US: More states are cutting energy bills for low-income households

(ACEEE blog, 18 Dec 2023) Many families struggle to pay energy bills, but innovative policies that reduce energy burdens and accelerate an efficient and equitable transition off fossil fuels are catching on in more states.

Low-income households are often faced with the threat of disconnection from utility service and painful choices between affording energy and other critical needs, harming the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable. A growing movement to reduce energy bills for low-income households through policies like percentage of income payment programs (PIPP), along with energy-saving improvements, will lower energy burdens for the long term.

Most states have not focused energy efficiency efforts on underserved households, which has contributed to insufficient funding for helping them save energy, entrenching racial and social inequities. Before this year only Virginia and New York had explicit targets to reduce energy burdens through their energy efficiency requirements for utilities. And only Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, had set minimum energy savings targets for efficiency programs geared to serve low-income households. However, there have been some positive developments from state officials and regulators this year that have accelerated progress.  

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ACEEE blog, 18 Dec 2023: US: More states are cutting energy bills for low-income households