Addressing Energy Insecurity Through Cross-Sector Collaboration
Energy insecurity is an issue at the intersection of social inequity and public health. Energy insecurity is the inability of household residents to meet basic home energy needs such as refrigeration, cooking, lighting, and heating/cooling–a prerequisite for good health.
Energy burdenis the percentage of income spent on residential energy bills. It is a metric researchers use to determine the prevalence of potential energy insecurity in communities.
High household energy burden is above 6% of income towards household utilities.
Severe household energy burden is above 10% of income towards household utilities.
The Energy Insecurity workgroup was established in September 2020, meets monthly, and is continuously open to new members to support the group’s vision and mission.
Vision:An energy secure and healthy Maricopa County
Mission:To empower communities and stakeholders to take actions toward energy solutions, including housing and utility affordability, energy and housing efficiency, policy change, and education and awareness.
The workgroup is made up of cross-sector leaders who embody the aspiration of an energy secure future supporting vulnerable communities in Maricopa County for years to come.
Sample of sectors workgroup members belong to:
Interested in becoming an Energy Insecurity Workgroup Member?