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Powering Energy Efficiency & Impacts: A Data-Driven Project Supporting Low-Income Households

Cities-LEAP UCPCOG cover_pageStarting October 2016, the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments (UCPCOG) and partners began a two-year U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored initiative to develop a data-driven framework to increase energy-related program effectiveness in low-income households.  The diverse, multi-sector partnership developed a database and a geospatial-mapping tool of homes located in five eastern North Carolina counties served by UCPCOG, the lead administrator for the effort.

This report outlines the needs, challenges, and solutions identified through the project and  resents opportunities for state agencies, utilities, and organizations that are currently providing, or interested in supporting, lowincome energy-efficiency services. It details the project's methods and results and identifies strategies for future iterations of the mapping tool.
This project allowed communities, and service providers through confidentially controlled portals, to better understand the needs and opportunities for energy efficiency in low income homes as well as information on partners and programs available. 

The PEEIF project was one of three awarded nationally by the U.S. Department of Energy and the framework tool created is desired to become a model that can be replicated across the state and nation. 

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The Measure of Everyday Life Radio Interview 

Project Benefits Summary for Utilities (including municipal and electric cooperatives) .pdf

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MAPPING & TOOL DEMONSTRATION PORTAL (tool demonstration at the end)

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    Beneficiary  Partner Testimonial
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Project Partners:  
  • NC State University
-The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center  
-The Center for Geospatial Analytics
-The System Design Optimization Laboratory

  • Vermont Law School

  • Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments
    (Pleased to serve as the Lead Applicant)


2016 Eastern North Carolina Sustainability Summit Presentation (with NCSEA sldes) .pdf

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