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This report by the Greenlining Institute aims to highlight lessons learned from California's various clean transportation programs. California's robust portfolio of clean transportation programs include financial incentives for EV and charging infrastructure, EV car sharing mobility hubs, and community-driven clean mobility pilots. Over time these programs have intentionally centered equity, prioritizing the needs of low-income communities of color. This report dives into whether and how these clean energy transportation electrifications truly address equity in a comprehensive and effective way and make use of knowledge gained through the deployment of these California programs.
This climate action plan evaluates the effects of climate on Maine and sets goals for the Climate Action Plan. The plan includes strategies that embracing the future of technology in Maine, modernizing Maine's buildings, reducing carbon emissions in the energy and industrial sectors, growing Maine's clean energy economy while protecting natural resource industries, protect Maine's environment, build healthy and resilient communities, invest in climate-ready infrastructure, and engage with Maine people and communities. The action plan was created through extensive community engagement efforts geared at producing equitable community driven results.
MPO has launched an initiative to help improve transportation equity outcomes. The goals are to understand the impact of program funding by setting a baseline uncertainty level, evaluating practical impact, and looking at disproportionality of various transportation programs. Through the innovative MPO will begin to prioritize equity during project selection which they hope will lead to more equitable outcomes.
Maine is embracing the true of transportation and wants to do so in an equitable manner. In this presentation various equity considerations and concerns are evaluated. Topics include how to make clean vehicles more affordable, improving accessibility, and improving health benefits.
The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization believes in an equitable transportation system and has put forth a transportation equity program to make that a reality. Their approach to equity includes including equity in all policies put forth by the metropolitan planning organization. Considerations include equity analysis, outreach efforts, and key focus areas.
CalEnviroScreen 4.0 is a screening methodology that can be used to help identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. This report details how indicators were selected and how they are used, pollution burdens, sensitive population indicators, and socioeconomic factor indicators.
This report provides an updated snapshot of U.S. energy burdens (i.e., the percentage of household income spent on home energy bills) nationally, regionally, and in 25 select metro areas in the United States.1,2 Both high and severe energy burdens are caused by physical, economic, social, and behavioral factors, and they impact physical and mental health, education, nutrition, job performance, and community development. Energy efficiency and weatherization can help address energy insecurity (i.e., the inability to adequately meet basic household heating, cooling, and energy needs over time) by improving building energy efficiency, reducing energy bills, and improving indoor air quality and comfort (Hernández 2016).
The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) developed the Equity in Energy initiative to expand the inclusion and participation of minorities, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated persons, in all the programs of the Department of Energy and in the private energy sector. In underserved communities, there is often a disconnect when it comes to generating interest in entering the energy sector, and then, in the awareness and the ability to access available opportunities. Equity in Energy aims to establish critical linkages to bridge the gap to ensure everyone can participate in the energy economy.
Income-based energy poverty metrics ignore people’s behavior patterns, particularly reducing energy consumption to limit financial stress. We investigate energy-limiting behavior in low-income households using a residential electricity consumption dataset. We first determine the outdoor temperature at which households start using cooling systems, the inflection temperature. Our relative energy poverty metric, the energy equity gap, is defined as the difference in the inflection temperatures between low and high-income groups.
On September 3, 2020, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) launched the Equitable Energy Efficiency (E3) Proceeding with a goal of defining equity in the context of the state’s ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs (Conservation and Load Management or C&LM programs), developing specific metrics to determine which customer demographics are underserved by the current programs, and expanding the inclusion and participation of individuals from underserved communities in those programs
This issue brief aims to contextualize current energy equity issues around the complex intersection of race, income, gender, and geographical discrimination, focusing on three dimensions of energy injustice that we use to define energy inequity: energy burden, clean energy access, and clean energy employment.
Accountability is critical to equity work. DEEP plans to issue updated progress reports quarterly to ensure consistent inventory of progress on the Goals of the Equitable Energy Efficiency (E3) Proceeding. Detailed descriptions of these Goals and associated Actions and progress to date can be found here. This Progress Report summarizes the current status of the Goals and Actions.
An increasing number of states are centering energy equity in their utility planning to ensure underserved populations are not left behind in the clean energy transition. These states are developing metrics and creating energy equity goals that address distributional, procedural, and structural equity in all aspects of their distributed energy resource (DER) programs. This requires affirming equity in decision-making tools like benefit-cost analysis (BCAs). BCAs are widely used by utilities to assess the cost-effectiveness of their DER programs and portfolios and typically measure the monetary costs and benefits of DERs across all customers on average. BCAs are not able to address procedural or structural equity and are not intended to address distributional equity on their own. Some economists argue that BCAs may address distributional equity through social welfare functions or weighting schemes, however, these are difficult to execute and have not been conducted in this context. This paper outlines a conceptual framework that proposes a complementary distributional equity analysis (DEA) that could be conducted alongside a BCA to ensure decision-makers have information on a DER’s cost-effectiveness and distributional impacts. This is an evolving framework, with key considerations, challenges, and questions remaining about the practical development and application of DEAs in regulatory decision-making.
SHARED ACCOUNTABILITY GUIDE COMPANION TO THE SHARED ACCOUNTABILITY FRAMEWORK For Community Implementation of a 100% Clean and Renewable Energy Commitment
This document will help you and your community use the Shared Accountability Framework to hold people accountable for an equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. By “energy” we mean electricity and power for heating, cooling, transportation, and other uses. By “clean and renewable” we mean energy that minimizes harm to people and the environment.1
Strategic federal investment in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure can accelerate the transition to a less polluting transportation system and could be an impactful component of a national climate and infrastructure program. The EV charging infrastructure investments needed to address the climate and public health crises facing the United States also present an opportunity to advance equity and environmental justice, catalyze emerging markets for clean energy technologies, spur job creation, and help to avert a prolonged economic recession. Drawing on lessons and examples from previous stimulus investments, existing state and federal programs, and recently-introduced clean energy, climate, and transportation bills, this paper provides a menu of options for federal infrastructure and stimulus packages and describes the scale of EV charging infrastructure investments needed to catalyze the transition to zero-emission transportation. The paper also discusses how new investments in transportation electrification can center equity and environmental justice to ensure better health and economic outcomes for communities overburdened by pollution, hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and underserved by the current transportation system.
The Energy Equity Project Framework (EEP Framework, “the Framework”) is an open source document available at no cost to the general public. All of its contents may be freely used and shared for non-commercial purposes. When referencing the document or a concept, idea, or other content that is drawn specifically from the Framework in printed or static website materials, please attribute the work as detailed in the suggested citations. Informally, as in blogs, social media posts, and video interviews, we appreciate a shoutout, too. The framework is a holistic guide to measuring and advancing energy equity. Our goal is that the framework is used to directly benefit Black, Brown, Native, frontline, and low-income communities. If your purpose in using the framework conflicts with these goals, we kindly ask you to reconsider. The framework has numerous potential uses, which we discuss in detail in the EEP Overview chapter. This work was made possible by the generous support of: Energy Foundation Joyce Foundation Crown Family Philanthropies
Other industries, such as banking, retail, and hospitality, have seen great success with customer satisfaction when implementing digital marketing strategies. Missing the boat on customer satisfaction can cost a company in trust and revenue. The following techniques foster excellent, one-on-one customer service, thus improving brand loyalty and contentment: Meet customers where they are Treat every customer like a VIP Delight customers at every interaction Enables and empowers employees Be relevant, timely, and useful Monitor, evaluate, refine, and repeat When combined, these strategies can create memorable, personal interactions that meet customers where they are, exceeding their expectations and making them feel like exclusive customers.
Underserved communities, including low-income households, communities of color, and renters, face higher energy burdens than other households, meaning a higher portion of income is spent on energy costs. Energy efficiency is one of the best tools to help these customers reduce their energy bills and enhance their quality of life. This article explores how utility relationships with community-based organizations can improve participation from specific community groups.
Washington State 2021 State Energy Strategy: Build an Equitable, Inclusive, Resilient Clean Energy Economy
This chapter recognizes the need for equity in clean energy development . It touches on the multiple stakeholders that will work together to make this a reality.
Based on their work collaborating with utilities and communities across the country, RMI offers five steps utilities can take to build beneficial relationships with their communities.
This article reviews EV charging equity considerations, methodologies, and initiatives.
As part of the analysis of regulatory filings, a database with over 250 relevant proceedings related to AMI deployment, cost recovery, commission rulemakings, smart grid reports, and other topics was developed. The following report compiles information from the more than 640 documents that were reviewed. It is organized alphabetically by state and provides links to significant documents from each proceeding along with the relevant page numbers and specific testimony presented.