Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA)


The Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) aimed to lower energy bills for low-income communities through a voluntary partnership between DOE and state/local governments. The goal was to better understand and address low-income energy challenges and demonstrate a wide range of locally designed energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy solutions. Partners committed $335 million to help 155,000 low-income households access energy efficiency and renewable energy benefits, collecting resources and lessons learned into the CELICA Toolkit.

View the DOE CELICA Toolkit Here:


DOE Low-income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD)

State and local governments, utilities, non-profits, and weatherization stakeholders often lack easy access to data to help inform decision making and increase their knowledge of the area they serve. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Low-income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool helps stakeholders make data-driven decisions on energy goals and program planning by improving their understanding of low-income and moderate-income household energy characteristics. The Low Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool is a web-accessible, interactive platform that allows users to build their own national, state, city, or county profiles with estimated, locally specific low-income household energy characteristics associated with various income levels and housing type, vintage, and tenure. LEAD Tool data comes primarily from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 2016 Public Use Microdata Samples (5-Year Average, 2012-2016) and is calibrated to U.S. Energy Information Agency electric utility (Survey Form-861) and natural gas utility (Survey Form-176) data.

Explore the LEAD Tool here:

Learn more about the tool here.