With state leaders embracing efficiency’s economic and environmental benefits, utilities across the United States invested approximately $7.6 billion in energy efficiency and saved approximately 25.4 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2016. While these levels did not quite match 2015 savings, roughly half the states reported savings surpassing those they posted in 2015, and many adopted and implemented new policies in 2016.
Low-income energy efficiency programs are an important component of ratepayer-funded efficiency portfolios throughout the country, but there is room for improvement and expansion. In this report the authors address the challenges and opportunities of low-income programs that target single-family homes. This report includes a survey of the low-income program landscape and advice on scaling up energy efficiency in this sector.