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Next Generation Photovoltaics Lecture Series: Energy Poverty: Introduction and Landscape Analysis

May 2, 2017

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics

The Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics, a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program, will host a webinar as a part of the Next Generation Photovoltaics Lecture Series, titled “Energy Poverty: Introduction and Landscape Analysis,” at 4:00 p.m. Central on May 2, 2017.

The webinar will be posted on the Next Generation Photovoltaics website just before the webinar.  

For every 10-percent increase in home energy costs, 840,000 Americans are pushed below the poverty line, according to a year-long energy poverty research analysis.

Dana Harmon, executive director of Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, and Erik Funkhouser, senior consultant for Research Into Action, will discuss their research findings concerning energy poverty and the ways to lessen the economic burdens for low-income homeowners.

The lecture is part of the Next Generation Photovolatics series.


Energy poverty describes a condition faced by many Americans in which the personal cost of consumption needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle creates a significant or unnecessary economic burden.

For every 10% increase in home energy costs, 840,000 Americans will be pushed below the poverty line. This talk will highlight the findings from a year-long energy poverty research landscape analysis effort and will cover prominent research topics (and gaps) relevant to understanding and, over time, ameliorating energy burdens among America’s low-income residents.