Monday, May 23, 2022

The Air District has awarded the 2022 Spare the Air Leadership Award to MCE for their Low-Income Families and Tenants or LIFT program, which has already given over $1 million in rebates to 680 homes, saving over 7,800 kilowatt-hours of energy per year.

Spare the Air Status

MCE’s LIFT Program targets owners of low-income multifamily properties and underserved residents. This is a group often overlooked by grant retrofit programs, especially for newer technologies. MCE worked with both tenants and property owners to help navigate the process of installing appropriate appliances to lower emissions, reduce utility costs and improve indoor air quality as well as health and safety outcomes. Rebates from MCE finance the installation of energy-efficient air filtration systems, as well as space and water heating appliances. The program is directed to low-income property owners and tenants in MCE’s service area, which includes Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano counties.

Residents of low-income multifamily housing face multiple barriers to participation in energy efficiency programs due to challenges in working with property owners, concerns about sharing personal information, the potential for immigration enforcement, and financial constraints.  Decarbonization of buildings and energy systems is one of the most challenging and necessary carbon reduction strategies necessary to reduce greenhouse gases.

MCE’s LIFT program addresses these concerns by directly assisting tenants and property owners with application and site evaluation. The LIFT program provides access to those who have not traditionally benefited from the savings and indoor air quality improvements clean energy retrofits provide.

The Spare the Air Leadership award recognizes MCE for identifying and designing a program that targeted energy usage reduction and improved indoor air quality and is a replicable blueprint for other grant programs throughout the Bay Area.

MCE is a not-for-profit, public agency that provides electricity service and innovative programs to more than one million residents and businesses in 37 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit, or Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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Last Updated: 5/23/2022