Additional informative resources related to our mission that you might find helpful.

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau is an excellent resource for poverty data and statistics. The Bureau reports poverty data from several major household surveys and programs.

Website highlights and useful tools include the “Poverty Main” page, as well as the “State & County Quick Facts” tool.

Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C., that provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world.

Of particular interest to TEPRI is Pew’s data and resources regarding Hispanic trends in Texas.

U.S. Department of Energy

ENERGY.GOV provides a clearinghouse of information for all things energy related in the U.S.  It provides information from public services, to science and innovation, to home energy savings and everything in between.

The “Energy Saver” subsection of ENERGY.GOV is particularly helpful in providing information on home energy savings including heating & cooling, weatherization, design, and electricity/fuel.

The Oakridge National Lab (ORNL)

ORNL’s Weatherization and SEP Program website provides a wealth of information regarding weatherization, including evaluations of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and State Energy Program (SEP).

Additionally, ORNL provides a Weatherization Library which includes study reports on weatherization and low-income.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT (J-PAL)

J-PAL is a research center in the Economics Department at MIT, and has “grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.” J-PAL’s sectors include Agriculture, Education, Environment and Energy, Finance, Health, Labor Markets, and Political Economy and Governance.

J-PAL’s website allows for evaluations to be searched by theme/region.  The website includes several North American evaluations related to energy efficiency, energy usage, and low-income households.

 

Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs (TDHCA)

The TDHCA website provides useful information on housing and community services in Texas.

Most pertinent is the Community Affairs section, which provides links to information regarding several programs, including the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and WAP.

National Energy Assistance Director′s Association (NEADA)

NEADA is “the primary educational and policy organization for the state directors of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).”  LIHEAP is a federal program providing formula grants to states to help low-income families pay their heating and cooling bills.

The NEADA website provides informative program & policy reports on LIHEAP, including LIHEAP and Public Health, and Congressional Research Service LIHEAP Formula Reports, among others.

Texas Low-Income Bill Payment Resources

Low-income customers seeking information on utility bill payment assistance should visit the Public Utility Commission of Texas assistance page for more information on programs in which they may qualify.

For information on choosing a retail electric provider, customer’s should visit the State’s Power to Choose website to compare retail electric products.

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC)

NEUAC is a coalition of organizations dedicated to heightening awareness of the energy needs of low income energy consumers, fostering public-private partnerships and engaging in other activities to address these needs. One of NEUAC’s goals is to promote the development of statewide and regional fuel funds networks.

The NEUAC website provides LIHEAP state fact sheets, including one for Texas, with up-to-date information on the status of LIHEAP funding.

The Energy Collective

The Energy Collective is an independent, moderated forum of commentary & analysis on energy policy, climate change, energy technologies and fuels, and energy innovation.

The website is a useful tool for finding new and interesting articles regarding the energy industry, both nationally and globally.  Keyword tags make it possible to narrow down topics, including “energy poverty“.

International Energy Agency (IEA)

The IEA works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries, including the U.S., and beyond.

The IEA’s website provides global scale information on various topics including energy poverty, energy efficiency, and renewables.