HUD Seeks Comments on Establishing a Renewable Energy Capacity Baseline

HUD recently issued a notice requesting public comment on its efforts to establish a baseline assessment of the renewable energy capacity in HUD’s public housing and federally assisted multifamily housing portfolios. The assessment will support President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which calls for the installation of 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy generation capacity by 2020 at LIHTC properties (Treasury), Rural Development properties (USDA), and public housing and multifamily-assisted properties (HUD).

The Climate Action Plan is a broad-based plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and affect public health. It is also meant to prepare the country for the effects of climate change and lead international efforts to combat global climate change and prepare for its impacts.

HUD seeks comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information on the following:

  • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information;
  • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

HUD will accept comments until March 24, 2014. To view the notice, click here.