Identify Local Context

RE+ City Cohort Action Guide

Efficiency Standards for Rentals

Prepare Step 2: Identify Local Context

You will fill out Section 2 of the blueprint. You will use the information collected in this step to co-develop financing programs with utilities and lenders in Phase 2.

In this step, you will:

  • Identify existing policies, financing tools, and likely stakeholder interests​.
  • Assess the state of the residential rental housing market in your city.
  • Explore which financing options are already available in your jurisdiction such as PACE, utility incentives, utility on-bill financing, Fannie Mae homestyle energy loans, green banks, and home equity line of credit, and which are appropriate for your city.
  • Explore how to fund the program within your city.

Identify Local Context Slide Deck

This slide deck provides an overview of how to fill out the local context section of the policy blueprint. This content includes financing options and how to identify existing policies in your city. These slides were developed for a workshop on this topic for a cohort of 25 cities in 2018.


City Program Financing Diagram

This diagram will help guide your research on what financing options are available to you to finance the cost of running an efficiency standards for rentals program​.


Department of Energy Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) Program Low-Income Energy Library: Federal Resources and Tools

This database provides a library of federal tools and resources to help cities and states map out relevant resources for low-income energy program planning. There are helpful reports covering a variety of topics including affordable housing, data and assessment, workforce training, finance, and grants and funding.