Barriers to Low-Income Uptake of Energy Efficiency and Beneficial Electrification in the Northeast Kingdom

by Tara Santi, EAN Summer Intern

August 2020

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Tara Santi participated in EAN’s first intern cohort, in the summer of 2020. She joined EAN as a recent graduate of Middlebury College (Middlebury 2020) with a degree in Human Ecology (Environmental Studies and Sociology and Anthropology) and a minor in French. After graduating, she researched the radical implications of climate change educaton in universities. The paper she co-authored is pending publication in the journal Antipode. She hopes to pursue a career in food justice, regenerative agriculture, and community-building. Tara currently works on a vegetable farm near Missoula, Montana with the intention of learning how healthy food systems can bring communities together and play a vital role in climate mitigation.

During her time at EAN, Tara conducted a study on increasing energy efficiency and beneficial electrification in low-income households in the Northeast Kingdom. Her project emphasizes the structural and program barriers for low-income households in the Northeast Kingdom and the need for continued attention on the region. It also suggests several preliminary recommendations for increasing low-income household program participation.