When it comes to energy, low-income households are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They can’t afford to install energy efficiency measures, so they have more expensive power bills. And higher power bills mean they have less money available to install energy efficiency measures. A new report from NC State researchers aims to shed light on the problem – and inform possible solutions.

The report, “Powering Energy Efficiency and Impacts,” was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and involved a broad coalition of partner organizations, including three from NC State: the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the System Design Optimization Lab.

To learn more about the report, how it might influence efforts to help low-income households, and what future directions the research might take, we talked with Anne Tazewell, co-author of the report and special projects manager at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

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Originally published Apr. 10, 2019