Publications for GEM Users

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Process Guide for City-Community Collaboration
April 2021

Collaboration between local government and communities impacted by inequities are key to transformative climate and equity outcomes. Cities that invest in community partnerships and participatory planning have a greater capacity for practical climate solutions than cities where partnerships do not exist. To prepare for and address the impacts of the climate crisis, city staff and leaders from frontline communities must build strong working relationships.

 

GEM Reports

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Oklahoma City: The Big Friendly's Energy Burden Report

Fall 2022

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The Cost of Getting Through Winter

Winter 2021

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Buffalo, Queen City of the
Lakes, Decreasing Energy
Burden from 2013 to 2018

March 2022

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A Nationwide Review of Energy Burden

September 2021

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City of Milwaukee Energy Burden Improvements

December 2021

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Climate and Health Equity Challenges in Houston and Miami

June 2021

 

 American Cities Climate Challenge
Energy Burden Reports

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Albuquerque, NM

February 2021

In 2013, Albuquerque’s median energy burden of 4.1% was above the national average, exceeding the national average, and below the New Mexico median of 4.9%. Energy burden in Albuquerque decreased by 0.6% by 2019, falling below the national average. This improvement was driven primarily by an increase in incomes, although average energy costs also decreased.

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Boston, MA

February 2021

Boston is currently the 9th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Boston's average energy burden is 4.3% as of 2019, 1.19 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Atlanta, GA

February 2021

Atlanta is currently the 7th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. As of 2019, Atlanta’s average energy burden is 4.5%, 1.25 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data show that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the southern portions of the city.

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Charlotte, NC

February 2021

Charlotte is currently the 12th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Charlotte's average energy burden is 3.9% as of 2019, 1.08 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the northern inner portions of the city.

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Austin, TX

February 2021

Across the city, Austin's average energy burden is 3.2% as of 2019, 11% less than the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the inner portions of the city.

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Chicago, IL

February 2021

Chicago is currently the 11th most energy burdened city out of the Climate Challenge cities. Across the city, Chicago's average energy burden is 4.1% as of 2019, 1.14 times the national average. When energy burden is mapped across the city by neighborhood, the data shows that energy burden disproportionately impacts residents in the southeastern portions of the city.

 

Infographics

Did You Know? In Milwaukee, while the energy burden dropped an
average of 29.9% overall from 2013-2018, Black
and Hispanic neighborhoods (8-9%) still face significantly HIGHER energy burden on average
versus white neighborhoods (4%).

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Did You Know? From 2013-2018, the City of Buffalo saw a reduction of 18.2% in energy burden. The national average only saw a 10.4% reduction.

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Low-income households disproportionately saw an increase in their energy bills
National Energy Burden - Part 2
Did You Know? From 2013 to 2018, the city of Milwaukee reduced
their energy burden 3x more than the national average reduction.

Visit https://www.equitymap.org for more info!
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Did You Know? From 2013-2018, the City of Buffalo saw a reduction of 18.2% in energy burden. The national average only saw a 10.4% reduction.

https://www.equitymap.org
Did You Know? Buffalo, NY - Portrait
Did You Know? The national average of energy burden across 50 metropolitan statistical areas has dropped from 4.8% in 2013 to 4.3% in 2018, but...

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National Energy Burden - Part 1
Did You Know? From 2013 to 2018, the city of Milwaukee saw a
reduction in their residents energy burden by an
average of 29.9%.

Visit https://www.equitymap.org for more info
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Did You Know? From 2013-2018, the City of Buffalo saw a reduction of 18.2% in energy burden. The national average only saw a 10.4% reduction.

https://www.equitymap.org
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Did You Know?

• Atlanta is in the Top 5 MOST ENERGY BURDENED cities in the U.S.
• Energy burden drives families to skip meals, medications, take out predatory loans, and put themselves in LIFE-THREATENING situations to keep the lights on. It’s also a leading indicator of evictions and displacement in Atlanta.
• Most acutely felt in over 35 Black neighborhoods compared to 0 White neighborhoods

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

• Structural + Systemic causes such as existing utility and government assistance largely skips energy burdened communities.
• Georgia Power rates are HIGHER than the national average and INCREASING
• Georgia Power’s energy efficiency spending per household ranks 237th nationally
• 2021 inflation was 7% but energy cost has increased 33%

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

• IMMEDIATE Actions
   • Hire a CLEAN ENERGY DIRECTOR
   • Implement WeatheRISE program
• FUTURE Actions
   • Municipal franchise fee revenues should be used to create a CLEAN ENERGY FUND to ease energy burdens and address the $150M need for investment
   • Atlanta begins to lead the way for other Georgia cities in INTERVENING at Public Service Commission
   • LEAD THE WAY for more state and federal funding opportunities

Developed by the Data Chairs of the Clean Energy Atlanta Board ��
Atlanta Energy Burden 2022

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