Seattle City Light's Emeka Anyanwu Shares the Utility's Clean Energy and Equity Success with Energy Central
- Sep 22, 2021 3:40 pm GMT
After receiving a Power Player Award from the Smart Electric Power Alliance, Seattle City Light's Energy & Innovation Resources Officer Emeka Anyanwu chatted with Energy Central to discuss their acceleration of clean energy goals.
Highlighting Emeka's background and the focus that Seattle City Light has focused on bringing clean energy successes especially to disadvantaged communities in its jurisdiction, this interview served as great insights into the utility's thinking and serves as a great example as to how and why other power providers can achieve the same type of transformation:
I’ve been in the utility business now going on two decades and it’s been really great to see [equity] become a central conversation. Basically, equity means people should have access to opportunities and basic resources regardless of their specific identities or backgrounds. For us, specifically, equity is about a more inclusive and fair energy system for our customers. Of course, we have the great advantage of being a public utility, so we exist to be a community asset. That’s always been the case for us, yet historically we’ve had policies and structures that have been exclusionary. So, as we transition to clean energy, it’s important that we don’t create new inequities. For example, we can’t allow the burden of infrastructure to fall on lower-income communities as it historically has. We need to build an electrification system that’s not just about $70,000 Teslas, but also the public transit so many in our community rely on.
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