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Lifting the Burden: Leveraging Existing Programs to Reduce Energy Costs in Low-Income Communities

May 23, 2017
Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2045
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Moderated by CHCI-Shell Energy Graduate Fellow Patricio Portillo

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Nationwide, rising retail electricity rates have disproportionately affected Latino communities. Over the past decade Latino household income declined slightly, while average residential electricity rates rose. Consequently, a larger proportion of household income is being allocated to electricity consumption. By examining existing national programs that reduce energy costs in low-income communities, this paper identifies opportunities for improvement and provides pragmatic policy solutions.

The 2017 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.