The Energy CENTS Coalition (ECC) program aims to address the challenges faced by low-income households and communities due to high energy costs and unfair utility practices. The ECC is the implementer of low-income Home Energy Savings Programs (HESP) in Saint Paul, utilizing Conservation Improvement Program funds from Xcel Energy.
The pie graph below shows the percentage of Home Energy Saving Program Spending in St. Paul.
Through policy development, legislative advocacy, regulatory participation, and funding programs, the coalition strives to guarantee affordable and universal utility service, invest in low-income conservation and demand management programs, and protect low-income customers during the restructuring of the utility industry.
Additionally, Energy CENTS has secured over $116 million in non-federal resources to assist low-income energy consumers with bill payment, conservation, and local projects. The program's ultimate goal is to ensure that all citizens have access to affordable and reliable energy while empowering low and fixed-income individuals to participate in energy-related decision-making.