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Project Launch: 03/01/2019
Income Eligible

Partner: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana

For this research project, SEDAC identified ways to increase participation in ComEd’s energy efficiency offerings among public housing authorities.


SEDAC completed a needs assessment to identify barriers to Public Housing Authority engagement in ComEd energy efficiency offerings and recommend solutions to increase participation and savings. The project consisted of four tasks: a literature review, a future-looking technical strategies assessment, a stakeholder engagement process and a final roadmap report.


  • SEDAC found that although the majority of PHAs have participated in the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, only a few demonstrated substantial and consistent engagement. 
  • The research uncovered eight key barriers to PHA engagement: capital needs, budget shortfalls, staff shortages, capturing cost savings, metering, contractor procurement, board approval, lack of energy efficiency policy and short turnover periods.


As a result of this project, SEDAC provided recommendations for a pilot program to generate cost savings and increase engagement among PHAs in the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. These recommendations include:

  • Rolling energy efficiency into capital needs projects.
  • Batching projects to expedite project implementation.
  • Providing education and support to PHAs to help them navigate the complexities of contracts and funding opportunities.

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