Discussing the Equitable Transition

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Communications Manager, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Samantha Gilman is the communications manager for the Power Delivery and Utilization sector at EPRI. Samantha has spent a decade in communications, public relations, and digital marketing within...

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This article was written by the EDIG EPRI staff. 

One of EPRI’s most exciting developments this year was the assembly of an Equitable Decarbonization Interest Group (EDIG). The EDIG was envisioned as a way to bring together utilities and energy stakeholders to have conversations about how we can use the energy transition to achieve equitable societal outcomes. In its first three months, EPRI brought together hundreds of representatives from dozens of companies and stakeholder groups across the energy community to identify research challenges and opportunities that could help support and build more equitable, just energy systems as part of the transition towards a clean energy future. 

EDIG is comprised of two steering committees: our internal team featuring EPRI employees across subject areas, and an external team consisting of seven members from various industry stakeholder groups. The steering committees help inform how to navigate different subject areas, as well as identify stakeholders to include in our events, and reflect on conversations and findings to inform an R&D roadmap. 

This fall, we convened the EDIG for the first time through a speaker series and technical workshops. The series included conversations on environmental justice, energy equity, and energy justice issues as they relate to energy systems. In technical workshops, participants explored topics of modeling and policy, power generation, electrification, and energy efficiency. Recordings of the fall sessions can be found here.

In addition to exploring the topic of a just transition, the technical workshops were a key source for helping shape the R&D roadmap. The roadmap also includes papers on environmental justice metrics and tools, energy equity metrics and tools, and equity and resilience. These projects, however, only scratch the surface of potential research topics related to the just transition. The information and perspectives shared in EDIG meetings and technical workshop breakout sessions will help inform future just transition research projects like this white paper published in April. 

If you are interested in getting involved with the EDIG, we have two remaining technical workshops this year. On Dec. 8th, we will be exploring the digital divide from 2-4 PM ET (register here). Our last workshop on Dec. 10th will investigate metrics and tools used to measure energy equity and environmental justice (register here). We are also holding a series of conversations for representatives from the energy industry to reflect on our events and discuss leading practices related to the just transition. You can find more information on these discussions here

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Matt Chester on Dec 3, 2021

Thanks for covering this incredibly important topic, Samantha. I hope all stakeholders across the spectrum take this area to heart and recognize it's not a 'nice to have' characteristics of the energy transition but a core pillar of any such action. 

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