The authors identify six dimensions of equity and propose methods for evaluating them as they related to energy efficiency.
Historical Legacies: Identifying cases in which the energy institution itself played a role in creating disparity.
Awareness of Populations: A historical review of energy services will ideally identify populations that have been underserved or negatively served.
Inclusion of Other Voices: The demographic representativeness of professional program staff, program consultants, supply chain providers, and leadership is one method for assessing equity from the standpoint of public perceptions and potential bias.
Access Discrimination: Programs could review the eligibility requirements and procedures by which they currently market, solicit, recruit, and process applicants to identify potential differences in program experience.
Output Differences: An assessment of participation rates across all interventions.
Disparate Impacts: Measuring the expected objectives across the service population against the overall eligible population is a way that disparate impacts can be studied and eventually reduced.
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