Testimony for House Hearing on Generating Equity: Improving Clean Energy Access and Affordability

October 2, 2020

Ariel Drehobl testified to the Subcommittee on Energy of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the topic of “Generating Equity: Improving Clean Energy Access and Affordability.” Her testimony emphasized that access to clean, affordable energy is vital to maintaining health and well-being, even as many U.S. households experience energy insecurity. She spoke about ACEEE’s recent research on energy burdens that found that low-income households, Black, Hispanic, Native American, older adult, and renting households face disproportionate burdens. She emphasized that energy efficiency and weatherization provide a long-term solution to reducing high energy burdens and that Congress can take action to improve equity in the clean energy sector by increasing investment in weatherization for low and moderate-income households, targeting affordable multifamily housing, leveraging health dollars, and creating guidance around utility-shut-offs, energy efficiency and COVID-19 recovery.

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Ariel Drehobl
Local Policy Manager, Energy Equity
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