Energy and Equity

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A Fair Clean Energy Transition

Utility burden, the percent of income spent on utility bills (electricity, natural gas, and water), is quickly becoming known for its importance in equity conversations because this burden is not evenly shared across society. Low-income communities face utility burdens that far exceed national averages. Coupled with the fact that utility bills are the most common reason that people use short term loan products and situations emerge where utility bills are contributing to long-lived conditions of poverty in the United States.

The Greenlink Group can assess electricity, natural gas, and water burdens separately or combined on-demand, and we have developed methodologies to evaluate utility burden at any geographic level in the United States, from state and regional levels all the way down to individual neighborhoods.

The Greenlink Group has also broadened the aspects through which utility burden can be viewed and understood. For example, a common analysis in this space may provide the median energy burden for a home within a certain geography; The Greenlink Group can expand upon this to provide demographic details about energy burden, the number of people experiencing energy burden, and the financial resources required to lift people out of burden. This unparalleled level of detail is critical information for evaluating the impacts and outcomes of the current utility systems, highlighting areas where efforts are more likely to provide substantial equity benefits, and detailing the scale of the effort required to provide these benefits. Click here for a full list of what can be provided by our analysis.

This video begins by showing the energy burdened populations in Virginia, followed by evictions, highlighting the connection between high energy burdens and housing insecurity.