Using Information to Close the Energy Efficiency Gap: A Review of Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinances
These new laws may be an important step in closing the energy efficiency gap in the commercial and multifamily building sectors, but careful evaluation of the programs is essential.
Karen Palmer is a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future and an expert on the economics of environmental, climate and public utility regulation of the electric power sector. She also serves as the director of the Future of Power Initiative.
Common Resources — Jun 23, 2022
Income Inequality Is a Key Driver of Decreased Residential Electricity Consumption
New research shows that rising income inequality has been just as influential as energy-efficiency programs in reducing electricity consumption.
Working Paper — Jun 23, 2022
Rising US Income Inequality and Declining Residential Electricity Consumption: Is There a Link?
This paper examines the effects of rising income inequality on residential electricity use, finding that climate and air quality improvements valued at $3.14 billion in 2020 due to lower electricity consumption.
Press Release — Jun 23, 2022
Rising Income Inequality Linked to Declining Average Household Energy Consumption
A new study finds that falling household electricity consumption is due in part to rising income inequality—an indication that policies addressing inequity may inadvertently increase consumption and associated pollution.