As a follow up to our March blog post, we are now excited to present When the Lone Star Froze Over – Winter Storm Uri and the lived experiences of Texas low-income communities.
Our report, "Pathways for DERs to Reduce Energy Burdens in Low-Income Households: Harris County", is now officially available online for free, as a part of the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) 2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings' Panel 13: Energy Efficiency and Equity.
TEPRI launched a survey to 953 participants that aimed to gauge how households across Texas and across the income spectrum were impacted by the storm and to understand the lingering effects, such as increased anxiety about bills or damage to their residence.
Last week’s storm exposed vulnerabilities in our energy system that most of us considered unimaginable. Many of us, along with our loved ones, experienced first-hand what energy insecurity feels like, and there are collective calls from all sides to figure out what we must do to make sure we never suffer such systemic failure again.
As of October 1, 2020, disconnections for nonpayment may resume for Texas residential retail electric customers. The COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program (ERP) has been helping unemployed customers of Retail Electric Providers (REPs) by providing protection from disconnections for nonpayment. At a time such as this crisis, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is our nation's first line of defense to address utility crisis, stabilize households, and address significant arrearages.