System Integration Forum on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the 2021 Northwest Power Plan

Annotated Bibliography
 

Tools: equity assessment, equity lens

Higher Education Coordinating Commission of Oregon. 2014. Oregon Equity Lens.
https://www.oregon.gov/highered/about/Documents/Commission/COMMISSION/2017/08-August-9-10/4.0d%20Equity%20Lens-reformat.pdf
An example equity len that includes eight questions.

Initiative for Energy Justice. December 2019. The Energy Justice Workbook.
https://iejusa.org/workbook/
An information source and tool for incorporating equity into energy policy development. Includes an overview of the concept of “energy justice” and how it is used by advocates and academics, and a “scorecard” to help policy makers assess the degree to which a policy incorporates energy justice principles.

Multnomah County Office of Diversity and Equity. Equity & Empowerment Lens.
https://multco.us/diversity-equity/equity-and-empowerment-lens
A set of materials including introductory materials, a logic model, and 5 P’s worksheet.

Northwest Regional Education Service District. Equity Lens.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-ozJJYotytqi8IQ_PhNehUwncrm7kBBu/view
An example equity len that includes five questions.

Seattle Race and Justice Initiative. Racial Equity Toolkit. 
A process and a set of questions to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, initiatives, programs, and budget issues to address the impacts on racial equity.
http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/what-we-do/race-and-social-justice-initiative/racial-equity-toolkit

Data: equity analysis, data sources, metrics

EPA. EJ Screen: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool.
https://www.epa.gov/ejscreen
An environmental justice mapping and screening tool utilizing a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. users choose a geographic area; the tool then provides demographic and environmental information for that area.

Empower Dataworks. Quantitative Energy Equity. April 2020.
https://empowerdataworks.com/wp-content/uploads/dae-uploads/empower_dataworks_quantitative_energy_equity_01.pdf
An energy burden framework for utilities to quantify the energy assistance need in their service territories and build targeted programs that get the right assistance to the right customers. 

Energy Trust of Oregon. 2018 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Data and Baseline Analysis.
https://www.energytrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/2018_DEI_Data_Baseline_Analysis.pdf
An analysis of the extent to which Energy Trust’s programs have provided service to residents of different geographic communities and demographic groups. Analysis included use of Census data at the tract level to identify areas with a high proportion of households that were low-income, people of color, and/or rural.

Northwest Power and Conservation Council. August 2018. Northwest Under-Served Markets Report.
https://www.nwcouncil.org/reports/northwest-under-served-energy-efficiency-markets-assessment
A research report conducted to meet the requirements of MCS-1 in the Seventh Power Plan, directing the region to conduct data analysis to identify proportionally underserved population segments and improve energy efficiency programs to serve these populations.   

NREL. Solar For All.
https://maps.nrel.gov/solar-for-all/?aL=Dri2fK%255Bv%255D%3Dt%26Z0HxR8%255Bv%255D%3Dt%26Z0HxR8%255Bd%255D%3D1&bL=clight&cE=0&lR=0&mC=38.870832155646326%2C-98.34521484375001&tour=splash&zL=5
A mapping tool designed to show rooftop solar potential that aggregates data from several sources and maps detailed household demographics, health indicators, utility, climate, and many other data types.

Reames, T.G., M. Reiner, and M. B. Stacey. May 2018. “An incandescent truth: Disparities in energy-efficient lighting availability and prices in an urban U.S. county.”
Applied Energy Vol. 218, pp. 95-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.02.143

Forrester, S. P., & Reames, T. G. 2020. “Understanding the residential energy efficiency financing coverage gap and market potential.”
Applied Energy Vol. 260, pp. 114-307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114307

U.S. Department of Energy. Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool.
https://www.energy.gov/eere/slsc/maps/lead-tool
Census tract-level mapping of energy burden, income (including granular strata below median and federal poverty level), housing type, housing tenure, building age, and heating fuel. Expected to add a race/ethnicity overlay in the future.

Process: public engagement, participatory research

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Empower Kentucky: Building a Bright Future, Together.
http://www.empowerkentucky.org/peoples-plan/
An energy plan for Kentucky developed with deep engagement of impacted people by a community organization. Includes detailed recommendations for all aspects of the energy sector including generation, renewables, energy efficiency, and job creation.

Puget Sound Sage. June 2020. Powering the Transition.
https://www.pugetsoundsage.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/PugetSoundSage_PoweringTransition_June2020-1.pdf
Research into the needs and priorities of BIPOC communities in the Puget Sound area, related to energy use in buildings and transportation.

U.S. Department of Energy. CELICA Toolkit: Clean Energy Solutions for Low-income Communities.
https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/CELICA-Toolkit
Resource-rich source for community engagement, research/evaluation tools, program design, and case studies.

Equity in power planning - examples

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, December 2020. Integrated Resources Plan: Pathways to achieve a 100% zero carbon electric sector by 2040.
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/energy/IRP/2020-IRP/2020-CT-DEEP-Draft-Integrated-Resources-Plan-in-Accordance-with-CGS-16a-3a.pdf
This IRP is a great example of keeping equity front and centered during the planning process. It established “Ensuring Energy Affordability and Equity For All Ratepayers” as a primary objective. The IRP discusses the ramifications of various planning decisions on equity and provides some recommendations. 

Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. January 2016. Environmental Justice State Guidance: How to Incorporate Equity & Justice into Your State Clean Power Planning Approach.
https://www.weact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/EJ-State-Guidance-updated-March-7.pdf
A resource developed in 2015-2016 to support state and local governments in implementing the Clean Power Plan. Recommendations and resources on stakeholder engagement, environmental justice analysis, and supporting job creation/training.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Empower Kentucky: Building a Bright Future, Together.
http://www.empowerkentucky.org/peoples-plan/
An energy plan for Kentucky developed with deep engagement of impacted people by a community organization. Includes detailed recommendations for all aspects of the energy sector including generation, renewables, energy efficiency, and job creation.

Just transition

Climate Justice Alliance. “Just Transition: A Framework for Change.”
https://climatejusticealliance.org/just-transition/
An overview of the history and key tenets of the just transition movement.

Just Transition Centre. May 2017. Just Transition: A Report for the OECD.
https://www.oecd.org/environment/cc/g20-climate/collapsecontents/Just-Transition-Centre-report-just-transition.pdf
An overview of the history and key tenets of a just transition, including case studies from around the world.