The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) have jointly signed on to a federal program aimed at lowering energy bills in low-income communities through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
The City and PEA will take part in the Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator, a program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). By signing on to the Accelerator, the City and the PEA are committing to working with DOE to identify barriers to clean energy projects, to demonstrating successful approaches to increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy access, and to sharing resources and other information with partners.
“It’s clear that investing in energy efficiency is a smart way to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By working with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Philadelphia Energy Authority to target low-income households for clean energy projects, Philadelphia can also help to reduce the burden of high energy bills and create local jobs,” said Christine Knapp, Director of the Office of Sustainability.
Through Greenworks, the City’s sustainability framework, the Office of Sustainability leads a variety of energy management programs, such as the retrofit of the City’s four largest downtown buildings which is saving $1.4 million annually.
The Accelerator is an off-shoot of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative which Philadelphia has participated in since 2011. Through that partnership, the City has worked with businesses and non-profit organizations to implement programs that reduce energy consumption in buildings, which are Philadelphia’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Philadelphia Energy Authority recently announced the launch of the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, which includes a focus on helping low-income residents reduce energy consumption through energy retrofits that can also help spur job creation.