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Category Archive: Community Energy Planning

by Melissa Ulbricht

At Elevate Energy, we’re particularly excited to see multiple examples of states, cities, and committees taking action toward climate, energy, and sustainability issues.  In Illinois, the Future Energy Jobs Act demonstrates collaboration and leadership to strengthen the Illinois economy and ensure an equitable clean energy future. We also recently presented strategies to help Iowa City’s [...]

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by Melissa Ulbricht

Nearly a year ago, we celebrated the monumental passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois, the culmination of two years’ worth of work. The act strengthens the Illinois economy by taking important steps toward our state’s clean energy future. We’re particularly excited about FEJA’s expansion of existing utility energy efficiency programs, its emphasis [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

The following is an excerpt from Elevate Energy CEO Anne Evens’s discussion with the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers (CPM). CPM is a national cohort of 40 nonprofit organizations, of which Elevate Energy is a part of, working to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges; learn more about our involvement here. The excerpt [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Our mission at Elevate is to promote smarter energy use for all, and in order to do this, we need to know the current needs of populations that face barriers to energy resources. We’re constantly working to understand the energy burden on low-income families and how we can create sustainable solutions that alleviate this burden. [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This blog post is guest written by Elevate Energy Chief Operating Officer Delmar Gillus. I had the pleasure of attending the Citi Foundation Community Progress Makers Convening in Washington, D.C. As the area is also home for me, I was excited to see how D.C. was progressing, and to catch up with family and friends. [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held the first and only hearing on the proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) in Chicago, which encourages investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy in low-income communities. Elevate took the opportunity to let the EPA know how impactful the CEIP could be by providing testimony and helping organize a [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citi Bank, has named Elevate Energy a Community Progress Maker. We join 40 visionary nonprofit organizations across the country to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the areas of job creation, affordable housing, infrastructure, environmental justice, and community voice. “The Citi Foundation feels privileged to support [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

In Chicago, owners or managers of multi-unit residential buildings are required to measure, verify, and report energy use by June 1, 2016, as part of Chicago’s Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance. Elevate Energy is here to help you. As experts in performing energy audits and analyzing energy use, Elevate Energy now offers a service to [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

The Show Me State has something new to share: A comprehensive state energy plan, the first in roughly 20 years. The Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan tells you everything you’d ever want to know about energy in Missouri: its sources, which sectors use energy and how much, what it costs and how it’s delivered (including [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This blog post is written by Lisa Roth, manager of Elevate Energy’s Program Support team. Have you ever experienced a “puppy swarm?” The Program Support team at Elevate Energy recently did, and it was a dream come true. Our talented team serves a wide variety of programs ranging from dynamic electricity pricing and energy efficient building [...]

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