TEPRI Webinar – Building a Better Understanding of Texas Low-Income Communities and Energy

TEPRI Webinar: Building a Better Understanding of Texas Low-Income Communities and Energy


Understanding dynamics at the intersection of poverty and energy affordability is critical to designing strategies to effectively develop lasting energy solutions for low-income communities.  In this webinar, we will discuss the interplay between energy poverty and economic hardship, demographic traits, quality of life, energy behaviors, housing type, and household composition. Our speakers will present the results of the Texas Low-Income Community Profile Series first installment, The Texas Overview. The objective of this series is for data and insights to be utilized by members and stakeholders to increase effectiveness of low-income energy programs and reduce barriers to outreach and education.

Key discussion items:

– Owner-occupied households are a meaningful energy poverty reduction target

– Low-income customers are engaged with energy, just not with programs

– Low-income Texans make difficult trade-offs to balance the disproportionate amount that they spend on energy

– Energy burden is a useful metric, but not a sufficient signal of energy poverty

Featured Speakers

John Hall is the Director of the Texas Energy Program at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

He leads EDF’s clean energy efforts in Texas, where he works to increase the use of abundant clean energy resources through smart policies and market-driven principles. With more than fifteen years of public service, Hall has distinguished himself in areas spanning environmental advocacy, legislative strategy, management of clean air and water initiatives, and efforts to advance renewable energy resources.

Dana Harmon is the Executive Director for TEPRI.

She has 13 years of leadership and management experience in the energy and consumer products industries. As Executive Director of TEPRI, she has overall strategic and operational responsibility for execution of TEPRI’s mission to collect actionable data that industry partners can utilize to mitigate the energy costs of low-income consumers across Texas.

Jacquie Moss is TEPRI’s Research Fellow and the lead author on the Texas Overview report.

She recently returned to Austin after 20 years in the Bay Area where she ran a digital design company. She holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco with an emphasis on energy resources and geospatial analysis.

Heath Prince is the Director of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources within the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT Austin.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in the education, workforce and international development fields as a researcher, project manager, policy analyst and evaluator. He serves as principal investigator for research and evaluation projects related to poverty and the labor market.