"Utilities have an obligation to provide safe, affordable, reliable energy to all. We believe the time has come to expand the traditional compact in the utility sector to include clean energy and new perspectives on equity.
We must consider the impacts on the grid, the traditional utility business
model, and customers, especially around affordability and access. Particular attention is needed to ensure that at-risk customers share the benefits of the transition to a clean energy economy.
It is critically important that we get the right balance. Please join us in the Equity in the Clean Energy Economy (ECEE) Collaborative."
- Jamie Wimberly, CEO, DEFG
The ECEE Launch
This new collaborative will include a wide range of stakeholders in order to give voice to many perspectives. An ongoing stream of research will facilitate discussion.
At-Risk Customers - Their Daily Realities
Lack of access to computers/broadband, discrimination, lack of transportation and resources, unemployment, and poor living conditions are among the few trials customers face.
Improving universal access, including clean energy
Ensuring inclusion in strategy/decisions
Ensuring fair division of costs and benefits (distributive equity)
Significantly reducing carbon
emissions and other pollutants
Adapting to & mitigating
negative climate change
approaches to serving at-risk customers
Keeping the lights on
and maintaining power quality
Adapting grid for distributed
generation and smart tech
Providing greater resiliency
for vulnerable communities
Lowering energy burden on
Providing greater access to
financing and consumer credit
Evaluating clean energy
investments on rates and rate design