Clean energy programs disproportionately benefiting the wealthy in Los Angeles, UCLA study finds

June 25, 2020

California’s programs to subsidize rooftop solar and plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles are disproportionately benefiting the wealthiest communities in Los Angeles County, a new study from UCLA’s California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) has found.

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“If your actual objective is to close these gaps between disadvantaged communities and the more affluent communities, you have to think about being strategically unequal in the extent to which these incentives are available,” Eric Fournier, CCSC research director and lead author, told the Los Angeles Times.

People living in areas more likely to be considered “disadvantaged communities” use half as much energy, on average, as people in wealthier areas, researchers also found.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

The research team also included:

  • Robert Cudd, research analyst, UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities
  • Felicia Federico, executive director, California Center for Sustainable Communities
  • Stephanie Pincetl, founding director and professor-in-residence, California Center for Sustainable Communities