Policy Solution

Energy bill assistance

Funding and Financing

Overview:

Summary: Governments can provide financial assistance for communities that have difficulties paying their utility bills.Increased use of air conditioning during extreme heat waves can raise household energy bills, costs that many low-income families already struggle to cover.

Implementation: Establish a fund to provide energy bill assistance.

Considerations for Use: This initiative can be accompanied with community outreach on how to apply for this program and education on low-cost ways to conserve energy.

  • Policy Levers: The mechanism municipalities can use to actualize the intervention. These policy levers will likely be used in combination with each other.

    Funding and FinancingThe allocation of public or philanthropic funding or private financing to implement projects, including risk transfer mechanisms.
  • Trigger Points: Opportunities for municipalities to implement risk reduction and preparedness interventions based on the policy lever, building on the United Nations Environment Programme triggers used in the Beating the Heat handbook (2021).

    City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.
  • Intervention Type:
    Planning/Policy
  • Sectors:
    Public Works,

    Impact:

  • Target Beneficiaries:
    Residents; Heat-vulnerable communities
  • Phase of Impact:
    Emergency response and management
  • Metrics:
    Number of families served by energy assistance program; Number of power outages/shut offs per heat wave or year

Implementation:

  • Intervention Scale:
    City; State/Province
  • Authority and Governance:
    City government; State/provincial government
  • Implementation Timeline:
    Short-term (1-2 Years)
  • Implementation Stakeholders:
    Array
  • Funding Sources:
    Public investment
  • Capacity to Act:
    Medium; High

    Benefits:

  • Cost-Benefit:
    Low
  • Public Good:
    High
  • GHG Reduction:
    N/A
  • Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
    N/A
  • Co-benefits (Social):
    Save on utilities