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CCI’s Advocacy Work

CCI understands the importance of identifying and removing barriers to advancement of healthy homes for people at all income levels and for both those who rent and those who own their home. We benchmark innovative actions, trends, and best practices around the country and beyond to understand where we can be “doing better” in our region and how to do it.

At CCI, we communicate and educate about issues in order to advocate for change. Our Advocacy work focuses on several key areas/strategies that all spring from one core objective: To actively support efforts to increase residential energy efficiency and home performance improvements locally, statewide and nationally.

We support increased energy efficiency programs and more renewable energy opportunities for our Commonwealth’s residents. Whether the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), utility-led efforts like Act 129, or robust deployment of renewable energy like the state’s goal to generate in-state solar electricity equal to 10% of total electric produced in PA, we encourage energy independence, carbon reductions and local jobs and industry for efficiency. We advocate for a fair, thoughtful and balanced transition for traditional energy workers and organizations.

We are pushing for residential energy efficiency to be incorporated with and transparent in home value, especially at the time of real estate transactions.  CCI strives to work with the local real estate appraisal and real estate brokerage professionals to promote green fields in the multi-listing and to boost adoption of the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score (HES) metric. Increasingly, we are seeking ways to help renters understand their anticipated energy bills before signing a lease, especially for lower-income households. 

CCI encourages exploration of increased financing options for energy efficiency and home performance improvements for low-income and middle-income residents. This ranges from encouraging local banks to use Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Energy Efficiency Mortgage, to supporting sustained and/or increased funding for the Act 129 electric energy conservation program and for Low Income Heating Assistance Program, to monitoring on-bill payment and commercial and residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) efforts around the country.

We support healthy, high-performing homes. CCI believes in using building science and health research to drive policies to foster healthier homes in which occupants know the levels and hazards of carbon monoxide, radon, lead paint, mold and gas leaks in their homes.

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ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition

CCI began convening and leading the ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition when fellow nonprofit  GTECH Strategies “passed the torch” to us in July 2015. The coalition brings together roughly 40 participating organizations spanning the for-profit, nonprofit, academic, public and utility sectors all aligned around a rallying goal: increasing residential energy efficiency and home health awareness, opportunities and implementation in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition members sometimes join forces to voice our shared concerns about or support for specific legislative agenda items in formal comments. In addition, the coalition aims to promote participation in existing energy efficiency programs and to heighten coordination across and among these programs, many of whom participate. The group also advances increased engagement with the professional real estate broker and real estate appraisal community and real estate listing services to have homes reflect the value of energy efficiency improvements.

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Home Energy Score Statewide Working Group

CCI supports wider adoption of the Department of Energy’s “Home Energy Score” rating system, and leads a statewide working group to advance adoption of HES in Pennsylvania. The group meets annually in conjunctions (but not as an official activity of) the KEEA conference and throughout the year by phone. More than 50,000 homes have been scored using the HES system across more than 12 states. CCI has become an official HES rater and provider through DOE.

 

 

 

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Reach out to learn more about CCI's advocacy efforts and how you can get involved in advancing energy efficiency policy!

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