Research Low-Income Energy Affordabilty Issues
The Baseline - County & State Data & Analysis
Each state's annual Home Energy Affordability Gap is calculated on a county-by-county basis. Within each county, the affordability gap is calculated for individual segments of the low-income population. The total Home Energy Affordability Gap for each state is then aggregated by weighting each low-income segment within each county. The County & State Home Energy affordability gap data is the baseline from which all of the Affordability Gap applications are derived. It is available for download on a no-charge basis to support and assist further research into low-income energy affordability issues.
The complimentary County & State package includes the elements described below.
State Affordability Gap Fact Sheet
The State Home Energy Affordability Gap Fact Sheet is the flagship of FSC's Affordability Gap analysis. Each State Fact Sheet presents six findings which highlight trends in that state's Affordability Gap circumstances. The 2nd Series Home Energy Affordability Gap analysis places renewed emphasis on how the current year data compares to the prior year. Findings are presented on the follow elements:
State Affordability Gap Dashboard
The State Affordability Gap Dashboard provides an "at-a-glance" synopsis of that state's affordability gap circumstances and how those circumstances have changed from the previous year. The following elements are included on the Dashboard:
County Level Data Tables
The County Level Data Table displays Home Energy Affordability Gap information for each county within the state. Affordability Gap information is calculated for all households with income less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level as well as the following individual segments of the low-income population:
The following data is provided for each county and each segment of the low-income population within the state. State-level totals are also presented: