Weaving clean energy into low-income communities

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Late last year, 135 stakeholders of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e–Lab) gathered for an inaugural e–Lab Summit. Many are involved with Leap, an ongoing RMI initiative dedicated to empowering and improving low-income communities and households through a clean energy future.

Across America, one in three people have incomes that put them below 200 percent of the official poverty line (about $45,000 for a family of four), and many more have problems making ends meet. Any real transition requires solutions that work for the many Americans who are financially challenged.

The intense work at the summit provided a strong sense of the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving field. Two of Leap’s staff explained what is happening, and what we can expect.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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