A review and analysis of initiatives addressing energy poverty and vulnerability in Ontario, Canada

Das, Runa R, Martiskainen, Mari, Bertrand, Lindsey M and MacArthur, Julie L (2022) A review and analysis of initiatives addressing energy poverty and vulnerability in Ontario, Canada. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 165. a112617. ISSN 1364-0321

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Abstract

This paper examines initiatives that assisted energy poor and energy vulnerable households in Ontario, Canada during 2003 to 2018. Providing a conceptualization for energy poverty and vulnerability, which lack a formal legislative definition in Canadian policy, the paper discusses the history of Ontario’s energy sector and the levels of ‘energy burden’ that brought energy prices to the fore of the public debate. It then reviews 40 initiatives that have assisted energy poor or energy vulnerable households, largely within broader policy areas of energy efficiency and energy savings, housing provision, poverty reduction, healthcare, and climate change mitigation. These initiatives are categorized into three main thematic areas of 1) financial support, 2) energy efficiency and savings, and 3) consumer protection. Further analysis shows that the initiatives largely address short-term needs and focus on the symptoms of energy poverty and vulnerability, rather than on preventative measures. The paper concludes that a more comprehensive approach is needed to address the underlying causes of energy poverty, to develop, target and evaluate effective solutions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 07:09
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 16:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106019

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