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Ongoing Discussion

Comment in our energy justice discussion, continuing from our recent webinar. One in three American households faces some sort of energy insecurity, such as a challenge affording their energy bills or trouble keeping their home a healthy temperature.

Current programs that could be expanded are weatherization programs—which reduce people’s energy bills by making their homes more energy-efficient—and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)—a federal bill-payment assistance program implemented at the local level. Panelists mentioned the Energy Efficiency for All coalition, which focuses on energy efficiency retrofits, and Michigan Saves, which provides a finance infrastructure to drive efficiency and renewable projects. We could keep protections in government programs that prevent landlords from raising rent after home retrofits. In addition, state energy efficiency programs might be improved by updating outdated cost-benefit frameworks. Read more.
  • Question 1: What policies, federal relief packages, or other actions can best address energy insecurity during COVID-19 and in the long term? Should utility moratoria be extended? Reply

  • Question 2: Should utilities invest more in weatherization and energy efficiency programs that enable people to better afford their energy bills, and how can these programs be more effective? What is the role of coalitions? Reply

  • Question 3: How can energy justice and the inclusion of marginalized communities best be included in the clean energy transition? Reply

  • Question 4: Where are the gaps in the data landscape for addressing energy justice issues (data sets, processing capabilities, analytics, etc.), and how can we incorporate that data into effective policies? Reply
"Climate change impacts marginalized communities more than other groups. To limit the growth of global warming and quickly transition to a clean energy economy, we must align financial incentives with climate realities. The best way to do this is by putting a price on carbon...."
- Dan Miller, Managing Director, The Roda Group
"No doubt that COVID 19 is creating energy insecurity. People lost their jobs, companies are out of business, and economy is not doing well. The policy response by the federal government was inadequate. The total federal moratorium on all utility shutoffs should be maintained. There should be investment in clean energy--a long-term goal."
- Bashar Malkawi, Professor, University of Arizona
The recording is up for our October 21 webinar with Broadscale Group on special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and their role in the energy transition.
Podcast Spotlight
At the time of recording this episode of bipartisan podcast series Political Climate, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden looked poised to take the White House, while Republicans were likely to hold on to the Senate. The team discussed what a divided Congress could mean for a Biden presidency and climate and energy goals.
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