Optimizing Equity in Energy Policy Interventions: A Quantitative Decision-Support Framework for Energy Justice: Article No. 119771

Miguel Heleno, Benjamin Sigrin, Natalie Popovich, Jenny Heeter, Michael Reiner, Tony Reames

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Abstract

This paper presents a quantitative framework to support policy decision-making around equitable energy interventions. By combining sociodemographic and techno-economic models in the energy space, we propose a linear programming model to calculate the optimal portfolio of energy investments that explicitly minimizes the energy burden of a given population of energy insecure households. The model is formulated as a multi-objective optimization suitable to support the decisions on weatherization and deployment of distributed energy resources. We illustrate our methodology with a case study involving a population of 14,043 energy insecure households in Wayne County, Detroit, United States.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Energy
Volume325
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-7A40-83854

Keywords

  • DER deployment
  • energy burden
  • energy justice
  • equity
  • weatherization

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