The Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program hosted a panel discussion on energy insecurity. Energy insecurity is a conceptual framework that describes the interplay between the physical conditions of housing, household energy expenditures and energy-related coping strategies among low incomes groups in the United States. Defined as an inability to adequately meet basic household energy needs, this panel outlined the key dimensions of energy insecurity-economic, physical and behavioral- and related adverse environmental, health and social consequences. Implications for policy and advocacy were also discussed.  

Distinguished experts on the panel included: 

  • Dr. Diana Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
  • Dana Bourland, Vice President - Environment, JPB Foundation
  • Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute  
  • Daphany Sanchez, Efficiency Advisor, NYC Retrofit Accelerator