Energy access is not created equal. This Ann Arbor organization is trying to change that. By. JAISHREE DREPAUL-BRUDER | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018
The term “energy justice” may not be widely known, but researchers at the Urban Energy Justice Lab (UEJL) in Ann Arbor are set on changing that.
Dr. Tony Reames defines energy justice as fair and equitable access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy services. Reames founded UEJL in 2015 at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (U-M SEAS), where he is an assistant professor. He created UEJL as a way to concentrate his research efforts and engage students, the community, policymakers, government, and businesses around the concept of energy justice.
“A just energy system fairly disseminates both the benefits and costs of energy services, and has representative and impartial energy decision-making,” Reames says.
“We want our work to impact policy, practice, and activism. A key component of energy justice is procedural justice, ensuring meaningful public participation,” Reames says. “Our hope is that our findings encourage people to get involved in the energy decision-making process and to be the voice of the voiceless.”
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