Supporters say third-party companies could bring innovation, but some lawmakers worry about potential disruption to successful utility programs.
Historically significant — and inefficient — buildings require extra care to preserve design while saving energy.
“When technologies don’t align with people’s needs, people don’t use them,” says Virginia Tech assistant professor Philip Agee.
One participant, the University of Minnesota at Morris, already uses 100% renewable electricity, but is now looking for options to eliminate its natural gas heating systems.
A recent report draws attention to the extreme energy burden facing hundreds of low-income and people of color in the community.