ACEEE Report - National Energy Burdens Across Subgroups





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May 20, 2021 - 6:47pm

Critical Commentary

This report was created by the American Council for An Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) to present levels of energy burden in the United States. The overall findings of the report show that, as far as 2017 data is concerned, 25% of US households face energy burdens and 67% of low-income households face a high energy burden. Minority households and households with elderly people tend to experience higher degrees of energy burdens.

The graph here shown is from the first section of the report, where regional energy burdens are discussed. As can be seen, the median energy burden for average households is set at 3% of one's income. However, as can be seen here, low-income households, minorities, the elderly, and renters bear the brunts of energy burdens, with percentages consistently diverging from the median. Here the graph also shows degrees of energy burden are different by type of housing. The report goes on to discuss other findings as related to energy burdens and makes recommendations for policy introductions, how to address difficulties faced by low-income households, and avenues for future research and actions.


Drehobl, Ariel, Lauren Ross, and Roxana Ayala. How High Are Households Energy Burdens. September 2020. American Council for An Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Ariel Drehobl, Lauren Ross and Roxana Ayala, "ACEEE Report - National Energy Burdens Across Subgroups", contributed by Briana Leone, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 20 May 2021, accessed 11 December 2023.