FPRN bulletin – 9th October 2022

9 October 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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How can policy protect fuel poor households from rising energy prices? (pdf)
Caitlin Robinson; Neil Simcock (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

In this briefing, the authors summarise the current policy response in Great Britain to the rapidly increasing cost of energy and number of households in, or near, fuel poverty. The briefing then evaluates a wide range of alternative strategies that could be more effective – including recent proposals (a social tariff; Universal Basic Energy; energy market reform and nationalisation; energy advice services) and long-term solutions (energy efficiency; low-carbon heating; renewable energy).

Energy poverty handbook (pdf)
Louise Sunderland; Laia Segura Cueto; various (2022)
 Other  Open Access 

This updated handbook offers numerous articles written from the perspective of a range of organisations leading the fight against energy poverty. The articles offer a range of analysis, policy assessment, recommendations, initiatives, and case studies to tackle the energy poverty crisis in Europe.

Energy Literacy in Portugal: A System Map and Framework to Increase Energy Literacy Through the Renewable Energy Transition (pdf)
Molly Fox (2022)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This thesis presents the current social landscape of energy literacy in Portugal. The research found that energy literacy is a factor of governmental regulations, the education system, information shared by energy companies, and geographical location and identifies a number of opportunity for policy development and future research.

Deadly tornadoes and racial disparities in energy consumption: Implications for energy poverty (ScienceDirect)
Jayash Paudel (2022)
 Academic Paper 

This paper explores the relationship between tornadoes and energy poverty in the US. The findings indicate that the low income-high cost measure of energy poverty induced by tornadoes is strong, negative and statistically significant among US households. The findings have relevance for a broader range of natural disasters and their impact on energy poverty.

The economic impact of decarbonising household heating in the UK in an era of high fossil fuel prices (pdf)
Jennifer Dicks; Ornella Dellaccio (2022)
 Report  Open Access 

This report provides analysis of the macroeconomic impacts
of deploying energy efficiency measures and low-carbon heating technologies in the UK’s residential buildings. The report updates earlier analysis to consider updated current and future prices of energy.

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

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