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Public Housing Energy Branch



Public Housing Energy Branch

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HUD's Office of Public Housing Programs, Energy Branch conducts initiatives to support HUD’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Priorities. These initiatives include partnerships with the 3,000+ public housing authorities (PHAs) throughout the U.S. and its territories to improve energy and water efficiency, enable the implementation of renewable energy, and improve energy equity.

The Energy Branch develops, implements, and manages energy and water efficiency incentive programs for PHAs including Energy Performance Contract (EPC), Rate Reduction Incentive (RRI), Small Rural Frozen Rolling base (SR-FRB), and the Utility Partnership Program (UPP).

The Energy Branch also develops policy and provides support and technical assistance to PHAs and other constituencies to improve utility management, the utility subsidy process, and the Utility Expense Level (UEL). In addition, the Branch implements controls to ensure accurate funding of utilities; promotes energy and water efficiency and renewable energy, and supports departmental climate goals around energy conservation and climate resilience.

Energy Branch Incentive Programs
Energy Performance Contracting

Using annual energy and water savings to pay third-party financing for up to 20 years, the Energy Performance Contract program (EPC) provides funding for PHAs to invest in energy and water-saving infrastructure and renewable energy.

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Rate Reduction Incentives

The Rate Reduction Incentive program (RRI) allows PHAs to keep up to 50 to 100% of savings from an eligible rate reduction action including solar credits.
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Small Rural Freezing Rolling Base

The Small Rural Frozen Rolling Base program (SR-FRB) allows small rural PHAs to keep 100% of energy and water savings for up to 20 years to use for eligible operating and capital expenses.
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Utility Partnership Program

Using annual energy and water savings, the Utility Partnership Program (UPP) allows PHAs to finance energy and water conservation projects up to 20 years through their local utility provider.
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Federal Resources

Additional Federal resources related to energy and water conservation and renewable energy. Learn More

Contact Us

Energy Branch Contact Emails

To contact the Energy Branch or for information about the EPC, RRI, SR-FRB, or UPP programs. Email PIHEnergyBranch@hud.gov

Other Relevant HUD Emails

Public Housing Portal Help

Email PublicHousingPortal@hud.gov  for
questions about 52722/52723 submissions.

PIH Operating Fund General Questions

Email PHFMDFundingBranch@hud.gov

PIH Financial Management Division Operating Fund

Email PHFMD_OPFUND@hud.gov

EPC Field Office Interface (for M&V Reporting Questions)

Email OPHDataTeam@hud.gov

Section 30 Question and Submissions

Email Ophisection30submissions@hud.gov

Question about Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Email rad@hud.gov