Energy Equity Engagement
This year, OES and Duke Energy Ohio partnered to launch a series of energy equity programs for multifamily buildings to help meet the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan goal of reducing household energy burden by 10%. Energy burden is defined as the percentage of income used to pay household energy bills. All programs are directed to help lift the energy burden of Cincinnati renters at or below 200% of the federal poverty limit.
The Tenant Program
WarmUp Cincy provides eligible renters with in-home energy assessments, energy efficiency upgrades, an energy strategy, and an energy efficiency education program. Participating families can receive up to $500 assistance on their Duke Energy accounts. Since the program started in February, 84 families have participated in the program, with in-unit efficiency upgrades for 60 of those families.
Two building programs provide grant funding for eligible multi-family building owners to upgrade their buildings.
- The Energy Efficiency Matching Grant Program provides a 1:1 match of up to $5,000 for capital upgrades. The first round funded 10 proposals with an average savings of over $120 per unit.
- The Flagship program, to be released in early 2021, will provide up to $200,000 in grant funding to multi-family building owners for more extensive energy upgrades, an energy audit, and technical assistance.