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Energy Futures 2021: The Poor Still Pay More for Energy
On September 29, Groundswell Director of Data Science Research and Analytics Dr. Elvis Moleka will discuss how and why energy burdens are often heavier for households in certain states or with certain incomes as part of the ongoing Energy Futures 2021 webinar series. Through in depth analysis, Dr. Moleka has uncovered that energy burdens among low and moderate-income individuals are far heavier than their high-income neighbors, and the difference is far worse in some states than others. The first step to addressing these gaps is to identify their causes, many of which Dr. Moleka has identified in his soon to be published research.

This discussion will have a foundation in research findings from the LIFT Solar Everywhere initiative that show the value of prioritizing the community, its vision, and its values in shaping clean energy programs that serve people and communities with low and moderate incomes.

Sep 29, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Chris Nichols
Senior Program Director @Groundswell
Chris Nichols, Senior Program Manager, has driven innovation in clean energy programs and policies for more than 30 years, in Federal, non-profit and for-profit organizations. She brings strong management and energy strategy skills to Groundswell, with vision, passion and a deep network of similarly devoted clean energy professionals to accelerate collaborative work for expanded clean energy services. Chris formerly managed national communications for both EPA and DOE in building the Energy Star® program. At the US Department of Labor and Department of Energy, she updated ‘green’ training for YouthBuild and created clean energy workforce credentials for weatherization and solar workers. She created SunEdison’s “City Tour for Solar” to advocate municipal-scale community solar investments in 2008. She holds a BA from Duke University in English, History and Psychology, and an MBA from the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.
Dr. Elvis Moleka
Director of Data Science Research & Analytics @Groundswell
Dr. Elvis Moleka is the Director of Data Science Research and Analytics at Groundswell. His passionate pursuit of data-based solutions to long-standing issues has uncovered previously unexplored research possibilities in the realm of energy forecasting. Dr. Moleka has more than 15 years of progressive experience in finance, risk management, data, and quantitative analytics, performing complex model validation analyses, and creating executive summaries of findings. As a Data Scientist, he leverages statistical analysis and econometrics knowledge to promote model development and data management solutions. He is a member of the New York Institute of Finance. He has worked with major Wall Street Banks and held many leadership positions such as Lead Quantitative Analyst at RiskSpan, Senior Economist at Fannie Mae, Lecturer in Statistics, and Head of Teaching Fellows at the University of Warwick, and Research Economist at the University of Bath.