The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, in partnership with Appalachian Voices and North Carolina Justice Center, invites you to join the Southeast Energy Insecurity Stakeholder Initiative, which will kick-off on Thursday, May 27, from 1–4 p.m. The purpose of the Initiative is to facilitate a broad, collaborative discussion among stakeholders to explore the opportunities for reducing energy insecurity in the Southeast.
Energy insecurity is understood as the impacts stemming from the inability to pay one's energy bill. Families impacted by this prevalent issue are often forced to make choices between food, housing, energy, health, and other essential expenses. Since January 2021, the team has been working with an Advisory Board, a group of energy insecurity experts from across the southeast, to help inform our work and lay the groundwork for our workshop on May 27. Following the workshop, our team will facilitate a series of working groups to better understand the challenges and develop actionable steps to address them.
To develop relevant, collaborative solutions, we need your help! The Initiative seeks various people and organizations to be represented in the stakeholder process to inform the solutions developed. This might include: people who have had trouble paying their energy bills; those working with individuals who are directly impacted; utility representatives; state and local decision-makers; representatives from state and local weatherization programs; religious, nonprofit and community leaders; and others impacted by energy insecurity. Please note that Spanish translation will be available during the workshop. We hope you and your colleagues will join us for an interactive discussion of the energy insecurity challenges facing us and solutions to overcome them.