Energy Barriers In Low-Income Communities Report Released

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Energy Barriers In Low-Income Communities Report Released

Between 2035 & 2064 hotter days in Central Valley to impact low-income areas


The California Energy Commission has finalized the public comment period on an Energy Commission energy equity indicators report that offers information on clean energy access, renewable energy investment, and energy jobs in low-income communities.

The comments were sought as an outgrowth of the 2015 legislation, Senate Bill 350, seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a range of new energy programs. One of the mandates of SB 350 was creation of a study focused on overcoming barriers to energy efficiency and renewable energy in low-income customers.

The report's findings include how counties in the San Joaquin Valley with high levels of asthma-related emergency room visits and heat-related illness are expected to see an increase in hotter days between 2035 and 2064.

Using data available from cal-adapt.org, the report mapped out the county areas expected to see more hot days per year, between 2030 and 2064, compared to 1961-1990, due to climate change.

With the comment period complete, the Energy Commission plans to update these indicators as it works to address data gaps. The plan is for the indicators to be part of an interactive mapping tool and to help finalize a tracking progress report by the end of the year.