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Home    |   Print Edition   |   Keeping All The Lights On: A Roadmap to Affordable, Universal Electricity Service In the Clean Energy Transition

Keeping All The Lights On: A Roadmap to Affordable, Universal Electricity Service In the Clean Energy Transition

Sep 28, 2023

Gabriel Pacyniak

Volume 50 (2023) - Issue 1

The COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing reckoning with structural racism, and an emerging focus on justice in the clean energy transition have combined to spotlight utility disconnections and the related issues of energy access, affordability, and security. Recent empirical scholarship has demonstrated that electricity disconnections of lower-income people are relatively common, disproportionately affect people of color, and cause significant harm. This Article describes how a number of U.S. states are fashioning an emerging policy model that makes significant progress toward truly affordable and accessible electricity service for all. It also describes how these state actions are consistent with U.S. utility law and an emerging international human right to energy services.