This has already been an eventful 2021 for energy and social equity, and February’s winter storm brought front and center the experience of energy insecurity for many people.
TEPRI developed a state-wide Coalition to explore and launch cross-collaboration opportunities that maximize the impacts from dispersed funding sources to create clean energy opportunities that aid in the COVID-19 response and economic recovery efforts and beyond.
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.