Energy Justice
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Energy Justice

US and International Perspectives

Edited by Raya Salter, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner

Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives is a pioneering analysis of energy law and policy through the framework of energy justice. While climate change has triggered unprecedented investment in renewable energy, the concept of energy justice and its practical application to energy law and policy remain under-theorized. This volume breaks new ground by examining a range of energy justice regulatory challenges from the perspective of international law, US law, and foreign domestic law. The book illuminates the theory of energy justice while emphasizing practical solutions that hasten the transition from fossil fuels and address the inequities that plague energy systems.
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Chapter 5: The equities of efficiency: distributing energy usage reduction dollars

Roger Colton

Abstract

5. Roger Colton, The equities of efficiency: distributing energy usage reduction dollars. This chapter discusses how using energy more efficiently is one of the most effective ways to address climate change, reduce fossil fuel use, and promote energy justice. Energy efficiency reduces all types of power plant-related emissions and mitigates climate change while improving air quality in the communities most burdened by air pollution. Energy efficiency is a well-established industry in the United States with billions of dollars invested annually through administered energy efficiency services programs, energy savings performance contracting, and other efforts. The chapter offers a definition of “equity” in the context of the distribution of utility investments. It then describes an original mechanism which, first applied to issues of equity in non-energy industries, can be adapted to objectively measure the fairness of utility usage reduction investments in a particular application and set of circumstances. This chapter presents a first of its kind tool to measure equity in multifamily energy efficiency investments.

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