Powering Energy Efficiency & Impacts Framework project:
In 2016, the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments (UCPCOG) was awarded a two year grant by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to lead the Powering Energy Efficiency & Impacts Framework (PEEIF) project to reduce energy use and costs in energy intensive homes. The project aims to fostor collaboration between federal, state, utility, and local energy efficiency programs by creating a geospatial open database that will support better decision making and further the agenda of increased energy efficiency in low-income households in the UCPCOG 5 county region.
Many low-income households struggle to pay their energy bills because they often live in older, inefficient homes. With approximately 65% percent of the UCPCOG region's housing stock being built before 1990, this energy inefficiency is highlighted even further. This project will allow communities to better understand the benefits of energy efficiency and will provide awareness to the money saving programs available.
The PEEIF project was one of three awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the tool created is hoped to become a model replicated across the state and nation.
Project Partners Include:
NC State University
-The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
-The Center for Geospatial Analytics
-The System Design Optimization Laboratory
NC Sustainable Energy Association
NC Justice Center
University of South Carolina
Vermont Law School