Energy efficiency retrofits for entire homes and buildings can substantially reduce energy bills for low-income and multifamily residents. These upgrades can also keep families in their homes by helping them avoid eviction, get through storms, and live longer and healthier lives.
For several years, Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has delivered programs that improve the energy efficiency of homes for limited-income residents and keep rents affordable. Our new report chronicles the development, achievements, and challenges of these programs. This report comes at a critical time. The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) is currently reviewing DHCD’s proposed program plan for the next three years.
To inform our research, we collected information from key Maryland stakeholders, reviewed program filings, and discussed program operations with energy efficiency professionals in Maryland and around the country. We also include lessons learned from our past research of low-income and multifamily programs.
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