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New Discussion
By Marilyn A. Brown
Regents' Professor and Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Lab,
Georgia Institute of Technology
" In an era of U.S. energy abundance, it is troubling that many low-income Americans are persistently paying high energy bills. Even after decades of weatherization improvements, which protect buildings from the elements to reduce energy costs, and bill payment programs to make energy bills more manageable, families with modest incomes spend a higher percentage of their income on their energy bills than more advantaged income groups ... . Read more.
  1. How can the U.S. reduce the high energy burdens of low-income households?
  2. Should on-bill financing programs for low-income households be scaled up? Or are better approaches available?
  3. With hotter summers on the rise, how can we help our most vulnerable populations survive the heat without breaking their wallets?
New Publications
Frontiers in Climate
July 26, 2019
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
July 22, 2019
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Update from Congress

New Legislation

  • Fri, August 2 - Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA-52) introduced a bill to establish a task force to review policies and measures to promote, and to develop best practices for, reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, and for other purposes (H.R. 4143).

  • Fri, August 2 - Rep. John B. Larson (D-CT-01) introduced the America Wins Act (HR. 4142) to address our global climate crisis head on and invest over $1 trillion into our nation’s infrastructure.
Podcast Spotlight

Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently announced a roadmap for the state to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040. At the same time, he signed a suite of legislation to decarbonize the electricity sector, expand energy efficiency programs, and more. Much of the responsibility for delivering these goals will fall on the shoulders of Will Toor, the executive director of the Colorado Energy Office.

In this EPIC "Off the Charts" podcast from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, Toor talks about these clean energy efforts and others, including work to get more electric vehicles on the road and to reduce emissions from various sectors.
Source: Patterson Clark, PoliticoPro DataPoint.
Featured Events This Week
Washington, D.C.
  • When: Wed, Aug 7, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Georgetown Law Hotung Building, 600 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

  • When: Wed, Aug 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Where: United States Energy Association 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 550 Washington, DC 20004 United States

  • When: Thurs, Aug 8, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street, NW 12th Floor (West Tower), Washington, D.C. 20005

To see a more comprehensive list of energy events across the United States, visit the OEP Events Calendar.
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