Full Title: Embedding Equity in Utility Transformation
Author(s): Smart Electric Power Alliance
Publisher(s): Smart Electric Power Alliance
Publication Date: April 28, 2023
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Utilities face an unprecedented customer engagement challenge as they promote the adoption of distributed energy assets across customer classes, modernize the grid to meet carbon reduction goals, and manage pressures on customer rates. As utilities work toward lower carbon emissions, they should focus on energy equity to better reach customers and improve relationships with the communities they serve. Investments in the electric power system will continue to disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income communities unless utilities prioritize historically overburdened communities in their operations and embed equity across their transformation initiatives. This industry brief explores case studies and offers leading strategies utilities can take to prioritize equity. Timely utility equity action is crucial to allow current and future generations to reap the benefits of utility transformation and to address ongoing disparities throughout all parts of the energy system.