Wyoming, Massachusetts, Connecticut. All three states have passed the PACE-enabling legislation, even after the FHFA issued its guidance last year.
New York. The town of Babylon has kept up its Long Island Green Homes program, which focuses exclusively on funding energy-efficiency upgrades. Instead of annual property tax surcharges spread out over 20 years, fees are added to homeowners’ monthly solid-waste bills and paid over an average of 8.5 years.
Wisconsin. In River Falls, the River Falls Municipal Utilities is still accepting applications for its Save Some Green program, which is 100% utility-funded and administered.
California. While Berkeley is credited with initiating PACE, Palm Desert is the city that amended California code to define rooftop solar and other energy-efficient home improvements as a public benefit that would qualify for assessment authority.
Palm Desert also recently committed initial seed funding of $25,000 to form a nonprofit education and advocacy organization for PACE, called Energy Independence America. Still in its infant stage, the group aims to enlist other cities and counties across the country in the effort to overturn FHFA’s administrative action.
Colorado, Michigan, Ohio. Several commercial PACE programs are either operating or in the works in other jurisdictions as well—including Boulder, Colorado; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and the greater Cleveland, Ohio, area.