The new energy poor

"..the experiences of the 'new energy poor', who are vulnerable to decreased incomes, high prices, new taxes, and 'inadequate socio-technical infrastructures' (Petrova & Prodromidou, 2019:1380).

We can think of the above as a parallel condition to what many across the United States (and the world) are now experiencing as a product of the pandemic. More specifically, we can draw connections between the unemployed status of many, significantly reduced income paralleled with continued utility, insurance, and other household expenses as a condition of new energy poverty, and new poverty in general. As such, our article should make inferences on the potential (almost certain) expansion of energy poverty at the onset, throughout, and following the duration of theĀ  COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as effective protective measures and policies continue to be disregarded.


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