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Energy Spending and Vulnerable Households

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  • Jamasb, T.
  • Meier, H.

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A sustainable energy policy needs to balance between the reduction of carbon emissions and protection of vulnerable households and avoid a widening of the existing "energy gap" among the consumers. This study investigates energy spending for different consumer groups, in particular focussing on vulnerable households. Vulnerable households are more likely to be affected by fuel poverty and have difficulties in warming their homes adequately. In this context we explore energy spending among households on very low incomes, including pensioners, female single parent, and benefit recipients. We describe how energy spending of these households has changed over time using a household panel dataset covering a period of 17 years, starting in 1991. We discuss the reasons that these households have higher than average energy bills and the current policy context and approaches such as the implementation of smart metres are addressed.

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  • Jamasb, T. & Meier, H., 2011. "Energy Spending and Vulnerable Households," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1109, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
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    1. Growitsch Christian & Meier Helena & Schleich Sebastian, 2015. "Regionale Verteilungswirkungen des Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetzes," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, De Gruyter, vol. 16(1), pages 72-87, March.
    2. Hache, Emmanuel & Leboullenger, Déborah & Mignon, Valérie, 2017. "Beyond average energy consumption in the French residential housing market: A household classification approach," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 82-95.
    3. Brophy Haney, A. & Jamasb, T. & Platchkov, L.M. & Pollitt, M.G., 2010. "Demand-side Management Strategies and the Residential Sector: Lessons from International Experience," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1060, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
    4. Rodríguez-Álvarez, A. & Orea, L. & Jamasb, T., 2016. "Fuel poverty and well-being: a consmer theory and stochastic fronteir approach," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1668, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
    5. Mallika Chawla & Michael G. Pollitt, 2013. "Energy-efficiency and Environmental Policies & Income Supplements in the UK: Evolution and Distributional Impacts on Domestic Energy Bills," Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Number 1).
    6. Stefan Bouzarovski & Saska Petrova & Sergio Tirado-Herrero, 2014. "From Fuel Poverty to Energy Vulnerability: The Importance of Services, Needs and Practices," SPRU Working Paper Series 2014-25, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex.
    7. Platchkov, L. & Pollitt, M. G. & Reiner, D. & Shaorshadze, I., 2011. "2010 EPRG Public Opinion Survey: Policy Preferences and Energy Saving Measures," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1149, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.

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    Fuel poverty; energy equity; energy spending;

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    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices

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