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The U.S. Energy Transition and Vulnerable Populations



Wednesday, March 07, 2018
11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. EST


Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
735 S State St
1110 Weill Hall - Betty Ford Classroom
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
United States


Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

The U.S. is in the midst of an energy transition. This path toward decarbonization of the energy sector promises many societal benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, technological innovation, and reduced air pollution. The costs of this transition such as price spikes or job displacement, however, are not evenly spread across the population, since some individuals and communities are more vulnerable to the adverse impacts than others. In this presentation, I will introduce a framework for conceptualizing vulnerability and then provide an illustration of its potential application using the case of the renewable portfolio standard. I will also present findings from interviews and focus groups with individuals that reside or work within more vulnerable populations. These findings provide insights about the manner in which communities perceive of the energy transition, and how they cope with changes introduced by the transition.

Sanya Carley is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Policy Analysis and Public Finance faculty at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Her research focuses on electricity and transportations policy, and the effects, effectiveness, and unintended consequences of these policies. She also researches energy-based economic development and public perceptions of emerging energy technologies. She is a managing editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review and Energy Research & Social Science. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor’s degrees in economics and sustainable development from Swarthmore College

This lecture event is free and open to the public. Pizza lunch provided.

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