Extending the Benefits of Nonresidential Energy Efficiency to Low-Income Communities

Research Report U1910


Ariel Drehobl, Kate Tanabe


This report is the first to explore how energy efficiency program implementers are trying to reach nonresidential community-serving institutions in low- to moderate-income areas. These groups include nonprofits, schools, local government buildings, locally owned businesses, medical facilities, shelters, and community centers. We survey 39 programs that serve these institutions and analyze trends in program design, delivery, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation. We also explore policy considerations for program implementers, regulators, and policymakers.