Monday, November 13, 2023
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
From Policy to the Real World: Realizing an Equitable Energy Future
Session ID
D1 - Reimagining an Equitable Low-Carbon Future
Leigh Michael

In 2021, President Biden enacted the Justice40 initiative, which sets a goal for disadvantaged communities most impacted by climate change and pollution to receiving 40% of overall benefits from Federal investments in climate and clean energy. Some states and municipalities—either pre-dating this landmark legislation or in response to it—are enacting policies to achieve similar equity and/or environmental justice goals. While these policies establish very important intended outcomes, they lack a concrete roadmap to achieve those goals. Our industry is working to build this roadmap from the ground-up while facing four major complications: • Competing stakeholder goals and objectives: Market stakeholders, including agencies, utilities, states, and communities, are typically responsible for responding to policy and meeting the goals established through legislation. They have unique and sometimes competing business needs, data availability, historic program offerings, and (as importantly) priorities and perspectives. • Decision-making coordination: Implementing policy is complex and requires decision-making and input from many stakeholders at the government, utility/agency, and community levels. • Nebulous language: Policy is typically not written by those responsible for enacting said policy; it is open to interpretation and may lack clarity on expectations. • Time-bound requirements: When legislation goes into effect, entities typically have limited runway to respond to the goals or requirements documented in that legislation. This session will present best practices on how decision-makers at the state, agency, and utility levels can translate oftentimes opaque policy directives into tangible goals and actionable frameworks. This presentation will highlight what is necessary to move beyond policy and will be exemplified through case studies from New York, Maine, California, and Illinois. This session is proposed as a speaker session. However, this could also be a panel discussion or symposium.

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