Implementing Energy Efficiency Programs in Rural America


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In rural communities, families pay on average about 40 percent more for energy compared to their urban counterparts. This briefing will explore how more than 60 electric cooperatives and public utilities across the country are using an innovative financing mechanism—on-bill financing—to fund clean energy upgrades for homes and small businesses to reduce these burdensome energy costs. Rob Ardis, Santee Electric Cooperative’s President and CEO, and Jay Kirby, Vice President of Public Affairs, will discuss the co-op’s Help My House on-bill financing program in South Carolina. Kate LaTour, Director of Government Relations for the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA-CLUSA), will then describe the value of including on-bill financing in any upcoming economic stimulus package to encourage cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that will deliver immediate and long-term, self-sustaining benefits.

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