bill Utility Payment PACE PPAs Utility Incentives & Programs

Energy Efficiency Finance 101: Understanding the Marketplace

The number and diversity of energy finance programs have increased dramatically in recent years. Likewise, there is a growing interest among different types of financial institutions in participating in local initiatives. However, finding a financial partner that best fits a particular program can be a challenge. This paper attempts to catalog the different categories of institutions in the marketplace so that readers will be more equipped to determine which type may offer the best fit for a local initiative. In addition, the paper offers descriptions of the different types of loan structures and mechanisms most often used in energy finance.
Finance Utility Incentives & Programs

Georgia Power's Home Energy Improvement Program: Multifamily and Public Housing Authority Properties

Georgia Power's Home Energy Improvement Program: Multifamily and Public Housing Authority Properties
  • THE MULTIFAMILY WHOLE-HOUSE APPROACH--Maximum Potential Rebate: Up to $1,100 Per Unit
  • THE MULTIFAMILY INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENTS APPROACH--Maximum Potential Rebate: Up to $350 Per Unit Annually
  • Energy Audit PTEEGA Utility Incentives & Programs

    City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management Multifamily Toilet Rebate Program Application

    Department of Watershed Management Multifamily Toilet Rebate Program Application. Rebates are limited to multifamily property owners and/or management companies whose properties are City of Atlanta water customers.
    PTEEGA Utility Incentives & Programs

    City of Multifamily Toilet Rebate Program Overview

    The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management extends its high-efficiency toilet rebate to multifamily customers. Apartment and condominium communities that are City of Atlanta water customers may qualify.
    PTEEGA Utility Incentives & Programs

    City of Atlanta Multifamily Toilet Rebate Recycling Guidelines

    Multifamily toilet rebate program participants are required to recycle toilets that are being replaced and to show proof of recycling in the form of a “load ticket” from one of three porcelain recyclers in the Atlanta area.
    PTEEGA Utility Incentives & Programs

    Focus on Energy Multifamily Energy Savings Program (Wisconsin)

    Focus on Energy is the Wisconsin utilities' statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy. It is a partnership of all Wisconsin investor owned utilities plus many municipal and cooperative utilities. It assists Wisconsin residents and businesses in implementing energy saving projects by:

    • Offering unbiased information and technical assistance to participating utilities’ electric and/or natural gas customers
    • Providing financial incentives (Custom and Prescriptive) for energy saving projects that would not occur otherwise
    PTEEMN Utility Incentives & Programs

    Alliant Energy 2014 Multifamily Programs (Iowa)

    Types of benefits for owners include:

    • Existing total property energy assessment
    • Rebates
    Energy Audit PTEEMN Utility Incentives & Programs

    CenterPoint Energy Efficiency Incentives for the Multifamily Sector in Minnesota

    Types of benefits for owners include:

    • Prescriptive rebates for boilers, tune-ups, water heaters, steam traps
    • Custom rebates for low-flow, windows, building envelope
    • Audits, Energy Design Assitance and Others
    • Bonus rebates are available for Affordable Housing
    Energy Audit PTEEMN Utility Incentives & Programs

    Xcel Energy Multi-Family Building Minnesota Conservation Programs

    Types of Programs include:

    • Prescriptive / Fixed Rebates (Commonly used Equipment)
    • Custom
    • Holistic Programs
    • Studies
    • Rate Savings
    Energy Audit PTEEMN Utility Incentives & Programs

    Minnesota Energy Resources Multifamily Energy Savings Program

    Minnesota Energy Resource launched new sector specific Multifamily Program in August 2013, implemented by CEE. It is a comprehensive program addressing energy and water savings opportunities and is free to qualifying building owners.
    PTEEMN Utility Incentives & Programs

    Green Tax Incentive Compendium: Federal and State Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (July 2014)

    This volume presents certain federal and state tax incentives promoting the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Each section outlines the basic features and regulatory requirements for a tax program which provides financial incentives for clean technology development through renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. A "Western U.S." version is also available. Contact Jerome Garciano at for details.
    Incentives Program Summary Renewable Energy Utility Incentives & Programs

    Retrofit Case Study: Loft 27, Lowell, Mass.

    Boston-based WinnCompanies has cut its electric bill for common areas by 25% at Loft 27, a 173-unit apartment building, as the result of efficiency retrofit and solar projects completed in 2012. The apartment development was created from the adaptive re-use of an historic former mill.
    Energy Audit Lighting Retrofit Solar Utility Incentives & Programs

    Retrofit Case Study: R Street Apartments, Washington, D.C.

    RStreet Apartments, a collection of 130 apartment units in five historic low-rise buildings, is an example of a situation where an initial green retrofit project doesn’t have to be the end-all and be-all. Rather, new upgrades a few years later can reap additional utility cost savings. Less than four years after a LIHTC renovation was completed, the developer NHT/Enterprise decided to look deeper into property savings and determined that a new, smaller water retrofit project made economic sense.
    Utility Incentives & Programs Water

    Energy Advocacy: Groups Seek to Expand Funding for Efficiency Improvements in Affordable Housing Properties

    Retrofitting affordable multifamily rental housing properties to make them more energy efficient is critically important for building owners and managers. Energy consumption is the largest or second-largest category of operating expenses in these kinds of properties. However, investing in energy efficiency improvements requires capital, which can be difficult to secure in the current era of constrained public budgets. To address this, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), National Housing Trust (NHT), the Energy Foundation, Elevate Energy, and New Ecology, Inc. have joined forces to achieve a common goal: boosting utility and state funding available for energy efficiency improvements in multifamily housing properties, particularly affordable housing. We focus specifically on a growing source of funding that has been largely untapped by this market: utility-supported state energy efficiency programs.
    Utility Incentives & Programs

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