2015 • 1 year • Housing
Elevate Energy designs and implements energy efficiency programs for the entire residential sector. In order to expand energy and water efficiency and renewable energy deployment across the affordable multifamily market, Elevate Energy is conducting business planning around a loan product it could offer as it enters new markets where financing for such investments is limited. The grant allows Elevate Energy to determine what, if any, type of financing the organization can offer to affordable multifamily building owners who intend to hire the organization for an energy and/or water retrofit project.
2014 • 1 year • Housing
Elevate Energy designs and implements energy-related programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure that the benefits of energy efficiency reach a wide range of households and businesses. Although state executive branch agencies can be effective partners in encouraging multifamily energy efficiency, most states have not fully engaged with utilities, financial institutions and building owners to meet the needs of the multifamily housing stock. Elevate Energy will use this grant to create a "road map" for state officials interested in improving the energy efficiency of their multifamily housing stock.
2013 • 1 year
CNT Energy helps consumers and communities obtain the information and services they need to control energy costs and become more environmentally sustainable in how they live and work. While generally positive, the mounting attention to environmentally-sound business practices remains unfocused across many industries - including the meeting, convention, and hospitality sectors - due in large part to a lack of a common metric and lexicon. Professional event planners, let alone the many thousands of other employees responsible for planning meetings for their organizations, are without efficient access to trustworthy information on environmentally responsive venues and suppliers. The grant to CNT Energy will result in a prototype app to provide reliable information to professional and occasional meeting planners in Chicago around sustainability.
2012 • 1 year • Housing
CNT Energy helps consumers and communities obtain the information and services they need to control energy costs and become more energy-efficient. Wisconsin--a national leader in energy efficiency programs--enacted legislation that mandates that most utilities pool their resources into a single statewide program. Although the program often targets affordable housing, various elements are difficult for participating utilities to implement because they often do not meet cost-effectiveness standards used to evaluate energy efficiency projects. With this grant, CNT will help develop a plan to make better use of utility funding and programs to serve multifamily affordable housing in Wisconsin.
2012 • 1 year • Housing
CNT Energy helps consumers and communities obtain the information and services they need to control energy costs and become more energy-efficient. While almost half of Chicago households live in multifamily housing, Illinois utilities and government agencies direct only a small portion of their residential energy efficiency resources to this segment of the housing stock. In its efforts to address this mismatch, CNT has developed a nationally-recognized model for effectively delivering energy efficiency services and products to the affordable multifamily market. CNT will use this grant to expand its innovative approach locally and in several other cities.