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Integrating Financing Products into Local Energy Programs

Financing products designed to help overcome the upfront costs of energy upgrades are critical for an equitable and inclusive clean energy transformation at the scale and pace commensurate with this climate crisis. What are important considerations for cities and their partners in choosing financing options when designing equity-centred, universal energy efficiency and renewable energy programs?

Learning Outcomes:
From this webinar and the supporting resources shared, participants will be ready use financing to address:

  • Program access and participation barriers for low and moderate income (LMI) households and others without access to upfront capital and credit. 
  • Affordability challenges for households with high energy cost burdens (households in energy poverty).
  • The enormous gap between historical uptakes in energy efficiency and renewable programs and the uptakes required for this Climate Decade if we are to meet 2030 and 2050 targets commensurate with the Paris Agreement and the goal of carbon neutral cities by mid-century. 

Supplemental Resources:

CUSP’s PACE Resource Library – a living document repository of webinars, case studies, RFPs and staff reports on PACE financing, with an emphasis on building energy retrofit programs.

Part 1: background

Learn about getting started on integrating equity into your local clean energy program, including

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Part 2: program design with a case study

Aaron Berg discusses Clean Energy Works Oregon as an example of on-bill financing program in partnership with the City of Portland. Discussion includes program’s history and evolution, approach and principles, financing strategy, implementation, and lessons learned.

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Part 3: extended discussion

Aaron Berg dives deeper into the case study of Clean Energy Works Oregon through an extended discussion with webinar participants.

Contact Information

Organizer: Allison Ashcroft allison@cuspnetwork.ca

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