- Jul 26, 2021 6:17 pm GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2021-07 - Utility Customer Care, click here for more
DEFG has launched a nation-wide collaborative, “Equity in a Clean Energy Economy (ECEE) Collaborative." The ECEE is bringing together 300+ different stakeholders to identify new approaches and tools to address equity issues for at-risk communities during the transition to a clean economy. Six tracks of work are underway in this joint effort.
Tracks of Work
Framework Development & Application
Meta-Analysis & Clearing House
Case Studies, Profiles & Best Practices
Voice of the Customer Research
Regulatory & Policy
New Utility Program Design
A case study, authored by Irene Dimitry, DEFG Advisor & Former VP of Renewable Energy at DTE Energy, was commissioned by DEFG to support and inform several of these tracks of work. It describes the efforts, false starts and ultimately successful process taken by DTE Energy and over a dozen local, regional and national stakeholder groups to design three renewable programs which target low-income customers.
Through an analysis of the various positions and issues, 10 fundamental design questions were realized that need to be addressed in the early program design process for utilities seeking to create programs focused on the same low-income renewable program initiatives.
- Who is the program designed to serve?
How will success be measured and monitored?
What benefits will participants receive?
Are there any secondary benefits (e.g., positive externalities or societal benefits accruing to non-participants)?
Who will own the renewable asset (and thus receive financial returns or benefits associated with asset ownership, if any)?
How much will the program cost?
Who ultimately funds the program?
Who are the decision makers for key program elements?
Who will be responsible for running the program (e.g., day-to-day operations and asset management)?
How will program risks be mitigated and who owns the remaining risks?
Ideally, these design questions should be answered in a collaborative manner including representatives of the stakeholders most impacted by the design of the program – especially the low-income customer for whom the program is being designed to serve.
To learn more about what this case study entailed, check out https://www.eceecollaborative.com/regulatory-policy, where DEFG has given public access to Ms. Dimitry’s recent white paper reviewing the in-depth details.
Join DEFG and stakeholders throughout the U.S. as we join forces to help make unheard perspectives heard in a clean energy economy. With today’s ambitious goals of reducing carbon footprints throughout the world, underserved communities will feel the impact more than ever. What has yet to be recognized is the lack of access to the clean energy supply chain for so many Americans. This collaborative provides several tracks of research to engage policy makers and energy providers so that equity is at the forefront of decisions being made today that will impact the future of all. Let’s work together to ensure that access to clean energy is attainable regardless of socioeconomic status.
Join us in our commitment to bridge the gap.
Go to www.eceecollaborative.com for the most up-to-date research about equity and clean energy.
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