FPRN bulletin – 9th December 2022

9 December 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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Cheaper bills warmer homes (pdf)
Donal Brown; Tom Bailey (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

The report presents a plan for a credible and deliverable program,
outlining the roles, policies, interventions, investment, and timeframe for
delivery of a ten-year program to ‘future-fit’ the UK’s homes to tackle the long-term causes of the cost-of-living crisis, bring economic prosperity, improve quality-of-life, and address climate change.

Empirical Evidence on the Incidence and Persistence of Energy Poverty in Australia (website)
Esperanza Vera-Toscano; Heather Brown (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper uses the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia  survey to explore incidence and persistence of energy poverty in Australia. The authors find that single individuals, single-parent households and those with a disabled household member are at high risk of persistent energy poverty but there are also other groups at risk. The implications are that government investment in energy efficiency is crucial to reduce electricity bills and have healthier homes.

Exploring the Energy Crisis with Joanne Wade and Charles Hendry (webiste)
UKERC; Joanne Wade; Charles Hendry (2022)
 Podcast  Open Access 

This podcast episode of ‘Talking Energy’ explores the energy crisis with Joanne Wade, Chief Strategic Advisor at the Association for Decentralised Energy, and Charles Hendry, former Energy Minister and President of the British Institute of Energy Economics. Topic covered include the energy price freeze, the lack of a public energy efficiency campaign, upstream price caps and international collaboration.

Towards a just energy transition (pdf)
Institute for Economic Justice (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This policy brief explores the proposed just energy transition partnership climate financing deal between South Africa and a number of other countries. While it might de-risk some private investment there are concerns that it may deepen energy poverty in South Africa.

Proposing a Novel Minimum Income Standard Approach to Energy Poverty Assessment: A European Case Study (website)
Roberto Barrella; José Carlos Romero; Lucía Mariño (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper proposes a novel Minimum Income Standard approach to energy poverty indicators and applies this in the Spanish context. The analysis found the Minimum Income Standard provide more accurate energy poverty data compared to previous methods of calculation which could improve targeting assistance programs to those who are in most need.

Addressing energy poverty in an integrated way. An interdisciplinary characterisation of Spanish vulnerable households and proposal for implementing feasible technical and policy solutions (website)
Roberto Barrella (2022)
 Other  Open Access 

This PhD contributes to the literature on energy poverty by proposing an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate and address energy poverty in the European context through a specific focus on Spanish households. The conclusions and policy recommendations highlighted could be useful for European actors (and those in other locations) to design and implement effective policies and strategies at both national and the EU level.


We have also now launched our special issue of the journal People, Policy and Place on Decarbonisation and Energy Poverty.

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