EE Funding to Low-Income Increased by $250 Million to Alleviate Blackout Risks


As covered by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the CPUC has approved $250 million in funding in Decision 16-04-040 to augment the budget of the Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program in the Los Angeles region. Per NRDC:

As a result of the commission’s action, Southern California Gas and Southern California Edison can now use nearly $250 million in previously unspent funds for measures that will cut bills and electricity and gas waste via the state’s Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA). This is in addition to the utilities’ annual overall program budgets of about $88 million and $50 million respectively.

The decision also eases a few administrative rules, establishes the program’s first energy-savings goals, and clarifies that utilities can direct funding toward heating, hot water, and cooling systems in larger apartment buildings in the affected region.

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