Joining this week's episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast was Jim Madej, the CEO of Franklin Energy. With over 60% of Americans actively living paycheck to paycheck, this crisis of energy affordability needs leadership and ingenuity to ensure that energy systems are looked at holistically with affordability being a paramount consideration. These are the issues that drive Jim Madej, the CEO of Franklin Energy, as he and his team work to design and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for their utility partners.
Having power bills rise too much can be a crisis for families who may be unable to pay or forced to choose between putting food on the table and keeping the lights on. The potential of inequity and crisis has only become even more apparent amid the pandemic and the recent economic struggles across the country. This situation is not one that Jim nor his team at Franklin Energy could sit idly by and watch. As he noted during the episode:
Tackling energy affordability offers immense benefits to these communities, beyond cost savings on their household energy bills. Investing in energy efficiency, investing in renewables and other climate programs provide them with improved air quality, healthier homes. Like I said in my answer to the MBEs, they create job creation. Frankly, it's an education offering. If you remember how energy efficiency started, it was an engagement mechanism and it was an education mechanism, because there's no real sexy way to talk about power bills. I also think disadvantaged communities face greater exposure to pollution and other factors.
For example, pollution sources tend to be located near disadvantaged communities, increasing exposure to these harmful pollutants. They also see more traffic, which has localized greater concentration of greenhouse gas emissions than other neighborhoods. So programs dedicated to energy efficiency and clean energy go to great length in reducing these pollutants. And energy efficiency and clean energy programs in non residential buildings in disadvantaged communities, such as schools, healthcare facilities also offer tremendous benefits to these communities. It can reduce capital maintenance costs and other just basic costs of running these facilities and, ultimately, reduce bills and put more money into patient care. So I just feel strongly that these buildings can spend a lot more of their money and time benefiting the communities that they serve.
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Episode #73 'Making Energy Work For America's Working Families' with Jim Madej, CEO Of Franklin Energy [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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