143 religious leaders have signed TIPL’s letter to TVA board members, asking TVA to develop home weatherization programs for its lower income customers. Rev. Chris Buice, TN Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, presented the faith leaders’ letter to the TVA board at its August 23 meeting in Knoxville.
Presently, more than half of those who live in the TVA service area do not have the sufficient income to benefit from TVA’s current home weatherization programs. The design of TVA’s energy efficiency rebate program assumes that the customer has money to pay for the upfront energy efficiency work.
Rev. Buice also urged TVA to benefit from engaging in its recently formed lower income stakeholder process the lower income energy justice groups that have recently formed within Tennessee’s major cities
Tennessee faith leaders called upon the TVA board to
- Ensure that lower income households can benefit from TVA home weatherization programs, and,
- Make a long-term commitment to partner with local power companies, lower income voices, and state agencies to both overcome the barriers to lower income home weatherization programs and to expand lower income energy efficiency opportunities.
For more information, contact Louise Gorenflo, TIPL executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.