Multifamily & Affordable Housing

2018 HPC National Conference Session

Utilizing Data & Partnerships to Deliver Solutions for Low-Income Communities

Thursday, April 26
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: 411 & 412 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

This session will feature tools and resources from the US Department of Energy and offer ideas based on new initiatives by the state of Connecticut and PosiGen focused on moving the needle on the number of low-income households able to access energy efficiency and renewable energy. The session will present innovative tools and strategies for packaging public sector initiatives and utility programs, connecting homeowners with experienced and trust contractors that can help them understand their home’s energy use and lower utility bills, and effectively targeting cost-saving solutions for low and moderate income households. Experience in Connecticut will demonstrate how to utilize data to chart progress towards expanding clean energy for low-income communities, and how new approaches for packaging and marketing energy efficiency upgrades with solar energy can help serve a larger number of households with cost saving energy technologies.

Learning Objectives:

Michael DiRamio

Manager, Strategic & Interagency Initiatives, Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs Office
U.S. Department of Energy

Michael DiRamio supervises a team in the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs office leading complex, inter-agency initiatives within DOE and across multiple federal agencies that support state and local governments and other key stakeholders with innovative approaches to delivering clean energy technologies. Most prominently, Michael leads the Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator, a Better Buildings initiative engaging multiple DOE offices and other federal departments and partnering with over 35 state and local organizations to deliver integrated energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to those that need it most and have the least ability to afford it.


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Elizabeth Galante

Vice President of Business Development
PosiGen Solar

Elizabeth practiced energy and environmental law for 15 years, including work with the Tulane Law Clinic when it received the Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award from the American Bar Association. She directed Global Green New Orleans, a nonprofit that created LEED Platinum homes, green schools and affordable housing. She created an energy education program for which Time magazine wrote “No organization is doing more to green New Orleans,” was named a Champion of Change by the White House for managing New Orleans’ DOE Better Buildings program, and is an Aspen Institute Fellow. Elizabeth joined PosiGen Solar at its founding 6 years ago to deliver solar + energy efficiency financing and guaranteed savings to all homeowners, regardless of income or credit score – the only company in the nation to serve lower income families, and with 12,000+ families enjoying an average savings of more than $500 per year.


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Isabelle Hazlewood

Associate Manager
Connecticut Green Bank

Isabelle Hazlewood is an Associate Manager with the Connecticut Green Bank. Isabelle manages the Green Bank’s participation in federal Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office programs and other initiatives to facilitate faster and cheaper solar PV deployment. Isabelle’s expertise lies in developing and implementing strategies that address regulatory barriers to solar deployment at the state and local level, and leading Green Bank research initiatives for solar market expansion. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.


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Andrew Isaacs

Sr. Finance & National Account Specialist
Allegheny Science & Technology

Andrew Isaacs is a Senior Analyst with CSRA. Andrew is an Account Manager and Finance Specialist supporting the U.S. Department of Energy Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Program. Prior to joining CSRA, he served as the Program Manager for the national award winning KY Home Performance (KHP) program at the Kentucky Housing Corporation playing an integral role in designing and managing the day to day operations of KHP. Andrew has more than 20 years of experience in housing finance and marketing previously holding positions with both Fannie Mae and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.


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Christina Bowman

Science Technology and Policy Fellow
U.S. Department of Energy

Christina Bowman is a Science Technology and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy. She works on the Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator.


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