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Advancing Energy Equity - Shared screen with speaker view
Maggie K, SEEA
What solutions have you observed for overcoming any of these barriers?In your own words, what do you think a focus on racial equity and inclusion should mean for your organization’s programs, policies, and practices?
Alicia Brown (MS PSC)
Pay As You Save is probably the most promising solution I have seen because it overcomes issues related to split-incentives, credit requirements, and the need for upfront capital
Emily P she/her
Percentage of Income Payment Plans — funded by utilities (so, their rate base, excluding LMI customers)
Katherine Johnson
PAYS programs are important; but so are EE wx programs that improve the housing conditions.
Garry Harris
Policies that have carve outs specifically for invest in low income communities including RGGI, TCI etc'
Emily P she/her
PIPPs help reduce energy burdens & can be creatively aligned with other EE assistance programs
Brennan B. / Orange County, NC
Some places are beginning their investments in climate change solutions with augmenting affordable housing solutions so that those who need help the most get help first.
Stacey W., SC Energy Office
Education - Knowledge of what is available. Most are not aware of LIHEAP and WAP.
Charlene M - Town of Davidson NC
Require affordable housing in new developments or payment in leu (used for affordable housing). Need to figure out how to finance programs to reduce energy burden.
Emily P she/her
True — but LIHEAP & WAP are also often underfunded. We have huge waiting lists in Va.
Mikelann S, Alliance to Save Energy
I think a focus on racial equity & inclusion in energy policy will need to require changes to the valuation of the impact of policies so that we can assign value to things beyond energy savings including health, safety, and helping distribute costs equitably.
John S, BoardWalk Consulting
Greater awareness of these issues and their deeply problematic impact would help. This conversation is illuminating and helpful......
Gayle Sims
Access to On bill financing for energy efficiency for to assist with upfront capital costs. Also a commitment to diversity in hiring practices to ensure that communities of color have a voice in policy making decisions
Alicia Brown (MS PSC)
It's also important to allow incentives to be applied toward repairs that enable participation in EE/renewable energy programs. Most programs don't allow upgrades if there are structural issues in the home.
Katherine Johnson
Or allocate specific dollars to remediation- which is critical to solving the housing stock issues.
Sepideh Rezania (She, her)
This was such an eye opening presentation. If low-income segments have carried the burden of EE for the higher-income segments so far, it seems like it is time to calculate that burden and have the higher-segment population carry the burden of paying for the low-income EE now!!!! I know it is easier said than done....
Katherine Johnson
The correct term is manufactured homes- and Arkansas has one of the highest rates in the US.
fl wow! I has no idea.
Aimee S. ATS Consulting
Partnering with assistance agencies, utilities, foundations and others to leverage resources that go deeper to improve housing stock, install EE measures, provide education and resources, etc. is key. Oftentimes homes cannot be weatherized until other housing issues are resolved. As an industry, we also need to rethink how we measure program success in cost benefit analysis.
Sepideh Rezania (She, her)
@Maggie, your presentation about the temp variation of 12 degrees made me think of this program by Idaho power. Something to consider maybe: https://www.idahopower.com/energy-environment/ways-to-save/savings-for-your-home/rebates-and-offers/shade-tree-project/frequently-asked-questions/
Sepideh Rezania (She, her)
I also think Energy Insecurity is not the root cause of the problem. Your data shows that energy insecurity is one of the symptoms of structural racisim!
Sepideh Rezania (She, her)
I love this chart!
Maggie K, SEEA
Betsy Whaley
This presentation is so timely. Our organization does energy work in East Kentucky and see the impact of inequity daily.
Sepideh Rezania (She, her)
I really really appeciated this presentation and how you brought the historic perspective into the picture.
Lori Forsman Orange County FL
I don't think that these concepts are new to me - however, I really appreciated the data analysis and can see that some of this data will help us review our approach to energy efficiency with a new program we are planning. I am most concerned about building energy codes - whether for new wbuilding but also for home imporovements
Sepideh Rezania (She, her)
Is there an umbrella organization that brings equity in housing, health, energy, etc. together?
Aimee S. ATS Consulting
What an excellent presentation. The data is compelling and supports multi-stakeholder engagement/partnership to have sustained impact. Well done!
Janet Bowman
Fantastic presentation. The data you all compiled will be very helpful in educating legislators and others in the Southeast.
Sepideh Rezania (She, her)
Thank you for the responses.
Kelsey W [she/her] ARC
This StoryMap just has my jaw on the floor. It is absolutely incredible, and can prompt so many questions and conversations with our utilities and communities.
William Bryan
Please feel free to reach out to either of us if you have questions about this work: mkelley@seealliance.org or wbryan@seealliance.org
Gayle Sims
Great session. There is a challenge to create shared narratives.
Sepideh Rezania (She, her)
I think the reason we are all quiet, and I am speaking for myself is that I am in a state of shock!!!! So thank you for giving me this shock. Needed it!
Denise Quarles
Thank you - great material!
Sharan Mahli - FortisBC
thank you!