TEPRI hosted an open session of the Energy Opportunities Coalition (EOC) with guest speaker Professor Sanya Carley from Indiana University on Tuesday, May 18th. Carley presented her research published in Nature Energy, “Sociodemographic disparities in energy insecurity among low-income households before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.” This unique EOC session was open to the public and free to join.
TOPICS DISCUSSED INCLUDE:
- How energy insecurity is a growing public health threat among low-income populations in the United States
- Rates of energy insecurity, which factors contribute to it, and how the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the problem
- How energy insecurity is highly prevalent among households at or below 200% of the federal poverty line
- The sociodemographic disparities in energy insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The EOC is a state-wide coalition working together 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 objectives is to develop recommendations around equitable clean energy participation and deployment through facilitated working sessions focused on the intersection of energy and health, housing, and mobility. Our goals are collaboration, objective alignment, and data-driven, evidence-based decision making and action.