Energy Equity Indicators

These interactive energy equity indicators are designed to help identify opportunities to improve access to clean energy technologies for low-income customers and disadvantaged communities; increase clean energy investment in those communities; and improve community resilience to grid outages and extreme events. A summary report of these indicators will be updated each year to track progress on implementation of the recommendations put forth by the Energy Commission’s December 2016 Low-Income Barriers Study mandated by Senate Bill 350 (de León, Chapter547, Statutes of 2015), and monitor performance of state-administered clean energy programs in low-income and disadvantaged communities across the state.



California Tribal Lands, SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities, and Low-income Communities with Selected Clean Energy Data Layers

Selected energy equity indicators are highlighted on the following California map. The base map highlights areas with median household income of $37,000 or less (60 percent of statewide median income for 2011-2015) and disadvantaged communities eligible for greenhouse gas reduction fund programs. The map also identifies tribal areas. Click to view data for low-income areas with low energy efficiency investments, low solar capacity per capita, or low clean vehicle rebate incentive investments. Additional data layers include high-density low-income areas and low-income areas that have many older buildings, as well as counties with high levels of asthma-related emergency room visit. This information can help identify opportunities for improving clean energy access, investment, and resilience in low-income and disadvantaged communities in California. Additional indicators are available by clicking on the Story Map or Tracking Progress Report links provided above.

Sources: CPUC – California Energy Data and Reporting System (CEDARS), May 18, 2018; California Distributed Generation Statistics; California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project; Energy Commission analysis based on CPUC historical data; California Environmental Health Tracking Program; U.S. Census Bureau 2010 census tract boundaries; 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates; Esri zip codes; CalEnviroScreen 3.0, 2017; California Energy Commission Electric Utility Service Areas, 2015.

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For more information, please contact:

Kristy Chew
916-654-4818
Kristy.Chew@energy.ca.gov