Carnegie Mellon University
September 05, 2022

Nock receives Sloan Foundation funding to examine household energy insecurity

Engineering and Public Policy Assistant Professor Destenie Nock was recently awarded funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to conduct a multi-year project to examine how household energy insecurity is experienced by different demographic groups at the state and national levels.

This grant funds a study by a multidisciplinary team of scholars led by Nock, that will deploy various research methodologies to examine three aspects of household energy insecurity across multiple states. 

The first aspect is to better understand the energy-limiting behavior often employed by marginalized and low-income households to better afford energy services. Next, the team will undertake a case study examining the effectiveness of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and other state-level programs designed to help low-income households pay their energy bills. Finally, the team will develop a publicly available dashboard of utility disconnection policies from across the country to enable researchers to begin to compare and analyze intra- and inter-state differences in such policies and their subsequent effects on energy insecurity.

This research hopes to strengthen utility decision-making and public policy around energy poverty and insecurity, particularly among underserved communities.