California state and local agencies invest more than $1 billion in energy efficiency programs every year. These investments are funded from a variety of sources, including customer charges collected on utility bills and the state’s cap-and-trade revenues.
Greenlining strongly supports energy efficiency efforts. Investments in this sector will lower energy costs, make homes healthier, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, grow the clean energy economy, and create jobs. We work with regulatory agencies, coalition partners, utilities and other private sector stakeholders to:
- Support energy efficiency investments in communities of color that directly benefit low- and moderate-income families, small businesses, renters, and other “hard to reach” customers.
- Ensure that programs and incentives are designed with our communities in mind, and tailored to meet our needs. Ensure that programs are well-coordinated, so that it is as easy as possible for customers to evaluate and access the many different options available to them.
- Promote use of inclusive financing tools, including on-bill repayment and on-bill financing plans that make it possible to access clean energy and energy saving technologies without huge up-front costs.
- Ensure that energy efficiency programs create meaningful workforce pathways from our communities into rewarding careers in the energy services sector, with jobs that pay family-supporting wages, provide benefits, and lead to opportunities for career advancement.
- Ensure that employment policies for energy efficiency workers are fair and do not discriminate against formerly incarcerated people.
- Create more contracting opportunities for businesses owned by people of color, women, and veterans.
- Ensure accountability and transparency through public reporting on program results, including information on who benefits from these programs, and who remains left out.