FPRN bulletin – 27th September 2022

27 September 2022

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The FPRN email bulletin is a semi-regular email highlighting a handpicked selection of recently published research and other knowledge outputs in the area of fuel/energy poverty from around the world. The aim is to share this emerging knowledge more widely and to help generate discussion across the network.

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Energy crisis: the UK is still heading for widespread fuel poverty – despite the government’s price cap (website)
Aimee Ambrose (2022)
 Comment  Open Access 

This article explores the current energy and fuel poverty crisis in the UK and the implications of current UK Government actions for addressing these issues in the short-medium term. The article concludes with several policy and market opportunities which could help the longer term energy transition while also addressing fuel poverty.

The link between gas and health: a rapid review (website)
Namita Kambli; Raphael Hanoteaux (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This brief presents an academic and grey literature review on the links between gas and health. The evidence presented demonstrates the increased understanding of the negative health issues caused by the use of gas within dwellings and that children, those with wider health issues and those in poor quality and performing housing are at greater risk. There are implications for how an equitable transition to electrifying our housing can occur.

Of cooks, crooks and slum-dwellers: Exploring the lived experience of energy and mobility poverty in Mexico's informal settlements (ScienceDirect)
Dylan Furszyfer Del Rio; Benjamin Sovacool (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This study investigates the energy and housing needs, transport and mobility patterns and challenges to overall quality of life and health of those living in informal settlements in Mexico city. The paper highlights a number of issues including the illegal practices such as electricity thefts and coping strategies that those in double energy vulnerability engage in and suggest policies that could help achieve improve outcomes.

The persistence of household energy insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic (pdf)
David Konisky; Sanya Carley; Michelle Graff; Trevor Memmott (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper explores energy insecurity of low-income households in the United States during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings show high levels of energy insecurity and that some households moved in and out of energy insecurity multiple times across the first year of the pandemic.


We’re also producing a special issue of the journal People, Policy and Place on Decarbonisation and Energy Poverty. Seven articles have already been published and more will follow soon.

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