Energy Efficiency - July 2, 2021
City of Albuquerque Launches Fund for Low-Income Housing Efficiency Upgrades
The City Council of the City of Albuquerque is appropriating $100,000 for an energy efficiency project that will provide retrofits that reduce energy use at homes in underserved communities.
The City partnered with Prosperity Works, Energy Works and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project on the Community Energy Efficiency (CEE) project. Qualifying homeowners will receive free energy audits to identify opportunities for window and door replacements, insulation and heating, and cooling system replacements.
“Today we're continuing our work to address the unequal burden that energy costs place on lower-income households. Improving energy efficiency is key to reducing emissions, and when addressed intentionally, can make Albuquerque a more equitable city,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement. “This partnership provides a new opportunity to support households most impacted by the effects of a changing climate, and their ability to access and benefit from energy efficiency upgrades.”
This project builds on a previous initiative launched by the City of Albuquerque last summer that provided upgrades to over 200 homes that resulted in savings of 943kWh in energy use and $100 in utility bills per customer.
The City of Albuquerque is pursuing a target to achieve 80% renewable energy use by Fall 2021 and to have a zero-emissions city fleet.