Energy Storage for Low-Income Communities

by Dillon Cruz

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Low-income Angelenos struggle with financial and energy insecurity. As Los Angeles pushes to decarbonize its power grid by 2035, these residents will contend with higher electricity rates as well. While the City has many tools at its disposal to tackle affordability, one tool is relatively unexplored: energy storage. Deploying energy storage within communities can reduce monthly bills, protect residents during blackouts, and eliminate expensive grid upgrades. In light of these benefits, this project presents key recommendations for the the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to use energy storage to reduce energy burden on disadvantaged communities.

Click below to view various resources for deploying energy storage, including a draft resolution for the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners and a field guide for advocates and organizers.

Read the Policy Brief
Read the Field Guide
View the Operational Plan
Read the Draft Resolution